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#1 OFFLINE   Nick

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 08:25 PM

As of August 1, Voom monthly programming costs have increased and new sub start-up fees have been reinstated, but two sign-up options are now offered.

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 10:30 PM

Ok, little intimidated to be the first to comment after hundreds of views... but what the heck...

This is very annoying news, not only because I was left sitting on that fence, but seems to me to be a very poor decision overall.

Why now? Seems to me they haven't hooked enough of a base to pull this yet. They aren't even offering more for the increased rates.

Doesn't make sense, all I can think of is it's because they are attempting to take a new direction (premier service) and give the appearance to stand on better ground before they're spun off.

If that's the case, then go ballz out and ditch the regular SD channels... just offer the best and most HD in town. Or, at least seperate the packages... but dang contracts may have something to do with those pesky SDs. (More like VDs) :D

Also, tuff taking the high road right now when you don't offer a significant difference, and/or a complete package like the others AND no DVR. Just stupid timing by Cablevision... guess they're concerned about themselves right now. Someone is gonna have to put a whole lot of spit on that polish to sell this to the crowd.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 08:00 AM

Good comments, Rob.

Sorry you got left on the fence. Bummer. I jumped on the $0 Voom deal when the first 'deadline' loomed - IIRC, it was 5/31. Although I'm glad I did, I'm not sure I would go for the new deal, especially with the new package price bumps. But for those of us who want more than just a handful of HD channels, Voom is the only game in town for the present.

...ditch the regular SD channels... just offer the best and most HD in town.

I've thought of that as well, it would only work for those who have another provider, be it DBS or cable. I'm too far away for OTA, so keeping DBS or cable is a must for me. In addition, I don't think there are enough high-end HT type consumers out there yet to make an HD-only Voom a viable service.

If I could receive my locals OTA, I might consider Voom as my only DBS provider.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 10:49 AM

Many of us cant afford to pay voom 60 bucks a month ontop of the 40 for regular dish too.... I want a sat service that has HD and a good SD package so I dont have to sub to 2 packages.

It would also make sense that they want to limit the number of new subs right now with the impending rollout of the new dishes and modules. We would see an 811 fiasco all over again where they wouldnt have stock for 6 months. Once they get the new dishes straightened out I would think well see a new 0 upfont promotion.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 11:19 PM

Many of us cant afford to pay voom 60 bucks a month ontop of the 40 for regular dish too.... I want a sat service that has HD and a good SD package so I dont have to sub to 2 packages.

It would also make sense that they want to limit the number of new subs right now with the impending rollout of the new dishes and modules. We would see an 811 fiasco all over again where they wouldnt have stock for 6 months. Once they get the new dishes straightened out I would think well see a new 0 upfont promotion.


Most interesting points... maybe they were clearing out inventory to make way for some of the rumored hardware to come. Maybe they'll lump new hardware announcements with the spin-off. Clear out what they can, and get more sign-ups when their new hardware gets advertised along with the spin-off. They'll need to keep their base from ditching until then though, (those who didn't pay much may be more inclined to leave) maybe some hardware upgrade promos for current customers. I love rumor and speculation. :D

I'd still like to see them split up the packages, just gives folks more options.

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Posted 05 August 2004 - 08:42 PM

Rob, I agree.

Voom is now @ $49.0, with movie packages a la carte. Va Va Voom is now @ $89.90 which includes everything VOOM offers. Still not much of a choice, but then there's always the Playboy Hot HD channel as an attractive option! :D

I think VOOM is looking for channels to add, and they will most likely add HD 'specials' like they did recently with the Tyson-Williams prize fight in HD. I'm not much of a fight fan, but I watched both the undercards and the main event because it was presented in Hi Def. One of the undercards with Ali's daughter was the first time I've seen women fight outside of a bar.

Also, I've noticed that since I got an HDTV almost a year ago, I tend to watch a lot of things in HD that I probably wouldn't have watched in SD. For me, the enjoyment factor is so much greater with HD.

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