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Free HD For Life

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by b177b80, May 13, 2010.

  1. coldsteel

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    Huzzah, good sir.
     
  2. jsfisher

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    You and I are parsing the offer differently. As I read it, the 24 month extension is a given, then you have a choice of paperless/autopay OR the $99 one time fee.

    x AND (y OR z) vs. (x AND ) or z
     
  3. GrumpyBear

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    *Requires 24-month commitment and AutoPay with Paperless Billing OR $99 One-time HD Programming Upgrade.
    I am seeing it as you get it for free, if you meet all, 3 factors. In this case a 2yr commitment, Autopay and Paperless billing. Or Pay a onetime fee, of $99, and get it that way with no commitment, Autopay or paperless billing. Allowing for users that don't like Autopay, and want a Paper trail bill, to be able to have the benefit as well, for a price.

    I wont put in the math, as some already think its to complicated to look at how a business model is created, when factoring in a price increase, with a price cut, and the addition of a new package. on multiple levels. Granted it only takes 30 seconds to figure out, the math and business models are just to complicated.
     
  4. txcoonass

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    To confirm, if I am existing HDPlatinum customer, I will be able to drop Platinum and see $10 drop in bill. But will I still be required to sign up for autopay/2 year commitment to do this or will the grandfather clause allow me to avoid these requirements?
     
  5. TulsaOK

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    So by getting something "free for life" my bill will go up $2. No more free stuff for me, please.
     
  6. VDP07

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    No autopay, no paperless billing, no commitment, no $99 HD upgrade fee. Existing HDPlatinum customers score "HD Free for Life" with no catches.
     
  7. James Long

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    Cancel HD and see how much your bill goes up.

    AT120 w or w/o HD ... $39.99 (SD same price)
    AT120+ w or w/o HD ... $44.99 (SD same price)
    AT200 w or w/o HD ... $54.99 (was $52.99 for SD)
    AT250 w or w/o HD ... $64.99 (was $62.99 for SD)
    AEP w or w/o HD ... $99.99 (SD same price)

    EVERYONE in the AT200/AT250 world is getting a price increase. The people I feel for are those who are still paying $10 for the Bronze HD/Silver HD/Gold HD and either didn't bother or don't know about the "HD & Platinum HD" for $10 offer. It seems they (and new customers after June 3rd) are the "victims" here. They will have to pay the $99 or make the commitment to get the free.

    If you want to pay SD pricing for HD viewing the time to act is now. Add the + Platinum HD if you have not already done so and drop it in June if you wish. Or do nothing not get the "Platinum" channels but still pay the $10 more. Your choice.
     
  8. GrumpyBear

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    Hehehehehehe,
    thats funny, yet sadly true. :(
    Well you can drop the Platinum channels and save $8
     
  9. Dave

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    So back to HD free for life. If I keep the Platinum package my bill goes up. If I drop platinum my bill actually will just be charged $ 2 instead of $ 10 for HD. This is do to the $ 2 mid year price increase for 200 or 250 packages.
     
  10. Jason

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    I currently subscribe to America's Top 200 With Locals for $52.99
    and SilverHD for $10.00.

    So would the best option for me to save money be to cancel my SilverHD package and then resubscribe to the current HD package before June 3rd?

    If I understand correctly, I can get the Platinum package free right now if I sign up for the new HD package. Then starting June 3rd, I could cancel the Platinum HD package and get $10 knocked off my bill. However, the price of the new America's Top 200 would increase to $54.99. So the end result would be me saving $8/month off my current bill???

    Do I got this right? The only catch is I need to sign a 2 year contract extension to get the Free HD for life promotion (I already have credit card autopay and paperless billing). If I didn't sign up for the 2 year contract extension or pay the $99 HD upgrade fee, then my bill would actually go up $2 per month???

    This is pretty confusing so thanks in advance to anyone that helps me out!
     
  11. James Long

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    No, you will be charged $2 more for the base package. That extra $2 applies regardless of if you have HD. If you drop Platinum HD after June 3rd you will drop $10 off of your bill (not $2).

    AT200 without HD ... $52.99 today, $54.99 June 3
    AT200 with HD ... $62.99 today, $54.99 June 3
    AT250 with HD & Platinum HD ... $62.99 today, $64.99 June 3
    AT200 without HD ... $62.99 today, $64.99 June 3
    AT250 with HD ... $62.99 today, $64.99 June 3
    AT250 with HD & Platinum HD ... $72.99 today, $74.99 June 3

    Yes. If you wait until after June 3 you will have to commit.

    Correct. With no commitment or $99 fee if you change to "HD & Platinum HD" before June 3rd. You will likely be charged the $5 downgrade fee when you drop your SilverHD. But that is better than $99 or the autopay/paperless/commitment.

    As long as you have "HD & Platinum HD" before June 3rd there will be no commitment or fees (and no requirement for autopay/paperless billing). Wait until after June 3rd and you will have to pay or commit.
     
  12. VDP07

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    Correct and thank you James for being clearer on the details than I apparently have been. :grin:
     
  13. Jason

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    Thanks for the reply James! I just dropped the SilverHd package and added the HD & Platinum HD package.
     
  14. Jupiter

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    I currently have AT250 and HD for an extra $10

    If I understand this correctly.... I should drop the HD package ($5 fee) Then since adding Platinum is free right now, I should then add the HD + Platinum for $10... Then when June 3rd comes around, I will have HD for life with no extra commitment. Correct?

    So essentially I will be getting the Platinum package for the same price I was paying just for the HD package before???


    If I do nothing.... I will still be paying the same for just the HD package and would have to do one of the commitments in order to get the deal... Correct???
     
  15. MadScientist

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    Reading all these post about getting HD for free for life I can’t tell if I coming or going. Maybe I am having one of those days that I like to call: “Having a brain fart”. So here is my question I have the AEP + Locals + HD & Platinum. My understanding is that I don’t have to do anything. If I what HD for life, I then would pay the $99.00 to have (get) no commitment and my bill would go down $10.00 per month?

    Maybe we need a new posting on this HD for free for life and only have information needed to make a decision on this HD for life. I know this is an open forum but there is just too much contradiction in information being floated.
     
  16. phrelin

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    Here's what I understand.
    • It used to be HD for $10, Platinum for $10.
    • Then in August 2009, it became HD with Platinum for $10, but existing customers had to jump through hoops to get the price to drop from $20 to $10.
    • Apparently in June, it will become Platinum for $10 and no charge for HD and it appears if you have HD & Platinum all you might notice is an line description change on your bill without having to do anything.
    I'll post here if after I see my June 1 statement which is usually available a day or two late when they make changes like this.

    The "Free for Life" is a marketing thing, not meaningful. It just means HD is now defined as TV. Oh, and apparently some or all of the regular packages are going to cost $2 more.
     
  17. Dave

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    Its my understanding that on June 3, 2010, that the 200 and 250 packages are going to go up $ 2. So if you have either of these packages and HD with Plastinum right now and do nothing. Then your bill for either of these packages will increase $ 2 per month. So no break for current customers with these packages and these add ons. But actually a higher bill starting June 3, 2010.
     
  18. Paul Secic

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    We have Autopay, paperless. Will I have AEP + Platiumum come June 4th?
     
  19. Lt Disher

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    I agree that this is a marketing thing, but I do not agree that it is not meaningful. If you are a person who does not have Platinum, you can get the free for life promotion and have a $8/month reduction in your bill. That is meaningful to me. (HD level $10 - increase in base package $2 = $8 less)
     
  20. James Long

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    The best thing to do is check your bill. Look at how your HD is charged.
    If it says Bronze HD, Silver HD or Gold HD as a $10 package ACT NOW.
    If it says "HD & Platinum HD" there is no reason to do anything now.

    If you have separate line items for Bronze/Silver/Gold and "Platinum HD" you should have done the drop add dance months ago (and saved yourself $10 a month since August).

    (These statements apply to people with the $10 HD add ons, not the former "Turbo HD" or "Absolute" HD only packages.)
     

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