A month ago, a few weeks ago, and even a couple of days ago... the notion that AMC might get dropped wasn't enough for people to chime in with opinion, discussion, whatever.
I thought for sure that the time when the thread would pick up, if it was going to pick up, was when Dish moved the channels and removed the mapdowns. That forced anyone who watched or DVRed AMC and the other channels to stand up and take notice. And yet, we only got a blip of new activity once that happened.
But now that some customers have been getting retention offers, it is suddenly worth commenting on?
People who weren't mad enough to even post a few days ago, suddenly are mad now.. not at losing the channels, but at not getting as good of a retention offer as someone else they read about.
That tells me that these channels still aren't that popular. In a single day we've had more new activity over the retention offers than we had over the course of several weeks with regard to the actual channels themselves.
Like I said, this is not meant to kick-off a free-for-all attack-the-poster flood... I just find it a very curious observation... and frankly, quite telling to me... that I suspect most people posting have very little actual anger/disappointment over the loss of the channels... just about getting (or not getting) a prize from Dish.
I'm sure Dish takes notice of this as well. They read the forums... they see that not much was going on until they started giving out stuff. Next time around, don't expect Dish to be giving out stuff because I think they will ultimately learn from this that they really didn't have to do anything.
I personally enjoy how quickly the conversation regarding compensation for the loss of AMC went from
"Oh well the new channels replacing the rainbow channels better be worth it!"
"They're only offering me 5$ off, what a rip off!"
I'm a little displeased that I'm paying exactly the same for Dish as I was a few days ago and now getting less.
Did your price go up when we got the MLB network last year?
No one complains when we get new channels and our price stays the same, but god forbid they take away 4 channels that are barely watched and keep the price the same too!
On the question of whether it's ethical to ask for an adjustment, well, of course it is. If you don't lie or misrepresent what your viewing habits are, it's always okay to get into chat or call a CSR and ask, "What can you give me for free?"
I've done that with Dish every few months regardless of their programming contract squabbles. Sometimes I get a premium channel for a few months, sometimes I get a few PPV credits, sometimes I get nothing.
It's like comps at a casino: You rarely get anything if you don't ask. Then the business looks at what you're worth to them and what it can afford to give you. It's friendly, voluntary, and ethical.
Ive always been of the opinion that "You're entitled to atleast ask" beyond that your not entitled anything else.
The problem is sometimes we get drive by posters here who hop on and complain because they thought they were entitled to getting credits or free equipment because they were with a company "x" amount of years.
Then it gets a little annoying.