I want my HBO

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Roger Wilder, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Roger Wilder

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    And what do those who switched to Dish from Direct because of price only to find that Dish is as greedy as Direct? And now Dish can't even offer HBO or Cinemax. I have been looking at the bundles At&t is offering and I can save 75$ a month by bundling my internet, phone, and TV.
    I think I am going back. I became one of Sattelite TV subscriber in 1994. I had to buy a sony tivo and a DIY package from Circuit city. It cost me almost 1000$ to hook up to Direct TV and after 15 years
    and seeing all the offers they were giving away and knowing how much I paid just to have their service, I decided to change. But greed comes in every channel. I am now paying as much as I did when I had Direct. And I don't even get to have HBO. I think that Dish isn't long for the world.
    So I am going to change before Dish goes upside down and Direct can charge whatever they want.
    I have watched as the number of Dish TV subscribers are leaving Dish TV and I think I will be one.
    So I ask how many Dish TV customers are also thinking of switching to Direct? I am a subscriber to AT&T wireless home phone and the price is almost too good to be true. Compared to a landline
    it is like Christmas. And now I can bundle all three, TV phone and internet, and in the first year alone save a 100$ a month. In fact, I have an appointment this February 4 for a tech to come and hook me up. I am a little concerned that AT&T no longer has any customer service here in the states and if you
    have to speak to someone about your service, that person will have a very thick Hispanic accent.
    I am told that I do have access to a hard line internet access but I am not so sure. They do have a
    wireless home internet service but it is a little expensive. I think I will go with a less amount of data for my internet service and give up streaming any video. But I really only use it to pay bills and do a
    little shopping, so I am going to change either way. I really don't know why I am ranting on about this, but I have to ask how many Dish TV customers are thinking of changing also?
    I can remember when the only channels I could watch were free and only three. And of course the TV
    was black and white but at least half of the shows were also only black and white.
     
  2. compnurd

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    We have hbo with direct and are getting ready to leave for dish Going to get hbo now for when GOT comes back on Could care less about money. Tired of directvs crappy software and now the plan to get rid of mobile dvr.
     
  3. ejbvt

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    Wait, Dish doesn't have HBO either?
     
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    That is correct.
     
  5. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

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    How is that even possible...
     
  6. mwdxer

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    I can understand you being upset about it. I like HBO and after Dish lost it, I picked it up via streaming. But looking at what Direct TV costs the second year and on, I'll stay with Dish. I had no idea that Direct had increased their prices so much. Used to be Direct was just a hair higher than Dish, but now they have terrible prices. Their biggest package for $189 a month. Their package Ultimate like AT250 is like $160. To match what I pay for AT250 (Dish), I would have to drop down to one of Direct's smallest packages. I think there was one for about $80-$90. Yikes. Direct TV will not have me for a customer...
     
  7. James Long

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    AT&T (owner of HBO) is trying to screw DISH by forcing them to pay subscriptions for people who do not want HBO programming.
    The dispute continues.
     
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  8. Rich

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    I haven't had HBO on D* for a few years. I do sub to HBO NOW. It's quite possible. PQ isn't as good but I don't have to look at a grid filled with the same movies over and over. Rarely used it for movies when I had it.

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  9. ejbvt

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    Lower PQ? Have to pay full price? Separate subscription which means separate input? Streaming instead of just right there? No thank you.
     
  10. Rich

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    A bit of difference, streamers like Hulu, Showtime, Starz and HBO NOW seem to be 720p. NF and Amazon Prime have better resolutions. Both have 4K and 1080p.

    Separate subscriptions? Yes, you have to sub to each streaming video service but you can turn them all off when you don't need them. We don't use HBO NOW very much and that usually gets shut down after GoT each season. There's not much content that we haven't seen, kinda like what HBO on D* was like before we shut that down. A grid full of movies and series that we'd seen.

    I don't know what you mean by "separate inputs".

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  11. compnurd

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    Think he means he would have the change the input on his TV

    #firstworldproblems
     
  12. ejbvt

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    When I watch TV, I want to watch TV. I don't need to fiddle with Internet apps/inputs/buffering/etc. That is annoying. That is not TV.
     
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    I’m pretty sure it is in 2019.


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  14. James Long

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    "TV" should be streamlined. Smart TV integration and smart remotes help ... but having all of your content in one place makes viewing easier.

    When I first got satellite TV (nearly 16 years ago) my locals were not available via satellite. I had watched the locals regularly at my old residence (cable included in rent) but I moved and chose satellite. The channels were available via antenna but it was easier to tune my satellite box to another satellite channel than to change channels on the TV to OTA. I took the easy path. Eventually my locals were added and now I watch them again. All channels available in the same guide ... all recordings on the same interface. All in one place.

    The smart TV makes it easier (I can find and play satellite DVR content through the TV's GUI as well as streaming options or my BluRay player - or use the TV remote to control the satellite receiver GUI). But it is still easier to pick up my familiar remote and use the satellite receiver for everything.

    I'm old ... keep it simple. Don't make me fiddle too much.
     
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    I'm sure there's a growing market for an app that coordinates a comprehensive program guide with the installed OTT apps on your streaming device for a one-click viewing choice. I have no idea whether that's even possible though...
     
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    While it could be doable I suppose, I can’t think of how it could be anything but awkward. For instance if TiVo offered the PSVue app they could provide the guide data for the channels, but when selecting a show on a channel it would have launch the app and go to that channel. Talk about horrible lag time from selection to playing!


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  17. scooper

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    Well - there are always the smart programmable remotes, like the Logitech Harmonys. I have one but haven't used it in ages.
     
  18. Mark Holtz

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  19. Rich

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    Takes practically no time to switch HDMI inputs here..."Alexa, switch to HDMI3", that's all I do. Takes a couple seconds.

    Rich
     
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    Indeed. No more HDMI switching problems. Gotta love Amazon devices.

    Rich
     

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