Dish Network price hikes

January 5, 2005

 dishnetwork Dish Network, the ‘cheaper alternative to cable’, will raise prices on most of their programming packages starting Feb.1 of this year. According to Echostar, the operator of the satellite service, these price hikes reflect a 7% increase in cost of programming.

The blame for the increasing costs can be put on the passage of legislation in 2004 which required Dish Network’s operator to rearrange it’s lineup of local channels, according to Echostar. There is still some hope though because even with this price increase Dish Network will still be the bargain basement satellite service.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Dish Network News


Comments

  • Sarah

    It's kind of funny how people say they don't know anything about the cancellation fees, yet they are clearly notated on the paper work when they get installed. if you don't read the fine print, don't blame the company….

  • Barbara Tritch

    Does anyone else have a Dish receiver that gets very hot – cannot touch it – and the fan runs almost all the time?

    My husband is afraid the damn thing will start a fire. It's our 3rd receiver in 8 months of use. The “technicians” can't fix anything so they say the receiver is bad and I'll call and get you a new one.

  • Bob

    Beware of extremely poor service offered by Dish network. Check carefully before you contract with this typical corporate disaster.

  • Tom

    Correction…
    I should have said “multiply every six hours of standby time by .30”

  • Tom

    Correction…
    I should have said “multiply every six hours of standby time by .30”

  • Tom

    I have a Dish Network ViP722 HD receiver. You can hear the hard drive running all the time, even after you have turned the receiver “off.” I stuck an electricity usage monitor on it. With nothing turned on, the ViP722 uses .30 kwh every six hours, according to my P3 International Kill A Watt usage meter. So, if you have a ViP722, add up the hours you are NOT using it, multiply that number by .30 and the result times your local electrical utility’s per kwh usage rate and that is how much the thing is costing you to just sit there and look pretty.

  • Tom

    I have a Dish Network ViP722 HD receiver. You can hear the hard drive running all the time, even after you have turned the receiver “off.” I stuck an electricity usage monitor on it. With nothing turned on, the ViP722 uses .30 kwh every six hours, according to my P3 International Kill A Watt usage meter. So, if you have a ViP722, add up the hours you are NOT using it, multiply that number by .30 and the result times your local electrical utility’s per kwh usage rate and that is how much the thing is costing you to just sit there and look pretty.

  • Tally

    Last week I cancelled my contract with Dish…didn’t care that I had to pay $13.33 per month for the 5 months remaining on my contract. We would constantly loose the signal…the weather was fine. The took out of my acct the balance due, saying that when I signed the contract it stated that in there.Since cancelling my service I have received anywhere from 2 calls per day up to 6 calls. Each call shows up on my caller id. One time they spoke to husband (who’s name isn’t even on the account) threatening that I would be charged for all eqiupment that was not sent back to them(they are sending boxes and a prepaid shipping slip). I have not rec’d any boxes. I called to find out why the money was taken out of my acct without my authorization and to stop calling me. I told the supervisor that being that I am a responsible adult, paying my bill in full each month before it was due, that as soon as I rec’d the boxes the eqiupment would be sent back, as I do not want it. My next call ‘s will the state attorney general

  • Tally

    Last week I cancelled my contract with Dish…didn’t care that I had to pay $13.33 per month for the 5 months remaining on my contract. We would constantly loose the signal…the weather was fine. The took out of my acct the balance due, saying that when I signed the contract it stated that in there.Since cancelling my service I have received anywhere from 2 calls per day up to 6 calls. Each call shows up on my caller id. One time they spoke to husband (who’s name isn’t even on the account) threatening that I would be charged for all eqiupment that was not sent back to them(they are sending boxes and a prepaid shipping slip). I have not rec’d any boxes. I called to find out why the money was taken out of my acct without my authorization and to stop calling me. I told the supervisor that being that I am a responsible adult, paying my bill in full each month before it was due, that as soon as I rec’d the boxes the eqiupment would be sent back, as I do not want it. My next call ‘s will the state attorney general

  • bob

    I recently purchased service with dish, I was told I would save twenty dollars per month.I knew about the cancel fees but did not realize i was going to be blind sided by the lies coming at me .Al -sat out of Springfield Mo. sold the package to me I wrote down every detail and price and even got the name of the rep selling and his id#.This did not matter to dish at all they are just as guilty as the liar that sold me the package.I have already deferred two people from buying dish and will keep spreading the word not to use dish at all,They are unethical as the third parties selling there product.

  • bob

    I recently purchased service with dish, I was told I would save twenty dollars per month.I knew about the cancel fees but did not realize i was going to be blind sided by the lies coming at me .Al -sat out of Springfield Mo. sold the package to me I wrote down every detail and price and even got the name of the rep selling and his id#.This did not matter to dish at all they are just as guilty as the liar that sold me the package.I have already deferred two people from buying dish and will keep spreading the word not to use dish at all,They are unethical as the third parties selling there product.

  • alan in OKC

    I wish I had seen this before I switched from COX! I just had dish installed last week and signed that the installation was completed. The next day I noticed the remote in the bedroom didn’t work most of the time. I called and they said they would send someone out to switch the antenna to the other receiver nearer the bedroom, but when they arrived they said it would be $100 to correct the problem with the install, and instead gave me a long cable so I can drape the remote antenna in the living room to better receive the signal from the bedroom remote. I called to complain, but had no luck. The next step I am taking is to complain to AT&T and let them know they have partnered with a company with terrible customer service. I, too, was told I had no contract period– but I guess I had better read what I signed. Can we put together a class action suit?

  • alan in OKC

    I wish I had seen this before I switched from COX! I just had dish installed last week and signed that the installation was completed. The next day I noticed the remote in the bedroom didn’t work most of the time. I called and they said they would send someone out to switch the antenna to the other receiver nearer the bedroom, but when they arrived they said it would be $100 to correct the problem with the install, and instead gave me a long cable so I can drape the remote antenna in the living room to better receive the signal from the bedroom remote. I called to complain, but had no luck. The next step I am taking is to complain to AT&T; and let them know they have partnered with a company with terrible customer service. I, too, was told I had no contract period– but I guess I had better read what I signed. Can we put together a class action suit?

  • Ellysia

    I have had Dish Network for 2 weeks and it has only worked about half of the time due to their receivers breaking down and various weather conditions. I do not want to continue with them but it appears I am stuck in the contract for 18 months. I would not mind honoring my contract, but theu cannot provide consistent service, so why should I have to consistently pay? I will tell everyone to avoid Dish Network.

  • Ellysia

    I have had Dish Network for 2 weeks and it has only worked about half of the time due to their receivers breaking down and various weather conditions. I do not want to continue with them but it appears I am stuck in the contract for 18 months. I would not mind honoring my contract, but theu cannot provide consistent service, so why should I have to consistently pay? I will tell everyone to avoid Dish Network.

  • ron

    I have two pay channels stars and showtime with one or two new movies ea week the rest is all reruns over and over. 9pm and you get children’s movies. I get the feeling the reason for all the reruns that run for months is so you’ll pay $3.99 ea time for somthing new especially on the weekends. I’m headed to netflick.

  • ron

    I have two pay channels stars and showtime with one or two new movies ea week the rest is all reruns over and over. 9pm and you get children’s movies. I get the feeling the reason for all the reruns that run for months is so you’ll pay $3.99 ea time for somthing new especially on the weekends. I’m headed to netflick.

  • Bob

    Beware of extremely poor service offered by Dish network. Check carefully before you contract with this typical corporate disaster.

  • andee

    dish network just dropped court tv, an expensive,
    popular channel. no mention of that during recent installation, stuck with contract, thinking about using them? THINK AGAIN!! So now they are raising their rates!! They will be out of business when no one renews with them. This company is the best thing that happened to cable tv.

  • andee

    dish network just dropped court tv, an expensive,
    popular channel. no mention of that during recent installation, stuck with contract, thinking about using them? THINK AGAIN!! So now they are raising their rates!! They will be out of business when no one renews with them. This company is the best thing that happened to cable tv.

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  • K.L. Arndt

    BEWARE OF THE DISH NETWORK and the deceptive sales practices they use within their organization and their third party vendors and installers.

    I recently received a flyer offering an introductory charge of $19.99 per month for three months to try Dish Network. When I called the third party seller (888-650-8086), I addressed all of my questions and concerns up front. Among those questions was, “At the end of the three months if I decide to cancel, is there any cancellation fee?” I was told there was NO CANCELLATION FEE as long as I returned all of the equipment.

    I won’t go into the details of the fiasco that ensued just to get it installed, but I wish now that the incompetence of everyone involved on behalf of Dish Network had been enough to stop me from moving forward.

    I have since found out that Dish Network, their third-party sellers and the home installers all use deceptive practices to sign you up for services and contracts that you don’t even know that you have purchased. In addition, I have even gotten the people within the Dish Network to admit that their word means nothing.

    They will say anything to get you to allow the installation—even LIE! All that matters is what the contract says. My contract says it is for 24 months. However, even having the 24-month time period in writing did not stop me from signing the contract. The length of the contract did not matter to me since I was told there was no cancellation fee. I am now looking at hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees that were NEVER DISCLOSED until I called to cancel my “90-day trial.”

    I am working with the state Attorney General’s office to get these practices stopped, as well as several regional and national consumer reporters to ensure that we get word out that:

    Dish Network in not an ethical company and they make even more money by working in conjunction with even more unethical third parties.

    Kristi Arndt is former journalist and a current communications and public relations professional working in Minnespolis, Mn. She refuses to work with unethical companies such as Dish Network and is committed to spreading truths about their deceptive practices.
    BEWARE OF THE DISH NETWORK and the deceptive sales practices they use within their organization and their third party vendors and installers.

    K.L. Arndt

  • K.L. Arndt

    BEWARE OF THE DISH NETWORK and the deceptive sales practices they use within their organization and their third party vendors and installers.

    I recently received a flyer offering an introductory charge of $19.99 per month for three months to try Dish Network. When I called the third party seller (888-650-8086), I addressed all of my questions and concerns up front. Among those questions was, “At the end of the three months if I decide to cancel, is there any cancellation fee?” I was told there was NO CANCELLATION FEE as long as I returned all of the equipment.

    I won’t go into the details of the fiasco that ensued just to get it installed, but I wish now that the incompetence of everyone involved on behalf of Dish Network had been enough to stop me from moving forward.

    I have since found out that Dish Network, their third-party sellers and the home installers all use deceptive practices to sign you up for services and contracts that you don’t even know that you have purchased. In addition, I have even gotten the people within the Dish Network to admit that their word means nothing.

    They will say anything to get you to allow the installation—even LIE! All that matters is what the contract says. My contract says it is for 24 months. However, even having the 24-month time period in writing did not stop me from signing the contract. The length of the contract did not matter to me since I was told there was no cancellation fee. I am now looking at hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees that were NEVER DISCLOSED until I called to cancel my “90-day trial.”

    I am working with the state Attorney General’s office to get these practices stopped, as well as several regional and national consumer reporters to ensure that we get word out that:

    Dish Network in not an ethical company and they make even more money by working in conjunction with even more unethical third parties.

    Kristi Arndt is former journalist and a current communications and public relations professional working in Minnespolis, Mn. She refuses to work with unethical companies such as Dish Network and is committed to spreading truths about their deceptive practices.
    BEWARE OF THE DISH NETWORK and the deceptive sales practices they use within their organization and their third party vendors and installers.

    K.L. Arndt