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Pay Attention Dish: TV is becoming a wasteland

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by pfred, Apr 24, 2013.

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  1. pfred

    pfred Mentor

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    Pay Attention Dish: TV is becoming a wasteland
    I have been a faithful Dish customer for 15 years. I pay about $50 a month, and it is clear that the channels on AT120 are the dregs. I am getting closer and closer to "cutting the cord", but due to a combination of laziness, and lack of knowledge, I am not sure how to implement Netflix , youtube, ... and the rest, right to my living room TV.
    I am grandfatherred in to top 120 without locals, so I can't even get the HBO offer of half price for 6 months because "any programming change requires subscribing to a current package"
    Just venting.
     
  2. Rduce

    Rduce Legend

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    Dude, a wireless router and a Roku is not that difficult, if I can do it so can you!
     
  3. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Doctor Whom Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I wouldn't say "dregs"... at least not any more than any other tier. Arguably the better channels are able to get themselves better placement in the lower tiers, so if you aren't liking the lower tier, you probably really don't like the higher tiers.
     
  4. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    It isn't so much the programming tiers that are making Dish unattractive, it's all the add-ons and fees. They're nickle and diming us to death.
     
  5. mike1977

    mike1977 Legend

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    Along with the all the channels programming, and inserting popups over shows. I'm hanging by a thread on Dish America.
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    While cable is beginning to swing back from high hardware costs, everyone is charging a lot for hardware these days. DIRECTV's website app implies that a single HD DVR setup endures their whole home DVR service fee (as part of the $25 Advanced Receiver Fee).

    Complaining without offering something to compare against is likely fruitless.
     
  7. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

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    With a cable-card and my PCs with Media Center software, cable becomes a viable option. Every time I've done the comparison, Dish came out ahead. With this latest round of price hikes, that might not be the case anymore.
     
  8. AED55

    AED55 AllStar

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    I have to agree. Seems like a lot of money for what you get. I subscribed to Netflix a couple of years ago and if you're into mostly B movies and TV series repeats it's not too bad for $7.99 a month. You'll need a moderately high speed broadband connection, a wireless router, and a WiFi device that has the Netflix app installed. My Sony BR player came equipped with Netflix and WiFi capability and was a breeze to set up. If you already have broad band capability and a Netflix ready box it might be worth it to give their 30 day free trial a try.
     

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