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#1 OFFLINE   b177b80

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:53 PM

supposedly dish gonna offer free hd for life for new customers. whats the catch? anyone know?

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#2 OFFLINE   jdmart

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:20 AM

supposedly dish gonna offer free hd for life for new customers. whats the catch? anyone know?


Starting June 3rd both new and existing customers signing up for HD for must agree to a 2 year commitment, credit card autopay and paperless billing OR pay a one time $99 fee. Existing customers can sign up thru their online accounts.

Existing customers subscribing to the “HD & Platinum” package prior to June 3, 2010, will be automatically grandfathered into “HD Free for Life” without being required to enter into a 24-month “HD Free for Life” commitment OR pay the $99 HD Programming Upgrade Fee.

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#3 OFFLINE   matthewb80

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:24 AM

Yep Starts June 3rd

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:29 AM

I would love to know more bout this... my bill is well over $300 a month!

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:35 AM

The charge for HD & Platinum on my account is $10/mo.
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#6 OFFLINE   jdmart

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:40 AM

The charge for HD & Platinum on my account is $10/mo.


You can keep what you got for the the same $10. Optionally the HD will be free and the Platinum add-on will be $10.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:41 AM

If it's true, I also think that Platinum will now be $10 a month and HD (which at this point in time for all intents and purposes means "TV") will be "free."

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:47 AM

You can keep what you got for the the same $10. Optionally the HD will be free and the Platinum add-on will be $10.


If new users are already getting Platinum free with their $10 HD, how is this new option different? You're still paying $10 a month!
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:51 AM

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:52 AM

More or less, what it means is this:

- Sign up for credit card autopay with paperless billing, OR
- Pay a one-time $99 HD upgrade fee

AND

- Maintain AT120 or higher

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- Accept a 24-month commitment (with or without equipment upgrades)


And you no longer have to pay the $10/month HD programming fee for as long as you maintain your account. The $10 fee for Platinum HD will apply for those who want it.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:53 AM

If new users are already getting Platinum free with their $10 HD, how is this new option different? You're still paying $10 a month!


Starting June 3, they won't be.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:54 AM

If new users are already getting Platinum free with their $10 HD, how is this new option different? You're still paying $10 a month!

This is all speculation, but Platinum began as an add-on that you don't have to subscribe to. Now that it includes "premium movie channels" Epix 1 and 2, Indieplex, Retroplex, ShortsHD, and HDNetMovies and MGMHD plus some odds and ends of questionable marketing value, it could be worth $10 a month.:grin:

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:01 AM

This is all speculation, but Platinum began as an add-on that you don't have to subscribe to. Now that it includes "premium movie channels" Epix 1 and 2, Indieplex, Retroplex, ShortsHD, and HDNetMovies and MGMHD plus some odds and ends of questionable marketing value, it could be worth $10 a month.:grin:


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:44 AM

BE very quiet, August is closing in on us. Don't give them any ideas.
Granted they are already thinking it. :bonk1:

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Sorry, I didn't think about that.;)

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:03 AM

I refuse to sign up for auto pay because I hate giving companies that kind of control over my cards. I already pay $10/month for HD + Platinum so why do I need to pay $99 and sign a new 2 year contract if I'm still going to be paying $10/month (now just for Platinum)? Or does it mean that if you don't do that, you bill will go up by $10?

My bill already went up by $5 this year, if they raise it again it will all but guarantee a move to DirecTV in October when my contract is up.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:33 AM

Reading comprehension time!

Pay $99 accept 2 year commit and get HD free forever.

OR

go paperless autopay, accept 2 year commit and get HD free forever.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:48 AM

Not to mention they'll be able to advertise No extra charge for HD like the cable companies already advertise around here.

DirecTV will have to do this too sooner or later.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:50 AM

Again, HD channels at this point in time for all intents and purposes means TV channels, so a statement that there will be no additional charge for HD channels simply means that you are already paying for those TV channels. We've reached the tipping point where SD channels are no longer important in the scheme of things.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

:whatdidid

Sorry, I didn't think about that.;)


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:18 PM

So Since I am already on autopay and paperless, June 3rd, I can commit to another 2 years and never have to pay an HD fee again, as long as I don't drop below AT120?
Well I see another 2 year commitment coming up.

Granted I don't think I will be saving the $10 though. Platinum will be on its own, and I enjoy several of those so I will still be spending the money on that.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:06 PM

Or does it mean that if you don't do that, you bill will go up by $10?


Correct: if you do nothing, you'll start paying $10 for HD and $10 for Platinum HD, which have been the normal prices all along. You've been getting a promotional discount, and that promotion is ending.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 03:24 PM

Is there a link to this upcoming information?

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 03:43 PM

Correct: if you do nothing, you'll start paying $10 for HD and $10 for Platinum HD, which have been the normal prices all along. You've been getting a promotional discount, and that promotion is ending.


I am a new Dish subscriber (long time Directv subscriber) Nothing was said about the HD/Platinum charge being a promotion. There is nothing on my bill that says it is.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 03:49 PM

Let's not all get our feather ruffled until and if Dish announces this. And if they do split HD and Platinum back out but offer free HD in return for a commitment or lunch or something then we can decide how loudly to scream.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 03:51 PM

The way the current offer is presented on the DISH website:
http://www.dishnetwo...tv/default.aspx

Platinum HD is "regular price" $10 per month. It is listed as a "Special Bonus" - "Offer available to new customers only."

There is no limit mentioned, and DISH has allowed existing customers to drop HD and readd it (even minutes later) to get "HD & Platinum". While prices are always "subject to change" I hope that they don't force those with "HD & Platinum" to pay more.




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