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post #61 of 611 Old 02-27-2004, 02:17 PM
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Got the email today too. Not only does it say $0 upfront with free installation, there are no long-term contracts as well. Makes me rethink my current D* subscription...
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I got the same one....a scam perhaps?
Either that or they're not doing too well..
I think they are making a smart move. Many of us D* or E* customers that have a lot of money tied up in equipment and are not ready to pay out a lot of money for cheesy buggy equipment. I am willing to pay $9.99 a month for a stb and see if i like the service. Now they need to add inhd1 and inhd2, hdnet, hdnet movies & espnhd.
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well if they could add a few needed sd channels id switch to them... namely scifi.
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Just received a VOOM promotion in email:
Did you sign up for email updates on the VOOM website? I'm just curious if they're spamming or only sending to their opt-in list...
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I got one too. I think I previously signed up for the emails

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Anyone know what model Motorola STB Voom uses? Their website does not give any specifics on stb or disl/lnb equipment ...
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"disl/lnb" - typo - should read dish ...
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Yes I signed up for email update on the VOOM site. I guess that's how I get their promotion email.

Actually, when I read the offer details, it seems there is a monthly programming fee if one wants to take the $0 upfront offer:

VOOM package: $39.90
Includes the VOOM HD channels, HD Marquee with Discovery HD Theater and NFL Network in the VOOM package, and more than 45 of cable's most watched channels.

Va Va VOOM: $79.90
Over 100 channels, including the VOOM exclusive HD channels, HD Marquee with Discovery HD Theater and NFL Network, and more than 45 of cable's most watched channels, 18 music channels and best of all, 36 channels of premium programming, 10 of witch are in HD.
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I did find an aiming calculator for Echostar III on the Dish Network site. According to my zip code I need to have the Voom dish aimed at 122 degrees. I took a compass out onto my patio and I have a view of about 118 to 120 degrees to the East. In other words that's as far East as I can point a dish. So I'm assuming that I'll be ok with Voom but cutting it very close. I do live on the 3rd floor and this might be why the Voom installer didn't even want to try the install. Hell if they would just leave the equipment, I'd do it myself.
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Hi,

This is not a "scam" although it may be a hook to get you in and then change the price. Anyhow I just signed up, I am in chicago, they will be setting me up next saturday, not to shabby. 84 bucks for minimum pakage with HBO and 2 boxes.
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can someone post the email?
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just go to the site www.voom.com and sign up for e-mail or explore the site all the deals are explained in pretty good deatail on the site.
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Aha. So if I just want it on one TV, I'd pay $39/mo for programming plus $9.95/mo box rental, so about $50/mo all up?
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Yep.

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I signed up for thier email list and did not receive this. Interesting...

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I'm not a Voom owner, but I've been getting closer and closer to making the switch. I want more HDTV and I'm getting increasingly tired of waiting on D* or cable to deliver (7s or not). I got the VOOM email $0 offer today, but it does have an ominous bit of text in the fine print...

The STARZ! and SHOWTIME PlusPacks are delivered on satellite capacity that is only temporarily available. Rainbow DBS's regulatory authority to use this capacity will expire on April 5, 2004. In addition, Rainbow DBS may be required to cease transmitting over this capacity earlier than that date. If you have any questions about this, please call us toll free at 1.800.GET.VOOM.


Has anyone caught this already? Has anyone called for the story? Does this mean that Starz & Showtime might get cut by or before April 5? Or does this mean that they stay but with more compression on fewer transponders? Or something else? Anyone with any answers, please advise.
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Not sure.. I remember talks of that awhile back.
I haven't heard about it in a long time.

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Quote:
Originally posted by artm001
Anyone know what model Motorola STB Voom uses? Their website does not give any specifics on stb or disl/lnb equipment ...
The VOOM box is a Motorola DSR-550..

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I would not worry too much about it. The FCC scheduled the next auction for July 14, 2004 (Auction No. 52) and said the following about the licenses to be auctioned.

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Licenses to Be Auctioned

Auction No. 52 will include three licenses for unassigned channels at orbit locations of 175° W.L., 166° W.L., and 157° W.L. The license to use the two available channels at the eastern orbit location of 61.5º W.L., which was included in the list of licenses available for auction in the Auction No. 52 Comment Public Notice, will not be offered in Auction No. 52 because there remains pending the issue of whether any eligibility restrictions are appropriate for this license.

So it looks like VOOM will remain with the two transponder that Echostar gave them and where the Starz package resides.
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Originally posted by nwphil
Just received a VOOM promotion in email:

VOOM for $0 upfront - no purchase necessary

Over 25 new channels added. Over 100 channels of great entertainment. Over 30 HD channels including 21 HDTV Exclusives. The most of the best programming is on VOOM.

Now $0 UPFRONT with free installation!
Each receiver is just $9.50/month with no long-term programming commitment.

LOL... I am remember saying in a big post that I knew it wouldn't be long before this happened, there was just no WAY that people would pay that type of money for a system when every other provider is free, or very low cost for the gear !!

Sometimes I am actually right :cool:
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Voom vs Dish
I was about ready to switch to Voom but I am still considering the total cost.
To rent Voom costs $9.50. I would keep the Dish HD pak $9.99 as Voom doesn't have ESPN nor HD net & Movies and appears unlikely to get HDNET.
All Dish really has to do is add CinemaxHD/TMCHD and Starz/EncoreHD. As I already subscribe to those packs on DISH they should be free if added.
Then the only question marks would be NFL,TNT and BravoHD which Voom doesn't have either. The Dish SD channels far outweigh the Voom channels
especially TechTV and a few others. The addition of Sirius will be a plus.
In considering the total cost, Dish is Everything Pack $78 + HD pack $10=
$88 and NO tax. Voom would cost $80 + 9.50 rental +$5 tax =$95. (I still don't understand why Voom charges tax and Dish doesn't, Maybe Voom just charges in certain states)I had considered a 2nd receiver(cash$199) = $5 mirror fee which would be true with Dish as well. I am just not excited about the 21 Voom exclusives which seems to be their main selling point. Before the latest deals I was considering adding 1 plus pack to the Base Voom plan. As I already have DISCOVERY HD with Dish I would have chosen the STARZ/Encore pack and
just kept a Dish HBO/Show movie plan at $23 plus an access $5 fee and
dropped the rest of Dish. As DISC hd & NFLHD are now included in VOOM's base price, you no longer get to choose a plus pack with the Basic Voom deal. This combo deal would have been Voom Basic $40 + $10 rental + $5 tax
+ 1 +Pack $15=$70 PLUS Dish 2 movie pack 0f $23 (HBO/Show) and HD pak $10 +$5 access fee= $108. Now if Dish adds Starz/EncoreHD, TMCHD and CinemaxHD (they already carry the SC channels)to their existing Everything pack at $78 and add in the HDPAK at $10, for $88 you have the best of everything in HD & SD including Encore Westerns, Discovery Wings & Science, NASA, TechTv, Foxnews and a few others in my opinion Vs Voom Everything + Rental + tax = $95.
I will wait for the next Dish announcement as well
as a 921 Deal. Of course in the end I may just switch to Direct HD TIVO.

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Topics merged.

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I signed up for thier email list and did not receive this. Interesting...
Do you maybe have a SPAM filter set up that possibly knocked it out?
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OK, maybe I'm stupid.

I got the VOOM email for $0 down. What is the optimal play here? I have D** already and 2 sets.

Could I get the VOOM basic for $39/month and two STBs for a total of ~$50/month? Am I missing something?
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OK, maybe I'm stupid.

I got the VOOM email for $0 down. What is the optimal play here? I have D** already and 2 sets.

Could I get the VOOM basic for $39/month and two STBs for a total of ~$50/month? Am I missing something?
If you do the $0 down and lease everything, it would be $48.50 for the service + $9.50 for one receiver. If you lease a 2nd receiver, it would be another $9.50 + a $5.00 mirror fee for a total of $63.00. It is my understanding that you can buy the 2nd receiver for $199.00 even if you are leasing the first one, though, so that may be a better option. Of course, these prices don't include taxes, so once you add those in, it will be a little higher.

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Nope...

They charge $9.50/receiver, so that's $19 in receiver fees, + $5 for the 2nd receiver + $40/month for programming. So you'd need to pay 63/month.

You might get it down to $50 by buying the second receiver for $200 after leasing the first one, and somehow getting them to not charge you the $5 2nd receiver fee.

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Hey eric (pisay87), is that you buddy? Are you getting voom? Let me know how it goes as far as both hd content & video quality.

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I am going to take advantage of this offer because it will take DirecTV years to broadcast as much HDTV as what Voom has out now. I was waiting for the DirecTV HDTV Tivo, but this deal here looks too good to be true. I cant believe I'm going to get this with $0 down and no commitment though. I dont mean to come accross so negative, but theres gotta be a catch. You cannot get this deal online ?? I'd be interested to hear from someone who has called and gotten this deal. I do have a couple questions, which way does this dish aim ? Is there a HDTV PVR in the future ?
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I believe the bare minimum for two boxes would be $70. Basic plan $40 + 2 box rentals $20 + $5 mirror fee on second box + tax ( $5?). If they allow the purchase of a 2nd box at $199 after 20 months you would save $10 a month.
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Of course, there is the continued concern that Voom loops a lot of the HDTV content. Have they begun to resolve this issue?
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