Dish Network to hike subscription fees by $5 monthly

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) said it will increase the monthly fees on most of its subscription packages by $5 monthly in January, while the cost of its "America's Everything" package will jump by $15 monthly to $119.99.

The satellite TV provider said the rate hike, its first since 2010, will help it cover increased programming costs. Dish spokesman John Hall told FierceCable Dish won't increase the equipment rental fees for its new Hopper multiroom DVR, which costs subscribers $10 monthly. But he said Dish will raise the fees for its VIP DVR by $1 to $7 monthly.

Under the new pricing, which was first reported Tuesday by SatelliteGuys, the cost for Dish's "America's Top 120" package will increase $5 to $49.99 monthly. Its "America's Top 200" package will cost $64.99 monthly, and the fee for its "Welcome Pack" will increase to $19.99 monthly.

Dish has been fighting broadcasters that are demanding increased retransmission-consent fees. And in October, it agreed to pay AMC Networks $700 million to settle a contract dispute and restore carriage of AMC's cable networks.

Dish didn't single out any individual programmers for prompting the rate increase, but it did note that pay TV providers have seen programming costs increase across the board. "Essentially that means consumers are going to have to pay a higher price for programming packages," Hall said.

While most cable and satellite TV providers raise subscription prices at least once a year, Dish has focused on marketing low-cost programming packages to subscribers.

For more:
- see this SatelliteGuys post

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