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post #1891 of 2570
For anybody who didn't have it already, all the Starz channels (HD too) are now on for free, until next February. I think if you already have Starz, platinum is turned on for free.
post #1892 of 2570
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Originally Posted by StonesCat View Post
For anybody who didn't have it already, all the Starz channels (HD too) are now on for free, until next February. I think if you already have Starz, platinum is turned on for free.
does everyone automaticly get that??
post #1893 of 2570
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Originally Posted by bighairnee7 View Post
does everyone automaticly get that??
I guess so. I just checked and I have a bunch of new channels. I'm on AT250 HD w/Platinum.

Not a movie fan so I wouldn't have noticed without specifically looking. No matter anyway, I'm pulling the plug in a few days and going with my antenna and the internet.
post #1894 of 2570
Well Feb 01 is upon us and Absolute HD is still going strong! Logged on to the dish website under My Programming, still says
  • DISHHD ABSOLUTE
  • Monthly Charges $29.99 (excludes taxes/credits)

Already paid for it thru 2/14. As soon as they decide to switch me I'm calling to cancel.
post #1895 of 2570
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Originally Posted by pupak View Post

Well Feb 01 is upon us and Absolute HD is still going strong! Logged on to the dish website under My Programming, still says
  • DISHHD ABSOLUTE
  • Monthly Charges $29.99 (excludes taxes/credits)

Already paid for it thru 2/14. As soon as they decide to switch me I'm calling to cancel.

I called and switched to the Top 120 plus they then gave me the free starz for a year, I actually like this package as well or better than absolute. Also I got the channel ID, does anyone know if Top 120 gets this channel now for good or if its just a preview channel?? I hope I get it atleast the 1 year im getting all these credits. Im canceling after the year though. they are crazy if they think ill pay $45 for Top 120.
post #1896 of 2570
I just got off the phone with Dish and they *offered* (I didn't ask; all I did was say that I was considering dropping to the 120+ package) me $20 off the Top 200 package for the year. Old Dish Absolute was $29.99, new Top 200 package is normally $59.99, but they brought it down to $39.99 for the year, with free Starz for the year as well (though I think everyone gets Starz). The whole thing took only 5 minutes and I couldn't be happier.
post #1897 of 2570
Well Absolute HD died today, I called and canceled. Going with antenna and internet. I'm through paying for the privilege of watching commercial saturated programming.
post #1898 of 2570
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Originally Posted by pupak View Post

Well Absolute HD died today, I called and canceled. Going with antenna and internet. I'm through paying for the privilege of watching commercial saturated programming.

I switched from Absolute to AT200 last August with an offer similar to what they are offering now, mainly to get FSN for the football season. Lost Versus in the process and found I missed more games that I wanted there than were available on FSN, plus the hassle it is to use the RSN locals with Dish. I intended to cancel next fall and go with cable at least for the season with no contract.

I took a look at what I was really getting with Dish and just couldn't justify the cost. This was before the extra $5 they were tacking on this month. If it weren't for sports, mainly college football I would have no interest in sat/cable anyway. Most of what I watch is on OTA free for which I have an antenna with great reception and 2 HTPCs with the capabilities of recording 6 shows at a time. Both have high speed internet access for streaming. The shows I do watch are mainly on USA, TNT and SyFy and all are available free online.

So, I called yesterday and cut the cord. No dissatisfaction with Dish per se, just with their sports programming and like many others tired of paying for a ton of crap I neither need or want. Even giving up about $20 for a new signup that was still being paid at $5 a month.

Anyway, I've enjoyed this thread for the last couple of years and may miss the banter more than the satellite itself. I will miss the 722, though, a very nice piece of equipment.
post #1899 of 2570
gotta love the free starz
post #1900 of 2570
I thought it was pretty nice of Dish to give us Starz for free for a year until I noticed a $5 increase in my monthly bill. I have autopay and never look at the statements. I went back to the one from last month and found an announcement that some packages will see an increase beginning February 1st. I have the 200 channel package. To me it looks like Starz is being offered to lessen the blow of the price increase. Not such a nice gesture after all.
post #1901 of 2570
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Originally Posted by Nick_WI View Post

I thought it was pretty nice of Dish to give us Starz for free for a year until I noticed a $5 increase in my monthly bill. I have autopay and never look at the statements. I went back to the one from last month and found an announcement that some packages will see an increase beginning February 1st. I have the 200 channel package. To me it looks like Starz is being offered to lessen the blow of the price increase. Not such a nice gesture after all.

They were going to raise the price anyway, all the providers do on an annual basis. So, they cost you $60 a year more and then they give you $156 worth of programming for free. Oh, and by the way that $5 increase is good through February 2013, that's well documented. Don't look that gift horse........
post #1902 of 2570
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Originally Posted by bobby94928 View Post

They were going to raise the price anyway, all the providers do on an annual basis. So, they cost you $60 a year more and then they give you $156 worth of programming for free. Oh, and by the way that $5 increase is good through February 2013, that's well documented. Don't look that gift horse........

Are you in sales? You do make it sound more attractive, and I understand occasional price increases are part of doing business. Other types of companies, such as cellular phone carriers, grandfather their current customers into the same pricing until the customer chooses to make a change. I'd rather keep my $5 savings than get free programing I didn't order. At least when I had Charter I could always call when a promo ended and receive a new promo that continued my cost savings.
post #1903 of 2570
i haven't compare prices for about a year but when i last checked, dish
packages with hd dvrs was significantly cheaper than either comcast or direct.

i have hd platinum package with hbo and 2 hd dvrs, a 612 and a 722 for $120 a month and i'm not complaining. i haven't notice an increase in my bill yet.
post #1904 of 2570
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

i haven't notice an increase in my bill yet.

But you will on your next billing, everyone went up $5 a month good through February 2013....
post #1905 of 2570
I am pretty bummed about losing Absolute !
As an alternative, Dish has put me on Americas + Platinum HD with a $10 discount on the package (to equalize the increase in programing price) for 1 yr - but i am not sure if I want to stick around with them anymore.

Anyone has suggestions with other packages / companies?
post #1906 of 2570
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Originally Posted by starlights View Post

Anyone has suggestions with other packages / companies?

If you check out DIRECTV if you know someone that has it now you can get a $10/month rebate for 10 months on top of the new customer offers, have them see http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/conten...mmons_customer for information.
post #1907 of 2570
As a new sub, you'll definitely save money with DirecTV, but you'll also lose about 30 national HD channels. Comcast may have a pretty good lineup in your area.
post #1908 of 2570
Wow, so they actually did finally go through with dropping Absolute for good. I kind've figured they would follow through with it this time, since they sent letters out to everyone. It was a good run, for sure. I'm ok with America's top 120 for now, although when my first year is up and the discount is gone, I may look elsewhere myself. Truthfully, I hate paying even 35/40 a month for tv when there are perfectly good stations available over the air, and those are the ones I watch most. My kids are the biggest users of the sat tv in my household.
post #1909 of 2570
Is there a place that shows what HD channels Direct has along side Dish?
post #1910 of 2570
post #1911 of 2570
I mostly care about college football and Tour de France cycling, so Absolute HD was the perfect package.

Now, in order to get Versus, I have to have America's Top 250?

Forget it. I'm probably just going to cancel Dish and not getting anything until July.
post #1912 of 2570
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Originally Posted by cbuhl79 View Post

I mostly care about college football and Tour de France cycling, so Absolute HD was the perfect package.

Now, in order to get Versus, I have to have America's Top 250?

Forget it. I'm probably just going to cancel Dish and not getting anything until July.

Dish America Gold has Versus for $59.99 vs $69.99 for Top 250
post #1913 of 2570
What (if anything) is the difference between the different channel numbers for the programming guide?

For example, my locals are shown several times in the guide, with different channel number sequences.

I'm guessing that this is programming coming from different satallites, but not sure.
post #1914 of 2570
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Originally Posted by aydu View Post

What (if anything) is the difference between the different channel numbers for the programming guide?

For example, my locals are shown several times in the guide, with different channel number sequences.

I'm guessing that this is programming coming from different satallites, but not sure.

The HD channels are shown in the 9XXX series as well as listed with the same number as their SD counterparts. My locals were only listed once for Dish, but also listed separately for the OTA channels which gives you the option of recording on either. If you don't have OTA connected, not sure why you would have multiple listings for locals except for SD and HD possibly.
post #1915 of 2570
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Originally Posted by aydu View Post

I'm guessing that this is programming coming from different satallites, but not sure.

Only between the HD & MPEG2 SD locals - Eastern arc HD & MPEG4 SD locals all come from the same sats.

The 9xxx locals are the actual ch#'s that the SD locals are on. These have to be used for all the legacy 2xxx, 3xxx & 4xxx receivers still being used, which do NOT have the local channel mapping capability.

The actual 2-digit SD OTA channel #'s are simply remaps from the 9xxx's that I just previously mentioned - they do NOT use more bandwidth &/or other sats from the 9xxx's. Why E* shows both on these newer receivers - beats me; just makes things more confusing for subs! D* does the same thing on their 101 SD 9xx locals f/legacy receivers, but does NOT show them on the newer ones that support 2-digit local mapping, so go figure.

The 5xxx's are the same as the 9xxx's, except they are the HD versions - they remap to 2-digit HD locals numbers in the same way.
post #1916 of 2570
I have two local subs I receive OTA that carry ThisTV. On the dvr program guide, it says THIS and the channel (42.3 & 58.2), but the program description is simply "digital service." Sacramento's KTXL picked up the AntennaTV subchannel last month on 40.2 and the proper program guide info shows up. It makes it difficult to record when you can't see what programs are going to be shown. Any ideas why?
post #1917 of 2570
One of mine carries This and RTV as their subchannels, and both have full program guides thru Dish, so it's probably an affiliate thing. One of my PBS subs is, I think, PBS World, and it says digital service(yet the other PBS's have full guides), so I know what you're talking about.
post #1918 of 2570
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Originally Posted by deltaguy View Post

I have two local subs I receive OTA that carry ThisTV. On the dvr program guide, it says THIS and the channel (42.3 & 58.2), but the program description is simply "digital service." Sacramento's KTXL picked up the AntennaTV subchannel last month on 40.2 and the proper program guide info shows up. It makes it difficult to record when you can't see what programs are going to be shown. Any ideas why?

This happens when the guide services (Tribune in this case) don't have or haven't updated the stations. It's also often caused by stations changing the broadcast frequency. Dish really has no control over it except to inform Tribune and I'm not sure they even do that. One thing you can do is contact the stations and let them know so they can contact the guide services. It's most likely affecting other providers and services.
post #1919 of 2570
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Originally Posted by deltaguy View Post

I have two local subs I receive OTA that carry ThisTV. On the dvr program guide, it says THIS and the channel (42.3 & 58.2), but the program description is simply "digital service." Sacramento's KTXL picked up the AntennaTV subchannel last month on 40.2 and the proper program guide info shows up. It makes it difficult to record when you can't see what programs are going to be shown. Any ideas why?

Only the ones that Dish carries come with program guides. All the channels from my OTA antenna are yellow on the program guide and show up as only "digital service." The ones that Dish carries are duplicated with program guide information. Those OTA that Dish doesn't carry have no program info available at all. It's always been that way.
post #1920 of 2570
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Originally Posted by dxjnorto View Post

Those OTA that Dish doesn't carry have no program info available at all. It's always been that way.

Not true. Dish doesn't carry any of the subs for our market, yet the OTA program guides are there for them. In fact, we have one PBS station with 2 subs from another market that has a relay in our market and their guide info even shows up for OTA.
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