Finally, a Skinny Bundle! ‘Don't Watch, Don't Pay' with DISH's New Flex Pack

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  1. tampa8

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    If you do not want the extra discount there is no contract. You can keep your receiver and no change to fees.
     
  2. xmguy

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    I would rather have just those sub channels any day. I am watching Murder She Wrote on Netflix now. I just like the 70s and 80s classics. I've given up on TV shows like Pawn Stars on History, since they're not history any more. I miss modern marvels. But nonetheless, the only reason I care about BBC World News is because the carry the TV show Click. It's a technology show. I can't find it anywhere. Not with any regular upkeep.
     
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  3. mwdxer

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    Yes, I would gladly pay extra for a package of the majority of the Classic TV channels like METV, Antenna TV, THIS, Heroes and Icons, Decades etc.
     
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  4. fudpucker

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    I think you're on to something there. I would guess that a lot of the families for whom the Flex approach would be attractive would also very much like a Classic TV package.
     
  5. inkahauts

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    Not all the same but have you tried crackle?
     
  6. mwdxer

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    I have one form of Crackle on the Roku. I will check them out again. I have not looked at them for a long time, Thanks for the tip.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2016 #187 of 296
    xmguy

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    It now seems BBC World News can be added to the AT200 package and below. But not the 250. What sense does that make?
     
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    mwdxer

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    Now that is odd? I wonder with so many complaining, that Dish decided to start opening up the new channels to other packages. If available in AT200, then we will not need a new card to get the channel. But I want it in AT250, or at the worst, can add it.
     
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    mwdxer

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    With the Roku, I am finding more and more free classic TV channels. Roku now brought back Pro TV, and there is XTV that has old shows.
     
  10. Sep 6, 2016 #190 of 296
    xmguy

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    Mmm, might have to check those Roku Channels out.

    But if going to the length to add the news, and thus bbc world news to 200 package, then add an option for 250. I'd still loose channels I could not get back.
     
  11. Sep 6, 2016 #191 of 296
    tcatdbs

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    What's with Smithsonian? I don't see it on the free previews page, but I'm getting it on Flex pack. It's it part of movie pack? Thought it was only T250.

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    mwdxer

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    What is the cost to add BBC World to AT200? I have AT250, and we should have access to the channel.
     
  13. Sep 6, 2016 #193 of 296
    Troch2002

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    $10

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  14. Sep 6, 2016 #194 of 296
    Troch2002

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    Its a Free preview.
    I had it with Top 200 a few days ago.

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  15. Sep 6, 2016 #195 of 296
    Link

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    I would pay for these as well. I can only pick up MeTV off and on from a station 80 miles away. Our closet local stations, don't carry MeTV, Antenna TV or any of the others except they did add Laff, Escape, Grit, and Bounce because of a Nexstar deal. MeTV is still the top one and I wish I could rely on getting it all the time.
     
  16. Sep 8, 2016 #196 of 296
    WelcomeBackKotter

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    • I have had the Flex Pack with locals and news packs for over one month. I have already gone back to Welcome with Heartland add-on. There were a few reasons for this. Flex, with the $5 discount for being autopay, is $29.99. Then $10 for locals and $10 for the news pack. The price then stands at $49.99. For me, however, there is no RT as that channel isn't included in Flex or the news pack. Also, no GSN in that combination. Welcome with Heartland (at the six month 50% discount which is $3.00 per month) is $22.99. So, both GSN and RT are now available. But Welcome or Heartland don't have TV Land. I really don't like paying for channels that I don't watch, so, unfortunately, Flex doesn't do much to prevent that. So, while Flex has some neat channels (USA, Syfy and others), the difference in cost doesn't get Flex past the goal post, and even if GSN and RT were included, it would still be way too costly compared to Welcome. The only significant loss is TV Land, but it's not that significant. And then, if there's still some extra channels needed, Dish Movie Pack, Encore, Epix Pack are available to Welcome. My overall conclusion: Welcome still beats Flex unless you really, really have a need for certain channels.
     
  17. Sep 9, 2016 #197 of 296
    Tiny

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    I switched to Flex with locals and Action pack so far it's great saved $25 dollars a month off my previous AT200 Bill and like that HD Net movies, AMC, and TCM is included plus all my favorites like History, Discovery, AE, TNT, TBS, FX, FXX, All us people on fixed income will like this option plus u get ESPN and ESPN 2 and the real kicker is FS1 can't believe that channel is included Thanks Dish us old Seniors love this sure bears cable crap lol
     
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    mwdxer

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    Not being a fan of sports, having a ton of sports channels in AT250, has always been a total waste. I spend too much of stuff I do not want. That has always been the case. Since sports is big with the average viewer, anytime a new general sports channel is added, it goes to AT250. Otherwise to the regional sports packs. It has bugged me for several years I pay through the nose for expensive sports channels I never watch. I have kept AT250 because along with the sports channels, Dish has added all new general channels into that package. So if a person has AT250, a new commercial channel would at least be in AT250. You could almost bet on it. But here comes a game change, with the Flex Pack. Dish has done something no other provider has done, the biggest package no long carries everything. The Flex Pack is a good idea, but there just is not the variety I would want, and add-on packages at $10 a pop. the price goes up to nearly what I am paying now and with the loss of several channels. The Welcome pack does offer a decent basic pack for $20. I could add my Super Stations, the Encors, and movies and cover mostly what I watch. But no TMC channels either which I like, but none in HD in AT250. . My bill would be $45 a month. Yes, I would lose a few things, but some of it I get OTA like Get TV. Between the Roku, which new channels are added left and right for free, much of the missing cable fare is there. But I will save half of of my bill, and have no sports channels. Not 100% to my liking, but with the current move Dish has made, this is the best thing I can up with. I have even considered going to Charter, but I would lose the Super Stations. One person suggested I keep a skinny pack with Dish and pick up a pack with Charter, but that may cost me more. I could look into that, but I do not want to spend any more. I am hoping by the first of the year, Dish changes and these new channels end up in AT250. If they do, I will keep the package even though I am still paying for sports, but at least I will have everything I watch in AT250. Again, this is the only provider that does not have BBC World in their larger packages.
     
  19. Sep 9, 2016 #199 of 296
    jamelar

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    I made the switch to Flex, added Locals and News Pack from AT120. After years of requests, finally getting BBC World. Most the locals, but not all, I already get with an antenna. I'm working on antenna improvements which when finished I'm confident will get me all my locals, Grand Rapids, MI DMA, as well as Lansing, MI DMA, then I'll drop the Local Pack.
    Comments, I'm getting all the channels I want, except a couple of what I believe should be part of the News Pack. That would be C-Span 2 and RT (Russia Today). I was always under the impression RT pays DISH to be included, so I'm at a loss why it wouldn't be in the News Pack much less in the basic flex pack.
    Wish list, add CNN International and Aljazeera (the still ongoing International English service) to the News Pack.

    A sideline. When Aljazeera America pulled the plug, why didn't they move the plug to their International English service???? I'm sure there are some lawyers that can answer that one! After all, Aljazeera paid the owners of Current TV $1/2 Billion to acquire the channel in the first place.
     
  20. mwdxer

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    Aljazerra as well as BBC News and CNNI are all free on the Roku. Plus Press TV(Iran), France 24, Euro News (France), DWTV (Germany), Sky News (UK), Irish TV, TRT (Turkey), Israeli TV, Russia today and their Doc channel, NHK (Japan), India TV. All English News channels. Before I got the Roku, I had no idea how many countries had English News channels. Some other International channels run news in English at times like KBS (Korea), Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian TV. I also have caught the news from South Africa, Nigeria, and even Kenya in English. Streaming is really amazing.
     

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