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Old 10-03-2010, 06:58 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how much the fee is for breaking a contract with Dish?

I'm really looking into Direct now. I'm tired of Dish taking away all of my channels.....
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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Pretty sure it is $10 for every month that you have left on your contract. I am also looking into D*, as I am tired of losing my channels. All of the other providers can keep them, why can't Dish. Dish used to be cheaper, but now with their equipment fee's, they are right up there with everyone else.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:01 PM   #3
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The rate now is $17 a month. You'll need to look at your contract to be sure. The rate changed at the first of this year or late last year.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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Does anyone know how much the fee is for breaking a contract with Dish?

I'm really looking into Direct now. I'm tired of Dish taking away all of my channels.....
Does Direct TV NEVER drop channels? Just curious, because if they don't then it makes sense to change.

When channel is not negotiated and becomes dropped by a provider, it seems there is often this knee-jerk reaction to change providers which could be a hassle if you are in contract and have to pay to change.

I would imagine it would be the same regardless of which provider you use .
I hate to see FX and NatGeo go, and I hope they get them back. But it seems like a lot of trouble to change, even if you are out of the contract period. I can watch most episodes of 'anything' online until this gets resolved
...Sorry, this is not meant to be directed at you brandnewfan, but the situation overall.
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They told me $15 / month for every month remaining. On other websites, I have seen where it is $10 / month. Either way, the consumer is getting the shaft.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:53 PM   #6
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They told me $15 / month for every month remaining. On other websites, I have seen where it is $10 / month. Either way, the consumer is getting the shaft.
I hadn't heard of $15. My contract which was signed in June 2008 was stated as $10. I know the new ones are $17. If you have a copy of your contract, read it. It should state the amount. If you never signed a contract which is usually 3 pages, then they don't have a leg to stand on anyway and you can tell then where to stick the fee.

When I was with D*, I never signed a contract, only the installation order which was one page and didn't really specify anything and what was on it was very vague and ambiguous and would never stand the test in court. When I left they wanted to charge me for an extra month based on getting a 2nd DVR less than a week after install. I told them to stuff it and filed a complaint with the BBB and FCC and they backed off and dropped the matter. Just to tell you how they work, they asked for the full month, then backed off to $12 which was actually their cancellation fee. They would have gotten the $12 if they had been forthright to begin with, but their deceit caused them grief and the loss of even the $12 and any goodwill I may have had at the time.

My guess is right now if anyone challenged Dish and took it to court they'd back right off. The courts have already taken a dim view of these contracts because they are so one-sided and arbitrary. Also, even though it states programming can be changed, they advertise and promote certain channels which influence customers. If there is enough of a change in programming it can be argued that it constitutes a material breach of contract on their part, thus voiding the contract. These providers don't want to push the issue and rely on customers wimping out and giving in to them. Same as lawyers rely on intimidation and hate nothing worse than someone that's not afraid of them.
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Since becoming a direct sub ~2 yrs ago the only channel that I am aware of being dropped was VS and direct got it back a few on my tier such as ESPN Classic and Sundance were re-tiered to a different level but were fringe channels I really didn't watch.
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DISH made billions in profits and won't pay the source for good programming the same fees their competitors do. Instead they hold their CUSTOMERS as hostages!
I tried to cancel today and was told they have an early termination fee and I have to pay to leave.
Tomorrow I will publish the direct line numbers (yes I have them) of the senior level executive team if I don't get the callback I was promised. They made the decision to take away some of our favorite programming to maintain their profits and now they need to talk to their customers or let them go away. So far the senior DISH team has chosen to do neither.
What DISH doesn't get is Customers don't forget, we are not their pawns, and they can't make us stay.
By the way, eliminating FX caused me to evaluate Direct TV. Direct TV is now the better deal.
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:03 AM   #9
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correct me if I'm wrong but it seams obvious to me that if you entered into a contract with dish for them to provide you with the channels advertised as available at the time you signed up and then down the road they decide to dump those channels; are not they the ones who have breached the contract making their early contract dismissal fee void?

If it were me i would press the issue with them..
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When I signed up for a new contract here about 2 months ago, I saw in writing that it stated Dish can at any point change the programming and prices...

Find your original contract which you should always save and look at what it says

I hate that we have lost channels as well but also agree with Dish not giving in to the demands that the networks try to enforce

I will stick with Dish either way because there equipment is far better than the other company's
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Does anyone know how much the fee is for breaking a contract with Dish?

I'm really looking into Direct now. I'm tired of Dish taking away all of my channels.....
Try contacting one of these executives. I got some fees waived:

Call corporate headquarters at this number, 303, 723- 1000, hit 9, and then key in these direct line extensions to the execs at the prompt:
Tom Cullen, Exec. VP Programming 285536
Erik Carlson, Exec. VP Operations 2275766
Stanton Dodge, Exec. VP 36343
Steven Wood, Exec VP - 9663783
Roger Lynch, Exec VP 59624
Robert Olson, Exec VP - 65766

Finally, check your DISH bill. There may be charges for things you don't know about. Do you think they may have auto pay so you won't look at your monthly bill? No, couldn't be.
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Whatever you do, don't write Fox! They have every right to be Greedy and we should be willing to help them out!
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