Free HD For Life

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  1. Jun 8, 2010 #261 of 324
    rc251

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    I'm an existing subscriber who was auto-enrolled in HD For Life, and I'm trying to remove the "HD Platinum" package online, but Dish wants to charge a "PROGRAMMING CHANGE $5.00" fee. Is there any way to avoid this?
     
  2. Jun 8, 2010 #262 of 324
    GrumpyBear

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    Knock on wood.
    I have only lost one DVR since '06. Granted I was actually at fault(Dish replaced it no charge as it was within 30 days of installation), as I didn't have proper ventalation for it. Put it in a better spot with a proper ventalation, and I haven't lost a DVR since, have 2. I was able to get the EHD for free, even at $40 it would have been worth it, every family member has thier own EHD for saving shows. I even back them up the EHD's for safety, just way to easy, to save your shows, as a just incase problem your DVR dies.
     
  3. Jun 8, 2010 #263 of 324
    GrumpyBear

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    No the $5 is standard on all programming changes, Except for Adult channels with is MORE.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2010 #264 of 324
    TBoneit

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    from the front page.

    DIRECTV - DVR users experiencing major issues this morning. More http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=178863 .

    Fix for DIRECTV DVR lockups:

    * Press Red Button under access card door (lower right on front of DVR)
    * Wait for receiver to get back to Live TV
    * Press Red Button again to cause second restart (within 30 minutes of first)
    * Wait for receiver to get back to Live TV
    * Problem should now be fixed

    They are blaming it on bad guide data, again.

    BTW new subscribers to DirecTV with a HD DVR could get anything from a HR20, HR21, HR22, HR23, or HR24. No guarantee of anything new there.
     
  5. Jun 8, 2010 #265 of 324
    eudoxia

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    Yikes sounds like a fun one:nono2:
    I guess DirectTV likes to send out their Beta software
     
  6. Jun 8, 2010 #266 of 324
    James Long

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    There is a whole long thread about it over in the appropriate forum.

    Back to DISH Network here, please.
     
  7. Jun 8, 2010 #267 of 324
    l8er

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    Or the pretty version:
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  8. Jun 8, 2010 #268 of 324
    GrumpyBear

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    He missed that one, as it had been posted already. was just making an easier one for him to read.
     
  9. Jun 8, 2010 #269 of 324
    ShapeShifter

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    I like the text version better. Easier to read, and includes channel numbers!
     
  10. Jun 9, 2010 #270 of 324
    KalebD

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    Here is a shot of my programming. What are the implications of me checking the HD 200 Free with my current programming?
    [​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  11. Jun 9, 2010 #271 of 324
    finniganps

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    So since I have HD bronze and AT 120, if I sign up, my bill should go down $10/mo correct?
     
  12. Jun 9, 2010 #272 of 324
    slickshoes

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    So just to be clear, I have the platinum at $10, I do still have to pay for that, just not the base HD package, right?
     
  13. Jun 9, 2010 #273 of 324
    James Long

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    You will save $10 per month (as long as you're willing to do autopay/paperless and sign a 24 month commitment).
    Or you can pay $99 up front and save $10 per month (break even in 10 months).
    Or you can do nothing and keep paying $20 per month.

    It is a shame you missed the "HD & Platinum HD" window from last August through June 3rd. You could have been saving $10 per month since last August and been moved to HD Free without autopay/paperless/commitment or payment. But that is the past.

    Yes. Platinum has returned to being a $10 add on to the base HD package. The base HD is either $10 or free. The 16 channels of Platinum are an additional $10.
     
  14. Jun 9, 2010 #274 of 324
    mantry

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    Boy this is confusing!!! And thanks in ADVANCE for the help and suggestions:
    Our current programming looks like:
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    1. Can we save some money by changing our programming and dropping those extra PLATINUM only HD channels. We don't watch any of them currently.

    2. How would we go about it using just ONLINE and saving the programming fee change.

    3. We are currently out of contract, but we do have AUTOPAY and PAPERLESS billing.

    Again, thanks in advance!!!
     
  15. Jun 9, 2010 #275 of 324
    jgoggan

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    You appear to already be on the HD Free plan -- so you're not paying an extra $10 per month for the HD. Did you just change this recently? My guess would be that your bill is already going down $10 since you should have been charged it before the HD Free promo just started this month.

    And, yes, you can drop the HD Platinum and save $10 off what you show here if you do not watch those channels.

    My understanding is that you can't avoid the $5 fee. You'll just uncheck the HD Platinum box, submit it, get charged $5, and start saving another $10/month.

    Also, your 1c Cinemax will be ending soon. Make sure that you either talk to Dish -- or check your bills when it ends -- to make sure that they don't start charging you. Even though they SAID that they wouldn't charge me -- and my bills even SHOWED it going away with a note that I need to call ONLY if I wanted to KEEP it -- two months later they still started charging me for it. So, be warned.

    - John...
     
  16. Jun 9, 2010 #276 of 324
    KalebD

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    Thanks James! As usual, you are always helpful. I hate that you have to do 1, 2, and 3 and not just 1 and 2 or 3. I am already paperless. I do not feel comfortable with the credit card thing. The commitment is fine, since I have had opportunity to leave and choose not to.

    Can I still do my upgrade on my leased equipment, the 922? Is it worth it?
     
  17. Jun 9, 2010 #277 of 324
    cichlid

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    There is a snag if you pay your bill annually. You are ineligible for HD for Life.
     
  18. Jun 9, 2010 #278 of 324
    GrumpyBear

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    Do you have HD+Platinum on you account, when you prepaid annually?
    Isn't Anual payment a form of Autopay?
    You could always do the $99 onetime fee, and your next annual payment would be $120 less.
     
  19. mantry

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    Ok, I unchecked the "Upgrade to HD Platinum for extra $10.00" and did a SUBMIT/REVIEW or whatever and it took off the Platinum HD and left the normal HD channels that come with the 120 package. Waited about an hour and then verified by looking at the ALL channel guide and our normal HD remained and those Platinum HD channels are missing.

    For once.... Thanks DISH! And thanks for those on this Forum that help us figure this kind of stuff out!!!!!
     
  20. CABill

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    I've paid annually from '97 until 2009 because you got 12 months for the price of 11. Even did it for HBO for a year. I don't know if it is so few people do, DISH doesn't want to encourage it, ... but an annual sub has not fared well since about last August when Platinum was included with the $10 HD. They couldn't do it for me in early August, and the only thing the girl was able to do was remove all HD programming. Couldn't add back basic HD or HD + Platinum. Turns out she tried changing me from annual to monthly, and then back. All that got me was the prorated credit for "the rest of the year" at old prices and a charge at current prices - no HD for 24 hours. To get HD back, the next person just had me switch to monthly AT and then I could get HD again. Stayed that way until normal Feb annual and I tried switching back. That looked good for a month, but then some $9/month charge started appearing because I wasn't monthly. I went back to monthly.

    I just called about trying annual again, and was essentially told my "life" would end on the grandfathered Free for life if I did annual. I could later switch to monthly and get it again for $99 or a two year commit. As long as you are on annual, you have to pay $10/month for basic HD - can't pay the $99 to get it removed. At least that's what I was just told (or maybe misunderstood). Annual is only for pieces of your subscription, not everything. If you have annual AT120, it is 11 times (the price of AT120-$5) and then you also pay $5.99 for locals monthly with receiver / DVR fee. Premiums can be done independently as an annual sub if desired.

    Certainly not a form of Autopay.
     
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