On an average subscriber's bill of $56, that works out to 7% or about 3 times the official rate of inflation. On my single theme pack, the $2 increase was 25% or about 10 times the official rate of inflation. On the premium movie packs, 10% and 12.5% each. Combine that with a 33% reduction in programming channels in my single HD theme pack. It seems to me that BellTV is basically trying to screw its customers. (Also see various threads on new Bell acquisitions and UBB fees.)What is $4 as a percentage of your bill?
which begs the question, why is Bell stupid enough to pay 26% more for the same programming when that greatly exceeds inflation?It's worth noting that according to figures reported to the CRTC by Bell, wholesale fees paid by Bell increased by 26% between 2008 and 2010. While I do agree Bell tends to increase their rates more than necessary, there are some price pressures that provoke these increases.
In fairness, they have been delivering a lot more HD channels over the years. This costs money. You can't expect to get more and more HD channels each year and not pay more.I would like to know just what broadcasters did to deserve a 26% increase in wholesale fees.
Elsewhere?? Like where? It's not like any of the others operate any differently. If EVERYONE quit and didn't go "elsewhere", then maybe we'd see some positive action. But half the people I talk to don't even know what they pay for cable/satellite, and more worryingly, don't care. We'll pay it to whoever, whatever it is..gas, hydro, groceries etc etc. It would seem that it's just a fact of life.Call them and tell them to remove the charge or you will take your business elsewhere. These price increases have become far, far out of hand.
i have 2 themes for $20.00. They gave me a $20 per month credit for 12 months.avengingangel, how many themes did they give you for free? What is the $ amount of the credit you will get every month?
Just curious, as most posts about retentions seem to result in a 20$ credit per month.
But not over the past year. My choice of HD channels has gone down due to the removal of HDNET. It will soon go down again when SUN TV goes dark. The price increases of previous years I understood. In the past year, Bell and Canadian broadcasters have added next to nothing of value. I think Bell's customers are again being gouged to pay for bad management and to finance empire building in the broadcasting industry. The only difference between Canwest/Global and Bell/CTV is that Bell can pass their losses and acquisition costs on to their BDU customers.In fairness, they have been delivering a lot more HD channels over the years. This costs money. You can't expect to get more and more HD channels each year and not pay more.