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How long will Absolute HD remain available?

07-24-2009, 11:10 AM
I have had Absolute HD for over a year and I would like to keep it as my primary programming package. How long do you think Dish will allow me to keep this option? Will adding a premium HD movie package like Starz require that I switch to another programming package like Turbo HD, or can I just add it to Absolute HD?

07-24-2009, 10:06 PM
The last grandfathered HD programming package was the original $10 MPEG-2 and it was around until they converted all HD to MPEG-4.

I would expect (hope for) it to be with us undefinitely.

I'll change from HD Absolute when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

07-24-2009, 10:36 PM
I think they might leave us alone at least until our 2-yr contracts are up.

Since we had a set rate, not a discounted or promotional rate, maybe they'll just leave it alone. I'm curious if there are any regulations that an increase has to be tied to an across the board increase if it's not a scheduled increase when a promotion ends.

07-25-2009, 07:54 PM
It may be that since HD Absolute is no longer in the CSR's or anybody else's computers, it is more problem to program price increases to a package that is "turned off" than to packages that are "live".

I'm sure they'll figure a way to bump us up a dollar or two.

I don't think contract left has anything to do with it. If your two years ends, that ends your committment, and it has nothing to do with what Dish can do with your programming.

If they really wanted to, they could legally just terminate HD Absolute and move us all to some other package, but talk about kicking a skunk!

And remember, we are for the most part just paying for programming, not costing Dish that much, they probably still make money each month off HD Absolute, so why alienate people who have found a bird on the ground and take the risk of losing that little bit of profit altogether.

As long as I can get these channnels for this price, I'm not even looking at cable, fios or DirecTV.

The other side of it is, I do not see ANY channels they could add to either the maligned Turbo packages or the classic packages that would woo me off HD Absolute.