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2 hours until April 1st; where's the new HD chuck?

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by brant, Mar 31, 2009.

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  1. Apr 2, 2009 #61 of 201
    joebird

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    Huh? What about the recent rate increases? You don't think that they factored these new channels (that were talked about months ago) into the pricing?

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=148142
     
  2. Apr 2, 2009 #62 of 201
    CoolGui

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    I really wanted to get the channels today, but if they had technical issues, I can understand that. What I can't understand is why would Charlie give a hard date like that when there are so many factors that could delay it? Why not say "In the month of April" at least?
     
  3. Apr 2, 2009 #63 of 201
    phrelin

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    Well, I guess within the context of overall company success, a company not meeting a deadline date announced publically three weeks in advance by the CEO gives us a clear picture of the CEO's effectiveness.

    Spring ends June 20....
     
  4. Apr 2, 2009 #64 of 201
    Paul Secic

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    If I could use U-vers's remote control I certaiinly would go back. I'm disappointed with Charles Poker playing.:mad::mad:
     
  5. Apr 2, 2009 #65 of 201
    ZBoomer

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    ^^^ Oh come on man, you're the one who talked me OUT of going to U-Verse. ;)
     
  6. Apr 2, 2009 #66 of 201
    James Long

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    Please don't shoot the messenger. As for what I say:
     
  7. Apr 2, 2009 #67 of 201
    dennispap

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    Our bills went up in Feb, then in March, the ceo no less, said these 7 additional channels will be on by april 1st. Many of us took the increase as the cost of the new channels that were coming. Funny the increase happened, but not the channels.:eek2:
     
  8. Apr 2, 2009 #68 of 201
    zero2dash

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    No, I wasn't trying to and I'm sorry if I came across that way.

    You posted a transcript of the Charlie Chat. Obviously you put what was said, nothing more, nothing less. That's all I was inferring by my comment about him questioning your comprehension. It's not like you put in something in the transcript that you thought you heard. :lol:

    I was merely pointing to your post of the Charlie Chat transcript, that's all. Charlie said what you put in the transcript. I wasn't trying to say you said something or elaborated on it, and you were wrong. Charlie was the fool here, not you. I apologize if you took it any other way. :nono2: I've edited my original post accordingly to further show what I meant. Again I apologize.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2009 #69 of 201
    lionsrule

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    Due to the current economic environment, dishnetwork has made a financial decision to halt the roll out of national HD. Their focus continues to be uplinking locals in HD. The cost associated with new contracts involving national HD providers is currently not in the interest of echostar's agenda.

    It will be several financial quarters before dish considers the expense of new HD channels.

    If the April 1st debacle is not evidence enough, I don't know what is.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2009 #70 of 201
    James Long

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    DISH is already considering the expense ... they just have not accepted the expense. And no, we will not be waiting "several quarters" for new HD. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Apr 2, 2009 #71 of 201
    inazsully

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    All day long not one person here has called Dish and asked somebody why no new HD channels? I'll call now.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2009 #72 of 201
    grog

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    Well Charlie has almost a full year left before it's April 1st.... :)
     
  13. Apr 2, 2009 #73 of 201
    Stewart Vernon

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    If this was meant in jest/sarcasm, ok... but if meant seriously, I wouldn't give it much weight as a very much unsubstantiated rumor.

    No clue what happened, but this explanation just doesn't hold any water.
     
  14. Apr 3, 2009 #74 of 201
    Bob Ketcham

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    Excerpt from the channel guide located here...

    http://dishnetwork.com/downloads/pdf/whats_on_dish/programming_guides/OnlineChannelLineUp.pdf

    COMING SOON IN SPRING 2009….
    GREAT NEW HD CHANNELS ON THEIR WAY INCLUDING: Nickelodeon,
    Comedy Central, MTV, CMT, Spike TV, VH1 and BET.
    Go to www.dishnetwork.com/channellineup to get updates on when these
    channels will be available and in which packages they’ll be available.
    COMING

    Of course, what you find when going to www.dishnetwork.com/channellineup is the web page where the channel guide is posted. Be prepared to exit the endless loop.

    On another site one comment noted there are several channel line up changes coming on April 8. So, sometime between April 8 and June 21?

    Thanks for the clarity, Charlie. <dripping sarcasm>

    P.S. Does anyone think Charlie will get his income tax done by the April 23rd deadline?
     
  15. Apr 3, 2009 #75 of 201
    dennispap

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    No need to call. The csr's dont know anything. Here is what they said yesterday. I doubt anything changed today.


    Please wait while we find a representative to assist you...
    You have been connected to (03) Adam Q..
    (03) Adam Q.: Thank you for being a valued DISH Network customer, I will be happy to assist you today. Please give me 2-3 minutes to access your account and review the information you have already provided.
    (03) Adam Q.: Your patience is greatly appreciated.
    (03) Adam Q.: I am sorry to inform you that we do not have an update on this yet.
    (03) Adam Q.: We are constantly adding channels on a regular basis to our line-up and continue to provide the widest variety of HD programming options available anywhere.
    (03) Adam Q.: Unfortunately, we are unable to disclose what channels will be added or when due to legalities.
    (03) Adam Q.: DISH Network - 2009 Updates - 1.888.825.2557
    dennis Papaleo: They were announced on 3-9-09 charlie chat by the boss himself, the 7 channels are
    NickHD, ComedyCentralHD, MTVHD, VH1HD, CMTHD, BETHD,and SpikeHD. I'm not asking for any private info, just the channels that were publicly announced to become available today.

    (03) Adam Q.: I understand your concern.
    (03) Adam Q.: We have not received any update on this yet.
    dennis Papaleo: ok, thank you.
     
  16. Apr 3, 2009 #76 of 201
    Stewart Vernon

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    It's probably also worth mentioning that the number of Dish customers that were actually expecting new HD this week (viewers of Charlie Chat and readers of forums like this one) is probably VERY LOW compared to the number of actual Dish subscribers... so probably 90+% of Dish's customers are blissfully ignorant that anything was supposed to happen this week.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2009 #77 of 201
    inazsully

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    I am still waiting for my INSIDER to call me back. He is checking.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2009 #78 of 201
    phrelin

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    It appears that alot of folks got their locals in HD this week. I'm happy for them and truthfully having some SD show like the Daily Show fed using HD bandwidth isn't exactly going to make my day anyway. The problem was in the Charlie Chat. What can you do?:shrug:
     
  19. Apr 3, 2009 #79 of 201
    Islandguy43

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    Hmmm....if I recall, a couple weeks back they did have the April 1st date on the channel lineup....Now it seems it is a cyoa situation.
     
  20. Apr 3, 2009 #80 of 201
    inazsully

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    Got my return call and was told the response from Dish was, Neither DirectV or Dish began broadcasting the channels they were expecting to. No reason given because they didn't know why. They hope for sometime in April. Possible explanation in a few days. Best guess, problems with Viacom contract but that's just a guess. Maybe they will let us know and maybe they won't. My contact is very unhappy with how this went down just as we are.
     
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