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HD $10.00 - Do I need it?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Dimitsana, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Dimitsana

    Dimitsana New Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Dish Network raised the "America's Top 120" from 34.00 to $44.99.

    My question is:
    When I view, for example CNN the "HD" 200 and the non HD 200, I see no observable difference in resolution or, anythinh else. I know HD has more pixels and more Interlace or progessive scan info. But, if my eyes see no big difference does it make any sense to pay DISH $10.00 for HD?. So I am thinking I should eliminate the $10.00 HD I now have to reduce my cost.

    I have the VIP211-HD receiver.
    Any thinking about the above? Is this doable?

    I thank you!

    My programming now is is HD = $ 10.00
    America's Top 120 = $ 34.99
    Greek ERT World = $ 14.99
    $ 59.98

    Tax = 3.42

    TOTAL = $63.40
  2. Kevin F

    Kevin F Hall Of Fame

    May 9, 2010
    Call them and thy can give you free hd
  3. Dimitsana

    Dimitsana New Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    I think they charge a one time fee of $99.00 for "life-Time" free HD and that ain't no gift.
  4. 722921

    722921 Legend

    Jan 3, 2008
    If you can't see it, why pay for it?
  5. TommyF@DISH Network

    TommyF@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Jan 5, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    The gift itself isn't the cost, but rather no cost for HD. The $99 fee is only one option. The other one is a 2 year contract w/ Credit Card Autopay and Paperless. It is true you can get the free HD that way you can keep it, but not pay anything.

    You could also remove it if it came down to it to save that $10, if you'd like to PM me an account # or phone # I can check the account out for you and see what can be done to help.
  6. Dimitsana

    Dimitsana New Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    However, can you tell me should there be an observable difference when I view, let say CNN 200 HD and CNN 200 without HD?
  7. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    What kind of TV? Is it an HDTV?

    What size of TV?

    Is your Dish receiver configured to output at HD resolution?

    If you don't have an HDTV, then there's no point.

    If you have a small HDTV, you might not see a difference either.

    If you don't have the receiver configured to output HD then you definitely can't see a difference.
  8. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Are you sure you have an HD set?
  9. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008

  10. tymekeeper

    tymekeeper Legend

    Jan 11, 2008
    Also, if the tv is an HD set, be sure it is set to output the 9:16 and not 4:3 and also that you are not using a zoom level on the TV or Dish box. CNN in SD should have black bars on the side and CNN HD should be full screen.
  11. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    There is a HUGE difference. So if you can't see one, you have some setting or connection wrong, or do not have an HD TV.
  12. finniganps

    finniganps Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2004
    I agree completely.
  13. MattScahum

    MattScahum Legend

    Oct 26, 2010
    dont wanna break the bandwagon, but I agree 100%. what I suggest is all assuming you have an hdtv, which I would hope as to not make the thread pointless..
    -as was posted you should see black bars on the side of the CNN SD channel and it shoudl take the whole screen up with the CNN HD channel...am at a friends house who has dish and took the liberty of checking that out to confirm it is the same as my D* and it is.
    -make sure you are using component video(red,blue,green) cables or an HDMI(the preferred option) to set it up. you can have it set to red,white,yellow composite and the signal for all intesive purposes would be equal. check that connection.
    -go to your menu and check your resolution settings...should see options for at the least 720p, 1080i and I would check them both..

    If you do all of that and STILL do not see a difference between a SD and an HD picture then unfortunately there isn't much you can do aside from removing the HD. I have a feeling it wont be necessary and if you are happy with the service you get I would either do the 2 yr agreement and set up ABP and PL billing. Or just pay the $99 as you are basically paying for 10 months of HD to never pay for it again.
  14. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...

    There is even a difference if you only have an SDTV like I do.Dish Network's MPEG4 picture is a better picture than their MPEG2 picture.:)

    I have my 722k/w MT2 hooked up 480i Component and Ch.3 RF.;):D
  15. Mike500

    Mike500 Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2002
    Of the two smaller HD sets, I have an older Sharp 26 inch and a ViewSonic 22 inch. There is a very distinct difference on the 26 inch. It has only component video, no HDMI. The 211 is set at 1080p.

    There is not so much a difference on the 22 inch.

    The 42 inch Panasonic plasma is fantastic on the other 211.

    As a long term customer of 12 years and one who has always paid on time and NEVER asked for anything special, Dish gave me the complete upgrade for FREE with FREE HD for LIFE only the 24 month commitment. They activated the paperless billing but waived the credit card autopay requiremend. The also waived the $99 charge.

    it doesn't hurt to ask for a supervisor, if you have an issue with a CSR.
  16. 722921

    722921 Legend

    Jan 3, 2008
    Funny how the OP stopped replying...
  17. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    Ditto! I can see a huge difference between SD & HD versions of some channels on my 14 year old Trinitron, especially sports on RSN's. Not so much on the news channels. CNN is not the best network to compare HD and SD. Their SD version is letter-boxed so you see a 16x9 image on a 4x3 screen (FNC as well). The good thing with these channels is an SD viewer does not lose the sides of the picture and the proportions are not distorted. The local channels OTOH are cropped, some "cable networks" have little or no true HD content on their HD versions (virtually all the "music channels" are the worst offenders). If most of the HD versions were like MTV, paying for HD would be a ripoff!

    BTW: You should be getting several other channels for your $10 that are not in the top-200, I believe they are called HD Platinum. With "Free-for-all" you get all the "Top-xx" channels that are available in HD without the Platinum channels.
  18. DanB_DISH

    DanB_DISH DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Jan 8, 2011
    Just another possible thought is the picture quality may be lacking because of the quality of cable you are using. I recently upgraded my living room TV to a 50 inch Sanyo. At first I didn't see much of a difference and was noticing intermittent pixellation on all of my channels. I upgraded my cable to one I bought from Sears for around $30 which was capable of handling more frames per second. The picture was not only much clearer the pixellation stopped completely. If you'd like assistance in this matter you can feel free to PM myself or Tommy and we can get a better quality picture for you.

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