Dish has notified existing subscribers that prices on their programming packages will rise by $5 a month on January 14, 2021, the fourth major pay TV operator to announce that it’s hiking monthly video fees in January.
DIRECTV, U-verse, Comcast, and now Dish are among the pay TV providers that have announced that prices will go up in 2021, although the pay TV industry has been losing customers during the last few years largely because of rising prices.
Dish’s increase may be particularly ill-timed now with the satcaster involved in nine separate carriage disputes, leading to a blackout of 237 different channels. The fee fights include one this month with Nexstar’s 164 local channels and WGN America.
Update: Dish & Nexstar sign deal; end blackout.
Dish, the nation’s second largest satellite TV service, is blaming the 2021 price increase on the rising cost of acquiring programming.
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“At DISH, we continue to invest in your service and technology to make improvements and provide you with the best TV viewing experience at the best value,” the satcaster says at its web site. “However, the price that we pay for programming continues to rise. In fact, the fastest growing cost we and all other TV providers have is driven by the cost we pay the programmers. We will continue to work hard for fair deals with these programmers to keep channel costs and the price you pay as low as possible.”
Dish adds: “Due to these rising costs of programming, we will be increasing the cost of our package offerings beginning 1/14/21. We also will be removing receiver fees on equipment you’ve purchased and own, if any. If you own your equipment, you will see a new lower service fee for access on those TVs.”
In the notice, the satcaster says the following plans will see price increases starting January 14, 2021.
Welcome Pack — $34.99 a month to $39.99 a month
Flex Pack — $42.99 a month to $47.99 a month
Smart Pack — $40.99 a month to $45.99 a month.
Dish America — $57.99 a month to $62.99 a month
America’s Top 120 — $72.99 a month to $77.99 a month.
America’s Top 120 Plus — $77.99 a month to $82.99 a month
America’s Top 200 — $87.99 a month to $92.99 a month
America’s Top 250 — $97.99 a month to $102.99 a month
America’s Everything Pack — $122.99 a month to $127.99 a month
DishLatino Basic — $41.99 a month to $46.99 a month
DishLatino Classic — $44.99 a month to $49.99 a month.
DishLatino Plus — $51.99 a month to $56.99 a month.
DishLatino Dos — $70.99 a month to $75.99 a month.
Dish Latino Max — $82.99 a month to $87.99 a month.
Dish says promotional prices will stay the same until the promotional period ends so customers who are enrolled in two-year price guarantee plans will not see an increase in January. Also, effective January 14, 2021, the price of the Welcome Pack for customers who subscribed to it prior to January 15, 2019 will be $35.99 a month.
In addition, package prices do not include a local channel fee of $12 a month.
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As a installer of everything satellite over the past 15 years. Everyone should really think about Orbey. Is a satellite pay as you go service. I have installed quite a fewbof these. Big thing here is it comes with a antenna to capture your locals. I dont know the prices but its an option.
The only thing that comes up when I Google Orbey is Orbey, France and things to do when you’re there.
If they are raseing prizes then we need to get more free channels with the prize high
We should also get reimbursed for not 🚫 having WGN America now that Newsstar cancelled that station due to negotiations.v
It’s spelled OrbyTv. You own the equipment no contracts & with the antenna YOU OWN.. Locals are always free. The basic package costs $40 per month no taxes or fees, the extras package is $50 per month. Premium channels are HBO SHOWTIME STARZ & EPIX they range from $16.00?? To $6.00.. Per month. If you can’t pay or don’t want to pay for any or all of no cancellation fees. When you want to resume your pay tv channels you simply call them up and from a credit or debit OR a prepaid card you pay for the service you want & it’s turned back on simple as that. I’ve been with them a month & have paid for nothong but the equipment & have my locals ready to view as I choose. They have quite an impressive line up for a company that began in 2018. You can look them up online or simply go to your nearest Best Buy and talk to them. They have reg boxes or DVR’s your choice.
I’m leaving dish. My contract up for awhile. Which should I get for rural area? Not too pricey
Am leaving Dish end of December, my contract is over.
Why are the company raising prices since we are in the virus situation. Since you took two stations off where I live I think my bill sould be reduce until I get my stations back. But what you all care.
If this keeps up I’m going with an antenna on the roof at least I would get my local channels better than what I get now. Gonna have to find someone that has the local channels
They have to keep raising money for their 5G build out. T
I haven’t had CBS in like 4 months. I might lose more local channels. AND I have to pay more?
The only thin about raising prices you have took off 10 and 5 the channels i watch i dont Think it fair
I would love to have my local stations back to watch a little football Dish u chumps.
We already pay to much for infomercials and reruns!!!!
My daughter has Dish. Has lost several channels due to conflict. Has anyone looked up what their CEO’s make yearly? And they seriously want to raise the price?
Wow take our channels away!!! And hike the price up!!! That’s some kind of service!! Seriously Dish!!!! As if you care about your customers….
When do we get the Fox channel back it better be before January
Get our local channels back please!!!
I think it’s unfair to try to get more money for channels that have been in forever. Especially with how everything is with the world these days. It’s just selfish. I just switched to dish and I paid extra to have the local channels. It’s frustrating, having to always change everything around.
Orby tv does not have professional installers in my area
Im paying 12.00 for local TV…but locals are blacked out…i should not have to pay for a service im not getting.
I’ve lost 4 of my local channels plus wgn , should be getting a price cut instead of a increase
Looks like I’m going to have to do the same and get a regular Antenna. Put it on my tower
I cant do much more within CBS im have to go just listen to radio all day 100. A month for nothing then they take channel away and go up on prices.
Its way beyond the time for all the stations to now be regulated. Yes, the gov. must step in. Dish and the rest are out of control! This is called price gouging at its ugliest! I’ve been without the HBO & Cinamax channels for about 2 years now and all I get when I ask is, “we want to bring you all the channels you want. Dish values you as a customer and we feel your frustration. Dish assures you we are still trying to reach an equitable settlement for you, the customer, Dish and the program supplier.” Sound familiar? This will end up a game changer I’m afraid!…..I want CBS, WGN, & ch. 62 back as well as HBO/Cinamax….
Yep, it’s time for the government to step in. But it’s not Dish and the other providers that are the problem: it’s the content providers (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Disney, etc.)
Don’t blame the messenger, blame the owners of the content, who are raising their prices monumentally every year. Unfortunately, the providers’ contracts forbid them from publicly disclosing any information about this, so you only ever hear one side of the story.
I’m very unhappy. Price increasing and getting fewer channels. No racing,football,judge judy,911,wrestling. About all I have left are infomercials. This is ridiculous.
Dish network has become as crappy as DirecTV I had to take off work to care for my wife at the beginning of the pandemic they shutoff my service so I couldn’t watch the news but ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT they took almost 500 dollars out of my bank account without my permission or notification just poof most of my mortgage not to mention my so called locked in rate almost doubled in the first 4 months really sorry individuals running that company I had them as my provider for over 8 years always paid my Bill ordered pay per view fights spent alot of money I’ll never recommend to anyone to use them price gouging,lies and stealing your money is what you can expect from them
Took local channel now a raise in price I will be leaving dish when contract is upk
Interesting. Dish customers for 4 1/2 years. No notification of price increase next month from Dish. Heard from you!
We want fox sports midwest back. Wgn. CBS. And now an increase!!!!!!!!
This is ridiculous, I refuse to pay more this is my last month. I will use my antenna for local and my Roku and get me a fire stick. There are so many people laid off and struggling right now during the pandemic. If I haved to let go of anything it will be the one raising prices. That’s Dish. Wishing you the best you will probably lose alot of valuable customers.
Bring back local channels .we are leaving dish soon has my contact is up. I will look for something with channel my husband can watch football on
So sad that greedy companies would raise there prices at a time like this. Taking away local cannels along with other channels knowing so many people and children are home now an so many loosing there jobs. Now you big greedy people find a way to pad your pockets more so you take advantage of your costumers an raise the price on watching tv an also taking away channels. I have been a loyal costumer for years So when my contract is up I will got thew some other way to watch tv an have my local channels back. All I have to say. Is you should be ashamed of yourself.
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