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Almost signed up for HD

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by joetex, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. joetex

    joetex Cool Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Almost took the plunge for the HD package with Dish but they would not let me pay annually (where you get one free month) because the receiver would be leased. I presently pay annually for AT 200. The difference in cost of the one free month, while small, was significant enough to give me pause. Hope Dish reviews this policy sometime soon.
  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Some of the saddest life stories I've ever heard start with "I almost..." or "I wish I had..."

    I've been enjoying television in high definition since 2003. You're depriving yourself of some amazing imagery, especially on sports and nature programming. Maybe one day you'll get your billing just the way you want it.

    But don't wait too long.
  3. BillJ

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    I see your principled argument but I'd have to balance that against what I was missing by not having HD. I assume you've invested in an HD television. How much did you invest? Paying monthly instead of annually is 9% more per year. Wouldn't it be worth it to get the best performance from you HD television? If the $$ are enough to break your budget that's a whole different problem.
  4. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    According to the forum csr there is no more annual subscriptions from Dish starting this year.
  5. Inkosaurus

    Inkosaurus Icon

    Jul 29, 2011
    Yeah if you make any changes to your account while it has the annual programming it will lose the grandfathered package and you will be stuck without.
    Even something as simple as adding the protection plan for a service call will change your pack.

    Sooner or later your going to change your pack around and lose the annual grandfathered deal. So you might as well take the plunge now and get something as awesome as HD out of it.
  6. ZipDeDoo

    ZipDeDoo New Member

    May 9, 2004
    I understand the principle you are standing on but if it's just money then use the club dish to reduce your monthly bill by 50 dollars. If you run out of friends to refer for service then find a local retailer and give them your dish club cards to use. $500 a year beats a free month of service.
  7. Satpro92

    Satpro92 Legend

    Jan 30, 2005
    I agree about using club dish cards,they are a great way to save money on your bill.As long as you have friends to refer that is,but,no retailer is going to use your cards without an actual referral (or at least I wouldn't).

    We get $50 less in payments when a new customer is a club dish referral verses a new non club dish customer(an acceptable trade for getting a new customer).
  8. Jun 7, 2012 #8 of 17

    Lincoln6Echo Godfather

    Jul 11, 2007
    Considering that an HD receiver upgrade is FREE for HD service (despite whatever savings you're getting with annual payments or whatever) is a no-brainer. Even if you DON'T have an HD set, the HD feeds are compatible with SD TVs (by setting the receiver to display in 4:3 which letterboxes HD feeds) and are clearer and more detailed than the SD feeds.
  9. shadough

    shadough Icon

    Dec 31, 2006
    I didnt know there was an "HD package". As I understand it, HD is "Free for life" an all you hafta do is signup for a.) paperless billing b.) 2 yr commitment c.) CC autopay. Of course whether signing up for any of these would throw your account out of grandfathered status, I do not know. HD recvrs are fairly inexpensive. the 211 is $120, while the 222k is $115 (allthough I got mine off ebay for $99).
  10. 722921

    722921 Legend

    Jan 3, 2008
    DishAmerica are HD packages...
  11. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

    Jan 9, 2007
    Maybe you need to call DISH again and talk to somebody else. I have paid annually for the DISH programming package for at least the last 10 years. Last year, I upgraded to a HD receiver (leased) and still pay annually.
  12. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    They changed it so that you can no longer do an annual payment.
  13. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    Rasputin is right. Annual payments are no longer available to add, but customers that do not change the package they get annually still get that. Just adding receivers should not change your base package from annual payments. You cannot add the HD package to be paid annually however. That was never an option, IIRC. However, why not get HDFFL when you upgrade anyway, like others have stated?
  14. joetex

    joetex Cool Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Took the plunge and order HDFFL. Thanks everyone for the info!!
  15. ls1dreams

    ls1dreams New Member

    Dec 30, 2012
    How are you liking HD? I'm trying to get my parents to push from SD to HD finally after 2 years of using their 40" LCD on composite cables!
  16. joetex

    joetex Cool Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Am enjoying it very much. We had actually had HD with Cablevision for 3 years and the picture quality that we have with Dish HD is far superior than that we had on HD with cable. Plus the pricing is better with Dish.
  17. Michael1

    Michael1 Legend

    Feb 24, 2010
    HD is great! Make the plunge. Everything is so nice and clear. Colors are fantastic. It's a whole different viewing experience. I look forward to watching TV again.


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