DISH drops $4.99 duplication fee on DHA except 322/522

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Using semantics DISH has dropped the $4.99 mirroring fee on all DHA receivers except the 322 or 522. Reading the DHA business rules "There is a $5 per month rental fee for each receiver" They replaced the $4.99 mirroring fee with a rental fee of $5 so they make a penny more on all additional receivers. This also allows them to advertise "No additional outlet fees*".

In the business rules"$4.99 per month additional outlet Programming Access Fee for each DISH 322 or DISH Player-DVR 522 not continously connected to a phone line in the customer's home" The astric in the newspaper advertisement refers to a phone line connection to eliminate the access fee.

Also under DHA the local channels are free but the additional fee is a $5 rental fee for the first receiver. In other words if locals are not available or you have a TV antenna and don't want to subscribe to locals you will still pay the additional $5 on DHA.
 
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That's exactly correct...

In other words, your monthly bill is the same whether you lease or own. If you own, you pay a $5 mirror fee for box 2, if you lease, you pay a $5 lease for box 2.

However, the small print for the DHA programming fees explicit state that the programming is $5 less per month if locals are not available in your area.

But, this is old news... it's be in effect since the DHA program started.
 
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snathanb sorry but the price of DHA is the same with or without locals. Free Dish has the statement that it is $5 less without locals.
 
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boba said:
snathanb sorry but the price of DHA is the same with or without locals. Free Dish has the statement that it is $5 less without locals.

I believe you are right, I stand corrected. :)
 
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It seems as if it looks better in the books for Dish if they are leasing the hardware to you, but Dish could advertise that they do not charge any additional outlet fees on the receivers to make it sound like a better deal even though they charge you a lease fee on each receiver, which justifies the charge even more.
 
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It probably does look better on the books... I'm no accountant, but I imagine with that they are claiming the leased receivers as assets and depreciating them over time.
 
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Hasn't this always been the case with the DHA plan that there wasn't a mirror fee, it was a receiver rental/lease fee (assuming you had your [3|5]22 receiver plugged into a phone line)?
 
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CDRU it is playing a game with words(semantics) DISH is substituting one fee for another and telling you it is free of fees. It borderlines on deceptive advertising but is legal play on words.
 
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boba said:
CDRU it is playing a game with words(semantics) DISH is substituting one fee for another and telling you it is free of fees. It borderlines on deceptive advertising but is legal play on words.

DHA, and even DHP has always been this way. None of the leased receivers have, or have had additional outlet fees until the 322/522 receivers were introduced. And, even then, the A/O fees are only if the phone line is not hooked up.

So, basically, DISH could have been advertising all along that there were "no additional outlet fees" on DHP.
 
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They want to turn something that does not look good for Dish for the books or the customers into something that looks good. Seems familiar.
 
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If Dish really wants to beat the "Pig" they should consider adopting a new policy
regarding additional outlets. Perhaps one $5 monthly to cover up to 3 recievers.
that would make Dish alot more competitive for large families with 4 or more TV sets!
 

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