So that suggests that programming costs for all channels have risen and the increase only reflects the price necessary to offset that increase?
To oversimplify it, yes. Programming is not the only cost that DISH pays out, but it is a major portion of the bills DISH pays.
Then it has nothing to do with programming Costs, but the price at which DTV charges for a similar packages.
No ... but the price the market will bear is important. DISH sells itself as the low(er) price carrier. They need to stay at a lower price than their major competitors.
AMC is, and the AT120+ went up $10.
AMC is in AT120 and AT120 only went up $5. Don't gloss over the facts.
I am, which is why I can see a 700M loss in 2012 as one reason for price increases.
In the first three quarters of 2012 DISH is up (profitable) by $428 million. If they equal the worst fourth quarter since 2005 they will still post a profit of over $580 million for the year. Sure, they have had better years ... $608 million in 2006, $636 million in 2009, $756 million in 2007, $903 million in 2008, $985 million in 2010 ... I do not expect 4Q 2012 to be enough to beat 2011, but 2011 was not a typical year. It was the most profitable year in DISH history. 2012 will turn out fine. Another profitable year.
The big picture is more than one year.