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#1 OFFLINE   mr_mark95

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:14 PM

I am frustrated with by bill increases over the last year. I am probably switching to DTV. I like Dish but can not continue to pay this amount. Any suggestions?

I have three VIP 722s.

America's Everything Pak $104.99
HD 250 $10.00
HD Duo (2TV) DVR Receiver $17.00
DVR Service $6.00
Service Plan (15) $6.00
HD Duo (2TV) DVR Receiver $17.00
Dish Platinum $10.00

Monthly Charges $170.99

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#2 OFFLINE   tampa8

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:24 PM

I suggest switching to Direct TV. They don't raise their rates and always cost less than dish. :sure:

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:42 PM

It really doesn't matter which provider you go with - given the level of programming you're taking, after new sub deal is over, they'll all be expensive.

If you want to reduce your bill - reduce your programming and the number of receivers on your account.
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Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:56 PM

There are multiple ways to lower your bill - the 2 that jump out at me are you're paying $10 for HD which you can get for free (if you sign a new 2-year commitment, or pay a one-time $99 fee). You're also paying $10 for HD Platinum - do you watch any of these channels? Most people don't. Also, if you're confident you won't have problems with your installation or equipment you could remove the $6 Service Plan fee - but be prepared for a $95 service call fee if something goes wrong.

Beyond that, I'm assuming you're a movie lover if you're paying for the Everything Pak - if not, then drop down to the Top 200 or 250.

After that it's hardware changes - do you need DVR on all 6 TV's? Do you need 6 separate TV channels? Basically you can get one Duo DVR for free, after that it's $7/month per room, and an additional $3/month for each DVR receiver (not room).

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 04:08 PM

I am frustrated with by bill increases over the last year. I am probably switching to DTV. I like Dish but can not continue to pay this amount. Any suggestions?

I have three VIP 722s.

America's Everything Pak $104.99
HD 250 $10.00
HD Duo (2TV) DVR Receiver $17.00
DVR Service $6.00
Service Plan (15) $6.00
HD Duo (2TV) DVR Receiver $17.00
Dish Platinum $10.00

Monthly Charges $170.99


exchange 2 of the 722's for 2 211's and attach EHD to both turning them into DVR'S without the DVR fees ;)

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 04:32 PM

You are paying $10 for HD which we now offer for free like gtal98 mentioned which would be one option. If you would like to PM me your account number I can see what all is available.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 05:12 PM

I suggest switching to Direct TV. They don't raise their rates and always cost less than dish. :sure:


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Posted 09 March 2011 - 05:24 PM

We're paying Dish about $50/mo without any promotions, so yes, it's very possible to lower your bill. You just need to choose what you really want/need.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 06:09 PM

If you can cancel with no penalty then drop the $6 maint fee. If something breaks just tell "E" to fix it you'll switch to "D". They'll set you up at no cost and at a lower rate for the first year.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:05 AM

Cut programming back or cut down on the number of receivers....those are the options.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:56 PM

I have three VIP 722s.

I'm going to assume you're serious about saving.

As noted on your bill, you pay $17 a piece for two of them. You could save $7 a piece ($14 a month) just by going to two 612's which may be able to do everything you need.

America's Everything Pak $104.99
HD 250 $10.00,
Dish Platinum $10.00

This combination is costing you $125 a month. And by getting "everything" you miss opportunities to get savings like 3 months of a free premium.

If you changed to AT200 and a couple of premiums, plus getting the HD charge removed as mentioned by others, the bill would drop to $84 a month saving a whopping $41 a month. Yes, you may lose a channel or two on which someone in your household watches one show a week. They may be able to stream the show on line.

So if you did everything suggested here you could save $55 a month. You could do even more or something less. But you easily could make changes that would save you at least 20%.

Now I'll be the first to admit I haven't been able to get my adult daughter to change her package in her household because she might miss a couple of programs a month. But life is a series of choices.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:08 PM

I suggest switching to Direct TV. They don't raise their rates and always cost less than dish. :sure:


Just left them after their second increase in a little over a year. The choice package [ NOT a great line-up] , standard def reciever [ 2] That's right, no HD, and they dropped several channels that I actually watched. All for the low, low, price of $69.99.

The only things I will miss is MLB and 101.

Even after dish's promo pricing is over, I'll have a better package for less. Price is gauranteed until 2013. Then we''ll see what happens.......

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:12 AM

I suggest switching to Direct TV. They don't raise their rates and always cost less than dish. :sure:



DirecTV Costs more because they have NFLST. That's a hidden cost. I'll never switch to DirecTV:nono::nono::nono::nono:

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#14 OFFLINE   Paul Secic

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:28 AM

I am frustrated with by bill increases over the last year. I am probably switching to DTV. I like Dish but can not continue to pay this amount. Any suggestions?

I have three VIP 722s.

America's Everything Pak $104.99
HD 250 $10.00
HD Duo (2TV) DVR Receiver $17.00
DVR Service $6.00
Service Plan (15) $6.00
HD Duo (2TV) DVR Receiver $17.00
Dish Platinum $10.00

Monthly Charges $170.99


You can get the STARZ promo for free for a year. I dropped AEP because Showtime doesn't have quality movies.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:49 AM

Just left them after their second increase in a little over a year. The choice package [ NOT a great line-up] , standard def reciever [ 2] That's right, no HD, and they dropped several channels that I actually watched. All for the low, low, price of $69.99.

The only things I will miss is MLB and 101.

Even after dish's promo pricing is over, I'll have a better package for less. Price is gauranteed until 2013. Then we''ll see what happens.......


I think you missed my sarcasm... As Jon Lovizt would say "Acting" .....

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:53 AM

Personally I just go with Dish America and have the VIP722 receiver. I pay a whopping $41/month.

And even with that I feel like I watch too much tv!

Do you really need so many receivers? Do you really need so many channels? You say you can't continue to pay that amount. The solution is simple, reduce your packages and cut your receivers.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:16 AM

Do you really need so many receivers? Do you really need so many channels? You say you can't continue to pay that amount. The solution is simple, reduce your packages and cut your receivers.


When we dropped the core package, we missed not having a couple of the channels for a couple of days. Then we got over it and don't miss them at all. Most of what we watch now comes from Netflix streaming.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:20 AM

I went to the cheapest package I could find after paying almost $100 a month. Dish America so now my bill is $42.00 a month with dvr service. I don't miss all those channels, except for Fox News. I can't stand CNN. Even at $42.00 a month, I still think that's way too much.

I forgot to add, I'm stuck with Dish or Directv here. Cable or anything else isn't available.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:43 AM

I'm going to be looking into this too, but I may try to go even cheaper. We just got FiOS TV installed over the weekend. I'm going to evaluate it for a while, and when the new v1.9 firmware comes out, I will take a long hard look at both programming packages. I might drop DISH down to the absolute minimum required to still be able to watch the content on my EHD, and use OTA in case the FiOS goes out.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:06 PM

$170 per month and it doesn't look like you even have locals. With 3 722s unless you have a half dozen people all watching different shows, it sure seems like you could do some cabling to eliminate one of those receivers and live with two 722s. HBO does some nice series but having all of the premium channels seems like a lot of repetition. As mentioned earlier, Netflix for $10 a month gives a lot of streaming and mailed DVDs.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:19 PM

$170 per month and it doesn't look like you even have locals.


That is in the AEP (included in price, not a separate line item anymore).

I am frustrated with by bill increases over the last year. I am probably switching to DTV. I like Dish but can not continue to pay this amount. Any suggestions?


As NickF mentioned, let us take a look at the bill and see what we can do. Also, having a list of channels you "cannot live without" is always a good thing, as it helps to cut out the programming that you CAN live without. There are plenty of options to decrease your bill, and rather then sitting idle when we could lose a customer, NickF and I would rather reach out and offer our help. PM us a phone number if you want us to have a look and see what we can do to get that bill lower.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:06 AM

Without knowing much about your preferences, here are possible suggestions:

* Drop the service plan. You can always add it right before a service call and drop it 4 months later without penalty. Disadvantage: None
* Have only one 722 and split the TV2 signal among the rest of your TVs (you may need to buy extra remotes). Disadvantage: You would need to watch the same programming on the rest of your TVs.
* Get other people to join E* via the ClubDish program. See http://www.dishnetwork.com/clubdish. You get $50 off your bill (in $5/mo increments) for every referral & free PPV.
* Drop down to a much lower package and get a NetFlix (or another similar service) subscription for movies and other programming. You can usually get a month's free trial. Disadvantage: Lower quality online.
* Compare with other TV providers (include bundling savings with Internet, telephone, and/or cell phone). This is a little tricky, but for an upcoming move, I created a spreadsheet with different options (e.g. keep E* and use Verizon FIOS for Internet/Phone/Cell, or E* (TV), Comcast (Internet), Verizon (POTS/Cell) or go with Verizon FIOS for TV/Internet/Phone/Cell Phone (include E* Early Termination Fee if applicable)). Check with E*, D*, & local cable/FIOS companies to see if they have any bundling options in your area for TV, Phone, Internet, &/or Cell Phone service. Keep in mind that cable phone service is a little less reliable than other providers. Disadvantage: Very time consuming




Of course, you would want to compare channel lineups (including HD if that is important), picture quality (maybe go to a friend's house who has a different provider), fees, etc.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 01:38 PM

I'm switching to Dish from Directv tomorrow. *D* is more expensive than you think. It looks like you're getting a lot for your money. Directv's equivalent to what you have will be more expensive.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:36 PM

You could lower it by $36/month if you drop the service plan (not needed), change the 2 722's to 612's and sign up for the free HD. You'd get about the same functionality, same programming. I'd even drop the platinum and save another $10 bringing the total savings to $46/month.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:49 PM

I was in this problem also at one time .

My gear was $21 extra and DVR service was Free on the AEP
When i jumped to Direct dish wanted $ 50 for the same gear that ive had since day one.

If you need 6tv's its going to be hard to go any place for less other then OTA or Basic cable no box.

Drop to the 250 and do netflix. Ditching the service plan with DVR's on your account is not a good thing unless you want to roll the dice and hope dish will charge you $15 service calls when the hard drives fails.

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