Free HD For Life

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by b177b80, May 13, 2010.

  1. Jun 3, 2010 #141 of 324
    pitflyer

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    Yeah, their website is hosed right now.. getting all sorts of WebLogic (ie their web server) error messages. Another great IT rollout by Dish Network!
     
  2. Jun 3, 2010 #142 of 324
    phrelin

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    OK, got back into my account and clicked the 200 for life box and instantly got this screen:

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    And yes, you get to that screen and there is no "continue" or "next" or "back" to allow you to continue.:sure:
     
  3. Jun 3, 2010 #143 of 324
    Rob Glasser

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    From Dish Network Corporate Communications:

    Hello,

    Beginning today, DISH Network is the first and only pay-TV provider beaming free HD for life to new and existing customers.

    This is the first time any company in the multichannel video distribution business has offered both new and existing customers their core HD channels (in any America's Top package) free for the life of their accounts.

    Now DISH customers have access to the most HD in the industry for free using the most advanced HD DVR receivers.

    Please let me know if I can answer any additional questions for you – happy to serve as a resource. And, in the meantime, check out the newest commercials (a departure from the side-by-side spots you’re used to) on YouTube: www.youtube.com/dishSTUDIO.

    Thanks,
     
  4. Jun 3, 2010 #144 of 324
    Rob Glasser

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    Just to add some additional information, it applies to new and existing subs. You have to sign a 24 month agreement and use autopay.

    I went into my account online and I have the ability to switch from the $10.00 version to the free version.
     
  5. Jun 3, 2010 #145 of 324
    phrelin

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    As noted on the other thread Free HD for life? is it so. I tried it to do it, but it doesn't work just yet.

    EDIT: Also there is some info out there (rumor or whatever) that is saying existing customers with HD & Platinum (and maybe autopay and ebill) may be grandfathered.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2010 #146 of 324
    thomasjk

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    Wait until your next bill generates. If you already have the HD\Platinum package you will be automatically grandfathered into HD for Life.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2010 #147 of 324
    phrelin

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    That's what I'm hoping. But I'll have to see it to believe it. I guess I'm skeptical since right now it appears they want a 24 mo commitment from existing customers, although that may ultimately just be for those who don't have HD. Maybe we'll know more when the web site updates are completed "soon."
     
  8. Jun 3, 2010 #148 of 324
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    It doesn't seem to make any sense.

    When I go to the programming page under my account, it is like #235 posted by Phrelin above. It shows me not subscribed to HD: "America's 250" under American SD and "None of the Above" are the boxes shown checked.

    And yet, like Phrelin's, at the top it shows HD & Platinum under CURRENT PROGRAMMING.

    I think I will wait and see.

    On what page do you see a "200 for life" link?
     
  9. Jun 3, 2010 #149 of 324
    pitflyer

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  10. Jun 3, 2010 #150 of 324
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    FWIW, my guess is that if you jumped through the hoops sometime after August, 2009 (to get the free Platinum deal), so your bill says:

    HD & Platinum $10.00

    you now have HD "free" and will be paying $10 for Platinum from here on, with no action necessary by you.

    OR - I could be wrong.

    My bill is generated on the 26th so I won't see a change (if there even is one) until next time.
     
  11. Jun 3, 2010 #151 of 324
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    James Long

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    The account information phrelin posted earlier in the thread matches mine --- still showing "HD & Platinum HD" as being on the account (at the top of the programming page) with the option to change to a HD or HD Free package at the top of the right hand column.

    Perhaps there will be some mass conversion later? I would not mess with it today.

    BTW: Checking with a friend who did not do the "HD & Platinum HD" offer their Gold HD $10 add-on was converted to "HD 250", not "HD 250 Free". It looks like they will need to make a commitment to reduce their bill. This may just be a renaming in the DISH system and not a true conversion from one code to another.

    DISH may just leave "HD & Platinum HD" as is on people's bills. I'm hoping they allow "HD & Platinum HD" customers to drop the Platinum without a commitment but apparently not today. :(
     
  13. Jun 3, 2010 #153 of 324
    VandyCWG

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    as a DirecTV subscriber..
    Here is hoping they follow suit.
     
  14. Jun 3, 2010 #154 of 324
    ZBoomer

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    This is nice, but since we are approaching where all TV is HD, sorta just marketing IMO.

    So saying we have HD free for life is like saying if we pay our bill, we get all the channels in our package for "free", lol.

    It's all good though, great way to promote the fact that HDTV is TV now.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2010 #155 of 324
    Michael P

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    I guess you only see it if you are a current top-200 (SD) sub.

    I only see a "250 HD for life" on mine. I have a 622 w/o any HD pack (the locals do come in HD as well as the part-time RSN feeds and premiums (when I was getting them as a free for 3 months promo).
     
  16. Jun 3, 2010 #156 of 324
    Hutchinshouse

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    +1

    Competition is grand!
     
  17. Jun 3, 2010 #157 of 324
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    Me too. It will be interesting to see if this puts any pressure on DirecTV. I know nothing is "free", and it's all a lot of marketing, packaging, etc., but still ..... in this day and age where HD is becoming mainstream, paying any sort of premium for it seems antiquated. Charge what you want for packages, extras, sports tiers, etc., but don't have a stand-alone charge for HD service, IMO.

    Jeff
     
  18. Jun 3, 2010 #158 of 324
    TulsaOK

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    I clicked on HD for Life in My Account and got:

    "You do not have an HD-Ready receiver on your account in order to view HD programming.
    Please call 1-888-884-2741 to upgrade a receiver according to our DISH'n It Up offer. For details on DISH'n It Up go to dish.com/DIU.

    After your new HD-Ready receiver activated, please return to this web page to sign up for HD For Life."
     
  19. Jun 3, 2010 #159 of 324
    bnborg

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    Now I did see Free HD 250 (unchecked) on my programming page.

    Then it timed out on me while I had lunch. All I get now is Unable to logon to system due to technical difficulties. Please try again.

    But then, from the Dishnetwork home page, I clicked My Account/Change Programming and was taken to, yes, my programming page, as if I was still logged in. But the Dish America packages were not there anymore, and everything under Available Channels/HD Programming is greyed out and un-selectable. And None of the Above is still selected.
     
  20. Jun 3, 2010 #160 of 324
    GrumpyBear

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    If nothing else it will, but an end to those Cable commercials, and will stop Cable from saying how much a yr they can save you over an HD fee.
     

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