Rate Hike

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Subscribers of EchoStar Communications' DISH Network satellite service will start paying more beginning Sunday.

EchoStar notified customers of the price hike this week, even as the Englewood-based company continued a high-profile campaign criticizing cable-TV rate hikes.

DISH Network will raise rates up to five percent for its traditional programming packages. Increases will be as high as 14 percent for certain specialty packages such as Dish Latino.

EchoStar spokesman Steve Caulk says the average increase for the
company's most popular packages will be one-point-seven percent,
lower than the rate of inflation.

The company's chief competitor, Direc-T-V, will raise its rates between two and nine percent March 1st..