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Anyone considering VOOM as an alternitive?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by CaptMike, Mar 4, 2004.

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  1. Mar 4, 2004 #1 of 14

    CaptMike New Member

    Feb 26, 2004
  2. Mar 4, 2004 #2 of 14

    peterd AllStar

    Dec 16, 2003
    You'll find lots of discussion about Voom (including from folks who already have it) here and at www.satelliteguys.us.
  3. Mar 4, 2004 #3 of 14

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    I've given it some thought but I'm not ready to switch. The problem is that I have too much $ invested in D* hardware and Voom doesn't have a PVR at this time. Also, too many SD channels are missing that I'd like to still have.
  4. Mar 4, 2004 #4 of 14
    Do some news.google searches folks. Less than 17 hundred subs nationwide. Parent company is hemoraging money, and some accounting issues have been raised.

    They're only adding something like 10 news subs per week!

    Word is, if it survives, and NO one is betting they will, is they'll be spun off as separate entity.

    Smart money has either Direct or Dish buying the assets by the end of the year.

    NO way they can compete.

    Yankee born Southern bred and enjoying my 921.
  5. Mar 4, 2004 #5 of 14

    ypsiguy Icon

    Jan 28, 2004
    Not when I can get E* or D* equipment for free.
  6. Mar 4, 2004 #6 of 14

    KenO Cool Member

    Jan 3, 2004
    Well, I just signed up for Voom. Install next week. I currently have Dish and their lack of HD programming forced me to supplement my Dish. I couldn't pass up Voom's current offer of zero down (no equipment cost) and small lease payments. If Voom goes under, I'm not out anything. Plus, the OTA HD reception on my Dish 811 is very poor (49% bug). So now I will get StarzHD, CinimaxHD, 10 movie HD channels, HDNews, PlayboyHD, Movie Channel HD, and so much more. I'll keep Dish also, since the equipment didn't cost me anything also. I don't see *D or *E catching up with Voom for at least another year...they have no capacity. Here are all the HD channels on VOOM and Dish I'll be receiving:

    100 NewsBytes HD
    2. 101 HD Cinema10
    3. 102 HD Cinema10
    4. 103 HD Cinema10
    5 104 HD Cinema10
    4. 105 HD Cinema10
    7. 106 HD Cinema10
    8. 107 HD Cinema10
    9. 108 HD Cinema10
    10. 109 HD Cinema10
    11. 110 HD Cinema10
    12. 121 Monsters HD
    13. 122 Epics HD
    14. 123 WorldSport HD
    15. 124 Rush HD
    16. 125 Rave HD
    17. 126 Ultra HD
    18. 127 Treasure HD
    19. 128 Gallery HD
    20. 129 MOOV HD
    21. 130 Animania HD
    22. 999 Inside VOOM
    23. 241 Showtime HD East HD
    24. 242 Showtime HD West HD
    25. 251 TMC-HD
    26. 261 Starz HD East
    27. 262 Starz HD West
    28. 311 NFL HD
    29. 601 Discovery HD Theater
    30. 201 HBO HD East
    31. 202 HBO HD West
    32. 221 Cinemax HD East
    33. 222 Cinemax HD west
    34. 79 HDnet D*
    35. 78 HDnet movies D*
    36. 81 CBS HD D*
    37. 85 PPV HD D*
    38. 195 INHD 1 comcast cable
    39. 196 INHD 2 comcast cable
    40. 3.1 NBC HD OTA
    41. 6.1 PBS HD OTA
    42. 10.1 ABC HD OTA
    43. 13.1 CBS HD OTA
    44. 31.1 UPN HD OTA
    45. 58.1 WB HD OTA
    46. 40.1 FOX ED OTA
    47. 73 ESPNHD D*
    48. 501 Bravo HD

    And these are just the HD channels!
  7. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    Same here, although it is E* hardware for me. I have a friend who just bought a Sammy DLP on my recommendation, and he signed up for VOOM, but cancelled it after they rescheduled his install 3 times, and then when they finally did show up, the installers hit him up for some additional cash. I think there were some problems with OTA reception too. He has Comcast now.

  8. larrystotler

    larrystotler Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 6, 2004
    I've installed 2 Voom's w/ little problems, except for the fact that their OTAs are useless this far out. I have also taken down a Voom for a friend when I put in his E*, and it wasn't installed properly. They lagged the mount into the roof, and didn't hit a truss. Now he knows why he was always loosing signal..... :(

    Personally, I do not care much for their receivers. They are slow, and it took forever for it to take the hit. And I had to wait to make sure that it did. Most people who have V* use it with another service anyway.
  9. videobruce

    videobruce Legend

    Aug 12, 2004
    Can you get JUST the HD channels WITHOUT the SD crap on VOOM as you can with E*???
  10. DWS44

    DWS44 Legend

    Apr 14, 2004
    I might consider it if they ever dump the Landline phone requirement! :rolleyes:
  11. BobMurdoch

    BobMurdoch Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    Not really thinking about it right now. I'm hoping they decide to change things and offer just HD programming for those with service to the other satellites. Because of bandwidth they can't replace D* or E*, so I'm hoping they get wise and change their marketing thrust.

    Actually, I'm hoping they fold up like a cheap lawn chair so E* can steal the assets in a fire sale and take over the rest of 61.5 so we can get extra bandwidth for the HD channels we can't fit right now.... I'm assuming D* wouldn't want it as much as they don't look at 61.5 right now. It would be a snap for E* to use the capacity.......
  12. cpdretired

    cpdretired AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Aug 25, 2003
  13. jerryez

    jerryez Godfather

    Nov 15, 2002
    I would switch, if the would add SciFi channel, but they said that they currently have no intent of adding it.
  14. larrystotler

    larrystotler Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 6, 2004
    I believe that most of V*'s subscriber base also subs to another service as well. Since most people buying these high end tvs have some cash to burn, having the extra bill isn't that big of a deal. Their target market is higher end as well.
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