I don't know of any service provider, be it Cable TV, satellite, cell phones, electric power etc., who does not increase its price on a yearly basis.
When subs get a new increase, the reaction is usually "This is too much, let me try and lower this bill or cancel my subscription entirely".
I don't want to be an economics smart-a!! here but the simple math goes like this: when people engage in this process and are successful in reducing (or eliminating) their bills, then all remaining subs will wind up getting an increase in their rate and the resulting increase will be higher than it would be if no one lowered or cancelled their bills.
The more people who do this, the higher the next increase will be: it's a self-defeating process that garanties higher and higher rates.
Why? Shaw (or any other service provider) simply cannot afford to see their total revenue decrease.
If someone has any data to show that SD is a worst offender in this regard, I would certainly like to hear what it is.
No, it doesn't work that way. In a free enterprise system,the market will dictate prices unless they hold a monopoly over services which they don't.
As far as I am concerned, Shaw Direct is pricing themselves out of the market. Their prices are way too high for really an inferior product.
I have been with them a long time and primarily because I had an RV but I no longer have one so looking to go with a competitor. When you look at the offerings out there, I can get an equivalent package for less with a whole home PVR (one PVR only needed which can be accessed from other boxes) as well as wireless boxes. Amazingly, I can even get Netflix (or other premium) included in the package. This is also not to even mention the ability to record multiple broadcasts far exceeding the ability of SD's PVR.
You can only keep raising prices so much, especially if your hardware is inferior. Their channel offerings also leave something to be desired. I realize that everyone has their pwn preferences but SD has always been sports focused and there are channels that they can offer but don't and when they do, it's crap like horse channels.
I think their downfall has been the loss of snowbirds, their home away from home plan. Frankly, I can't afford increases that exceed the cost of inflation with nothing to show for it. If you do manage to get a loyalty discount, they are very stingy with it and nor worth the hassle.
I am going to investigate further but hoping to cancel by April 1st.