BREAKING NEWS! Price increases coming for Dish Network!

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  1. Jan 4, 2005 #281 of 388
    hambone

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    I just called to change my package. I added HD and an 811 lease and dropped Cinemax. She tried to charge me the $5 downgrade fee, and I told her I was dropping Cinemax due to the price increase, which I was, and she said, "oh yeah, you're right, I read that," and she waived the fee. So, be aware that this waiver of the fee is not ingrained in their heads yet, if you downgrade.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2005 #282 of 388
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    With E* raising the price of Top 180 to $52.99 and D* Total Choice Plus at $42.99 (at least for the time being), then to get equivalent stations on Dish (Hallmark, VH1 Classic, Nick Toons, Boomerang, Biography, SoapNet, GAC, Discovery suite, History International, etc), then yes there is a $10 price difference between the two.

    I know E* has the Encore theme crap and a couple TMC channels (not worth $7 more and not $10), but in order to get the same basic channels with E* it is $10 a month higher than Directv.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2005 #283 of 388
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    The fact is that for $2 more than AT180, you can get TC+ and HBO
     
  4. Jan 4, 2005 #284 of 388
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    wow, never thought of that... good point.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2005 #285 of 388
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    It wouldn't surprise me if you'll have to ask that the fee be waived...what better way to get some more easy fee income than not offering it automatically.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2005 #286 of 388
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    Plus, it only seems to be valid if you're lowering service due to the increase. You apparently must mention that.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2005 #287 of 388
    hambone

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    That is probably true. Thanks to this forum, I specifically told her that.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2005 #288 of 388
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    That's a good point. Top 180/locals/HBO on Dish would be $66.98 (52.99 + 13.99). On Directv, Total Choice Plus/locals/HBO would cost $54.99 (42.99 + 12)--a savings of about $12.

    It is going to be a joke for the Top 120/locals to cost $42.99 the same price as Total Choice Plus when they don't give you near the channels that TC Plus does.

    One of the only good deals, E* has is HBO/Cinemax for $17 while on Directv it'd cost $23 and only give you 3 lousy Cinemax channels. However, neither satellite provider carries the complete Cinemax Suite of channels.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2005 #289 of 388
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    One thing I just found out yesterday (that you may already know) is that you get HBO/Max for $17 only as part of the Value Pak with AT60/AT120/A180. If you prepay for a year of ATxxx then the HBO/Max combo price is $21.99.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2005 #290 of 388
    Mike Richardson

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    Those price comparisons aren't really fair. AT180 has Encore theme channels and The Movie Channel. To really compare fairly you would need to somehow add these channels to the TC+ package.

    It's sort of unfortunate that it is bundled this way. I'd like to see it be restructured somehow so the Encore/TMC can be excluded.
     
  11. Jan 4, 2005 #291 of 388
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    That's why I think Dish needs to make available a AT150/160 pkg. Then have a AT150/160 + that would include the encores. Forgot the shopping & horse racing & bingo junk.

    I don't care about the encores but I felt like I needed the History Int, & Discoveries I get on TC+ with D*. The AT120 is a far cry from TC+.
     
  12. Jan 4, 2005 #292 of 388
    garypen

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    They're actually pretty fair comparisons. D's TC+/locals/HBO is $54.99. E's AT180/locals will be $52.99. Most of the base channels are the same. (E has less.) The big diff is HBO Pack instead of Encore Theme and two TMC channels. Personally, I prefer HBO.

    Let's not forget that TC+ also gives you channels not available from Dish, like NFL Network, FitTV, Fine Living, Oxygen, Fuel, NBA TV, NewsWorld Int'l, PBS Kids, TV One, and YES.

    In Dish's defense, AT180 does give you extra shopping, horse racing, and Spanish language channels not available on TC+. Not being a Hispanic compulsive gambler into cubic zirconia, it seems to me that TC+ is the better value. But that's me.

    Of course, the comparison between TC+/locals w/o HBO to AT120/locals is as fair as one can be as they are both $42.99. In this case, TC+ wins hands down, without a doubt, no argument. Besides the above mentioned channels not available at all on Dish, TC+ gives you a bunch more than AT120, such as Biography, Bloomberg, Boomerang, CNBC World, Discovery Themes, DIY, Fox Movies, Golf Channel, GAC, Hallmark, History Int'l, Nat'l Geo, Nicktoons, Outdoor Life, Science Channel, and Soapnet.

    If you can find a way to make AT120 seem like a better value than TC+, you go right ahead.
     
  13. Jan 4, 2005 #293 of 388
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    To me, the AT180 / TC+ is a very fair comparison. The TMC and Encore channels are garbage in my opinion. When I had AT180 for a year or more, I bet I watched 3 movies on TMC and 1 on the Encores. Those channels are a waste of bandwith, YMMV of course.

    Just think, you can save $10 by going with TC+, or you can pay $2 more and get HBO. E* definitely has to redesign their basic packages. AT180 is a ripoff, IMO. I think an AT170 without TMC and the Encores for around $45.99 would be a much better offering. But then, E* subs can very easily compare AT170 to TC+, and see that for $3 more, they are getting considerably less than with D*.

    All assuming no D* increase of course. I wouldn't be surprised to see a $2 hike before long.
     
  14. Jan 4, 2005 #294 of 388
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    Not being a Hispanic compulsive gambler into cubic zirconia

    We all have our weakness's
     
  15. Jan 4, 2005 #295 of 388
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    They are fair in the fact if you want certain channels with E* like Hallmark, GAC, or Biography, then you have to get AT180 for 52.99. $7 more than TC+ on D* was already quite an increase.

    Directv at one time had a package called Total Choice/Encore which gave you those theme channels for about $3 a month--They aren't worth $10 for sure.

    How about this--add Starz/Encore to Total Choice Plus for $12 more bringing the price to 54.99 and that is ALL the Starz and ALL Encore for that price or you could choose HBO instead of Starz or even Showtime/TMC and the price would still be $54.99.
     
  16. Jan 4, 2005 #296 of 388
    Chris Freeland

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    These comparesons are not really fair, you guys are comparing E* prices that don't take effect until February 1, the D* price and channel line up are the current prices, who know what price D* will charge in March when they too are likely to have an increase in price too. In addition we do not know if E* is planning on any channel additions or reshuffling in time for the increase or not, their are rumors that some channel additions may be coming which would effect the comparison. We can not make a fair comparison until all the dust settles.
     
  17. Jan 5, 2005 #297 of 388
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    Dish Network's package does include the Encore Thematic channels which has Westerns, one of the most requested channels in my area. Is that not included in DirecTv's Total Choice Plus Package? If not then you would have to purchase the Starz package to get it.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2005 #298 of 388
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    You have to purchase the Starz package to get the Encore theme channels they aren't separated out.
     
  19. Jan 5, 2005 #299 of 388
    ross123

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    well by now dishnetworks customer getting the letter of price increas....befor they go direct they should wait since dish price went so will direct tv....
     
  20. Jan 5, 2005 #300 of 388
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    Hey, I noticed, they have Futurama in primetime, in Spanish.
     
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