Voom Discussions (Merged - All Voom Discussion Here)

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by wreck, May 13, 2008.

How has the removal of the VOOM HD channels affected you?

  1. I'm so mad I may downgrade/cancel my service.

    0 vote(s)
  2. More "mainstream" HD channels is a fair tradeoff.

    356 vote(s)
  3. Never had them, so I won't miss them.

    311 vote(s)
  4. What is VOOM?

    85 vote(s)
  1. grog

    grog Godfather

    Jul 2, 2007
    I am looking into DirecTV right now.

    We used to get MLB Extra Innings until Dish stopped offering it.
    My wife loves sports!

    I did not consider the change but now with Voom gone... why not?
  2. lionsrule

    lionsrule Godfather

    Nov 25, 2003
    Take your thumb...
    take your index finger....
    Rub them together....

    Now you have the worlds smallest violin....
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    E.Mdtrn Sea
    This minute(8:59pm PDT): Rush 9476/Kngfu 9479/Rave 9470/Equtr 9471/Mnstr 9481 GONE !
    Deleted from system tables.
  4. Mr. Vega

    Mr. Vega Mentor

    Jan 30, 2008
    gone here too.

    I didnt notice when the 1st ten went bye bye. thats how much i watched them.

    but Monsters HD i watched alot. hope they have something good coming. for me it would be Spike.
  5. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    Man have you ever seen this much movement in a month?! Let alone in just over 24hrs!!!
  6. ronton3

    ronton3 AllStar

    Mar 15, 2006
    Monsters, and Kungfu are now gone those along with world and film were my favorite channels if Direct has them I am gone.
  7. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Pine, CO
    As much as they repeated programing, they could just as well have put up a test pattern 24/7.

    I do agree, when it was good, it was super good ... but just how many times can you watch the same episode of Journeys of The Heart - Peru ... or Montreaux ... or Style Me, Rachael?

    I'm inclined to think that Voom brought this on themselves ... and even if E* doesn't really have our best interests at heart, for once they've done good by their subs.
  8. calgary2800

    calgary2800 Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    I just noticed too Kung Fu is gone. that sucks.
  9. da_pirate

    da_pirate New Member

    May 14, 2008
    I liked the GamePlay HD channel. I'm a big gamer. Only problem with that channel, lots of reruns. I also like RUSH HD and RAVE for the concerts. I don't have a premium package with movies so if there was nothing on TV, i could turn to one of those or Kung Fu and be happy. Most of the channels they added I had in SD and don't watch enough. Voom Channels the only reason I haven't switched to DirecTV. Now what sets dish appart? DVR is nicer but what else?
    I'm sure i could get some real nice discounts for switching.
  10. calgary2800

    calgary2800 Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    You know what is really bad? On a apples to apples comparsion to Directv I could have saved about 15-20 bucks per month. Why did I stay and commit to a 24 month contract? The Voom channels were unique and nothing else out there was like Gallery and Ultra HD and Treasure HD. Now I have 23 months to go on my contract and throwing money out the window since D is pretty much the same as Dish now.

    I lost big time. Big timing on my part to commit to dish.

    if you do a comparsion of packages Directv is a much better deal than dish's packages price wise.
  11. himini

    himini Mentor

    Feb 12, 2007

    Gosh that was funny. You really got him there.

    LOSING channels is not desirable for some of us, and this is (I hope) a place where the voicing of all opinions regarding Dish Network should be encouraged, regardless of whether they're negative or positive toward Charlie's decisions. I take it you would never dream of complaining if Charlie suddenly took away some channels that you happen to watch all the time?

    You know what's much worse than all the complaining on these forums? The people who constantly complain about other people complaining.


    Sorry, I for one am very upset right now about losing Voom. It was easily my favorite thing about Dish Network. High-class, no commercials, high-quality HD content. Could it have been better (and less repetitious)? Yes. Am I still disappointed in losing it? Absolutely.

    Can we confirm that all of Voom is gone now? Looks like on my guide that it is.
  12. calgary2800

    calgary2800 Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    Some of these new HD channels have really bad PQ. Its just a step about from SD. Cartoon Network, Disney, Toon cannot compare to the PQ that Voom offers.

    Really, this is an insult to my awesome Panasonic Plasma.
  13. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    While I've always stood up for the Voom channels on Dish... I have to disagree with your specific choice of comparison here. I find Cartoon Network (minus the audio popping problem I started another thread to discuss), Disney, and Toon Disney to be far superior to Voom's Animania channel. Animania *should* have been able to be superior but it simply never was.

    Aside from that, and how poorly HDNews compared to CNN or CNBC (or FOX if we ever get it in HD)... I agree with your sentiment about the rest of the Voom suite.

    Sadly, to a large degree, Voom/Rainbow really has no one to blame but themselves.

    I suspect, however, we will soon see IFC, AMC, and WE... and those channels may very well incorporate their library from FilmFest, Voom Movies, World Cinema, and Ultra HD... so not all the content will be lost.

    Most missed would be MonstersHD, EquatorHD, and RaveHD for me... though other content on some of the other channels could be re-purposed if they wanted.

    Truth to tell, even some of the MonstersHD movies found their way to HDNet Movies... and a few others will find their way to the MGMHD channel.

    But I do wish they could have agreed on a re-purposing plan to consolidate to a smaller suite with less repetition AND at the same time improve their content by spending some more money.

    Meanwhile, now that all 15 are gone... the 19 channel (at last count) Ultimate extended package drops to 4 + a handful of this week's additions like MGM and Smithsonian. I'm guessing still less than 10 channels now for that extra $10... so I'd expect either a bunch of new additions to that package OR a $5 drop in the package price.

    I always figured we were paying $5 for the Voom suite... and now that it is completely gone, I think it would be fair to expect a $5 decrease in price unless we get 10-15 more channels ASAP.
  14. palerider

    palerider AllStar

    Mar 20, 2007
    I have NO Voom channels now. Not even the five listed above. None of them are listed in All Channels, All Subscribed, or All HD guides. Anyone else lose all the Voom channels? I never watched any of the channels that were removed, but I did watch four out these five quite often. Anyone else lose ALL Voom channels?
  15. Taco Lover

    Taco Lover Icon

    Jan 8, 2007
    Wow. Amazing. I didn't mind losing the VOOM channels I didn't watch, but now the rest are gone. The Dish Network site confirms it.
  16. Grady

    Grady New Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    The only show I ever watched regularly on the Voom channels was Later with Jools Holland. I think it was the only show on Rave that would occasionally show new episodes. In my opinion one of the best looking high-def programs out there- and every show was 60 minutes uncut (the BBC America version is edited down to make room for commercials). I hope HD version gets picked up by another channel (HDNET prehaps?).
  17. lv99

    lv99 Cool Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    VOOM HD PQ is much better than most of new 22 HD channels they added. most of new HD are in upconversion mode. pq is really bad.

    hopefully everyone join me file complaint at http://welcome.bbb.org/ so we get our VOOM back. who want to exchange WFN, Bravo, Cartoon in HD? do we have to stay for full 18 months of contract before switch to DTV?
  18. Taco Lover

    Taco Lover Icon

    Jan 8, 2007
    ETF for Dish is $13.33 for every month left.
  19. Chandu

    Chandu Hall Of Fame

    Oct 2, 2005
    While I would like to feel sympathetic, I honestly don't. There is strong reason for this, and obviously VOOM brought this upon themselves with their greed and incompetence. Over the years, they showed absolutely no desire to make their programming compelling. They spent no money adding more inventory. They dropped 1 UEFA Cup match per matchday. On top of that, there is tons and tons of other HD soccer inventory available in the world elsewhere. Go through thread below in detail. Specifically, go through the great variety of HD soccer availability listed in that thread, which VOOM could've strived to pay rights for and make their existence compelling.


    But they did none of that. Instead of adding content, they dropped content like UEFA Cup. To have to pay premium HD subscription fees to DISH with such shrinking inventory is definitely not justifiable.

    Under current economic climate, this looks like the death for VOOM. Just like the AZN Network on Comcast (and INHD2 as well as INHD turning into irrelevant MojoHD or whatever on most cable systems), VOOM made themselves irrelevant. I don't give them any chance to stay alive now.

    Apart from the Euro 2008 HD coverage on Disney family and MLS in HD coverage on HDNet, Comcast Sportsnet HD etc., the best bet to watch live HD soccer would now be to get The Score HD. That's from the start of next European club season. This channel shows 1 English Premiership match per week in HD and is available on Bell Expressvu.
  20. kbuente

    kbuente Legend

    Mar 25, 2007
    I also a month ago downgraded from HD Ultimate to HD Essentials and have AT-250 so I'm happy...the new national HD channels are cool....and I've found on a channel like Disney HD even though a show may be in SD, the PQ is better than on the SD channel....they are both digital but apparently in HD even SD shows come across cleaner?

    Every time I check The Weather Channel to see what that looks like they happen to be on commercials....

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