BREAKING NEWS! Price increases coming for Dish Network!

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  1. Dec 26, 2004 #1 of 388
    Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    DBSTalk just received word that price increases are coming 2/1/05!

    AT60 +$2
    AT60 Plus +$2
    AT120 +$3
    AT180 +$3
    Everything Package +$4
    RAI International +$3

    Letters will go out 1/1/05, and if you have an email address registered with Dish, you will not get a letter but email instead (hmmm, there was a big push to collect email addresses recently). All subscribers that are involved in the increase will be receiving a free PPV coupon. Note, no Dish Latino packages will be affected by this.

    This is a large increase compared to recent years, and explanation given is the increase in costs from the providers.

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  2. Dec 26, 2004 #2 of 388

    catnap1972 Legend

    May 31, 2003
    Could've smelled this coming a mile away.

    Back to AT120 (or off to DirecTV) for me.

    (BTW, any increases on anything networks, supers, etc.?)
  3. Dec 26, 2004 #3 of 388

    Spruceman Legend

    Nov 21, 2004
    I wonder how much of the increase goes to ESPN, et. al., to pay for the rights of showing games between our teams of corporate gladiators?
  4. Dec 26, 2004 #4 of 388

    wcswett Godfather

    Jan 7, 2003
    Hmmm... well, now that aspect ratios are fixed on the 921, I guess I'll deactivate a receiver to offset the increase.

    --- WCS
  5. Dec 26, 2004 #5 of 388

    bavaria72 I am one too! DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    Well, who gets to update the price comparision list between E*, D*, and Voom? 3 bucks for AT120? That is about a 4 or 5% increase of my total bill. Be interesting to see what D* does in March.
  6. Dec 26, 2004 #6 of 388

    mattb Legend

    Apr 29, 2002
    Man, E* is becoming to be as expensive as Digital Cable yet they give more channels! This is sad, since Charlie has said he will not add any new HD content (not compelling) and no more SD Content ( they want to charge us too much)
  7. Dec 26, 2004 #7 of 388

    tnsprin Hall Of Fame

    Mar 15, 2003
    They have been adding "some" SD content (not counting the LIL). Looks like they may add some more (at least test feeds of some new stations are being uploaded).

    Of course its HD content I want to see added.
  8. Dec 26, 2004 #8 of 388

    Darkman Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 16, 2002
    Hmmm... from last Retailer Chat -

    "Cable Rates are going up ( "they are raising rates - Surprise, surprise" )

    They showed about 30 or 40 Cable local markets (...Comcast, Adelphia, Time Warner, Charter, etc) - and the rates of Increase.. ranging somewhere from 2 to 8 % ....

    Jim suggested to Retailers: "It's a good time to "Cash in" on that"

    Hehehe.... - Looks like Dishnet decided to "Cash in" (so to speak).. themselves also ..somewhat :D :(

    With all the above mentioned "Cable's statistics" - How many % will THEIR OWN increase make? ;) :(

    P.S. .... i guess "the Fat Lady sang then..." :(((((
  9. Dec 26, 2004 #9 of 388

    ClaudeR Godfather

    Dec 6, 2003
    All I could do is eliminate the locals - BUT NO! On the 921, you have to sub the locals to get the OTA guide data. Hmmm, why did I dump Adelphia this month? ARGH. :(
  10. Dec 26, 2004 #10 of 388
    Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    Comparing those price increases with "like" packages from my local cable company, percentage wise, DISH's increases are almost twice as much as the cable company's planned increase. Those increases make cable cheaper than DISH. Between the price increase and the fact that DISH still doesn't carry ALL the locals in my area will make cable look like the better choice for many people.
  11. Dec 26, 2004 #11 of 388
    Scott Greczkowski

    Scott Greczkowski Banned User

    Mar 21, 2002
    From what I know this information is incorrect.

    I am being told that the increase will happen in March.

    Guess we wait and see.
  12. Dec 26, 2004 #12 of 388

    leegart Legend

    Dec 18, 2004
    Higher fees and we lost CNN-International! :mad:
  13. Dec 26, 2004 #13 of 388

    catnap1972 Legend

    May 31, 2003
    If the only thing that's wrong is the date does it really make much difference?
  14. Dec 26, 2004 #14 of 388
    Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    I was at the In-Laws place yesterday. She told me her Comcast rates had recently increased and they were looking to go lifeline (basic) services since they hardly watch TV.

    I think rate increases stink and I don't want to pay more either...but I also don't see this as an isolated occurrence. Seems to me all my utility company's are jacking rates lately...Nicor announced that they were going to triple the per therm rate for the month of February. Lets much was my heating bill last x3. Are these premiums really required or is it fleecing of America?

    My 2 cents
  15. Dec 26, 2004 #15 of 388

    BFG Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2004
    The fee breakdown doesn't look that complete to me.

    How will the locals and AT package bundling go. Will everything go up $3 or just the AT alone packages. Because that would be a nice incentive for those that bundle locals for their price to stay the same. Last year when they did the increase they added the local bundle so in effect the price only went up 1 penny.
  16. Dec 26, 2004 #16 of 388

    Ray_Clum Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Will be....

    Package / Provider / With Locals / Without Locals
    AT60 / E* / 26.99 / 31.99
    AT60+ / E* / 31.99 / 36.99
    TC / D* / 36.99 / 39.99
    AT120 / E* / 36.99 / 42.99
    TC+ / D* / 39.99 / 42.99
    AT180 / E* / 47.99 / 52.99
    AEP / E* / 81.99 / 86.99
    TC Prem / D* / 87.99 / 90.99

    Makes D* awfully price competitive pretty much across the board... Will be interesting to see what E*'s telco partners do with their pricing. This might drive some E* customers towards their telco partners if the partners don't raise pricing.
  17. Dec 26, 2004 #17 of 388

    wkomorow DBSTalk Club Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    It may be a matter of semantics, but Scott and Chris may be saying the same thing. If the announcement goes out in January, the price increase will be in the February bill. However, the Feb bill is really for March programming.

    I agree with Spruceman, it would be interesting to know how much is being spent to support the new regional sports networks and ESPN. All programming has gone up, but my guess is that the sports programming has gone up more that most.

    <New England Mode On>
    Besides, unless your a Pats (12 and 2 this season, and do I HAVE to remind you about last season) or Sox fan - why would you pay more money just to watch your favorite team lose, anyway? </New England Mode Off>
  18. Dec 26, 2004 #18 of 388
    Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    Come on fellas. Let's settle down a bit here. Like Bill and Catnap said, it could be February or March. Doesn't matter. The fact is that price increases are coming.

    Dish is going to take a lot of heat for this so it should be interesting to see what happens.
  19. Dec 26, 2004 #19 of 388
    Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    That statement is true but I feel that ONE of the reasons for the big increase is the "receiver giveaway" program that the DBS vendors are currently engaged in. While some of the equipment is leased (DirecTV's isn't) it is costing a LOT more money up front to get new customer. SOMEONE has to pay for that and the way that is being done is in the form of a steep rate increase.

    I also think that DirecTV will have a BIG increase in 2005. You can't give away the farm (receivers) forever.
  20. Dec 26, 2004 #20 of 388

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    I think Nick started it. A moderator should never start anything.

    There fore I feel that Nick should be demoted and no longer be made a moderator.

    As for Scott. He is a member just like everyone else. He is not a moderator. Members sometimes go out and say things. It is normal. It is not normal for moderators, they should be moderating and not starting things.

    I expert more from a moderator on a board. Please remove Nick as a Mod.
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