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Dish HD Absolute ends February 1, 2011

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by RAD, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Jan 5, 2011 #1 of 267
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    There's a thread on another site where a Dish customer says:

    Maybe that's how Charlie can afford to not raise base package prices next year but getting rid of Absolute customers and their cheap package?

    BTW: Here's a link to the other site with a scan of the letter the customer received:http://www.satelliteguys.us/dish-ne...-hd-absolute-any-suggestions.html#post2425044
     
  2. Jan 5, 2011 #2 of 267
    Stewart Vernon

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    Let's see...

    Last year there were people who claimed DishHD Absolute was being discontinued and people were getting calls telling them they had to switch.

    Then all the talk stopped.

    Then a couple of months later people said there was going to be a $6 fee for DishHD Absolute customers.

    Then all the talk stopped.

    I also seem to remember someone on another Web site "confirming" that the $6 was true... but I don't remember it being retracted once proven to be false.

    So... I think I'll wait and see on this 3rd strike of a rumor for DishHD Absolute. That letter could very easily be faked.
     
  3. Jan 6, 2011 #3 of 267
    James Long

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    I expect it to be true ... and it is about time they finally did something about Absolute.
    Now people will get their ABC Family/ESPNNews/Disney/Disney XD SD feeds that they complained about not getting when the HD feeds were pulled last year.

    I'm surprised that the push isn't a conversion to DISH America Silver or Gold.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2011 #4 of 267
    gqmagtutgic

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  5. Jan 6, 2011 #5 of 267
    dbsuser

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    Say it isn't so. Did anyone get the notice letter from Dish Network? Someone in the Satelliteguys.us forum got this notice.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2011 #6 of 267
    mw1597

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    It is true. Just got my letter today.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2011 #7 of 267
    Stewart Vernon

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    We've heard this tune before.

    This would be rumor #3.

    Last year a few people said Dish was calling them and telling them they had to change because DishHD was going away.

    Then a couple of months later a few different people said Dish was going to start charging $6 more per month as an "access fee". I believe Satellite Guys even "confirmed" this rumor... but then failed to post a retraction when the rumor turned out not to be true.

    Letters like this are easy to fake... and at the moment only 2 people (assuming the one posting here is not the same guy who posted there) have said they got a letter.

    I am going to continue to wait and see... since the DishHD Absolute package has been declared more than once and then it "got better".
     
  8. Jan 6, 2011 #8 of 267
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    Got the letter today too. The party's over on Feb. 1st. :(
     
  9. Jan 6, 2011 #9 of 267
    mw1597

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    Letter basically states... If programming update is not made before February 1, 2011, DISH Network will automatically transition your account to our popular America's Top 200 programming package along with HD free for life and our HD Platinum package free for next 12 months.
     
  10. Jan 6, 2011 #10 of 267
    peak_reception

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    I guess that amounts to about a 100% increase in price for we minimalist Absoluters.
     
  11. Jan 6, 2011 #11 of 267
    coldsteel

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    Yeah, this one's true...
     
  12. Jan 6, 2011 #12 of 267
    phrelin

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    I can't remember how many times I grumbled at myself about not getting Absolute when I had the chance. So congratulate yourselves for having been that wise back then even if the news now is less than optimium.
     
  13. Jan 6, 2011 #13 of 267
    daranman

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    I got the letter too, and it sucks. The Absolute package had all I really wanted in HD for football, and Discovery, and generally not much else consistently. I'll have to see what else I get to see if its worthwhile to stick around, and I may have a sling adapter for sale otherwise.
     
  14. Jan 6, 2011 #14 of 267
    ronton3

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    I have the letter and it speaks of a credit on my account for the next 12 months, ostensibly to ease the pain, but it doesn't say how much, anyone know? ron
     
  15. Jan 6, 2011 #15 of 267
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Based on the post in this thread looks like 3rd time is a charm, sorry.
     
  16. Jan 6, 2011 #16 of 267
    Stewart Vernon

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    I never got a phone call... or saw a $6 charge... and I still haven't received a letter.

    I don't know what that means.
     
  17. Jan 6, 2011 #17 of 267
    P Smith

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    me too :)
     
  18. Jan 6, 2011 #18 of 267
    Jim5506

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    I got a letter today in the mail, but I'm not making any changes until after Feb. 1 - just in case they back down again, which I do not expect.

    The change to AT200 will bump me up $30 per month before the credit, so I might endure for a month or two, then drop to AT120+ to avoid the $5 downgrade fee.

    Anybody contacted Dish to see how much credit/month they are offering?

    I'm estimating probably $10, but $20 would be nice.

    Definitely dropping Platinum when the 1 year free is up.
     
  19. Jan 6, 2011 #19 of 267
    biz

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    I'm bummed! I will drop the Platinum as well when they start to charge I have Netflix via my wifi BR player and it will suffice for movies.

    Going to lose Nat Geo and History Channel though, I won't go the 250 tier to get only those two. With TV series available as a whole season later and netflix, etc. I will be closely watching the Dish bill.

    Bummed! I tell ya.
     
  20. Jan 7, 2011 #20 of 267
    Jeff_DML

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    Yeah I got the letter today too. I was already annoyed about losing Disney Hd so this forces me to do something about it. I will give them a call to see what they will offer but i am pretty sick of Charlie "looking out for us". I would like to cut the cord, just need to talk my wife into it.
     

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