Im ripping dish off (1 Viewer)

trackside13

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Not literally but after the additional hd channels today (and more cinemax hd for a penny) you cannot possibly get more for the money with the hd only package.
 

Dishlover

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I don't think so. All channels with commercials should cost Dish nothing. Dish doesn't pay for OTA channels, why should they pay for "cable" channels. If a channel wants to continue to be watched, it has to go HD. If they want to charge, then they should be ala carte. We'd see how long they'd last. Most of them not long I'm sure.
 

goaliebob99

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I don't think so. All channels with commercials should cost Dish nothing. Dish doesn't pay for OTA channels, why should they pay for "cable" channels. If a channel wants to continue to be watched, it has to go HD. If they want to charge, then they should be ala carte. We'd see how long they'd last. Most of them not long I'm sure.

Actually, they do pay for the OTA Channels. Its called a retransmission fee. :)
 

Dishlover

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You mean this-

Retransmission consent
If a broadcaster elects retransmission consent, there is no obligation for the cable system to carry the signal.[2] This option allows broadcasters who own popular stations, such as CBS, NBC and ABC or Fox to request cash or other compensation from cable or satellite providers for signals. These networks have usually attempted to gain further distribution of cable services in which they also hold an equity position rather than direct cash compensation, which cable systems have almost universally balked at paying. In some cases, these channels have been temporarily removed from distribution by systems who felt broadcasters were asking too steep a price for their signal. Examples include the removal of all CBS-owned local stations plus MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon from DISH Network for two days in 2004, and the removal of ABC-owned stations from Time Warner Cable for a little under a day in 2000.

In the U.S. retransmission consent has often been chosen over must-carry by the major commercial television networks and PBS. Under the present rules, a new agreement is negotiated every three years, and stations must choose must-carry or retransmission consent for each cable system they wish their signal to be carried on.
 

BaronVonHungster

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Not literally but after the additional hd channels today (and more cinemax hd for a penny) you cannot possibly get more for the money with the hd only package.

Enjoy it while it lasts... come next year the chances of the HD-Only Package staying at the current pricing level of $29.99 with the current HD channel offerings is pretty much slim to none.
 

Dishlover

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That's why competition is good. Eventually I won't need a TV provider, only a Data/Internet provider. Ball back in wired providers court. Price increases only hasten the demise. To stay competitive, Satelite has to keep prices down. If Dish didn't have to pay for channels, I wonder what the service would cost? $10 a month?
 
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8bitbytes

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Enjoy it while it lasts... come next year the chances of the HD-Only Package staying at the current pricing level of $29.99 with the current HD channel offerings is pretty much slim to none.

I disagree - the HD Only Package comes with a severe limitation - no sports packages or RSN channels. That alone should keep the price down.
I think Dish treats it like a loss leader to get others in the door who will want more than just HD Only. The number of people opting to go HD Only is probably too small to worry about. Dish let the original HD Pack run even after they built the "metal" packages for HD.
 

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