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#26 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

So is Dish going to throw in the sports pack with AEP? If not then why a $15 increase and nothing added?

Price increases are common ... it is nice to look at "something added" that offsets the price but that cannot always be found. The cost to DISH for everything they offer is continually going up.

Also I am new to Dish about a month and half in and have AEP with the promo price. Will I get a $5 extra price protection credit? I didn't know if I did and if I do is it $5 or $10 a month on the AEP. Thanks for the help guys.

As a new subscriber (since 3/1/12) you'll get the $5 credit until your first year is up. As an AEP subscriber you will also get a $10 credit (or free HD for Life if you somehow don't have that already). The $15 increase will be covered by credits ... until your first year lapses and then you'll see a $5 increase. Then the $10 credit will come off after 18 months. (Of course, by then we will be paying 2014 prices.)

Just noticed today, ORDER DISH TODAY, and get a FREE $50 VISA giftcard.

WOW! is this to make up for the upcoming price change??? LOL :nono:

Nope. That is an entirely separate offer. Everyone who has signed up for DISH since 3/1/2012 will not see the effect of the price change until their first year is up. That makes up for the price change.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

I for one will protest this increase by going to and using over the air and Amazon.com and others like for my television needs. I don’t see going to cable or direct TV or any of them. If more people just don’t switch and start using over the air these companies will get the point and that these increases can’t keep going on. I don’t care if dish did not raise prices for two years it’s the old saying you can pay me now or you can pay later. I for one won’t do either if this happens! I am at my breaking point; being with dish for 14+ years I am just tired of all of this! Sorry for the vent!!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

I for one will protest this increase by going to and using over the air and Amazon.com and others like for my television needs. I don’t see going to cable or direct TV or any of them. If more people just don’t switch and start using over the air these companies will get the point and that these increases can’t keep going on. I don’t care if dish did not raise prices for two years it’s the old saying you can pay me now or you can pay later. I for one won’t do either if this happens! I am at my breaking point; being with dish for 14+ years I am just tired of all of this! Sorry for the vent!!


If more people keep switching to OTA+Amazon/Netflix the only companies that will get the point are Amazon and Netflix and will increase there prices accordingly.

These Ota alternatives arent for ever and heavily rely on the existence of tv providers like Dish, DTV and Cable companies. You are of course in effect watching programing made for those companies, if everyone switches to streaming there wont be any shows to stream any more ;)

Everyone switching to alternative streaming methods is not the way to teach pay tv providers a lesson lol.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

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Directv will certainly announce theirs soon as will all other providers. Everyone is dealing with the huge rise in programming costs.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

Well, there goes Blockbuster.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

Price increases are common ... it is nice to look at "something added" that offsets the price but that cannot always be found. The cost to DISH for everything they offer is continually going up.

As a new subscriber (since 3/1/12) you'll get the $5 credit until your first year is up. As an AEP subscriber you will also get a $10 credit (or free HD for Life if you somehow don't have that already). The $15 increase will be covered by credits ... until your first year lapses and then you'll see a $5 increase. Then the $10 credit will come off after 18 months. (Of course, by then we will be paying 2014 prices.)



Thank you for all your help!! I was just thinking Dish would add the sports pack or maybe Blockbuster. I know Direct hasn't went public with their increases but at least they give you their sports pack with Premiere.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

Well, there goes Blockbuster.


I'm thinking about dropping Blockbuser and adding AT 250.. I don't watch the channels. Of course I'll miss the movies.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

If more people keep switching to OTA+Amazon/Netflix the only companies that will get the point are Amazon and Netflix and will increase there prices accordingly.

These Ota alternatives arent for ever and heavily rely on the existence of tv providers like Dish, DTV and Cable companies. You are of course in effect watching programing made for those companies, if everyone switches to streaming there wont be any shows to stream any more ;)

Everyone switching to alternative streaming methods is not the way to teach pay tv providers a lesson lol.


So I guess your just saying suck it up and pay it! How about I send a blank check and ask them to write in the amount. I guess that another way to do it..no?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

Just noticed today, ORDER DISH TODAY, and get a FREE $50 VISA giftcard.

WOW! is this to make up for the upcoming price change??? LOL :nono:


That covers 10 months of the price increase, and u can get money off with referrals as well. You switched to be subjected to a price increase with Direct tv, good luck..would love to see the look on your face if they merge like its being rumored lol

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

If they are raising the price that much more for the 120+ Package the least they could do is make the RSN's 24/7 HD. That larger increase for the 120+ goes to show how many really want their RSN's. "E" is betting that the majority of 120+ customers will pay the extra now for the 200 package.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

If they are raising the price that much more for the 120+ Package the least they could do is make the RSN's 24/7 HD. That larger increase for the 120+ goes to show how many really want their RSN's. "E" is betting that the majority of 120+ customers will pay the extra now for the 200 package.

I agree ... it is past time for RSNs in HD 24/7.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

And where is CW in HD???? I have been asking for this for months.

Does anyone know what the increases are for the individual premium channels (ie. HBO, SHO, etc.)?
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

How much of this goes to AMC/Rainbow? Probably a fair bit. And remember how the BTN was off for a week? People jumped ship (or at least threatened to) over the lack of these channels. Well, those channels are now back on Dish, and you didn't think prices would stay the same, did you? All these contract disputes are about one thing: the programming providers want more money, and Dish isn't going to just empty their wallets and give it to them - it's going to come from us. Those jumping to DirecTV over this are jumping the gun - DirecTV has also been caught up in these negotiations with multiple providers, and they'll have to pass their negotiated price increases on to their customers. So you may jump to a provider that actually ends up raising prices even higher than Dish, and be under contract for quite some time paying it, too.

OTA plus streaming is a viable alternative. I think it will be for a long time. But what is available via streaming and OTA is not the same as what is available via the pay providers. Either you can live without those things, or you pony up the money.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

So is Dish going to throw in the sports pack with AEP? If not then why a $15 increase and nothing added?

Also I am new to Dish about a month and half in and have AEP with the promo price. Will I get a $5 extra price protection credit? I didn't know if I did and if I do is it $5 or $10 a month on the AEP. Thanks for the help guys.


It's not a matter of what was added, it's a matter of what the cost is.

Let's use the ESPN example. This year Dish pays X, next year they will pay X +. Did ESPN give DISH anything additional? Still the same channel. This is the case with most channels. Their costs are going up.

No different than many other things. If your electric bill goes up next year, are you getting "better electricity"? More electricity? Water bills....gas bill...etc. It goes up because the costs of those services go up (whether it is a commodity, or the cost of production, or whatever).

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:24 PM

I for one will protest this increase by going to and using over the air and Amazon.com and others like for my television needs. I don’t see going to cable or direct TV or any of them. If more people just don’t switch and start using over the air these companies will get the point and that these increases can’t keep going on. I don’t care if dish did not raise prices for two years it’s the old saying you can pay me now or you can pay later. I for one won’t do either if this happens! I am at my breaking point; being with dish for 14+ years I am just tired of all of this! Sorry for the vent!!


Read an article yesterday that Netflix will need to be at $19.99 to be profitable in just a few years. The reality is that if people switch, the producers of this content still need to earn their revenues to pay for things like Monday Night Football, producing Game of Thrones, Dexter, Family Guy, etc, etc. They'll jack up the rates on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc because they can't be without the revenues they have locked into to pay for the development of content.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:16 AM

What is the point of the AEP package? It used to be a savings for subscribers by combining premium channels and DVR service at a discount. Now there is no savings with it and in fact costs $1.00 more than getting AT250 plus the four premiums (AT250 $74.99 plus $44 for all four premiums = $118.99, the new AEP price = $119.99). Makes no sense.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:45 AM

All I can do is look at it from my perspective. First, I believe I saved $29.16 in 2012 because there was no rate increase:

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I was not aware that any other provider, cable or satellite, did that.

Secondly, because of the dispute with AMC, I dropped from the AT200 to the AT120 because at that point the only channel left in the AT200 package we watched regularly was BBCA and I couldn't justify $15 a month for one channel. Then when the AMC thing was settled it magically appeared in the AT120 package.

For me a $5 a month increase is very, very reasonable. Now I have to decide what to do about equipment because my old 722's hard drive is non-functional for recording. Do I make the shift to a Hopper....

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:54 AM

Yes, DirecTV is also going to be raising prices sometime in Feb. next year. It comes after disputing with Viacom over their channels and Time Warner over Los Angeles Laker's games. DirecTV kept the Viacom channels which means a price increase for customers as well as carry the Time Warner channel for the Laker's games customers wanted.
Every carrier has price increases. However, DirecTV is very good at negotiating deals. It would of never taken DirecTV as long as it took Dish to get AMC back.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:17 AM

Yes, DirecTV is also going to be raising prices sometime in Feb. next year. It comes after disputing with Viacom over their channels and Time Warner over Los Angeles Laker's games. DirecTV kept the Viacom channels which means a price increase for customers as well as carry the Time Warner channel for the Laker's games customers wanted.

It is also the beginning of the year ... when was the last year there was not a price increase at the beginning of the year? It is clockwork ... regardless of the specific examples from the year prior to each annual increase.

Every carrier has price increases. However, DirecTV is very good at negotiating deals. It would of never taken DirecTV as long as it took Dish to get AMC back.

Less time than Versus? We could get into the petty DISH vs DirecTV bickering but this really isn't the place for it. Both providers have had their issues with different providers (and often the same providers) over the past years.

BTW: All this week I've been seeing warnings from a local station about my local CBS leaving DISH at 12:01am Friday morning. It is after 3am now and the warnings have been pulled from the station's website. Hopefully yet another deal done without any interruption.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:16 AM

And after waiting for 2 or more years for a deal to be brokered, when will Dish give us ESPNU in HD? The increases need to reflect a two-way benefit...for Dish and for the customers...

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:02 AM

I just looked at the lineups - and it's been a long time since I did anything with my programming package...

I have to ask myself if Encore, H2 and DIY are worth $10/mo as those are the only channels I really watch that require the AT250. If VH1 Classic were in HD, I might include that.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:34 AM

Thank you for all your help!! I was just thinking Dish would add the sports pack or maybe Blockbuster. I know Direct hasn't went public with their increases but at least they give you their sports pack with Premiere.

At least part of the price increase is suppose to be the result of the players getting a big bump in their salary. I also remember reading that some cable providers are planing to add packages without the sports channels because of this.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

It's not a matter of what was added, it's a matter of what the cost is.

Let's use the ESPN example. This year Dish pays X, next year they will pay X +. Did ESPN give DISH anything additional? Still the same channel. This is the case with most channels. Their costs are going up.

No different than many other things. If your electric bill goes up next year, are you getting "better electricity"? More electricity? Water bills....gas bill...etc. It goes up because the costs of those services go up (whether it is a commodity, or the cost of production, or whatever).

My two cents.



I understand that every year our prices will go up no matter what. I just don't get a $15 increase. If it was $5 like the rest then I could see that but $15 is a huge and I mean huge jump in price.

By the way your wrong with your ESPN example. I am a huge college football fan. ESPN just bought the rites to the first ever Division 1 college football playoff. They buy the rights to everything so they do add content all the time. Now I know not everyone watched ESPN and lots who don't want it so I get that too but ESPN does add content every single year.

AEP and their $15 increase as of now has not added anything. At least give us the sports pack like DirecTV.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

At least part of the price increase is suppose to be the result of the players getting a big bump in their salary. I also remember reading that some cable providers are planing to add packages without the sports channels because of this.


All sports should be in one package. Never going to happen though.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

I just put the updated info in the FAQ.

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