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Dish Network Price Increase and 2 Year Freeze

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by DodgerKing, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. kc1ih

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    Starting when? I’ve received no notification of this.
     
  2. joecap1946

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    Feb 1st, to celebrate Dish's 30th Anniversary. They are going to waive the $40.00 EHD fee as well.
     
  3. dwarren2

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    Starz HD is already activated.
     
  4. James Long

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    Officially February 1st when everything changes. Look for channel 339, 349 or 360 in your guide (don't look now ... look when they become active!).
     
  5. sliderbob

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    They're gonna waive the $40 EHD? Dang! I should have waited. Or will they give us $40 credit if we already have it on? That would be nice :)
     
  6. James Long

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    When did you pay it? If it was within the past month you might want to ask (once the fee is gone).
     
  7. sliderbob

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    No, it was about a year ago...lol.
     
  8. Jhon69

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    Dish Network's package price increases normally happen on Feb. 1st of the year.;)
     
  9. Feb 1, 2011 #129 of 152
    CABill

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    We know you meant Feb, but the question is more what happens to the discount on new bills for ~ new subs. Will the net cost increase in the first year? FWIW, 4 out of 5 CSRs say yes. :)

    I spent several hours at a friends house yesterday that was having AT200 installed. I had told him his first bill would be for two months, couldn't be sure what price he'd pay, and that he'd be more likely to only have to pay $39.99 if he waited (but my ClubDISH card said it had to be installed by 31Jan).

    It turns out the new (to me) procedure is to charge the 1st month to a card immediately, and then bill in 35 days for the 2nd month. The email DISH sent shows $54.99 and a $15 discount. Today's new sub offer is a $20 discount on $59.99, or only pay $39.99 for the full year. If they stick to 31Jan price and discount, it is kind of a double screw job. I can just give him $5/month from the referral so he'll break even, but it would simply be WRONG. Yea, I know that's what DISH has always done though. I still have a little hope it has changed, but not a lot of faith.
     
  10. Feb 1, 2011 #130 of 152
    Glen_D

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    Looking over the new-customer promotional pricing effective today, 02/01/2011, it is no longer a flat $15 off for 12-months of whatever package you choose. AT120 is still $15 off/month for the first 12, increasing the promotional price to $29.99/month, but AT200, 250, and the Everything Pack, are now $20 off/month for the first 12. Dish America has been added as the new price-leader promotion, at $10 off/month for the first 12 (24.99).

    So, for new customers who activated today, if they subscribed to AT 200, 250, or Everything, there should be no difference in the old vs. new 12-month promotional pricing. If they signed up for AT120, it will be $5 more per month for the first 12 for new customers.

    The big question would be what happens to customers who signed up yesterday or earlier. Will they get the 12-month pricing that was in effect when they signed up? Or will they just get $15 off/month of the new regular price of whatever package they are subscribing to? If Dish sticks to $15 off, a lot of those customers will be paying more than the customers who waited until today.
     
  11. Feb 1, 2011 #131 of 152
    Jhon69

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    They would receive the promotional programing rate that was in effect until Jan.31,2011.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2011 #132 of 152
    James Long

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    One gets the offer that was available at the time one signed up ... $15 off. IIRC last month's offer included free HBO & Showtime for three months and now it is just free Showtime (and separately, Playboy). Offers change.

    Being existing customers on January 31st, they probably got a 30th anniversary gift that new customers are not getting. I'm sure any who are unsatisfication could be dealt with in a single call.
     
  13. Feb 2, 2011 #133 of 152
    Jim5506

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    The 2 year price freeze is a little bit misleading.

    Dish raises prices on February 1, 2011.

    February 2012 - no price increase.

    February 2013 - Dish raises prices, so they only miss one price increase, not the implied two year freeze.
     
  14. Feb 2, 2011 #134 of 152
    VDP07

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    And sometimes they raise them on June 3rd like in 2010. If the package prices do not increase for 24 full months, I don't have a problem with Dish calling it a 2 year programming price freeze. Along with the 30th anniversary freebies and increasing the monthly credits to $20 on the AT200 and higher for new customers, I'd say Dish is doing a pretty good job of softening the blow of this (higher than normal) latest price increase.
     
  15. Feb 2, 2011 #135 of 152
    Paul Secic

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    Nope!
     
  16. Feb 2, 2011 #136 of 152
    phrelin

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    I've updated my billing information history spreadsheet. Right now I'm at the end of a Starz 3 month freebie. But it appears in 2011 I'll be paying $1/month less for the same packages and equipment that I did in 2007.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Feb 2, 2011 #137 of 152
    Stewart Vernon

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    What is misleading about it?

    Your price will stay the same from Feb 2011 to Feb 2013... That's a period of 2 years with the same price... thus a 2 year price freeze.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2011 #138 of 152
    SaltiDawg

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    And if they did not do that, but raised prices in Feb 2011 and again in Feb 2012 that would be a one year price freeze followed by another one year price freeze? lol
     
  19. Feb 3, 2011 #139 of 152
    Stewart Vernon

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    Technically true... but they don't ever advertise a 1 year price freeze.

    A 2 year price freeze means a two year period where the price remains the same. I'm not sure why some were expecting something different.

    When you sign a 2 year contract... it covers 2 years... not 3 years... so it seems like the same metric is being used for both "guarantees".
     
  20. Mar 2, 2011 #140 of 152
    Slider51

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    As always, February and yet another hike in prices from DishNetwork. Oh but wait there's a PRICE FREEZE!!??!!

    That's as laughable as trusting DishNetwork to bill you just for what you signed up for. Notice the wording, they're "freezing" the prices on the channel packages. All that means, to anyone subscribing to DishNetwork, is that three or five or eight months from now or whenever they decide to jack us up again, they'll call the next hike a new "Fee" of some kind, or they'll raise the DVR fees again, or whatever else they decide to call it, but they won't raise your channel package fee.

    Just more smoke and mirrors...DishNetwork is no more trustworthy than your credit card company, with their famous "we can change any or all of the provisions of your agreement any time we want, for any reason or no reason whatsoever". You WILL pay higher prices more than once over the next 2 years, bet on that...

    There will be at least 2 more price hikes in the next 6 months, just like always....just more of the same under a clever new name....nothing is EVER done out of the goodness of DishNetwork's hearts for the benefit of subscribers.

    I remember when pay TV first started...you actually could watch TV with no commercials at all, that was the reason for paying for it. Now we pay more than ever to watch commercial-laden TV that is nothing but rerun after rerun. Some progress.....
     

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