Isn't that the argument against bundled packages? If I'm not interested in ESPN (for example), why do I have to pay for it to get DIY? While I'd like to see an ala carte pricing model, I'm not convinced it would be cheaper than bundling.Well, I'm not willing to pay for it, but I'm being forced to. Not by Dish, but by Comcast.
I have Comcast for my internet, but the internet alone price ($60) is more expensive than a bundle of internet and limited basic cable + the required $10 local channels surcharge ($55).
If I had to buy eggs with my milk every time, then I'd go somewhere else. Instead I'm forced to either choose between buying milk alone at a price higher than buying milk and eggs together.
I don't want your eggs at the price being offered.
Another argument for high % increase... is it not possible that early retrans rates were underpriced? Just throwing out a thought.