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

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by James Long, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Dec 6, 2016 #281 of 296

    sabrewulf Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    My question is How much is Flex Pack after the 2 years is up. I would consider flex pack and the locals cause all I need is locals if I am going to stream instead. I live out in the boonies and antenna isn't a very good option. I only get NBC decently.
  2. Dec 6, 2016 #282 of 296

    camo Godfather

    Apr 15, 2010
    Normal price is $35 without networks which is $10 add on making it $45. At that time you could switch to lower tier Smart package with locals included if you are still streaming.
  3. Dec 6, 2016 #283 of 296

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    Take $5 off for auto pay and you're at $40 same price as what it is now.
  4. lee635

    lee635 Hall Of Fame

    Apr 17, 2002
    We signed up for Flex pack a week ago and are very happy. Flex lowered our monthly bill too. :)

    Thanks, Lee
  5. crodrules

    crodrules Active Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    The same thing happened to me a few years ago with Welcome Pack. It was a glitch. Whatever you do, don't make any changes to your account, or you will lose those RSNs. (Or you will have to add the Regional Action Pack to get them back.)
  6. crodrules

    crodrules Active Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    If all you need is locals, have you considered Welcome Pack? It is cheaper at $19.99 per month, although there is currently no two-year price lock available for Welcome Pack.
  7. sabrewulf

    sabrewulf Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Does that still exsist? Some places say it does and some it don't. I am looking for bare bones as I can get and still have the DVR service so figure flex pack is best.
  8. crodrules

    crodrules Active Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    Welcome Pack still exists and still includes locals. Bare bones would be Welcome Pack with a single ViP211k with an external hard drive. No monthly equipment fees, just a one-time $40 fee to activate the DVR functionality. Well worth it in my opinion. (You could use a ViP211z or Wally instead of the ViP211k, but either of those options would need an OTA adapter if you want to record from an OTA antenna. The ViP211k has the OTA tuner built-in.)
  9. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    Seaside Oregon
    I bought by 211k probably in 2009, or about the time it came out. For a single man, I love the receiver. Nothing fancy, but a good HD receiver, with an outboard HDD (up to 2 tb), and the OTA tuner, as we have several channels (15) in our area, that gives me METV, The Comet, Get TV, Decades, Justice, Estrella, COZI, & Laff OTA. Some Dish now has, some they do not. No receiver fees and all I pay for is programming.
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  10. sabrewulf

    sabrewulf Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Pretty much all I am looking for is locals and DVR a few channels on flex has channels I would take such as Discovery and Hallmark other wise hulu will help out. Looking to keep it between $60 to $70 and I would be happy.
  11. camo

    camo Godfather

    Apr 15, 2010
    If you don't need a bunch of tuners you can go with 211K single tuner and add a 2 gig hard drive for recording. There is a 1 time fee of $40 for hard drive hookup fee. (HD purchase not included) The reason for doing this is avoiding DVR fee and currently life time free HD is offered. I did the welcome package includes local networks and stream all other channels with PSVue.

    Package comparison here. Compare DISH Programming Packages | MyDISH | DISH Customer Support
    If you don't want contract, pay as you go and purchase own equipment if handy with stuff like that. I learned years ago when I would set Dish up with RV. All my equipment is what I used to travel with but now permanently mounted.
  12. mousemaniac

    mousemaniac New Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Is there a list of what channels you can't get with the Flex pack and add ons.

    It may have been answered here, but I haven't been able to find it.

    I know that ESPNU is only available with the 120 package or higher and that Redzone is the same. Are there more?
  13. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Don't know if it changed recently but from the list I made a few months ago:
    American Heroes Channel
    BBC America
    BET Her (Centric)
    CBS Sports Network
    Destination America
    El Rey
    Golf Channel
    MLB Network
    MTV Classic
    MTV Live
    Nat Geo Wild
    NBA TV
    NFL Network
    NFL Red Zone
    NHL Network
    Sundance TV
    Tennis Channel
    Z Living
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  14. purwater

    purwater AllStar

    Mar 23, 2005
    I've read through the thread and I was interested in the Flex Pack when it was introduced last year. I was with Directv for 7 years and decided to make the change about a month ago. I did a chat with Dish and was told I could still sign up with Flex even though it wasn't advertised any longer. I wouldn't mind having BBCA, but since Top Gear isn't really Top Gear anymore it's not as big of a deal. We were able to get our important channels with the Flex, Locals, and Variety Packs. All in the monthly bill is $65 for the Hopper 3 and 1 Joey including taxes. With Direct it's $90 or so with their Select package that I was on for the past couple of years. They will throw in some discounts to keep you around, but after trying AT&T wireless and having a billing nightmare I decided I wasn't giving them any more of my money. So far we're loving the Hopper and the price is good. Even after our 2 years the price should remain reasonable unless they have a large increase.
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  15. crodrules

    crodrules Active Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    Since BBCA is frequently in free preview, you will not be without that channel for very long. ;)
  16. Jon W

    Jon W AllStar

    Jan 27, 2004
    We called and lowered our bill from $117 to $59 by downgrading from AT120 to the Flex pack w/ locals and getting rid of our Super Joey which we rarely used and upgraded from a HWS to a Hopper 3. They threw in 3 months of all premium channels, took $5 off the equipment for two years while guaranteeing the price for the two year term. After the 3 months are up we will pay $7.50 extra a month for HBO. They also waived the install fee for the Hopper 3. Didn't have to argue once I threatened to cancel with the original CSR who transferred me to customer retention. 10+ year customer with excellent credit probably helped our chances.
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