If you do not subscribe to HDplus the last rate adjustment was a year ago. In that year period the other 2 providers in your area have had larger increases based on average packages and more so over the past 2 years. Still With that in mind, rate increases are frustrating, but I still think the pricing holds up very well out there. I am a customer too, don't like but I can understand it. When I weigh things up for my average package compared to others I feel a little more content but the frustration is still there of course.That's incredible that Shaw keeps raising rates every few months. What ever happened to regulated prices? Great way to drive away customers.
Its also interesting that every quarter Shaw seems to be making record profits...
I almost thought the same thing. Mine after charges is 127, but before is 120.95 I think. Says its going up to 123.95. Are you sure that first number isn't the after taxs number?Looked at my bill again and I "think" it's actually going down.
My current monthly charges before taxes(stupid HST) is $128.80. Then it says......
"Effective Sept. 1 , 2010 , the mothly rate for your services will be adjusted to $123.85 plus taxes."
It must be a mistake but who knows, or I'm just out to lunch.
But now there competing with free online streaming of eps (and not so legal sources as well). It might up like the music industry where they charge too much for the product and people went to illegal sources. (or in the case of TV alot of it streams legally for free on the net).Shaw, and probably all the leading cable suppliers in any given market, have probably figured out that demand is relatively inelastic if price rises are small but frequent. Any drop in subscription is probably offset by the rate hikes (pure profit).
For most customers who have 2 tiers and extra outlets they often find that the discounts that are built into the Classic Cable package actually make that package cheaper than ordering everything individually.I'd love to reduce my cable bill, but the provider-friendly channel bundling (that we were promised would go away with digital delivery) pretty much ties my hands. I only want 4 stations outside of the Basic Cable bundle: 2 are in Tier 1, 1 is in Tier 2, and 1 requires a Digital box (which I don't currently have). When I last asked to drop Tier 3 channels (since I don't watch any of them), I was told my bill would go up by $1/month. In what other business would that make sense? Why can't I just buy those four channels (3 of which are Canadian)?
When I am getting a 0% wage increase at work (which I am certain looks pretty good to my laid off colleagues), any increase by my TV service provider is a problem. To be honest, if the CFL wasn't exclusively on TSN, we might have dumped cable altogether for the small amount we watch live TV. Heck, we've had a high def TV for 1.5 years and have stuck with analogue SD to keep the ever-rising costs in check.
With record profits at Shaw, this seems like a bad time for a price "adjustment."