reply to post by 1loserel2
I got satellite when I moved into my home in 1996. At the time, I bought every pay channel they had, which was like 7 HBO's, 4 or 5 Cinemax, Starz,
TheMovieChannel, etc., so I have *all* of the pay channels. Got a great deal, along with all the other music and entertainment channels, and had to
pay for "local" access, 7 bucks a month. Our total bill with the rental for the sat box was 99 dollars a month. They have now made local access
free, but I can't have the charge removed from my bill, as it would "change my package".
Had that same contract, same bill since 1996. Well, they have begged, pleaded, cajoled and eventually boxed us into a corner on this contract. At
first, they tried to offer us all sorts of different packages to change, which we politely refused. Why? Because this package is no longer offered,
and to re-purchase it, would cost nearly double what we are paying. For whatever reason, seems this contract is not cancellable, and the original
company they bought out had made it thus. The contract changed hands to this new company, and here we sit.
Now, when I say they have boxed us into a corner, if we wish to add or remove, or to make any changes to our package, we will have to forfiet the
entire package and start over. So, we cannot add HD or anything else. I cannot add a new box to another room (which we did 3 years ago for free with
an offer they made to existing customers), I cannot do anything. If I do, I lose the package.
My point in telling you this? Well, to point out that there is more than one pay channel, and if you want better service and more choices, you are
going to have to pay for it. It is and was worth it to me to pay the 99 dollars a month, and I will keep the package for the foreseeable future
because I really don't care about HDTV. I bought a BluRay player and I can see all the HD DVDs I want without having to choose from their picks, or
pay extra for their HD decoder box or buy my own.
BTW, my favorite BluRay HD is a set we got on Planet Earth of 4 disks. Many hours of absolutely wonderful footage from Discovery Channel.
We buy BluRay movies when we can, which is fairly often, so no shortage of excellent movies in HD to see, so I don't feel cheated. And with the
BluRay player, I can access youtube vids on my television, along with literally dozens of other free movie sites as well as Netflix and other pay
sites I don't and won't patronize. It utilizes our internet account via Sony.
Simply put, you aren't locked in to the service unless you just cannot afford anything else.
and a P.S. Avoid TheDish like the plague, just IMHO.