My gut says this is less about needing/wanting more money than it is about trying to control two-Hopper households.
A lot of people were wanting 2 Hoppers instead of a Hopper + Joey... and if it cost you the same per month to have either config, why wouldn't you want 2 Hoppers instead of a Hopper + Joey? It's a no brainer! Of course you'd rather have the tuners over just a Joey.
So... how does a company control demand? Raise the price on what they want you to take less of...
So they should jack up the price of Hopper #2 and leave the pricing of Hopper #1 and DVR fee alone. Otherwise they're just begging current customers to leave to get better deals from their competitors.
From the consumer end, yeah it is a huge price hike... but look at it from the Dish end... They make more money off of TWO customers who each have one Hopper than they do ONE customer with two hoppers... Dish would rather be using those Hoppers for new installs of new customers, than stacking them up with existing customers.
That, to me, is the driving force behind this price increase... not a cash grab... but an attempt to nudge their customer base towards making the decision that Dish wants them to make.
To leave Dish behind because their pricing no longer makes sense to their current customers? An odd nudge in my opinion.
Seems more likely that they kept pricing lowish and to entice people to switch over to the new technology and lock in, then hit them with fee increases. They seem to think that what they are offering is good enough that people will shrug it off. I'm not shrugging. I'm certainly not going to be recommending Hopper systems to anyone that asks my opinion. Frankly, it leaves me with a less-than-glowing feeling about Dish as a company and I can't say I'd recommend Dish even with the older recievers at this pt.
Edited by koralis, 19 April 2013 - 02:12 PM.