I have been a very loyal customer for almost 20 years now and have gone along with the price increases as they came. This last one is not doable for me. I can't afford it. I have reached my maximum budget limit.
I have had two price changes in the past 3 or 4 months. First was in November and I understood and went along with it. Now I see my bill for this month and there's another increase. I like Dish but these price increases so close together are very hard when you are on a tight budget.
Anyone who's been a long time satellite customer (with either Dish or Direct) should know by now that increases happen (almost) every year at this time. Being on a fixed income I don't like it either, so I agreed to a new 2 yr price lock a few months ago. Not much customers can do other than change packages or change providers - but until the tv industry changes it's going to keep increasing since channel owners keep asking for more $$.
I do not belive the 5% increase has anthing to do with cost of doing business, since dish rebated 25$ for loss of HBO & CINMAX which is only right. Then imeately add 10.$ back on. They charge 7 $ from 5$ for recivers which they have no cost in They charge for local channels even though under law they are require to carry other wise we would be able to get distance stations. Bottom line Dish is getting greedy and at some point everone will leave, 5% is way beyond cost of inflation.
From $140 to $150 is a $10 increase for anyone who can add and substract with out any added benfits ! That is a 5% increase. You are not required to air spanish stations for free any more then english. Would you quoit the FCC SECI reg. On equipment charges which you do not own or lease and how many TV's I watch. Please I would very much like to read tthe SEC requirement. Thank you