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February 2008 Price Changes

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by tsmacro, Dec 14, 2007.

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  1. Dec 14, 2007 #1 of 188
    tsmacro

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    I work for a phone company that sells Dish service and i'm sure all of Dish's retailers must've gotten this info today. I can't be the only one who knows what the new prices are yet, I just got an internal memo from my company telling what they are. I mean it's an annual tradition around here right? The annual price increase happens and we have a month or two howling about how evil E* and Charlie are for gouging their customers right? :lol: Anyway no I don't have a link (it's an internal company memo) but a brief synopsis goes as such: Dish Family: no increase, Dish DVR advantage: no increase, AT100 & AT100+ going up $3.00, AT200 & AT250 : going up $2.00, Everything Pak: going up $4.99.
    Also looks like all the Latino paks are going up $3.00 except the "bonus pack" which is going up only $1.50. The movie Paks are staying the same. Some international are going up, but i'm not going over all of them here. Also a favorite on this board, the HD Enabling Fee will be increasing from $6.00 to $7.00.
     
  2. Dec 14, 2007 #2 of 188
    Mikey

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    IT'S AN OUTRAGE! :box: :bonk1: :listenup: :raspberry :flaiming :new_cussi :soapbox: :eek:

    Is that okay?
     
  3. Dec 14, 2007 #3 of 188
    tsmacro

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    Yep that's the spirit! :lol:
     
  4. Dec 14, 2007 #4 of 188
    James Long

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    In order to be outraged one must be informed.

    We should expect price increases every year (E* has not missed a year for a while). We just don't know how much or if there will be any offsets (such as channels moved down to lower tiers).

    From the basic information it doesn't look too bad. AT100/AT100+ were price frozen last year so it's $3 over two years. AT200/AT250 up $2 isn't fun. $4.99 on AEP? That's an odd number. DISH DVR Advantage was introduced with a price freeze. No surprise that E* is keeping their word.

    The enabling fee is irrelevant to most customers (it is included in the $20 DishHD pricing) so $6 to $7 isn't a problem. Is the $20 price going up?

    The worst thing about price increases is that E* announces them now ... right before Christmas. D* announces theirs in January. For some reason "D* is going to raise their prices too" doesn't go as far as "E* just raised their prices" in an argument. Even though BOTH companies will raise their prices.
     
  5. Dec 14, 2007 #5 of 188
    sdschramm

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    Doesn't Dish have a guarantee for new customers. Like one year or something?

    I'm on month 6 of my 18 month commitment. Does my price go up as well, or should I get on the phone and start complaining!

    -Scott
     
  6. Dec 14, 2007 #6 of 188
    Mike D-CO5

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    Well $4.99 beats the hell out of last years increase of $10.00 for former Platinum subs . So I won't bitch about it this year. I wonder if they are going to repackage their hd a different way? Maybe a tech fee for like $10.00 for hd receivers and then an hd pack fee of $10.00. Comes out the same but it breaks up the price a bit. IF DISH would make every HD account pay the tech fee of 10.00 per account and drop the hd enabeling fee, it would pay for the Voom channels and they could cut down the price of the hd pack in half. IN the end customers would think they got a bit of a price decrease if they did this. It is all about perception anyway.
     
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    I agree with James...keep it in perspective. I get the AT100 package. $3 over two years isn't too bad when you compare to cable. I bet the cost of your daily coffee has gone up by more then $3 over a month, yet people keep buying Starbucks.
     
  8. Dec 14, 2007 #8 of 188
    James Long

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    Certain packages come with a price guarantee (such as DISH DVR Advantage) until a certain date. Not all packages are price guaranteed.

    When the rates change everyone gets the new rates. For me, it typically hits on the bill for March service. Sometimes E* will send out a PPV coupon with the notices.
     
  9. Dec 14, 2007 #9 of 188
    razorbackfan

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    Still cheaper than Cox cable. I'm ok with this.
     
  10. Dec 14, 2007 #10 of 188
    mengel

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    You want to complain about price increases, you should also have Charter cable! They raise their prices in our area TWICE a year! They've done this since they took over the local cable company more than 10 years ago.
     
  11. Dec 14, 2007 #11 of 188
    jpeckinp

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    I don't buy Starpukes, as a matter of fact I don't drink coffee. I use that money to pay for my Video needs:D
     
  12. Dec 14, 2007 #12 of 188
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    IAWTC: Though I'd be dollars to donuts that, with such a spotlight on E* and their HD content, the LAST thing they want to tinker with is HD price-points. Talk about falling out of the frying pan and into the fire!
     
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    If everything pack goes up by $4.99 and dish does not increase their HD OFFERING I will be gone Dish will be the highest provider in my area. I wonder how many others will fine dish to cost more than local cable company.
     
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    James, to be fair, Dish hasn't announced anything about a price increase as of yet. It was an internal memo at this guys office and if he works for a phone company he doesn't work for Dish so it hasn't been announced or released to the public as of yet.
    Could this guy be right, sure, but until Dish makes the announcement from their offices and not from a "phone company that sells the Dish product" internal memo that probably wasn't for the public, then it is all hearsay and can only be taken as such.
     
  15. Dec 14, 2007 #15 of 188
    Mr-Rick

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    Correct, as a retailer, I have received NO information on price increases...

    Rick
     
  16. Dec 14, 2007 #16 of 188
    James Long

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    I agree ...
    I should have included such a disclaimer in my earlier posts besides the second line of my first post: "We should expect price increases every year (E* has not missed a year for a while). We just don't know how much or if there will be any offsets (such as channels moved down to lower tiers)."

    Often these "early leaks" turn out to be right. I would prefer to see it from a more solid source (actual E* communication to their retailers, etc.) but if this is as bad as the price increase gets it won't be too painful (as many have already noted).
     
  17. Dec 14, 2007 #17 of 188
    Henry

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    Increases are annoying and sometimes painful, but when you're out here in the Colorado sticks without available cable or OTA alternatives, you just go with the flow or do without entirely.

    I can't imagine a day without TV ... I just can't. I have horses and mini-donkeys, Monopoly, DVDs and Internet, but they can provide entertainment for just so long. :D I simply gotta have my communal TV/DVR fix with sweetie at my side regardless of how inane or re-cycled or over-dramatized it is.

    Captive audiences are destined to bear the brunt. We are ... and we do.
     
  18. Dec 15, 2007 #18 of 188
    Jim5506

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    The $3 increase for AT100 and AT100+ just bumps it uip to where it would have been last year if they had had the price increase, which they did not.

    Got locked in until 2009 with DVR Advantage on AT100 so now instead of saving $0.98, I'll be saving $3.98 like every body else.
     
  19. Dec 15, 2007 #19 of 188
    comizzou573

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    I am waiting to see dish run out of business, pretty soon everyone will be with directv, since they are way cheaper than echostar now. Also dish hasnt launch the e*11 sat yet and my transponder 3 and 10 on 110 isnt working, since they launch that new sat in space that is interfering with my signal strength now and the 110 sat.
     
  20. Dec 15, 2007 #20 of 188
    James Long

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    The death of E* is often predicted and always wrong. :)

    E11 will help people in Hawaii see channels on 110° better. Yes, it should have gone active this month, but it's delay is not E*'s fault, isn't permanent and has little effect on E*'s plans (since E11 itself adds no bandwidth ... it just improves signal strength, mosly in AK and HI). Where E8 will go after E11 arrives is a question that MAY help with bandwidth.

    And yes, D* will raise their prices in March. They won't miss a year. :D
     
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