I stumbled upon this nifty forum when researching info on the Dish/AMC dispute. AMC is very important to us, and if it does not return to the provider, we will switch eventually. My husband and I just don't want to "panic" and switch when they will probably play "chicken" with each other for a while, and eventually get the stations back.
It was a poor marketing decision (IMOSHO) for Dish to state that AMC does not have programs that are well rated, or to tell their subscribers that they can stream the stations, thus having to pay for another service.
That said, we have been satisfied subscribers for eight years, and were offered a $10/mo discount for 12 months. The package is the highest available, with all of the premium stations, so we already get the extra stations that they added. So I didn't feel guilty about asking for a discount. I have found customer service to be excellent. This "savings" could be used to buy the discs of these shows when they come out, but we have the service to get the shows when they are on the air, so I would prefer not to do that. Our contract has another year, and we would have to pay the same monthly fee to terminate our contract early. The DVR is excellent, and we have a lot recorded that we don't want to lose for now.
If only they gave the subscribers the option of adding these dropped stations for a separate fee instead of jettisoning them.
Our computer is at work, so we cannot stream at home. Watching on the computer at work is not a comfy option, as I prefer my couch!
For those interested, one can download the shows on iTunes, transfer them to your ipod, a buy composite cables for $15 or so and hook up the ipod to the TV. This will enable you to watch anything (like free podcasts!) on your ipod on your TV. I hope this is helpful to someone.
DirecTv is about $10 more/mo., after you initial discounts expire. And cable is nearly 50% more than Dish for our stations. It seems as if the public loves to "bash" them all. If this were happening with DirecTV, people would be saying the same things.
Walking a fine line between intellectual curiosity and information overload!
Edited by joyandjerry, 03 July 2012 - 12:59 PM.