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Dish/Blockbuster announcement coming Friday

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by FTA Michael, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Oct 3, 2011 #241 of 377

    jeffdb27 AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    I went to the Dish web site to complete the Movie Pass setup, and like others who already had BB, it detected that. However, I have the 2-disc-at-a-time plan, and the final page where I was to click to link my account showed "1 Disc at a time" for the "Blockbuster Movie Pass Plan".

    My question is, does this linking replace the original BB plan or supplement it? Will I have 3 discs at a time and still be paying by original BB account separately (if I don't cancel it)? DISH hasn't talked about 2 at a time for new customers yet, so do they have it for existing Platinum and BB customers?

    Has anyone who had already had BB 2 at a time made this transition? I bailed out until I have more information.

  2. Oct 3, 2011 #242 of 377
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Do I need a power plug for my VIP 722 to get Blockbuster?
  3. Oct 3, 2011 #243 of 377

    Slordak Hall Of Fame

    Dec 17, 2003
    My timing on this is horrible. I added Dish Platinum when it was a free add-on, and then kept it when it transitioned to being $10/month. I finally cancelled it a month or two back when they lost FTV ("Fashion TV"). However, it sounds like the Blockbuster package is a complete replacement for this package, only with the movie rental service added for no extra charge, which is a heck of a nice "value add". Had I just kept Dish Platinum another month or two, I wouldn't have to agonize over if I now want to add the package back again.

    I have only myself to blame, of course...
  4. Oct 3, 2011 #244 of 377

    ruralruss AllStar

    Feb 5, 2010
    Having the Movie pass is really nice. I have already deleted 2 movies and picked them on dish. I must say I have never been too impressed with Dish web site and now I compare the Movie Pass queue and selection process to my Netflix queue and selection process. Dish as some work to do in the ease of use and overall design categories.
  5. Oct 3, 2011 #245 of 377

    jadebox Godfather

    Dec 13, 2004
    Careful! We're not allowed to criticize the design of Dish's software! :)

    There is one thing I like about the Movie Pass site compared to Netflix's. Netflix makes it kind of hard to find the popular new releases. Obviously, they do that encourage you to choose older titles to avoid long waits for selections. The Movie Pass site makes it easy to find the latest - and event the upcoming - releases. But, of course, if you choose one of those you might wait longer.

    I prefer the openess of the Move Pass interface in that regard. I understand there may be a long wait when I add the newer releases to my queue, so it's not a big deal.

    Other than that, though, the web site is pretty sparse. But, that's probably just because it is new. The regular Blockbuster site has more information such as customer reviews.

    -- Roger
  6. Oct 3, 2011 #246 of 377

    ruralruss AllStar

    Feb 5, 2010
    On Netflix I particularly like the hoover over synopsis. I did not notice if movie pass allows you to select unreleased movies. I like that as well since we never go to the theater and by the time it is released on dvd I have forgotten it.
  7. Oct 3, 2011 #247 of 377

    koji68 Icon

    Jun 21, 2004
    You will be put into a 1 a month plan. After that, if you want 2 or 3 a month plan you have to call the 800 number to make the modification.
  8. Oct 3, 2011 #248 of 377

    Wolfpanther Cool Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    When I attempted to switch from the 1 at a time to the 3 at a time plan I had by calling the 800-WATCH-TV number listed, they told me I had to call Blockbuster and gave me a number to call. When I called that number, they told me I had to call Dish and transferred me to Dish Tech Support. The individual I spoke with finally found a drop down and changed the Plan; however, it's not reflected in my account. She said there is a drop down on the Dish programming page and you just pick which Plan you want. My account didn't show that.
  9. Oct 3, 2011 #249 of 377

    mfabel Mentor

    Jan 3, 2008
    Any word on how much the 2 at a time or 3 at a time plans will cost? I have the 3 at a time plan with 2 coupons every month for a free in-store rental, and before I give up my current plan I'd like to hear more about how it works with more than 1 disc at a time.
  10. Oct 3, 2011 #250 of 377

    tcatdbs Icon

    Jul 10, 2008
    I hadn't really tried the Dish Platinum streaming much in a long time. I just watched a couple of HD TV shows and movies this weekend, and they were available for streaming within 15 seconds (just as fast as Netflix). Quality was excellent, no pauses or pixelation.

    So if I have free Platinum, will the added free BB movies show up on my list of movies, or will Dish have the Platinum current list, and a longer list for BB subscribers? If they actually change the title from Platinum to BB, you'd think the listing would be the same, and the only real change is the free movies in the mail for those actually paying the $10. Well worth it once my free period ends!

    Is there a Dish online link that available movie list can be looked at? Or just look at BB website?

  11. Oct 3, 2011 #251 of 377
    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    One of the things Dish is dropping the ball on again here, though, is in fully explaining things to the consumer.

    They make a big splash, but then don't follow through with educating all of their frontline CSRs with answers to important questions.

    Like those of us in the free-Platinum for 12 months plan... we apparently won't get the Movie Pass stuff unless we cancel that and sign up for Movie Pass (thus losing the free promo) OR until that freebie expires and we choose to be auto-converted to Movie Pass.

    I don't necessarily have a complaint about the policy... but it really isn't explicitly explained anywhere... so you get hyped about the new Movie Pass and then find out there is a catch... whereas upfront explanation for existing customers might be received better.
  12. Oct 3, 2011 #252 of 377

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    I am a little confused when looking at some of the selections. For example, they list DVD and Blu-Ray. Can we get 1 Blu-Ray disk at a time or does it automatically give you the SD disk? Can we exchange in the store for a Blu-Ray disk or are there extra charges for Blu-Ray? If it is a 2 disk set, does it automatically queue the second disk?

    Disregard my questions,

    I found the FAQ and the answer is positive on all questions.
    You can get Blu-Ray at no additional charge.
    Not in the FAQ but it appears you can exchange at the store for Blu-Ray.
    If it is a disk set, it automatically queues the set unless you unlock it and limit the shipment to the disks you want.
  13. Oct 3, 2011 #253 of 377

    jadebox Godfather

    Dec 13, 2004
    Maybe something has changed. The last time I tried to watch an online movie (just a couple of days ago) though my 622 DVR it took about 45 minutes for it to download.

    -- Roger
  14. Oct 3, 2011 #254 of 377

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Truthfully, I'd like to see Dish explain that in a way I'd receive it better. I guess it might go something like this....

    Last February we wanted to give our customers a gift of a year of a premium on our 30th Anniversary. So some we gave Starz, some we gave Encore, and some we gave Platinum.

    Recently, we introduced the Blockbuster Movie Pass and added for free to those with Platinum who got the free Starz or Encore for a year.

    But we denied it to those who got Platinum for free for a year because ... we don't like their looks?:rolleyes:
  15. Oct 3, 2011 #255 of 377

    fuzzface Mentor

    Feb 1, 2011
    I guess I'll try it out. I already paid for platinum, so I might as well try to get some discs in the mail...
  16. Oct 3, 2011 #256 of 377

    hootowls Cool Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    I activated BBMP on Sat morning and loaded up the queue. Wanted two at a time disc service and found a note somewhere that said call Dish for other options so did that and added the second disc service for an extra $5. As of right now my queue still states one at a time service, so another call to Dish. They said changes in service should post within 48 hrs but are aware that this is not happening in all cases and to give it another day. Very nice about it and I did get compensation. BB did ship the first available disc today. I am a little concerned that of the top ten discs in my queue (random selection of Blu-ray and Wii of varying ages) that only one is available "now" with the rest ranging from "very long wait" to "short wait."
  17. Oct 3, 2011 #257 of 377

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...

    Well when I select BlockBuster Movie Pass on my 722k,it goes to Explore Movies,then I can select HD only,then press the * button to bring up free movies in HD only,can't do that when I go into NetFlix on my HDTV.That said Dish needs to get BlockBuster Movie Pass to stream HD as fast as NetFlix.:(

    But BlockBuster Movie Pass Service is just a new service so hopefully it will improve.
  18. Oct 3, 2011 #258 of 377

    jadebox Godfather

    Dec 13, 2004
    Okay ... I see ... it says "Wait 1 hour and 45 minutes" then it starts an ugly flickering back and forth between a screen that says "Wait ..." and one that says "Press [something] to watch." The [something] icon on the screen looks like a Play button, but not like the Play button on the Dish remote. Nevertheless, pressing the Play button does start the video playing without having to wait for the download to finish.

    So, it's kind of funky, but you don't have to wait for the download to finish in spite of it initially saying that you do.

    Yeah ... I think the interface needs a little work. :)

    -- Roger
  19. Oct 3, 2011 #259 of 377

    rtk AllStar

    Apr 14, 2007
    I first want to applaud Dish for making this bundled service available. We currently have Dishnetwork (Platinum), Blockbuster (Blu-ray) and Netflix (streaming only) and I saw Movie Pass as a way to eliminate the monthly expense of Netflix. While I recognize there may be some who like the Movie Pass interface with layered menus, the user ease in displaying/finding and playback of streaming Movie Pass content did not go over well in my household. I would kindly urge the developers to look at the different Netlfix enabled streaming devices which are more responsive and easier to navigate and playback content vs. the menus on the 722k. Even if the content is there, I could not get my family to want to use it. I love my 722k but the interface for accessing streaming content needs to be updated to make a viable option.
  20. Oct 3, 2011 #260 of 377

    chris83 Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    Okay, sorry to sound incredibly dense here. I currently have America's Top 200 with the ViP722K DVR. If I were interested in doing the Blockbuster deal would it be another $10 per month?

    Thank you!

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