New Channels Coming To Dish Network Beginning 2-1-07?

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  1. kb7oeb

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    I think pay tv has the market just about right, they are milking as much as they can out of subscribers but not so much that they actually cancel.

    Its nothing like taxes, with OTA, dvd rentals and video game consoles you have many options regarding TV entertainment.
     
  2. notme

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    WOW!!! I see my $3 increase as I'm just paying more for other peoples channels. Bring on A la carte programing, cause I'm sick of paying for everyone else.
    180 for me = 20 + locals.
    It would be the best way to really see how good or bad a channel is doing.:eek2: Make foxnews or any news a pay channel and see how many people then think it's worth double the money!!!:eek2: I think fox would be in for a rude awaking.
     
  3. mplsjeffm

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    why doesn't dish brand the packages something other than the number of channels. That way, they wouldn't have to change the name everytime they add channels

    They could name them
    SD bronze
    SD Silver
    SD Gold
    Everything pack
     
  4. James Long

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    Those medal names (and the metal Platinum) are actually going away ...

    D* advertises by channel count ... 155 channels, 185 channels, over 250 channels. Their package names don't follow the count at this time. They are stuck with "Total Choice" "Total Choice Plus" and "Total Choice Premier". The plus has got to be the smallest tier on satellite - and D* also includes their music channels (all XM) in their counts. I'm really suprised that they don't have a package that competes with E*'s $29.99 plan. $44.95 is a lot to step in the door.
     
  5. Steve Mehs

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    DirecTV used to use metallic names as well before the USSB merger. There was:

    Select Choice - $19.99/41 Channels
    Total Choice - $29.99/91 Channels
    Total Choice Silver - $39.99/104 Channels (13 Starz/Encore Channels)
    Total Choice Gold - $39.99/117 Channels (23 RSNs, Golf Channel, OLN and Speed)
    Total Choice Platinum - $47.99/130 Channels (Gold and Silver Combined)

    How do you figure? You posted the numbers yourself. According to DirecTV, Total Choice has 155 channels, Total Choice Plus has 185 channel.
     
  6. James Long

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    30~ channels for $5 isn't much of a jump.

    TC is currently $44.99 ... 153 channels including 49 XM plus one's own RSN.
    TC+ is currently $49.99 ... 188 channels including 67 XM plus one's own RSN.
    That makes this $5 "tier" only 17 video and 18 XM channels.
    TCPremier simply adds all five premium packages (like AEP) for $50.
    (The Sports Pack premium is probably popular on it's own.)

    AT60->AT120 is a 125 channel jump (including 32 CD Music and all 64 Sirius Music) for $10.
    Under the new scheme AT100->AT200 will be 93 channels (for $13).
    AT120->AT180 is a 60 channel jump (including 18 mono Muzak channels) for $10.
    AEP finishes off the tiers by adding four premiums for $35 (soon $37) more.

    The "plus" part of TC+ is the tier. I suppose it could be argued that the step between AT60 and AT60 Plus is smaller (just adding the local RSNs for $5). I usually don't think of that as a tier.
     
  7. Steve Mehs

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    Okay, I see what you're saying now.
     
  8. Unclejeff

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    I disagree with those who hate the CD channels. Especially the Blues channel. Somebody at echostar hired a really great Bluesman. Now, starting at about 9AM Pacific Time, the DJ on Accoustic channel thinks this is all country and that is when I change channels.

    I did buy the slimdevices TRANSPORTER which is a fantastic streaming audio and computer library tunes player and this has somewhat replaced my Satellite CD player, for now.
     
  9. normang

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    One solution to the rate increases is more package options..

    However, like similiar posts on other issues, no matter how a package is structured to achieve a price point that someone may like, its always going to be missing one or two favorite channels that are at the next level..
     
  10. Steve Mehs

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    Dish didn't hire anyone, those channels are provided by Muzak , the music service heard in every retail store and fast food restaurant in the country. Muzak was originally founded in the mid 1930s, probably a good 20 years before Ergan was even born. Dish has nothing to do with these channels programming-wise, they just distribute them. And no one really programs these channels, they’re automated. Years ago posted at DBSDISH someone had a tour of the facility and I believe posted pics. It’s basically like I said, a bunch of CD changers.
     
  11. James Long

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    It is more than CDs on shuffle, although you are correct that it is Muzak programming. There is a lot of 'programming' even on unhosted music channels.
     
  12. Steve Mehs

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    True there is some type of science to it, trying to create the right audio atmosphere for a particular retail setting. I still prefer XM or Sirius where they aim to please their own customers, not other peoples customers :)
     
  13. James Long

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    There are broadcast radio stations that go for mood (like Muzak). The main difference between Muzak and Sirius/XM is that Muzak is intended to be background music while you do other things --- like work, shop or ride an elevator. Sirius/XM is intended to be something you listen TO. Muzak works hard not to interrupt what you are doing, even though you may hum or sing along (please, no dancing in the department store). Sirius/XM constantly interrupts the mood to 'entertain' by drawing attention to the audio source. If you have ever yelled at a DJ to shut up and play the next song Muzak is your kind of station!
     
  14. restart88

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    Actually when milk goes up $.20 I increase my home made wine production. :D

    BTW, I've not read every related post but has anybody else noticed that Cinemax seems to have vanished from the movies pull down AND from the add programming when logged into your account?


     
  15. colavsfaninnwia

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    There have been several posts to that effect (or is it affect? I don't know.). What I do know is that Cinemax is still available for subscription by calling 1-800-333-DISH.
     
  16. garypen

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    OTOH, DirecTV handles OTA channels in the guide better. It includes digital sub-channels, and you don't need to subscribe to locals in order to get them on your guide.
     
  17. restart88

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    Thanks. Then again it looks like it will be either re-packaged or something. Can't think of any other reason to remove it from the add menu other than elimination or making it available some other way. Right?
     
  18. restart88

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    Aren't locals included in the D* sub? Unless you have an old existing sub, that is.
     
  19. James Long

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    It went into hiding a couple of months ago. Odd thing is, every time someone says "there is still a reference to Cinemax ..." it seems to disappear.
    They certainly make it hard NOT to have locals if you are in one of the 142 markets they cover.
     
  20. TNGTony

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    That would be me. :) And yes I gave up on Sirius "Standard Time" and moved back to Muzak jazz thanks to the DJ's and jingles' continal interruptions!
     
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