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Old 03-25-2019, 10:57 AM   #1
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Dish Price Hikes

Just got my "new" bill from Dish - WOW! Monthly service "America's top 200" w/locals went from $75.00 to $109.00+! More than a 45% increase. No wonder more and more people are leaving these services.

Sure glad I didn't buy that new Dish satellite antenna.

I just canceled the Dish service.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:21 AM   #2
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RE: Dish Price Hikes

Yup, we left over a year ago now due to them messing with the price of the same service. Put up an antenna here at the house and found a FREE program to tape the over the air shows we do watch. Much nicer than spending over $100 for a lot of channels we never watch. Mostly the big 4 or 5 local stations we have that I watch are good to go. PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC are the ones we do watch.
Happy over the air FREE TV is something I have had for years, just forgot to use it.

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Old 03-26-2019, 07:57 AM   #3
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For the previous 3 years our cable bill has gone up $15-20 every year. Last year it reached $210, I had enough and cut the cord, keeping only Internet for $70 a month. I bought the Tivo Roamio OTA VOX DVR. This was expensive, $400, but it's coming up on a year now and I've saved $100/month, so the Tivo has more than paid for itself.

Tivo Roamio - $400 (with [box] lifetime channel info for the DVR, no monthly fees)

Antenna in the attic - $30
Cable run from the antenna to the family room - $25 (cost of wire)

Monthly cost:
Internet - $70
Sling TV - $30 (includes DVR capability)

The Tivo records up to 4 programs at once, has 1TB of space and some nice features, like commercial skip (on some but not all programs, you can still just fast forward) and voice (VOX) commands. Sling TV requires a steaming device, I already had a Roku, so no additional expense. The Tivo can also stream some apps, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others, but not Sling TV. (Disagreement between the 2 companies)

We have a perfect picture for all local TV stations and can record them, all the cable shows we like (via Sling TV) and can record those, paying $110/month less than before.

When we travel in the AS I just use the AS antenna, which pulls in channels from a long way away. If we get bored with local channels I have ripped DVDs into an external (3TB) drive and use a media player to play them on the TV.
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Old 03-26-2019, 06:56 PM   #4
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Man... we ditched our cable bill years ago. Probably been 12 years since we had one of those bills. Try Netflix for $10/month or just using your cell phone to tether to a TV?
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Philo TV, streaming, has many of the same basic dish channels for $16 a month.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:57 PM   #6
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We cut ours off about 6 months ago. Netflix now and that’s probably the reason for the spike in my Forum present. Haha
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Unfortunately, I'm really out in the boonies and there are no good options (about 25 miles south of the Canadian border here). My only real contact with the "outside" world is via my cell and even with AT&T's "unlimited" plan there's a 22GB throttling threshold. I had no real issues with Dish until this latest price heist. I'm looking to see if I can get fiber out here, but it's a real long shot. OTA is out of the question since the nearest station is 75 miles away and blocked by the mountains.



Connecting Netflix, Hulu, Sling, or any of those alternatives via my cell phone won't cut it because of the data limitations. I did have T-Mobile before but they have NO SERVICE here and you end up roaming on AT&T, which imposes a 250MB data limit. AT&T actually has a better signal than Verizon, which is my company cell provider.
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Unfortunately, I'm really out in the boonies and there are no good options (about 25 miles south of the Canadian border here). My only real contact with the "outside" world is via my cell and even with AT&T's "unlimited" plan there's a 22GB throttling threshold. I had no real issues with Dish until this latest price heist. I'm looking to see if I can get fiber out here, but it's a real long shot. OTA is out of the question since the nearest station is 75 miles away and blocked by the mountains.



Connecting Netflix, Hulu, Sling, or any of those alternatives via my cell phone won't cut it because of the data limitations. I did have T-Mobile before but they have NO SERVICE here and you end up roaming on AT&T, which imposes a 250MB data limit. AT&T actually has a better signal than Verizon, which is my company cell provider.


Verizon unlimited? True unlimited with zero throttling of speeds. I’m pretty sure there is a customer retention department you can talk to for cable. It’s their job to keep you at all costs, even if it means lowering your bill or free HBO. Just need to call them and convince them that you are ready to cancel.... if they call your bluff, hang up and call back to get the next person.
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The other option is to sign up for Direct TV and get the new customer promotion rate. Cancel at the end of the promotional period and by then you'll probably become a new customer in the eyes of Dish, and get that rate with them.
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Unfortunately, I'm really out in the boonies and there are no good options (about 25 miles south of the Canadian border here).

You must not be in La Pine anymore, like your tag says. That's more than 25 miles to Canada.


Yeah, that's a downside to being in the boonies, you're cut off from the outside world. Satellite is pretty much your only choice. You'll have to pay the piper. All the cable and satellite services are going up. The Internet streaming services will eventually follow suit, I'm sure. It's just a matter of time.
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Man... we ditched our cable bill years ago. Probably been 12 years since we had one of those bills. Try Netflix for $10/month or just using your cell phone to tether to a TV?

Uh.... no

We hope you have been enjoying your Netflix membership. We are writing to let you know about an upcoming change.
Your monthly price is increasing to $12.99 on Saturday, April 27th 2019. Why? We’re hard at work improving Netflix so that you can have even more great TV shows and movies to enjoy.
Here’s to watching what you want, when you want, where you want.
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Living and traveling out west over the air signals are limited in a lot of areas. We have dish at home and a Dish Tailgater for TV on the road. Anybody have an alternative?
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Uh.... no

We hope you have been enjoying your Netflix membership. We are writing to let you know about an upcoming change.
Your monthly price is increasing to $12.99 on Saturday, April 27th 2019. Why? We’re hard at work improving Netflix so that you can have even more great TV shows and movies to enjoy.
Here’s to watching what you want, when you want, where you want.


Oh, you’re on the multiple TV/device plan? We dropped to bare minimum at 8.99. We are either using our phone or pushing to one TV in the AS.

Stick it to the man! Drop down your plan. It’s what all the cool millennials are doing
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Living and traveling out west over the air signals are limited in a lot of areas. We have dish at home and a Dish Tailgater for TV on the road. Anybody have an alternative?
We have the same setup and it has served s well. The service is not available in Canada, but you can fudge a little if you are close to the US border. In Alaska the satellites are too low on the horizon for a reliable signal. I was able to suspend my service last year while traveling out of the country.
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