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Dish Network adds Netflix to subscriber bonus package

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Athlon646464, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. Jun 3, 2014 #1 of 19

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Dish Network adds Netflix to subscriber bonus package

    (Fierceonlinevideo.com) - Subscribers to Dish Network who opt for its Hopper DVR will get an added bonus: six free months of Netflix, thanks to a deal the satellite operator signed with the SVOD provider. However, those subscribers won't find Netflix bundled into their DVRs, Variety reports.

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  2. Jun 3, 2014 #2 of 19

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Wouldn't it be great if you could have 'The Netflix Channel' right in your Guide, or Hulu, or Amazon...
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  3. Jun 3, 2014 #3 of 19

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    One of the deadly hazards in the blogosphere is not including ALL of the original information from the article it was copied from.

    In this case, Fierce left out the critical detail that this offering is uniquely available to NEW subscribers (aka potential customers).

    I have fairly serious doubts that Fierce actually contacted DISH given this serious omission.

    I recommend to all that read the various and sundry "news" sites that whenever some other site is "quoted" or referenced, you should go to the referenced site and see what the original story was.


    As discussed elsewhere, the terms of the offer appear to have been in place since February.
  4. Jun 3, 2014 #4 of 19
    bubba gump

    bubba gump Cool Member

    Jul 1, 2007
    Wonder why Dish can't give all hopper customers past & present Netflix.
  5. Jun 3, 2014 #5 of 19

    LJR Mentor

    Nov 2, 2005
    Just called Dish and found out it is for "New Subscribers" ONLY! Which is bs! I've been paying nearly $200/month for over 10 years and should be treated as a valued customer! :)
  6. Jun 3, 2014 #6 of 19
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I'm surprised they are doing this for new customers. The Blockbuster VOD package and their own movie channel and PPV packages are competitive against Netflix. Why would they want to help get Netflix into someone's home?
  7. Jun 3, 2014 #7 of 19

    west99999 Icon

    May 11, 2007
  8. Jun 3, 2014 #8 of 19

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    Blockbuster really has no original programming. Netflix on the other hand has some pretty good stuff. House of Cards and Orange is the new Black plus more on the way. PPV is just that and you can pretty much get that from Apple or a number of other places. The 6 month teaser means that Netflix probably is the prime mover on this deal and getting Dish to promote it for new subscribers is a bit of a win win. Netflix competition comes from Amazon who is making a strong move into streaming and starting with some of their original series. Giving Netflix to existing subscribers doesn't really buy Dish anything except a little good will. I like Netflix and cut back on my Dish subscription to Top 150. Currently I still have more shows that I like than I can watch. Can't say I am even going to Redbox much anymore.
  9. Jun 3, 2014 #9 of 19

    satcrazy Icon

    Mar 15, 2011
    Geez, when I posted back on May 15 about dish merging with Netflix, it was a pipe dream. [Ref to at&t merging with direct].

    I think it's a decent move.

    However, if Dish only offers it to new subs, customers like DoyleS will be inclined to cut their package down and add Netflix on their own. A lot are doing that now.

    Dish needs to re-think current customers as well.
  10. tommiet

    tommiet Godfather

    Dec 28, 2005
    Just like TIVO has today......
  11. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I would assume that you would not only need to be a new Dish customer to get this... but a new Netflix customer as well.

    In that sense, it is probably a cross-promotion thing with both companies "bundling" together to get new customers. Netflix isn't just going to give 6 months free to an existing Netflix customer who signs up for Dish I suspect.... so I'm sure current Netflix customers will be similarly left out on this offer.

    It's only a value for either company to attract new business... AND the bundling of it together means they each get a new customer at the same time, which in theory might cut down on churn from one service to the other.

    I remember reading elsewhere that Netflix was looking to launch a "channel" of their own too... perhaps to move some of their original content in other venues... this partnership could be a step towards that... we might see the Netflix Channel showing up on Dish at some point IF this joint venture produces a lot of customers for both companies.
  12. BillJ

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    In this case I'm glad Netflix isn't being added to the hardware. Getting ready to buy a 4K TV and they all have Netflix and other services built in. With 4K streaming becoming a reality I doubt that would be available through Dish for a long time. I'd rather deal with Netflix directly. That said, I expect Dish to be my primary content provider for many years to come.
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Why would they want to?

    Since, as the article correctly points out, the Hopper doesn't support Netflix, it isn't much of a come-on to get Hopper users to spend more money with DISH. I'm sure the idea is to get people signed up (using free Netflix as bait) and then show them what a pain using Netflix is compared to DISH's VOD and PPV offerings.

    Either way, you can bet they don't tell anyone that the Hopper doesn't deliver Netflix.
  14. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Why offer a large reason why people can cut cables to existing subscribers? It could go a long way to showing prospective cable cutters the way out the door.

    The BS is that Fierce left that detail out.
  15. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Since TiVo doesn't have a dog in the content fight, they pretty much have to bring someone else's programming to the table. The Roamios represent a VERY large investment ($700-1,000 up front for the first unit).
  16. DoyleS

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    I am not yet a cable cutter but will keep the option open.
    We are moving in the near future and I will drop my land line telephone service. Cell phone will be more than enough.
    I need an internet service that is at least 12 Mbps.
    For now, I like Dish and their DVR. I currently have a couple 722s and a 211. Probably will cut back to just the two 722s. The new location doesn't seem to be conducive to using an outside antenna for OTA because of the line of sight issues. That means I can only record 2 shows at once on the main 722. This might be a reason to move to the Hopper.
    I have an aversion to paying more than $100/mo for my Dish service so as fees rose, I cut back.
    Long term I may be Internet only with Netflix and HuluPlus although the thought of having Hulu commercials has been a bit of a turnoff whenever I have tried it. How many bathroom breaks can a person take in an evening of TV watching.
  17. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    So going by that, should you get each and every promotion given to new customers? I would like DISH to stay in business so I don't think they can do that.

    Current customers already get perks new subscribers, and new subscribers just off contract may not. As just two examples, current subscribers have HD free for life, new subscribers have it free for limited time. Right now with three referrals you can get a free Sony PS4.
    Beyond that DISH is very open to discounts to current customers who pay on time, especially long time customers that a new customer just off contract may not get. Contacting a DISH representative here is probably the best way to see if you qualify for discounts.
  18. Rickt1962

    Rickt1962 Legend

    Jul 17, 2012
    Just think of the nice car the $ 200 would of paid on a car payment ! LOL
  19. Rickt1962

    Rickt1962 Legend

    Jul 17, 2012
    If u really want to cut the B.S. fee's check into Republic Wireless for cell and for TV with internet 10 megs speed look into XBMC ! ;)

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