The way the economy is going, it might make sense for them to skip a price increase next year. In a normal year with inflation, raises for employees, etc, a 2 to 3 percent increase seems fair. I just switched from cable to D* in Sept of 08 and think D* has been a bargain. With the new customer discount, AAA discount, 2 referrals, D* Visa card discount, I have only paid an average of $31/mo. That’s for the HD DVR+ package, Showtime (6 mo free) and 2 DVR’s. By switching, in 4 months I have already saved $238, which covers the $198 upfront costs for my HR-22's and more. In the first year I will save $400 ($600 - $198 for HR22's). And I basically have the same programming package and equipment, just a lot more HD channels now!