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Dish HD Absolute ends February 1, 2011

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by RAD, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. AVJohnnie

    AVJohnnie Icon

    Jul 27, 2004
    Overall I’ve been a happy Dish customer since 1998. Prior to changing to the AbsoluteHD tier, I’d always subscribed to AEP, Locals, and whatever was the current top HD add-on pack(s) available. I was very happy when Dish acquired and added the VoomHD offering, and sad too when it went away. I think Dish came up with the AbsoluteHD as a kind of appeasement for those of us interested only in HD, and for ending Voom. So I jumped at it when it was made available, adding the missing pieces (4 premiums, locals, etc.) Well that party has ended – It wasn’t a perfect solution, but I stuck with it to its end.

    A few days ago I called and spoke with a CSR (probably in India) who immediately transferred me to their customer retention department somewhere here in the U.S. The agent I spoke with was extremely helpful and courteous. I was given what I consider an excellent offer for returning to my previous AEP level subscription and I’ve been guaranteed a generous discounted rate for the next 24 months without other additional commitments – and yes, I have it in writing from corporate, received in today’s mail.

    So the deals really are there to be made if you’re willing to work a little to get them.
  2. xplocvo

    xplocvo Cool Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    I called in and spoke with retentions. I got the Top 120, free HD for life, free HD Platinum for 12 months, and $10 a month credit for 12 months. So right now it would be the same per month as my Absolute, before the rate increases next month. Not a bad change... we lose a handful of channels we watch like Bravo and Animal Planet, but gain Nickelodeon and Disney which will be huge for the kids.
  3. projectorguru

    projectorguru Godfather

    Mar 5, 2007
    I'm still trying to get off the dish mailing list, I cancelled Dish 2 weeks agao, and they keep callin and making offers to call me back, I said if they can give me all my locals in uncompressed HD, and netflix for 12 bucks a month Id think about it, cuz thats what I have now
  4. Jeff_DML

    Jeff_DML Legend

    Feb 12, 2008
    times a ticking....I think waiting until feb 1 might be a mistake. Squeaky wheel gets the grease, why would they give the best deal to the people who do nothing?
  5. Lostinspace

    Lostinspace AllStar

    Oct 24, 2007
    After a half hour of repeatedly being put on hold I finally was able to get the first CSR to transfer me to retentions, and ended up with the same changes along with a "special extra" of Starz for a year. (I didn't tell her I knew that special was coming to everyone in a week.) An hour later I received an email with 6 PPV coupon codes. While I never pay Dish's inflated prices for PPV I'll watch them for free.

    I did tell her the only reason I wasn't jumping to Direct was the three hard drives of recorded movies and series I would lose... we'll see if I feel that way in a year when the price will increase $20 per month.
  6. tcatdbs

    tcatdbs Icon

    Jul 10, 2008
    I'm sure if you get "a deal" before Feb 1st, and the Feb 1st "deal" is better, you shouldn't have any problem getting them to meet the better deal. And if you get screwed for waiting, I'm pretty sure retentions would honor any deals people are getting now. I'm waiting (unless I get a call).

    I'm betting they'll stick to the deal in the letter... $50 for AT200 with HD (that's with the $10 discount after the rate increase), and free Platinum for a year. Then you can argue with them or change to something else. I can accept a $20 increase after 2.5 years, especially with all the extra HD content, SD and Music, well above the original Absolute package.... but another $20 increase in a year is really pushing it!
  7. mdewitt

    mdewitt AllStar

    Sep 20, 2006
    I made the switch. I went to AT250 + HD for Life + Platinum free for 12 months + $15/month discount for 12 months + Free Starz for 12 months. All with no commitment. I didn't want to lose any of my current HD so AT250 was my choice. I worked with the Executive Resolutions Team to make sure I had accurate information and someone to contact if I don't get what I was promised.
  8. Jeff_DML

    Jeff_DML Legend

    Feb 12, 2008
    I spent enough time with customer service that I get the general gist of what they are offering...normal customer service would only offer me the deal that they will switch you to by default on feb 1.

    America's Top 200, HD free for life, HD platinum free for 12 month and $10 credits for 12 months.

    I tried to get $10 off the 120 package, went up to Executive Resolution Chat line and she claimed she could only give me $5 off the 120 package. So I am based on above it seems like

    120 //$5 off for 1 year
    200 // $10 off
    250 // $15

    so I ended up wasting a bunch of time and sticking to what they were going to offer me if I did nothing, the 200 package, which should cost me ~$50+tax vs current $36+tax

    edit: but they where telling me starz or platinum not both so good negotiating on that.
  9. Chanute

    Chanute New Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    I talked yesterday with customer service and with the HD200 was offered the free HD Platinum and a $10.00 a month credit for 1 year, also the Starz free offer for 1 year and another $10.00 per month loyality credit for 1 year. I was ready to jump on this as it was the best offer I had to date but was advised to wait until Feb. 1st because other offers may be coming.
  10. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Your connection to the local stations would have to be mightly impressive to pull that off. OTA broadcasts are heavily compressed...
  11. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    huh? that must be why OTA takes up more hard drive space than the dish HD version of the same program.....ya OTA is way compressed.....

    As far as i know if something is compressed more, it usually takes less space.....
  12. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    OTA is Mpeg2. Satellite HD is mpeg4. Mpeg2 will use more space than mpeg4 for the same picture quality.
  13. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I think his point was that you said you were currently getting your locals in uncompressed HD... which isn't likely, since every form of consumer broadcast TV is compressed to some degree.
  14. whatchel1

    whatchel1 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2006
    BINGO. I've heard people take about uncompressed HD video. There is no such animal. If it is MPEG it has by definition so type of compression.
  15. Feb 1, 2011 #195 of 267
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Why not ?

    If you involved in a process of shooting movies or processing it - HD-SDI will give you the uncompressed feed.

    :backtotop please
  16. Feb 1, 2011 #196 of 267

    whatchel1 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2006
    What you storing it on? For around the "plant" I agree (love the single run BNC) but for field rarely are cameras tied to something that can record it. The panny's memory sticks are limited but supposed to have gotten larger. Don't want an ext HDD or a B-R disc as I don't want the moving parts. To me just asking for problems in the field.
  17. Feb 1, 2011 #197 of 267
    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I guess we will soon see what happens... now that 2/1 is upon us.
  18. Feb 1, 2011 #198 of 267

    fwampler Legend

    Dec 2, 2005
    Not sure why but I still have Absolute.
  19. Feb 1, 2011 #199 of 267

    peak_reception Icon

    Feb 10, 2008
    Me too, as of 9am EST
  20. Feb 1, 2011 #200 of 267

    GB1 AllStar

    Dec 7, 2006
    Hey, maybe the end will come "soon."

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