BREAKING NEWS! Price increases coming for Dish Network!

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Chris Blount, Dec 26, 2004.

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  1. DoyleS

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    I just had one of those "I can't believe I am talking to a human" calls with Mary Operator 1TM at Dish. I pay annually for my Dish 180 package ($495/yr which works out to $41.25/mo) No complaints there. And I pay 109.89/yr for Annual HD which is $9.15/mo. Both of these I am happy about and since it renews in January I always get in before the next price increase. However, Dish offers locals on there main page for $5 over any of the package costs but that is only available if you pay monthly, if you pay your package bill annually you pay $5.99/mo for locals and they have no way to give you the $5/mo price that those that pay monthly get. Some sort of mumbo jumbo about it is built into the package plan. It is still better than Comcast rates although Comcast really has improved their HD offerings and has a $10/mo HD recorder that is definitely going to slow the movement to Satellite for a lot of people.

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  2. ClaudeR

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    Agreed! I joined DirecTV in 98 when they still had a Select Choice for $19.99. When they dropped SCI FI and a couple others from my grandfathered package - I left them. Now have Dish for the same reason. I don't need much TV, just the basics. Wish they could come out with a "non-sports" package to keep it cheap.
     
  3. red hazard

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    With the AEP going up another $4.00 MRC, I intend to downgrade to the Top 120 plus 2 or 3 premiums. HBO/ST add-ons are currently is $22.99 and HBO/Strz/ST is $29.99. Are these prices increasing too in addition to the TOP-*** increases. If so, how much??
     
  4. BobMurdoch

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    No the movie packages as well as any latino packages are unaffected. Just be aware that if you have a PVR and downgrade from AEP, you will begin being charged $5 per PVR. Also, if you are planning on getting 3 movie packages, you are back up to AEP numbers (or within $1-2 a month). It is only the AT/AEP packages and RAI (the Italian Channel) for some reason.
     
  5. Jacob S

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    The premiums are not going up just the AT packages (AT60=$2, AT120=$3, AT180=$3, AEP=$4). Those packages with the premiums tied together to those packages are going up by that dollar amount.
     
  6. Link

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    I think Dish is going to see a lot of downgrades over this price increase and will find they were better off before they raised it. At least then they had more money coming in with more people subscribing to higher packages.
     
  7. Jacob S

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    I think that the increase costs for programming were half to a third of that extra $2-4 that they are trying to impose figuring in a raised profit. If they would have only raised it the amount that they were getting charged extra then it probably would have been around $1. Some of the increase is probably going to be reserved for these dish and hardware upgrades. They can make up for some of that by getting extra for the HD packages but many will just drop another package to get those HD packages. I can see programming prices increases with the rollout of HD as they can see getting a premium for the HD services especially if nobody else is offering it.
     
  8. ClaudeR

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    I agree, and I will fight the $5 fee for downgrade. THAT would be more useful than a PPV coupon. Fargin bastages.
     
  9. James Long

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    And more money going out. Those movie channels and AT180 channels get paid per subscriber. Everyone who downgrades saves E* some money (although not 100% of what they are losing in rates).

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  10. Jacob S

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    It may save E* some money for every subscriber that drops the package but it costs them more than it saves them since they are not able to make a profit on that cost.
     
  11. bavaria72

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    It will be interesting to see how E* handles the downgrades. I wonder if you can get them to waive the fee if you are downgrading due to the price increase? Legal, of course, they don't have to. They have made it very clear that anything you downgrade - $5 please.
     
  12. Link

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    Due to the price increases, they are not supposed to charge you the $5 downgrade fee. If they do, tell them you are downgrading due to the price increase.
     
  13. catnap1972

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    Make sure you stipulate UP FRONT that you're downgrading because of the increase (and tell the CSR to ask a supervisor if necessary). In my experience, they're probably not going to offer it unless you ask for it.
     
  14. Cholly

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    Well, the cat's out of the bag. On the Directv forum, Chris Blount has posted news of the D* price increase. Average of 4%, based on and average subscription rate of $63. Total Choice goes from $39.99 to $41.99, Total Choice Plus from $42.99 to $45.99 and Total Choice Premier from $90.99 to $93.99. No increase for premium packages, as with E*. See Chris' post for further details.
     
  15. jeffwtux

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    So, TC will be $1 less than AT120 but have more channels. E* will definitely hear about this.
     
  16. jrbdmb

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    I wish Dish would make the Encore / TMC channels optional in AT180; there are multiple channels in AT180 I like, but would just as soon take a $5/mo. cut and skip these low rent movie channels.
     
  17. olgeezer

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    That's why many people keep AT180, and is a major reson not to switch services
     
  18. boylehome

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    Our local news paper is reporting that Charter cable is increasing thier fees.
     
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    jrbdmb

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    I guess I'm a bit late to the party on this, but I just dropped HBO and dropped from AT180 to AT120 as a (mild) protest against the rate hike. :)

    I'd been thinking about dropping AT180 for a while, the few channels my family likes (Fox Sports World, National Geographic, SoapNet for the wife, Boomerang for the kids) really isn't worth $10/mo extra.
     
  20. Feb 2, 2005 #380 of 388
    cdoyle

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    Hi,
    I don't have dish yet, about to signup for the AT180 pkg. Then I saw this thread saying they are raising the prices as of yesterday.

    But I just went to Dish's website, and now the AT180 pkg is listed as $47.99?
    that's $2 less then it was a couple days ago? Am I missing something?
     
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