Why free dish hdtv commercial, when expired 09/28/10?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by canesice, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. canesice

    canesice AllStar

    Jul 10, 2009
    Why is dish network advertising free hd tv, with a message of "offer available through 09/28/2010" listed in the fine print on the bottom of the screen?

    The ad just ran on NBC... 7:55pm eastern... Was in my market in Raleigh..

    It is the commercial with Charlie saying he didnt use to have to pay for color tv...

    very very strange.

    It does happen to be 10/10/2010...
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I have to admit that I ignore the fine print since I know he's stretching the truth in that advert anyway... when he says "no charge for HD ever"... but then there are restrictions, so not everyone can get it.

    I didn't notice they had the old date... but I think the offer is still valid and has been extended at least, so it's just the fine print that is wrong rather than being an expired offer.
  3. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    The offers now expire 1/31/11. Either the station ran an old commercial or it wasn't updated.

    *CREDIT FOR 12 MONTHS - Valid for first-time DISH Network customers only and requires 24-month commitment to Digital Home Advantage. A customer who subscribes to qualifying programming will receive a credit for each of the first 12 months. Customer must maintain qualifying programming to receive all credits. Offer expires 1/31/11.

    **FREE HD FOR LIFE - $10/mo HD add-on fee waived for life of current account; requires 24-month agreement and continuous enrollment in AutoPay with Paperless Billing. Valid with America's Top 120, America's Top 120 Plus, America's Top 200, America's Top 250, America's "Everything" Pak; DishLATINO Dos or DishLATINO Max. Channel selection will vary based on selected package. Offer expires 1/31/11.

    DISH Network now offers Standard Definition locals in 100% of markets and High Definition locals in over 94% of markets.
  4. lee635

    lee635 Hall Of Fame

    Apr 17, 2002
    Is this some sort of logic trap, how can free HD for life be only good for a limited time? It's like when the cap on the Advil bottle says not to take the pills if the seal is broken, but you must break the seal in order to get at the Advils inside... ;) ...Son, you got to be out of your mind to think I would discharge you on a section 8...

  5. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    The offer is good for a limited time. If one accepts the offer before the end of the limited time you get free HD for as long as you maintain the same account and follow the terms of the offer.

    Cancel service, drop autopay/paperless (if that is how you qualify for free HD) and free HD is lost. If you want free HD again after it is lost you need to follow the terms of the offer for free HD again ... if it is still being offered.
  6. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    My bill includes the line highlighted below:


    In no way do I think that line represents free for "life." It represents free for "now."

    Charlie's TV ads say you shouldn't have to pay for HD just like you didn't have to pay for color. The only way I would believe that was exactly the policy he intended, would be if that line on my bill wasn't there at all.

    I already have a line for "America's Top 200" so why is there a need for a line on the bill relating to HD? Being the paranoid person I am, I think it is a placeholder just in case "circumstances change.":sure:
  7. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    "HD Free" comes with terms. If you follow the terms you get free HD.

    Mr Ergen also believes that you shouldn't have to pay for local TV stations and should be able to watch any affiliate from any market. Not paying for locals is rolling the price into the base packages ... watching any affiliate is illegal. So despite his beliefs, there are limits.

    BTW: If you don't subscribe to HD or HD Free and have HD receivers DISH will place a 0.00 HD Enabling line item on your bill. This will enable your account to get the satellite HD versions of local channels and HD versions of any premium channels. The line on the bill is an artifact of the authorization system.

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