My biggest gripe with Dish recently has been the addition of various fees and elimination of ongoing credits that effectively cancelled those fees out. I adamantly oppose DVR fees. Period. Once I buy something, I should not have to pay a monthly fee to use it. Programming fees are a separate part of the service, unrelated to the hardware.
This is one of the main reasons I never got TiVo or any other device that requires a monthly service fee to use the hardware I bought.
Because the previous credits were coming to an end in the next month or so, I had planned on dropping Dish when the current year's annual subscription ended. There was just no way I could afford the combined increase of the DVR fee and the end of Annual Billing. It would have meant an increase of close to $200/yr over what I had been paying for no change in service or features.
Well, now I get a postcard in the mail saying they are extending the DVR fee credits for another two years. With the forced month to month billing now, I'll be able to keep the service for a while until I see how the costs play out without being locked in for a full year. I seem to remember that they stated they will be issuing some credits to compensate for the loss of Annual Billing, but I'll have to review the account and see how those are or were applied.
I just know Chuckie is ecstatic to hear I'll be staying for a while longer.