Get DISH Platinum HD Programming
** Please note. This article is about a promotion that ended 10/01/11. Now, instead of receiving DISH Platinum free for 3 months, new qualifying subscribers Can receive BLOCKBUSTER @Home Free for 3 months.
The TV industry’s HD revolution is in full swing and the push toward HD television is also taking hold in the realm of paid TV service, with HD lineups from every service provider increasing exponentially. And with this, of course, have come a flurry of claims from every provider about offering the cheapest HD programming and the most HD programming.
Likely, however, having little time to test all these claims out for yourself, you just want to settle on a service provider and be done with the whole question. And this is why we here at InternetLion.com have put together the following article detailing what these satellite and cable TV providers actually offer by way of HD programming. Plus, we’ve even gone so far as to explain how you can get three months of free DISH Platinum HD service from DISH Network® that features top channels like Universal HD and HDNet Movies.
It’s no mystery, then, what you ought to do now that you’ve landed on this page. Why not let the InternetLion.com crew take the burden of researching HDTV providers off your shoulders and teach you how you too can enjoy both the most HD channels available at the lowest prices in the industry?
DISH Network: Free HD For Life And DISH Platinum HD*
First off, we here at InternetLion.com want to clear up what three months of “free DISH Platinum HD programming” actually means. You see, for about a year now DISH Network has been offering its new customers Free HD for Life when they sign a 24-month subscription Agreement and sign up for AutoPay with Paperless Billing. The channels included as part of these free-for-life HD lineups are standard fare, like MTV HD™, ESPN HD™, SyFy HD™ and A&E HD™—channels also offered in SD as part of these DISH Network packages.
What a DISH Platinum HD package is, in contrast, is a grouping of premium HD channels, such as the Sony Movie Channel™, Universal HD and the HDNet Movies™ channel. These channels offer programming not found on any of the SD or HD channels included in the lineups of DISH Network’s standard channel packages.
With this DISH Platinum offer, you’ll get unlimited access to over 2,500 movies free for 3 months. Free DISH Platinum for 3 months is the ultimate Hollywood on demand!
So, basically, when a new subscriber signs a 24-month Agreement for one of DISH Network’s qualifying packages—including DISH Network’s America’s Top 120™ package and up—and signs up for AutPay with Paperless Billing he’ll get all his HD channels free-for-life, plus three free months of ‘Hollywood on demand’ with all the premium HD programming offered with a DISH Platinum HD package like HDNet Movies and Universal HD.
All told, doing this will save said subscriber $150 on his HD programming from DISH Network in his first year of service over standard DISH Network HD costs. But the real question is whether the same customer will save on his HD programming with these offers over DISH Network competitors like DIRECTV®. After all, we can’t possibly show the value of a DISH Network subscription without weighing the competition’s costs and services fairly.
The DIRECTV HD Extra Pak vs. The DISH Platinum HD Package
Now, as far as DIRECTV goes, they are offering a total of over 160 HD channels, as compared to the over 200 HD channels that DISH Network offers. And yes, you can get premium HD channels like HDNet Movies and Universal HD from DIRECTV, but the real question is if you’re going to end up paying more for them. And as far as a true DIRECTV vs. DISH Network comparison goes the answer to that question is an unqualified yes.
For example, with a DIRECTV Choice™ package, HD service costs an extra $10 per month. You can only get Free HD For Life with a DIRECTV Choice Xtra™ package and up, with pricing starting at $34.99. Compare this to the DISH America HD only channel priced at $24.99 and DISH Network’s America’s Top 120 package priced at only $29.99 per month, with 24-Mo. Agreement.
And, when it comes to premium Hollywood HD only channels, the only way to get HDNet Movies and Universal HD from DIRECTV is to order their HD Extra Pak™, which costs an additional $4.99 per month for only 8 HD channels. (HDNet Movies and Universal HD from DIRECTV are two of the eight channels included in the HD Extra Pak.) Now, compare this to the DISH Platinum HD package that is priced at only $10 per month for 22 channels, after the first 3 months of free service (with 24-Mo. Agreement). In addition to HDNet Movies and Universal HD, the DISH Platinum package includes 20 other all HD channels like the Sundance Channel in HD, IndiePlex HD, MoviePlex HD, the Sony Movie Channel in HD, MGM HD and many more.
DISH Platinum simply delivers more premium HD channels at a lower cost per channel. The comparison breaks down to 63 cents per channel for the DIRECTV HD Extra Pak and only 45 cents per channel for the DISH Platinum HD package, based upon full price numbers. Of course, when you include the savings of $30 for the three months of Free DISH Platinum service in your first year of service, with 24-Mo. Agreement, the per channel price for DISH Network drops even lower.
With DISH Network you get the most HD channels available – more than DIRECTV or any cable company in America. And now, thanks to DISH Network’s current promotions, every night is movie night with DISH Platinum. Sign up now and get free DISH Platinum for 3 months. Click here to learn more about switching to DISH Network or call the number on your screen to talk to a live agent.
*DISH Platinum offer requires qualifying HD programming, AutoPay with Paperless Billing; after 3 months you must choose to continue subscription.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 03/09/2011.