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Dish Network Price Increase and 2 Year Freeze

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by DodgerKing, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Jan 4, 2011 #41 of 152
    CABill

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    I just phoned to ask about returning to annual billing and was told that it was no longer offered. I asked how long that had been the case and was told "in the past month". Although you can get varied answers from CSRs, it was a direct call to Loyalty and they are usually better. If nothing else, I can understand them! He seemed quite clear that I couldn't go back to annual to avoid the hike, so it didn't matter much whether it still meant I would lose HD for Life. If someone has it, they can always keep it and delay the $5 hike.

    The free month of AT120 with annual didn't get you much, because it increased locals from $5 to $5.99. It also ruled out Free HD for Life ($10/month). BUT, it would have put off the $5/month price increase until the year was up. This $5 hike is larger than ANY previous increase to AT40-50-60-100-120 (there were two years of $3, but the rest were less than $3). There have also been multiple times when this package didn't suffer a price hike (and other packages did).

    Borrowing from Dishuser.org's chart
    2/1/03 AT50 $24.99 AT50 & Locals $29.99
    2/1/04 AT60 $24.99 AT60 + Locals $29.99
    2/1/05 AT60 $26.99 AT60 + Locals $31.99
    2/1/06 AT60 $29.99 AT60+Locals $34.99
    2/1/07 AT100 $29.99 AT100+Locals $34.99
    2/1/08 AT100 $32.99 AT100+Locals $37.99

    2/1/09 AT120 $34.99 AT120+Locals $39.99
    2/1/10 No Change to AT120, just huge Addl receiver hikes.


    nmetro - there isn't a charge to make any programming change if you've had the programming for 31 days. I've never seen a charge to end a free promo!
     
  2. Jan 4, 2011 #42 of 152
    tampa8

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    Lmao......good answer.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2011 #43 of 152
    James Long

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    Nope.
    The downgrade fee is for programming kept less than 30 days.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2011 #44 of 152
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    It's weird.........:icon_stup I live in a community where you have two choices. You either sign up for Comcast the local cable outfit or you go with Satellite TV, either dishTV or Direct........:scratch: for the life of me I can't understand why anyone would go with Comcast, limited HD, ridiculous equipment, and price gouging. :icon_lame dishTV with all it's drama, experimental equipment and quirkiness is still the best game in my town.......:icon_da: that said I never had Direct...seen it though......dish wants a few dollars more....not a problem. I'll buy one less over priced beverage at the local burger joint.......or not...:coffee

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  5. Jan 4, 2011 #45 of 152
    DodgerKing

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    Good point. I just realized that.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2011 #46 of 152
    nmetro

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    James, thanks.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2011 #47 of 152
    Stewart Vernon

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    FYI, I wasn't doubting the information... just curious why Dish hadn't actually posted the press release.

    It would appear that only the Denver Post got the info, and everyone else is quoting what they wrote... but nothing from Dish yet.

    Maybe they meant to announce it at CES?
     
  8. Jan 4, 2011 #48 of 152
    DodgerKing

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    It is a little strange.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2011 #49 of 152
    Michael P

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    I have AT250 HD free for life, one of the channels listed in Mr. Longs site is in the red on my EPG -TMC (East). Only Encore East HD is available. As a matter of face Encore East SD was not included until this week (probably a free preview).
     
  10. Jan 4, 2011 #50 of 152
    James Long

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    I wish I could find a good reference ... I'm 99.9% sure that people used to get TMC East HD in Gold HD (the AT 250 level HD). The AT 250 package includes TMC West SD ... there is no TMC West HD on DISH so subscribers got East instead (similar to the situation with Encore East HD). Last June I'd say I was 99.999% sure ...

    As for Encore East SD, yes it is in free preview. HD 250 includes Encore West HD and you're getting East SD because of the free preview.
     
  11. Jan 4, 2011 #51 of 152
    naptime

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    So I now subscribe to top 200 plus HBO and Starz. Do I need to drop Starz to get it back next month for free? I'm not interested in any Pay-per-View coupons, as they are not HD in Alaska, and I can't even get them to tell me which PPV channels are available up here in any format. They just say "good question" and can't find the answer.
     
  12. Jan 5, 2011 #52 of 152
    SayWhat?

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    AT250, I get TMCW Ch 329 and TMCXW Ch 330. Don't know from SD/HD; makes no nevermind to me, can't tell the difference.

    PPV coupons are useless to me. I don't think I've ever used one.
     
  13. Jan 5, 2011 #53 of 152
    koralis

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    "We're giving you FREE Starz! Oh, and we're raising your rates $5. You're welcome!"


    Basically, seems like he's just forcing everyone to buy starz. Hurrah.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2011 #54 of 152
    James Long

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    Starz! is a $13 per month package. Encore is $5 per month or included in AT250.
     
  15. Jan 5, 2011 #55 of 152
    zinger1457

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    Very misleading statement saying that it's a 2 year freeze since it's really a 1 year freeze. We will get increase in 2011, freeze in 2012, and since the freeze ends in Jan 2013 we will likely see an increase in 2013.
     
  16. Jan 5, 2011 #56 of 152
    Jhon69

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    So let's see my AT250 package goes up $5. and then it's frozen for 2 years?.With the $5. dollar increase my AT250 package(and believe me there is more than 250 channels) is still under $70. dollars a month!.That's a great deal in my book.Thank you Dish Network!.;):grin:
     
  17. Jan 5, 2011 #57 of 152
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    AMEN Brother! I don't know either.....but I like it!.;):D
     
  18. Jan 5, 2011 #58 of 152
    Jhon69

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    Comcast has an awesome On Demand service,plus fast high speed internet,HDTV,phone,plus they bundle it all together.;)
     
  19. Jan 5, 2011 #59 of 152
    SaltiDawg

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    So, from (say) February 2011 to February 2013 you will have only aged one year? lol :rolleyes:
     
  20. Jan 5, 2011 #60 of 152
    Paul Secic

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    Comcast has lousy receivers, stand alone DVRS. They tack $11 per month for DVRs. I'm happy with Dish.:)
     

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