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Dish picks up 10 VOOM channels

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by cdru, Apr 29, 2005.

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  1. May 1, 2005 #181 of 232
    Mark Lamutt

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    They're on Rainbow 1, from what I understand, but it should make no difference.
     
  2. May 1, 2005 #182 of 232
    boylehome

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    According to CRS Supervisor, the transponders used are 1, 3, 5, and 7. Having checked the satellite transponders, I suspect they are coming off of R1.
     
  3. May 1, 2005 #183 of 232
    Dave RL

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    Any word yet on when they will be mirrored on 148?

    I have a second dish pointed at 148 but my wife will flip if I point it at 61.5 and lose our locals. :(

    BTW thanks for all the great info

    -Dave
     
  4. May 1, 2005 #184 of 232
    David K

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    OK, just called Dish csr, mistake I know, well they now know about the channels, hmmm go figure, but tell me they are not available to existing costumers and that they have no idea when they will be. Is E always this disorganized? Does anyone know when I will be able to get my hands on these channels? I'm glad I found this site because Dish is useless, if it wasn't for this place I would have dropped Dish months ago.
     
  5. May 1, 2005 #185 of 232
    JohnH

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    If you have 61.5 and the HD Pack and get the right CSR, you can get them now.
     
  6. May 1, 2005 #186 of 232
    FourLizards

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    Mark,
    Just for fun, I switched from the right side output to the left side output of the Twin LNB and performed another switch test and it correctly identified the signal as 61.5. I can now see the HD demo channel as well all the Voom channels listed in red in the guide. No idea why switching outputs would make any difference (since it's the same output for two receivers), but I thought I'd mention it in case this info might help anyone else.
     
  7. May 1, 2005 #187 of 232
    boylehome

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    David, If you have a dish aimed at 61.5 call them back after you go to this site and read the info. See my post above.

    http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=dish&script=410&layout=-6&item_id=703340

    John
     
  8. May 1, 2005 #188 of 232
    David K

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    Thanks guys, that's the problem, I don't. I have a 500 quad LNB aimed at the 110/119, I have a 921 and 2 other receivers. I really don't know where to begin installing a 2nd Dish with my current set up on my own and would gladly pay (if a promotion isn't going to start next week or something). Any Ideas?
     
  9. May 1, 2005 #189 of 232
    FourLizards

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    Here's the hassle I had to go through to get the VOOM channels.

    After calling the main Dish number and sitting on hold for about 20 minutes, the CSR tells me that it's only for new customers. I told her that other people are getting them and that my friend in FL just got them added. She put me on hold for a few minutes more and came back to tell me that her supervisor also says that I can't have the package becase it's for new customers only. I asked to speak to her supervisor and she put me on hold for another 5 minutes. The supervisor never got online to speak to me. Instead, the CSR came back and gave me another number to call, 800-WOW-HDTV. She said that the number was for Dish's programming department. So I called it and waited about 3 minutes for a CSR. She seemed a bit confused and put me on hold to see if those channels were available. I was guessing that she would come back and give me the same story about new customers, but instead she told me the price ($5) and added them.

    At least I got them, but why do they make things so difficult?
     
  10. May 1, 2005 #190 of 232
    FRACH

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    I am new to this forum but found it because of another link on another forum. Anyway, I was on the phone with a supervisor 20 min. and he said the $19.99 deal was for the NY metro area only and I'm not eligable because of where I live. It is because of a contract dispute with the NY Mets and Cablevision! Any thoughts? Also, does any one know if the 942 is Mpeg 4 compatable? A friend of mine is getting one and Dish said it was Mpeg 4 ready?! Thanks!

    Jeff
     
  11. May 1, 2005 #191 of 232
    larrystotler

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    That deal is for that area. E* has a deal for V* subscribers that were turned off this morning that IS similar. As for the 942, once again, it is NOT MPEG4 compatible OR upgradable. Sorry.
     
  12. May 1, 2005 #192 of 232
    David K

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    Man, you guys are awesome!!!! I called the 1-800-WOW-HDTV and no problem, they added the Voom tier and set me up for installation of the 2nd dish on Tue for $99. And they had been charging me a 5.00 lease fee on my 921 which I purchased, so they knocked that fee off added the 5.00 Voom fee, so my bill didn't change. It's funny how they wouldn't give me back my $$ for the billing mistake but oh well. Thanks everyone!!!!
     
  13. May 1, 2005 #193 of 232
    Stewart Vernon

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    After reading the forums this morning, I was prepared for a hassle...

    but I called at 1:00pm and I don't think the whole call even took 2 minutes. I waited for a couple of seconds after the "Your hold time will be 2 minutes" recording... got a guy who asked to verify my name/number... I told him I wanted to activate the new HD channels.

    All he asked was if I had 1 dish or 2 on my roof, I told him I had 2 since I had mine from back when it was required still connected and I could see all the new channels in red in my guide... he said ok, punched me up... and even told me how much my next bill would be with the $5 increase per month.

    Before I hung up, they were lit up on my 6000...

    Only one minor glitch... once activated, they were in ALL CHAN as active and I could watch them... but they weren't yet in ALL SUB so I had to wait about 25 minutes before I could add them to my favorites list and go back to using my custom list rather than the all channels mode.

    The pictures look nice, but I haven't had time to fully sit and absorb yet... the only other glitch I'm seeing is that the program guide info for Guy TV isn't close to accurate... while the others seem to be. Whatever is on right now sure isn't Robocop 3... might actually be a better movie, but I don't know what it is yet!
     
  14. May 1, 2005 #194 of 232
    FRACH

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    I had that problem with VOOM a couple of weeks before they shut down. The guide was way off as well as some of their channels (HD and SD). I would have ESPNHD on and StarzHD would pop up.

    Jeff
     
  15. May 1, 2005 #195 of 232
    garypen

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    Yes, actually.
     
  16. May 1, 2005 #196 of 232
    bavaria72

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    Literally took me 3 minutes from the time I first started dialing. I asked the CSR if they were getting slammed today regarding this and she just laughed and said "Oh yea." Well $16.00 more dollars in old Charlie's pocket. So how is D* doing on adding new HD? :D
     
  17. May 1, 2005 #197 of 232
    cebbigh

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    Fairly new to this forum. After I googled up the news regarding voom early this morning I called the main Dish number and the rep told me basically what the other posts were reflecting that the offer was only for previous voom custs and not offered for dish yet and that they were in the dark as to when it would be made available. Had to work today and called them on my final break at approx 4pm pdt and after an amazingly short (less than 1 min wait) was happy to hear that indeed it is available and I am now scheduled ($100.00 dish install and $5.00) and they will hook me up Wednesday with a third dish on the roof. Reading the posts now I am wondering if I need the third dish or if I can use the existing 2nd dish. I think I have one dish for 110 and 119 and one aimed at 148 for locals. Am I right in thinking that 61.5 is a radically different direction from the others? I don't really like the idea if another dish up there...
     
  18. May 1, 2005 #198 of 232
    larrystotler

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    The 61.5 is on the east side, where th 148 is on the west. It appears that E* MAY mirror the V* channels on the 148, but no idea when. It may be worth waiting because you may end up with LOS issues for the 61.5 in your area.
     
  19. May 2, 2005 #199 of 232
    Moorebid

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    …and even if you don't have line of sight issues, you most certainly will have rain-fade issues. I've had an old Sony DSS dish aimed at 61.5 for nearly 4 years. (I've also tried a Dish 300 with no difference.) With signal ranging between the low 60's to the mid 80's (with the HD content on the weaker transponders, of course), I'd often lose sufficient signal in even a moderate shower, and that was with QPSK. It's going to be even worse with 8PSK (I got a usuable signal around 37% with QPSK, now it needs to be closer to 57%).

    Neither my Dish 811 nor my 6000 will allow me to select the transponders where the Voom channels supposedly reside, so I can't get a reading for signal strength, but they are supposedly stronger than the others, so signal loss may be minimized somewhat, but with ~6% degree of variation at any given time in clear weather, I'd still expect it fairly frequently.
     
  20. May 2, 2005 #200 of 232
    cebbigh

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    As my wife won't part with the Tacoma PBS station (where the 2nd dish is pointed) looks like I'll be the first 3 dish house in the neighborhood. With the yagi and 8 bowtie up there my son says I'm doing a community service serving as a lightining rod (yes all is grounded). Thanks for the info on the questionable signal from 61.5. I'll post Wed on how it turned out.
     
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