Dish Network ends ABSOLUTE HD plan, customers will move by month’s end to America’s Top 200 and throws Platinum HD free for 12 months
I was one of the earlier HD Dish Network subscribers and as a result I got a nice package – Dish HD Absolute for a very low price ($29.99 including locals and HD). As some point in the past Dish Network decided Dish HD Absolute includes too many HD channels at a too low price and decided to cancel it for the new subscribers. However, the existing customers were able to keep it.
No anymore! I just got a letter from Dish Network stating that beginning next month Dish HD Absolute will no longer be available even for existing customers and I should call customer service in order to discuss possible other plans.
If I do not call until end of the month, my plan will be converted automatically to America’s Top 200 with HD Platinum package thrown for free for the next 12 month.
I did call customer service and the closest I could come programming wise to my current lineup is with America’s Top 200 for $54.99 plus HD Platinum (free for 12 months, $10/mo after that) which is quite a big jump. Add to this the VIP 922 fee of $17 / month and it is more than I care to pay for the TV.
Too bad, I loved my Dish HD Absolute plan while it lasted and by the end of the month I’ll cancel my 10 years old Dish network subscription and I’ll switch to online streaming ( I looked for a reason to do that anyway, this change convinced me to do it). Not sure yet what venue I’ll choose but it will probably be a combination of Netflix / VUDU / Hulu Plus or something similar. I own a bunch of media streaming boxes including XBOX 360, Sony PS3, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Plus, Samsung connected Blu-ray player, LG connected TV, HTPC, etc. When I will start switching, I’ll create a blog entry describing my experiences, advantages and shortcomings.