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Dish Network: Free HD for Life for qualified customers

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DISH Network has sent out their retailers a FAQ on all that changes that go into effect today. I would publish the entire document, but it includes some dealer sensitive information... so instead I will just repost some of the FAQ's of interest to our members.

This information is just another reason why we are America's Satellite Information Source!

What is HD Free for Life?

• HD Free for Life is an offer from DISH Network allowing any customers who meet
the requirements listed below to receive HD add-on programming for free for
the life of the account!
• Customers who are willing to take a 24-month commitment and sign up for
AutoPay and Paperless billing are going to receive HD Free for Life!
• Customers who do not want to take a 24-month commitment or sign up for
Autopay and Paperless billing can pay a one-time $99 HD Upgrade Fee

What is HD add-on?

HD add-on is the HD package containing the high definition equivalent of the
standard definition channels included with a customer’s programming
package.

This package is available to customers who aren’t enrolled in HD Free for Life
for $10 per month.

What about HD Platinum?
HD Platinum gets the customer an additional 16 HD channels for only $10
per month.

Is HD Platinum available for free?

• No, HD Platinum is not part of the HD Free for Life offer.
HD Platinum is essentially a premium movie package with 9 movie channels
such as Epix and Epix2, HDNet Movies, MGM HD, and Universal HD!
• HD Platinum also includes additional sports channels and special interest
content from channels like World Fishing Network.

12 of the 16 channels in HD Platinum are not offered by DirecTV.

Will a market with just 3 local networks be considered to have “local channels” or will they suddenly have all 4 local channels?

Legislation has passed allowing DISH Network to import local channels that are missing from a market from an adjacent market. Therefore, local markets that are missing 1 or more of their local channels will have those imported from a near market, giving the customer a full suite of local channels. A full suite is considered to be the big 4 – ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.

How does DISH America, an all HD package, work on standard definition televisions?

DISH Network HD receivers automatically down-convert the programming through the standard definition outputs. A customer doesn’t need to do anything to enjoy DISH America on a standard definition TV. However, customers will be required to have all HD equipment on their account to have DISH America programming.

If a customer pays the $99 HD Programming Upgrade Fee, do they have to make the 24-month commitment?

No, a customer who pays the $99 HD Programming Upgrade Fee does not have to meet any other requirements to receive HD Free for Life.

If a customer cancels AutoPay and Paperless Billing will they be charged the cancellation fee?

A customer who signed up for HD Free for Life with a 24-month commitment is subject to a $240 cancellation fee, prorated at $10 per month. The customer is also required to sign up for AutoPay and Paperless billing. All three are REQUIREMENTS for the customer to receive HD Free for Life. If a customer drops or changes the conditions on their account that allowed them to receive this offer, they may be subject to losing the special pricing or be charged the cancellation fee. A customer who paid the one-time $99 HD Programming Upgrade Fee is not subject to these requirements.

If a customer changes core programming will their HD remain Free for Life?

Yes, as long as they change to eligible core programming such as America’s Top Programming or DishLATINO Dos and Max programming.

How do existing customers add HD Free for Life?

Existing customers have 2 options to add HD Free for Life. A customer who already has HD equipment at their house but does not subscribe to HD programming can go on Satellite TV - HD Satellite Television - DISH 1.800.823.4929 and select the 24-month commitment, AutoPay and Paperless billing to receive HD Free for Life or pay the one-time, $99 HD Programming Upgrade Fee

The existing customer who doesn’t have HD equipment should call DISH Network to upgrade their equipment through DISH’n It Up. Once their equipment is received, they can then go to Satellite TV - HD Satellite Television - DISH 1.800.823.4929 and select the 24-month commitment, AutoPay, and Paperless billing or pay the one-time, $99 Programming Upgrade Fee.

What happens to an existing customer who currently subscribes to HD programming?

A customer who subscribes to HD & Platinum will automatically be enrolled in HD Free for Life with no additional requirements. This customer will automatically be enrolled in the new HD Platinum package at $10 per month as well, resulting in no price change on their bill.

A customer who subscribes to HD Bronze, Silver, or Gold (yes they still exist!) can upgrade to HD Free for Life just as an existing customer who has HD equipment, but no programming. They MUST go to Satellite TV - HD Satellite Television - DISH 1.800.823.4929 and sign up for the 24-month commitment, AutoPay, and Paperless Billing. If they do not want to go online or meet these requirements, a customer can call DISH Network and pay the one-time $99 HD Upgrade Fee.
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Hmmm. I'm wondering if it's worth dropping out of Absolute for this. Wife wants E! but I think they may have to pull Absolute from my cold dead hands. What do the rest of you Absoluters think?
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Hmmm. I'm wondering if it's worth dropping out of Absolute for this. Wife wants E! but I think they may have to pull Absolute from my cold dead hands. What do the rest of you Absoluters think?
I have that Absolute HD package as well. I will leave it there as long as dish comes back and says it is time for me to move on to a different package or whatever. I personally just don't wanna mess w/ it honestly.
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Hmmm. I'm wondering if it's worth dropping out of Absolute for this. Wife wants E! but I think they may have to pull Absolute from my cold dead hands. What do the rest of you Absoluters think?
How did your wife find out E! exists? Tell her it's only available for larger, newer televisions or that it's only available from FIOS (assuming that's not available in your area).

Cold dead hands is about right for my absolute programming too. Just too sweet of a deal.
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I'm on Dish America (Formerly Turbo HD) and don't think I can get in on any of this Frown
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Nothin to it, they simply jack up basic rate to cover hd.
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Absolute appears to mirror Platinum for the moment tho Dish has said they wont include the new channels in the old package - The 9 movie channels are still a part of the Absolute package.

Incidentally any ideas about the "expiration" of this package. I was not aware there was an official date but someone on that other thd appears to indicate there was....
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Quote from byThorbyOdin View Post :
Absolute appears to mirror Platinum for the moment tho Dish has said they wont include the new channels in the old package - The 9 movie channels are still a part of the Absolute package.

Incidentally any ideas about the "expiration" of this package. I was not aware there was an official date but someone on that other thd appears to indicate there was....

They keep making my 'absolute' package a little less 'absolute'. If they eventually do cancel it, will they call it an 'absolution'?
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Quote from byThorbyOdin View Post :
Absolute appears to mirror Platinum for the moment tho Dish has said they wont include the new channels in the old package - The 9 movie channels are still a part of the Absolute package.

Incidentally any ideas about the "expiration" of this package. I was not aware there was an official date but someone on that other thd appears to indicate there was....
well, I would like to know the expiration date of this package as well. I hope it is like some 10 years down the road .. I don't wanna loose this package Frown
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I guess absolute is the old "everything" which I have. As I figure unless I want more than 2 movie premium packs it will be better for me to change to All HD and save quite a bit. I keep putting it off but sure I will for the $30 to $40/month savings. The premium movie packs are getting old and I rarely watch them except for a couple made-for-HBO and made-for-Showtime series. Rarely watch non-HD channels either. 100 channels would be fine for me and make life actually easier, not having to scroll through hundreds of channels.
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My installer told me this a few weeks ago, good to hear.
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Absolute is grandfathered so you keep it as long as you have service. If you decide to switch to another plan though it's gone forever. However, Dish has no requirement to add any new channels to it which is why we don't get FX or E! or Fox News. We tend to get the Platinum channels that get added however.
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My LG 50" 720p displays OTA HD Channels that would blow out the HD Channels by dishnetwork. Thats why i have downgraded to dishfamily for $19/mo...i still have dishnet for international channels which are not HD.
( HD Channels thru satellite are compressed way too much Mad Vs OTA , thats why the clarity goes grainy ...to gravel )

So, this HD for life is not a thing to jump on for me!
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If you value using a DVR service don't take the 24 month deal. It looks like they are trying to sucker people into a contract before they lose the ability to keep the DVR functionality of their service due to the existing TIVO lawsuit they are probably going to lose.

Keep that in mind.
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What a great deal, not! If all tv is migrating to HD why should you pay Dish extra for something that will be basic service for everthing in the future?

Dish is teetering on being an obsolete technology, maybe they can learn something from their partnership with google to help them survive. Otherwise they will just go the way of the satellite phone companies, remember them?

We get 60 over the air free tv channels in our town. About 60 or 70 percent are HD, all free, no 2 year contract, no paperless billing, no autopay on our credit card. No endless channels of infomercials and selling channels.

Dish should have a package called "the 5 or 6 channels you are really going to watch", they could charge a couple bucks apiece for them and call it UR-TV. Go ahead dish run with it, run with it or Google will buy you out and do the same thing anyway.
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