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Cancelled Platinum HD

Discussion in 'DISH Network Support Forum' started by JayStil, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. 18 is # 1

    18 is # 1 SatelliteGuys Guru

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    Why pay $10 for HBO or Showtime, when I can get Cenemax for $.01:D
     
  2. bhelms

    bhelms "Wannabe Retiree" Lifetime Supporter

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    I too forgot about PlatinumHD, and yes, I'm still paying for it. But Universal HD, HDNet Movies, and MGM HD are frequently watched in my household (the last 2 because they are essentially commercial-free) so I probably won't be dropping it anytime soon. I was never a fan of "premium" channels but in essence that's what PlatinumHD is! If they don't bring back Smithsonian (looks like that's a done deal!) then maybe I'll need to reconsider and spend that $10 for a different package...
     
  3. Bobby H

    Bobby H SatelliteGuys Pro

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    When enough new HD channels are added into the "Turbo Gold" package, I may switch from HD Absolute and drop the platinum package in the process of switching to lessen the price increase.
     
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    shodobe SatelliteGuys Pro

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    I dropped Platinum last month because I started to look at channels I had and actual channels I watched. I never watched anything on Platinum! Cut that and my premium stations and saved just under $40 a month. I will need that when baseball season begins and my Direct sub starts up.
     
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    commodore_dude SatelliteGuys Pro

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    I'm planning on dropping it after the free 3 months as well. I've DVRed MAYBE one movie from HDNet Movies and MGM each, don't care about fishing, and I think it's BS that NBA HD and NHL HD should be in that package rather than in the matching tiers with the SD channels, so I'm not going to be hijacked for 10 bucks a month just for those (It's not like the Hawks or Thrashers get any national TV time anyway and I don't follow any other teams :))
     
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    jdmacor SatelliteGuys Pro

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    For me, I am big on the NBA channel. I just started the free three month preview a couple of months ago, but I will keep it until the NBA regular season is over; then I will drop it.
     
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    TNGTony Unashamed Bengal Fan

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    Add my name to the list of people who gave up the Platinum package. Just a few minutes ago I went to my account on the dish network web site and removed the platinum pack from my account. I am not one of those to drop programming on a whim, but since losing (programming that shouldn't be mentioned lest a small war ensue) and then Smithsonian I have not been happy with this package. The addition of CI as a "premium HD channel" which contains A&E Networks brand of stretch-o-vision, an unatractive Universal channel with poor programming and commercial cuts at seemingly random points in the programs made me take a critical look at what programming I really watch on that package. It came down to HDNet Movies and MGM movies. Looking back for a few months and ahead for a week, I saw NOTHING I cared to watch or, if I did, there was an alternative somewhere else.

    I see no advantage to these very weak 5 channels (Universal, MGM, HDNet Movies, CI and WFN) and at $10 it is ludicrously overpriced considering the content!

    The funny thing is that when I dropped the package, I was offered HBO and Starz for free for 3 months! Since I already have AEP, I will be seeing a $20 credit on my bill for the next three months minus the $10 monthly charge for the awful platinum HD will make my bill a lot easier to swallow for a little while anyway.

    See ya
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  8. Rangers484

    Rangers484 SatelliteGuys Pro Pub Member / Supporter

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    After reading about what is really left in platinum (how come I never checked for myself prior to this?) I too dropped platinum. Maybe if enough drop platinum it will be noticed and they will do something positive about it.

    I checked my offers this morning and they are making me an offer I may not be able to refuse, Platinum for 3 mo free. Yes I will cancel on June 9th again....
     
  9. MikeD-C05

    MikeD-C05 Pub Member / Supporter Pub Member / Supporter

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    Platinum should be reduced to $5.00 if they want to get any subs to keep it . Directv only charges $4.99 a month . The only reason why they ever charged $10.00 a month before was to pay for the VOOM channels that are long gone.
     
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    ryotgz SatelliteGuys Pro

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    I signed up for the 3 free months of Platinum. After a month I realized I would never use this so I went to online chat to cancel and was told she would make it automatically cancel after the free promo period. Well, I just got charged $10 for it since it was after the 3 month period. I went back to chat and they only wanted to give me partial refund. After repeating that I wanted a full refund about 10 times he finally said OK, I will give you the $10 and cancel Platinum.

    Here is it 5 days later. I see the $10 credit but see Platinum is still on my programming.... Ugh.. They must like keeping people on this useless plan.
     
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    ryotgz SatelliteGuys Pro

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    Just did another online chat and he said they "dropped the ball" and didn't remove the package. He promised I wouldn't be charged anymore and was apologetic.
     
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    PHXHoward SatelliteGuys Pro

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    Most packages have money sinks in them but platinum is the worst. Don't think there is anything in that package that I would consider paying extra for. Of course if it was rolled into a TurboHD Gold package, its combined value might be appealing as an upgrade.

    TurboHD seems like the way to go but is not an option for me until MSNBC and Speed are included as HD channels.

    Wish we could do a la carte programming but that would never fly as some channels would go out of business.
     
  13. cparker

    cparker SatelliteGuys Pro Pub Member / Supporter

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    Ok just got my first "normal" bill since getting rid of Platinum. I also chopped HBO and Starz

    I have a VIP622 in the living room and a 508PVR in the bedroom.

    Description
    DISHDVR ADVANTAGE CREDIT

    FROM 03/11/2009 3.00CR
    BUNDLE DISCOUNT (budled through phone company)
    FROM 03/18/2009 5.00CR
    SOLO DVR RECEIVER
    FROM 03/25/2009 TO 04/24/2009 5.00
    CLASSIC GOLD 250
    FROM 03/25/2009 TO 04/24/2009 10.00
    GOLDHD
    FROM 03/25/2009 TO 04/24/2009 10.00
    DISHDVR ADVANTAGE CLASSIC SILVER 200 - YOU SAVED $0.98!
    FROM 03/25/2009 TO 04/24/2009 57.99

    Subtotal DISH Network Service 74.99


    So.... I think this looks like what I expected. My bill had gotten over $100 before I did this. Not even sure if Turbo would save me much considering I'd have to give up some channels I really watch. And if I spent $75 at the local cable company I'd get less. I think I'll sit tight for a while.
     
  14. M Sparks

    M Sparks SatelliteGuys Pro

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    To be fair, DISH doesn't carry NHL-SD. There is no "matching tier".
     
  15. tarheel

    tarheel Well-Known SatelliteGuys Member

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    I also dropped PlatinumHD last week. I finally noticed what a poor selection of channels it had for $10 more dollars.
     
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    I'm watching it right now on an SDTV. I was with Comcast when the channel was created but I vaguely remember hearing that Dish was only providing the HD feed at first, but it is definitely available in SD now unless my receiver is magically converting it :).
     
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    Yes, originally it was only available in HD but they added the SD version a ways back.
     
  18. Broken77

    Broken77 Well-Known SatelliteGuys Member

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    I just dropped Platinum..thanks for the reminder!!
     
  19. dream1958

    dream1958 Well-Known SatelliteGuys Member

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    Me Too!

    I just dumped Platinum HD, HBO, Cinemax, Multi-Sport, and Home Protection. I'll be saving a small fortune. HDNET Movies was OK and I get NBATV with League Pass. I just wasn't watching the other channels enough.
     
  20. M Sparks

    M Sparks SatelliteGuys Pro

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    Bizarre...looks like it's only included with the multisport package. I had no idea.

    EDIT- Which means some people are actually paying for it twice.
     

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