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The Charlie Chat Summary - June 8th, 2009

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by James Long, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. turey22

    turey22 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 30, 2007
    Aren't they all doing it for the money?

    You have a point but then you have to see that charlie has to get paid for a service he is providing to the csutomer, which are locals.
  2. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Doh!! I think that money is probably the reason that he started the company and is also what keeps the company in business. He could give everything away for free, but I don't think the company would last too long. Do you do your job, whatever that might be, for free??? If not, why not???

    By the way, I can't get my locals for free, so I, and all others in my situation are very pleased to have them on the satellite and available for $5 per month.
  3. Artorture

    Artorture AllStar

    Feb 22, 2008
    I'm surprised their was no mention of the 922. I hope this means that the release date has not changed, from the previous Charlie Chat
  4. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007

  5. Cardini

    Cardini AllStar

    Aug 14, 2002
    Nice recap, thank you.

    I was happy to finally see a date for HD locals in LaCrosse, WI, listed.
    How can I find out what Sat. they will show up on?
  6. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    ...and from that, are we to presume that you do your job for free, out of the kindness of your heart? If your boss didn't pay you, I'm sure he wouldn't see you at all.

    It's one thing to be cynical and sarcastic, but hypocrisy is not sarcasm.

  7. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Thanks, James, for your recap. I turned on my recording and went right to the "Distant Networks" discussion because I'm confused about how the "rules change" on Saturday.

    I watched it. Then I went to the AAD web site. I still don't know how the distants rules change on Saturday, but they spent a great deal of time encouraging Fisher customers to call after Saturday. Are we "pushing the edge" here to gain bargaining power which might backfire in the long run hurting people who really do qualify for distants?:eek2:

    Oh well, I'll let my sister know there's a chance she could get CBS after Saturday.
  8. Ohioankev

    Ohioankev Legend

    Jan 19, 2006
    I used to be one of the anti - hd guys but now that I have my LG & a 722 I won't go back 100% to SD. Now I do record some programs and watch them in SD when I know i'm going to let them backlog and watch them whenever b/c it gets more time out of my DVR unit. Movies I record in HD all the time.

    Yeah I couldn't even get an answer from AAD through a representive. This company gets on my nerves, terrible quality most of the time (upgraded in March but I still get artifacts on my screen on the NY FOX channel), terrible customer service. With this and the DVR situation ... I don't know I might drop TV altogether and switch to free internet tv, netflix, and pay per episode depending the TV program. I don't really want to leave DISH but if i'm do i'm going to look outside of the box for a while instead of a subscription based service.

  9. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    It wasn't me. My speech is slurred due to Cerebral Palsy I have. Charle would think I was drunk, if I got by the screener somehow:lol::lol::lol::lol:
  10. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Once you see HD you'll hate SD. Trust me!
  11. turey22

    turey22 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 30, 2007
    Lol, true story. I don't watch SD now, it must be in HD.
  12. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    It was a bit sobering to hear Charlie say he had been playing with a 922 over the weekend and that it wasn't ready yet... Usually the CEO is trying to get things out earlier than the Engineers... so if he's hedging and saying Fall, my gut says we might not see it until Christmas. :(
  13. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    It is always a good idea to give them plenty of time to get the bugs out before it goes into general production - or even out to beta testers...
  14. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Pine, CO
    I think Charlie's learning that it's better to give approximate dates that can be met, than it is to give precise dates that will be missed. Encouraging.
  15. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    The answer to PBS approaches the level of unacceptable. I live in an area where receipt of the local PBS stations is impossible. The reason I subscribe to DiSH network was to get my local channels, and to get the HD version when available. The excuse of the connect get agreement with national PBS as a money issue makes me wonder, especially when we are talking about a channel paid for with our taxes.
  16. slowmoe

    slowmoe AllStar

    Dec 18, 2005
    Funny that was #1 reason's I left E* for D*. Yes now E* has locals here in Vegas, took em long enough. I have no regrets what so ever:nono:.
  17. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    On the PBS front... Tax dollars pay for some of it, but local PBS stations also have their yearly pledge drives.

    That's one of the big sticking points barring Dish from being able to carry a national PBS HD feed. ALL the local PBS stations would balk at this because no one would be watching their local feed, hence a drop in local donations.

    Eventually there will be no choice but to carry PBS local HD feeds... and I'd think we'd see them sooner than later... but I suspect something is going on since we haven't seen any movement from Dish on this front, and DirecTV has really just gotten on the PBS HD bandwagon lately.
  18. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Highlight that Charlie said that the 922 just went out to beta ... including with some retailers who are beta testing the machine. "You might be able to stop by a retailer and look one over." (Not an exact quote, but the concept is right.)
  19. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
    They'll be on 129°, ch 5260-5263. Info from the Uplink Activity threads and http://www.dishuser.org/129list.php .
  20. Beanie

    Beanie Cool Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Woo hoo, Locals coming!

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