said by Rangerfan : said by jmn1207:
Right, no direct price increases that consumers can easily identify, yet they did find a way to squeeze more money out of a significant number of customers.
Here is where Dish is making increases in 2012.
Bundled Premium Movie Networks
The cost to acquire programming is only one component of the operating costs of a TV provider. There other costs incurred to operating any business that increase just as your total cost of living tends to increase each year.
Our total cost of living is increasing because our politicians are spending my money with reckless abandon. TV providers have far outpaced the rate of inflation. Operating costs have decreased, customer satisfaction is abysmal for the industry, and the number of technicians and other key personnel have been drastically reduced with relation to the number of subscribers.
More than anything else, programming costs are driving the higher bills year after year. Until recently, both the content and TV providers were making a little extra with each increase, but now the top of the tent has been reached and this circus has nearly run its course. Many customers simply cannot afford to pay any more than they currently do, and instead of paying the TV provider more money, they look for alternative options to reduce their bills. So now the content creators are still expecting to make more money every year as usual, but the TV providers are finding that they are unable to recoup and profit from the customers like they could in the past.