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Top 100 with Locals (Final Price)
Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:44 AM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:22 AM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:41 AM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:28 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 02:08 PM
1 - 0.38 Credit
2 - 0.50
3 - 0.35
4 - 0.98
Here in CA, the sales tax rate did just increase, and the bills now say that the first receiver on the account is included in the base programming package, and taxes on $5 (SD) or $7 (HD) have been included on the bill. Never having the same Tax total each month makes it hard to generalize, but it would SEEM that I only get charged tax on the implied $7 value of the 1st receiver.
KY appears listed in states with a specific tax on DBS service at http://www.stopsatellitetax.com/ but I don't keep up to date on anything but my own bill. I do recall some states used a tax rate that wasn't the same as the SALES tax rate (and here in CA, the rate varies by county). So you'd need to get a reply from someone in KY to be sure of the EXACT amount. Maybe some of the CSRs present here have access to specifics, but I've usually been told what you seem to have been told - wait for the bill where the computer figures out the rules. So add "some amount" for the tax plus your $39.99 figure.
I too would suggest that you pay the extra $5/month to get a DVR. Specifically, I'd suggest getting a Duo HD DVR. I don't know if you get locals OTA via antenna, but you should seriously consider a 722 or 722k HD DVR.
As a new subscriber, you would qualify for a ClubDISH referral and save an additional $30. I could supply a referral number, but so can any other existing subscriber - and it is worth $50 to the person making the referral. So before you sign up, check friends, family, co-workers for DISH subscribers and they would get the 10 $5 credits (and PPV coupons on their 1st referral). You would have to commit to 24 months with ClubDISH, but it would be a lot more expensive if you don't commit. The commit would get you the $30 ClubDISH credit on the 1st bill, waive the $99 activation fee, $25/month off the price of top 100 programming for 6 months, 3 months of HBO & Showtime, and free Bronze HD programming for 6 months, DHPP for 9 months (IIRC). Your first month's bill will cover two months, so if you were to be installed on say 25-May, you'd get a bill for 25-May thru 24-Jul. That's $14.99 for each month of top 100 and locals after the $25 discount, and you'd just be liable for whatever the tax turns out to be after the $30 ClubDISH credit. After 3 months, you'd need to cancel HBO/Showtime to prevent the bill from increasing, and then after 6 months, the $14.99 would go to $39.99 and you'd need to drop the HD Programming to keep the bill from increasing. If you do get the Duo HD DVR, it would add $5/month to the above numbers so you would have to pay $10 for the 1st two months after a ClubDISH $30 plus whatever taxes end up being.
You may not be thinking HD right now, but now is the time to get an HD DVR as it doesn't cost you anything more than what you'd pay for an SD Duo DVR. If you hadn't been thinking DVR at all, you should give it some consideration.