Well, the secret would be that they did not want anybody to know that the dvr fee agreement was made in the first place.
It is not kept a secret. As one signs up for service it is disclosed. Before one signs up for service the fee can easily be found.
As I mentioned concerning the DOC fee at car dealers. They all decided together to charge a DOC fee. No exceptions. All for the good of the owner. It is what it is. Nothing we can do about it if we want the service.
It is a payment for a service rendered - and it is disclosed as the purchase deal is signed. At least it was when I bought my cars.
I just don't see the legitimacy of it. I can see a lease fee if you're leasing the box. But to add a DVR fee on top of the lease fee makes no sense. If you buy the box, adding a DVR fee makes no sense. It doesn't cost Dish a dime for the customer to use the DVR functions.
It may not have cost DISH a dime for you to use the DVR but it cost them a pretty penny to develop and maintain a DVR for your use.
Why should a non-DVR customer pay the same as a DVR customer when they are not getting the benefit of the DVR? A person who chooses to have a DVR and not use it still has a DVR available to them (and they could choose to not have a DVR). DVR fees are avoidable ... don't have a DVR.
In fact, they really don't know if you're using it or not.
If it is connected to phone or internet they do.
And this is all on top of your subscription rate.
OK ... lets make a deal. Raise EVERYONE'S rate by $7 and cancel the per account DVR fee.
When you buy a refrigerator, the manufacturer or retailer don't charge you extra to use the ice maker.
You pay a monthly fee to your refrigerator supplier? Perhaps you do if it is from a rental place. I would not be surprised to pay more per month to rent a refrigerator with an ice maker.
Manufacturers and retailers charge extra for refrigerators with ice makers.