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Dish HD Absolute ends February 1, 2011

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

  1. Feb 1, 2011 #201 of 267
    GrumpyBear

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    Just like the rate increases, I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Absolute last for users until their next billing cycle starts.
     
  2. Feb 1, 2011 #202 of 267
    tcatdbs

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    I see Dish updated their site. Looks like new customers get $20 discount for 12 months now that rates have changed. So hopefully that's what they'll give us for the AT200 (with free Platinum)... no mention of free Starz for a year.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2011 #203 of 267
    mdrdishuser

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    Called to change from Dish Absolute last night and since I just prefer basic local channels and HD/ movie channels was able to simply switch to Dish America, plus Platinum HD - free for one year, plus the STARZ 3mos free offer (price chg from 42.00 to 47/mo). The free addons phase out at end of trial period and require action to keep.

    To sympathize and at the same time voice frustration with CSRs, the rep told me last night that I would keep Dish America at 29.99/mo through 2013 since I converted before Feb 1 - obviously not the case today: price is up to 34.99/mo and CSR today would not honor the offer of the CSR of last night - stated that he had not been in compliance with Dish in making me that offer. I understand that CSRs do not all know / or make offers not in accordance with company policy - but frustrating and does speak to knowledge (or lack thereof) of individual CSRs; so be aware to double /triple check the offers.

    The pricing I see today is consistent with the company policies today - they would not negotiate further with me... just wanted a consistent fair price and seems in the end it is reasonable, or within 5.00/mo.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2011 #204 of 267
    GB1

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    Did ID and FX just became available on Absolute? I now have them in HD
     
  5. Feb 1, 2011 #205 of 267
    etzeppy

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    It is more likely that you have been moved off of Absolute to your new package. It would be shocking if on Feb 1 Dish did not cancel Absolute but instead added channels to it. :nono:
     
  6. Feb 1, 2011 #206 of 267
    James Long

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    ID and FX are in free preview ...
     
  7. Feb 1, 2011 #207 of 267
    GB1

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    yep, me bad for adding to the absolute confusion-free preview.
     
  8. Feb 1, 2011 #208 of 267
    desertman

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    My account still shows "DishHD Absolute" as programming package. However, the price has changed from $35.99 plus taxes to $41.99 plus taxes. Local channels are not anymore included in the package but listed extra with $6.00.

    Programming seems not to have changed either.

    Will be interesting to see what happens in the next days (or latest when my new billing cycle starts on the 27th).
     
  9. Feb 1, 2011 #209 of 267
    fwampler

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    Well, the day is about done and I still have Absolute.
     
  10. Feb 1, 2011 #210 of 267
    gqmagtutgic

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    Until the next bill is generated these "proposed changes" may or may not be what you see.

    My Absolute has shown $34.99 with a -$5.00 offset credit.

    This is the 1st time my "proposed changes" look like this.

    Proposed Changes
    DISHHD ABSOLUTE
    $29.99
    HD Solo Receiver
    $7.00
    DVR Service
    $6.00
    HD Solo Receiver
    $7.00
    Locals
    $6.00
    Monthly Charges
    $55.99
     
  11. Feb 1, 2011 #211 of 267
    Stewart Vernon

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    That's weird...

    When I first went to HD Absolute, it was $34.99 that included a charge for locals... but sometime last year it actually dropped to $29.99 and I was getting the locals included for free.

    So... if they added back a $6 charge for locals, that would mean only a $1 increase over what I was paying about a year ago... and I could be ok with that if it meant I could keep the package.
     
  12. Feb 1, 2011 #212 of 267
    tcatdbs

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    That's what my "proposed changes" looks like too. Maybe they decided they were better off leaving it grandfathered (more or less), than giving $10-$15 discounts and listening to everyone bit@hing. I'd almost rather get the AT200 at this point if they give it at least a $15 discount (or $20 like new customers). "Tempting" us with FX in free preview....

    crap, I just logged in, here's my changes: I assume that $20 for 6 months will get taken from this... but $54 with taxes to $79+taxes, yikes! especially a year from now (when I switch to Direct)
    America's Top 200
    $59.99
    DVR Service
    $6.00
    Service Plan
    $6.00
    HD 200 Free
    $0.00
    HD Solo Receiver
    $7.00
    DISH Platinum - Free 12 Mo
    $0.00
    Monthly Charges
    $78.99
     
  13. Feb 2, 2011 #213 of 267
    GB1

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    They just switched me from absolute to

    America's Top 200 $59.99

    DVR Service $6.00

    HD 200 Free $0.00

    DISH Platinum - Free 12 Mo $0.00

    Monthly Charges$65.99

    drats!
     
  14. Feb 2, 2011 #214 of 267
    GB1

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    Just called and spoke with retention. A very nice CSR said there was no way I was ever getting Absolute back ( I had to try). She stated I would get the top 200 for 59.99 x2 years with a $10 credit for one year. After a little back and fourth she put me on hold but then added Starz free for 1 year after stating I could only get it for 3 months.

    YMMV and if it does please post.
     
  15. Feb 2, 2011 #215 of 267
    Jim5506

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    I thought EVERYONE with a qualifying package gets Starz free for a year.
     
  16. Feb 2, 2011 #216 of 267
    desertman

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    My "Proposed Changes" look like this:

    $59.99 America's Top 200
    $06.00 DVR Service
    $00.00 HD 200 Free
    $00.00 DISH Platinum - Free 12 Mo
    $65.99 Monthly Charges

    I can click "Recalculate" or "Submit". Does that mean they still want some kind of acceptance from me?

    And what happened to the two statements in the Dish Network letter "... our HD Platinum package free for the next 12 months" and "To help you transition to your new programming package, you'll receive a credit on your account for the next 12 months."? This clearly indicates TWO discounts for 12 months while the proposal only has ONE. Will be interesting to see the next bill (usually coming at the 12th with the service period running from the 27th).

    What I also find strange is that others seem to get different "proposals" (i. e. gqmagtutgic and tcatdbs). Does that make sense to others here?
     
  17. Feb 2, 2011 #217 of 267
    fwampler

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    I still have Absolute (I checked the 3 channels you mentioned.) Wonder why I wasn't changed over? Wonder if there are others with Absolute? I'm not complaining though. Just curious.
     
  18. Feb 2, 2011 #218 of 267
    desertman

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    ... just talked to a (not very friendly) CSR who told me that my next bill will show an additional discount (without saying how much that will be).

    Basically it means that I get exactly one additional channel that I'm interested in (FX) and have to pay $20 more than before for one year (if the additional discount is $10). After that I have to pay $30 more and lose the HD Platinum package or pay even more for that. Does not look very good ...

    I still do not really know what to do and what the best strategy is. DirectTV is offering their "Choice Xtra" package in the moment with interesting discounts. I would have to pay $36.99 (plus tax) for the first year and 46.99 for the second year. I would lose some movie channels, NBA TV, Tennis Channel - not a big problem. Isn't that an interesting alternative?
     
  19. Feb 2, 2011 #219 of 267
    Jim5506

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    My account also shows me on AT200, but even after running a checkswitch, my programming is still solidly HD Absolute.

    I have purposely unlocked the SD Disney channels so I can tell if my programming changes, and they are all still green.
     
  20. Feb 2, 2011 #220 of 267
    Stewart Vernon

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    Mine was switched over as well sometime overnight...

    I am debating what I want to do longterm... go with 250 or stay at 200. Many of the HD channels in 250 were ones not included in Absolute anyway... so I've learned already to live without them.

    I was surprised to see the HD free for life on my account since I am not on autopay. I will be curious to see if that sticks. I hope so.

    I did note that in addition to free HD for life... and Dish Platinum free for 12 months... I saw evidence of a $10 discount as well for 12 months... so I guess I can't complain about that.
     

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