Cancelled Dish Network Last Night

I don’t know why, but I’m sort of sad about this one. You see, for 4 years I’ve had Dish Network service. In those four years I’ve been nothing but pleased with their products, service and pricing. I’ve even seen many people sign up with them based on my referrals.

Well, in the past months things have gotten bad. I think it started when my wife and I decided we needed to save money, so we decided to cancel our service.

As some of you may know, when you decide to cancel your service, they will transfer you to an account specialist to try to cut you a good deal to get you to stay. Well, we decided to cut our half of our channels to get our payment under $25 per month. The biggest loss for me was ESPN. The biggest loss for my wife was Food Network. But, my wife still had TLC and HGTV, while I had TBS to watch my Braves games… or so I thought.

Shortly after making this change I could rarely get TBS. It kept blacking out and losing the signal. I tried calling twice. Both times the person on the other line would have me walk through all these ridiculous and unnecessary steps, then in the end would tell me my dish or cables are bad. Yeah right! Then they wanted me to pay $100, or $30 plus a monthly warrantee fee to have a technician come out and look at it. My feeling is that it is their equipment, I really don’t feel there is anything wrong with it, and so if you think that is the case, you cover the cost to come look at it.

The reason I don’t think it was my equipment was because every other channel came in just fine. It was only TBS. Support would have me try setting different satellite numbers and transponder numbers. The problem was though, that it didn’t matter what numbers I set, it was always looking for the same transponder number (119 – which had the weakest signal) for TBS only. When I tried to tell this to support, I simply got silence for a few seconds (I can just picture their “deer in the headlights” look), then they would continue on with “…now let’s try this…”. I’m sure they really have now idea what they are doing. They are just some kids working their way through college, following some scripts they see on the screen. Anything out of the ordinary they can’t handle. When they want to charge you to send out a technician, that is company policy so they could care less if you say you would rather just sign up for a competitors’ offer. Really, they’re just punching the clock and they don’t care about the company they work for. Why should they? They’re probably earning about $10-$15 an hour listening to frustrated people all day. I know from experience that this get old fast.

Anyway, I learned from my father in law that about the same time he started having the exact same issues. Half of his channels work perfectly, the other half don’t. He also called support twice with the same results. After we talked about all this, we came to the same conclusion. We just need to quit and give DIRECTV a try. Generally they are a little more expensive as they don’t offer the same (cheaper) package deals, and you have to pay up front if you want DVR service. But I’m quite familiar with all the latest deals as I maintain a comparison chart at

In one last attempt to let them redeem themselves, I emailed them the following letter:

To whom it may concern:
I am writing to let you know that you have some major issues with your set up right now. I’ve tried calling support twice, but I get very frustrated with the guys on the other end of the line. Even though I’ve just told them I reset my equipment while waiting [forever] on hold they still have me do it again – as well as other stupid tasks that have no relevance.
The problem is that for the past month or so I’ve started having issues receiving TBS. It is only this channel that I have problems with. It is always loosing the signal, or cutting in and out. This is happening even though there is no wind and not a cloud in the sky. Support has me playing with different satellite and transponder numbers, but it doesn’t matter what I set in the set up menu, it always looks for the same one when I get the no signal (002) error.
Support then tells me that my equipment or cables are bad and I need to pay $100 or $30 plus a monthly fee to get it fixed. First of all, it’s your equipment. Come fix it free. Second, I HIGHLY DOUBT it is my equipment. I’m guessing your support guys go through a little troubleshooting script and this is their last option – tell you it’s your equipment and to pay to get it fixed.
The other reason I don’t think this is my equipment is because it’s still fairly new. I’ve had your service for 3 ½ years now. I’ve never had problems like this.
My parents are having the same problems. They’ve had your service much longer than I have (maybe 7 years now). In the same time frame (within the last month or so) they been having the same issues – all of a sudden they just can’t get half of their channels.
I have an affiliate web site ( where users post reviews of DIRECTV & Dish Network. Your reviews have all been one-star reviews lately due to the EXACT SAME ISSUES! I’m sure your support guys don’t really care about your company and it doesn’t matter to them if someone says they are going to make the switch to DIRECTV. But someone in your company should be concerned about this because you have a major problem and it needs to be fixed.
My father-in-law is ready to switch to DIRECTV. I’ll make $110 on the deal so I have no reason to discourage him to do so; I can also make $110 each helping other family & friends make the switch to DIRECTV. That’s my plan right now unless you can give me a reason not to.
Dustin Davis
This is the response I got:

Dear Dustin Davis,
Thank you for your email. We want to apologize for not meeting your expectations in customer service. We pride ourselves with providing each and every customer with a positive experience when contacting us. Feedback from our customers, both positive and negative, drives the quality of our customer service. It is apparent in our quest for providing our customers with world class customer service, we have fallen short. The decisions made are based on company policy. If we find that a policy is negatively impacting the majority of our customer’s satisfaction, that policy is scrutinized for effectiveness. Again, we apologize for any confusion or inconvenience caused by this issue.
As a current customer, you may also use our website to view your current or previous billing statements, add services, or make payments to your account. Please use the link to visit our Online Customer Support Center.
Your business is greatly appreciated and we thank you for allowing us to be of assistance to you. If you have any further questions or concerns, please refer to or reply to this email.
Jose S.
DISH Network eCare
Okay, Jose appears to be very kind and sincere with his elaborate apology, or Jose is another 9 to 5 employee sending me a stupid form letter. I choose to believe the latter. Why? Because he didn’t address a any of my issues other than my complaint against support (which was the least of my concerns).

Plus, another thing I find annoying and slightly comical is the second paragraph. Oh, I can go online to look at my account? That’s great news! That will solve my problems. Duh!!! How do you think I submitted this letter that included all my account information!

Seriously, minutes after receiving this email I was on the phone calling Dish Network. I got my account specialist on the phone and told them I wanted to quit due to bad service. My account specialist (Candice with a reference code of SUV) was not as polite as previous account specialists I’ve had. I think she took it personally when I told her they have bad service. She tried to reason that my there really was a problem with my equipment and that I can pay the monthly warrantee fee of… I cut her short and told her to spare the shpill – I’ve had enough. Obviously there are bigger problems there that they are either unaware of, or just not dealing with properly. She was quite terse with me on the phone and gave me all the information to pack up my equipment and send it back within 15 days or they would charge me for it. Then she added that if I ever wanted service again they would have to charge me a $25.00 fee. Now is that really necessary?

My wife then called her mother and they are going to quit too and give DIRECTV a try.

39 thoughts on “Cancelled Dish Network Last Night”

  1. Yeah I had and quit DN along time ago mainly because I had a SA TiVo and DTV came out with the DirecTiVo. I actually liked the DishPlayer interface, but it was… a bit flakey at times. And I got that $25 reconnect fee thing too. What a joke. Ok, I’m leaving you and if I ever want to come back you are going to charge me $25 for that “privilege”? Yeah… ok. Good luck with that. I do kinda miss the Charlie Chats tho (well I guess more so the Tech chats)

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  2. Funny! Yes, there are some things I really miss about Dish. I think the Guide was faster (well, my regular Directv receiver is fast, my TiVo is slow). It was bigger easier to read on my small TV. I really miss how easy it was to change favorite lists and not display channels you don’t have. (Or have them displayed in red.) Oh well, though – pros & cons to everything I guess.

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  3. I have the same problem. Sat 119 only recives two transponders. The transponers I realy need are lost in space. Sat 110 and 121 have no problems. average signal strenth on all three sateltes are 110. Why do I only recive halve of my channels ?? The Dish Technician came to the house twice but was not able to fix the problem.

    1. hi lost a lot of hd channels with sat 110 , had repair man here for 6 hours ,replaced dvr,checked sat and wiring,contacted support several times,the last tec informed him that sat 110 stopped transmitting hd, only diital broadcast,he had to relocate dish to  sat 121, i think,needless to say no line of site to the needed sat,they did credit some on my account but it’s not worth the bad picture,small, quality!!!had him replace the new dvr he just installed back to the old one because i wanted to watch my recorded shows..he was not a happy camper but neighter am i!!!! good luck
      ps just ordered verizon fios a fed min ago…

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  4. my second tv wont respond to the remote this happened since we came back from 5 day vacation. all of a sudden the remote wont work unless you turn off the black box for ten minutes then it only works for 5 minutes.

  5. I had a wierd issue with Dish Network as well. I too maintain a satellite TV comparison site and my dad wanted to get signed up. I told him he should get DISH because he watches his money like a hawk. That extra $10 for DIRECTV would bother him. Anyway I was on a retailers site ordering online for him and he got a call from them. They took his information and he was set up. The problem was they left off my affiliate ID. They basically stole my sale. I had him cancel and go with another retailer. They set it all up and right before he got installed the first retailer called him back and said we need to verify your credit card number and they stole the sale again. He didn’t know one retailer from the other, but these thieves were stealing my commissions. After it got installed he got a bill for $49.95 for every time he was switched. This was probably not the fault of the retailer, but the crooked person at the call center in India that took the original order. I think I will be switching him to DIRECTV as soon as his contract runs out.

  6. I had issues with dishnetwor inconsistency in service. I had channels constantly going out in bad weather or even wind. I called the techs out twice, and one time they replaced the dish and the second time they told me that I needed to cut down some trees in order for my service to work properly. I was not willing to cut trees down, nor buy a $150 pole install. So I cancelled service, and just checked my bank account, and Dishnetwork stole $173.33 directly from my account. This is not the first time this happened. I had originally ordered with my TV service 3rd party internet service through DN’s affiliate Hughes Net. Hughesnet was unable to provide me service at my location, and so I cancelled the install after the techs came to that conclusion. Well I never gave hiughesnet my card number, but they stole $385 from my account 5 days before christmas. I had a temporary credit issued after the holidays but a lot of folks on my gift list didn’t get presents because of it. After spending countless hours on the phone to remedy the screw up, I had the money returned to my account, and told Dish to delete my card number to avoid a future screw up. This apeears to be how they do business. The CS reps on the phone were ridiculous. They told me that this was how they were going to handle this. DON’T LET DISH RIP YOU OFF. DO NOT GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD # TO DISH! I have read countless posts of how they will charge you for the equipment in excess of $700 even after you have mailed it back to them. They will deny that they have received it. I have read a suggestion that you video tatp putting the receiver in the box, and the UPS man picking it up, as well as the tracking numbers. Are all of these thousands of people lying, or is DISH network running one of the biggest theft rackets in the country? The proof is in the pudding. My bank determined last time that it was fraud and gave me back my money. But there are no repercussions for the thief? If they had to pay some fines each time they stole money, I’m sure they would be more careful to mind laws and regulations.

  7. When I canceled some channels to get a reduced price, they managed to cancel the channels fine but they forgot to lower the bill which took ages to sort out. I’m really not happy with them at the moment!

  8. eah I had and quit DN along time ago mainly because I had a SA TiVo and DTV came out with the DirecTiVo. I actually liked the DishPlayer interface, but it was… a bit flakey at times. And I got that $25 reconnect fee thing too. What a joke. Ok, I’m leaving you and if I ever want to come back you are going to charge me $25 for that “privilege”? Yeah… ok. Good luck with that. I do kinda miss the Charlie Chats tho (well I guess more so the Tech chats)

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  9. I have been trying to quit, but they haven’t turned it off and keep billing me. I called at the end of November to stop sevice, because we needed to cut back. I haven’t used it since November, but they are still billing me anyway. I’m just tired of the calls, they call me at all hours of the night and day to tell me I owe them money.  I will try again to cancel, maybe they will get the hint.
    I was experiencing technical issues, but mine was a remote, that would change the channels, when it wanted to.

  10. My problem with DISH is that they cannot add. I have sent an email to them & will be drafting a letter to the Illinois Attorney General for fraudulent billing practices.

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    1. I don’t remember. But every time I try to play the game where I wait until the last day of service before canceling I seem to shoot myself in the foot and pay for an extra month. That’s what happened when I cancelled Netflix recently. I had it in my calendar but got busy and forgot, then my debit card got dinged.

  12. Sorry to here DN failed.  I market for both Dish and Direct as well as Century Link.  I can get you the channels you want, new equipment for the best price no “re-sign” fees.  I can get you updated equipment with Dish  (New “Hopper & Joey” coming out soon) if that is all you need if you re-commit to 2 years.  Dish with Blockbuster is a very sweet combo.  Cheers!  801-995-2384

  13. I’m fed up too after being lied to by Dish Rep named HUGO, probably made up the name. I’ve been with Dish for 5 yr. Wish I’d never left Direct TV (I was with them 7 yr.). I let some agent from Dish promise me the moon for switching. Had problems from day one from the switch. First the installer from dish was told NOT to drill into my siding as it would void my warranty. But he put holes everywhere in the siding and wrapped cable around my brick house like it was a christmas present. Then 2 weeks after installation I received a bill for over $200.00, was supposed to be $78.00 a month. Took me months of continous calling to get the bill straight but the FREE DVR promised  I never got!!!! They use sub contractors who are responsible for giving you the dvr, they couldn’t tell me how to reach the long gone company. So after putting a block on anyone ordering movies/porn I get billed for movies my mentally handicapped son was able to order anyway. After months and finally writing to Charles Ergen ?? The CEO WHOM BY THE WAY NEVER BOTHERED TO RESPOND TO MY COMPLAINTS. I did get a sup to remove the charges. Now I was talked into upgrading to the dish on demand by HUGO and was told  my rates would only go up by $4.00. When I look at my bill it was $124.00 more. They were supposed to rebate me the $99.00 for the sling. My first clue should have been REBATE!!!! Why not just don’t charge me at all rather than have me send in something for a rebate?? But I’m not giving up Charlie, your commercials say hassle free,  BESTcustomer service of any cable co. Well your Supervisors are arrogant, rude and uncaring!! Next complaint going to ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND BBB. And you owe me around $2,000.00 in hours of having to be on the phone to customer service over dishonesty. Hey my time is valuable and to fix my siding isn’t cheap. But of course Dish hasn’t bothered to send anyone out to look at my damaged house unless I want to pay someone for their time. I don’t know who the biggest scamsters OUT THERE cable companies or cell phone companies!!!! Disabled Widow in San Antonio, Tx.

  14. I was a dealer of Dishnetwork for the past 12 years. You are absolutely correct, there is more going on with Dishnetwork than meets the eye. The reason they lost 135 thousand customers last quarter was because of mainly your exact same issues. There now is a reason that Directv is growing in leaps and bounds. They do try harder. You will not be displeased

  15. We’ve only had DN for just under 2 yrs & we will be going elsewhere @ the end of our term.  We’ve lost 2 receivers in under 2 years, thus losing everything we’ve recorded – TWICE.  I don’t know anyone who knows how to put those programs you really want to save on something other than the DVR, so we’re screwed. Anyway, becuz of this loss, we found out by accident we’ve been charged $6 a month for the warranty service. No idea how long it’s been going on becuz in July of 2010 I signed up for FREE HD & have NOT been able to see a statement since.

    1.  You can connect a external Hard Drive to save/backup your recordings via a usb port located in the back and front of the rcvrs.

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