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jaycee
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Did you all know that you do not have to use MUTE button when you watch Channel 6 on Choice Cable because the audio has gone silent on Channel 6 for over a month now. Whenever you call Customer Service the standard response is we are looking into it. Over a month now. Man we have no choice but to grin and bear it. That's life on the island.

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2009 3:31 pm
LipstickChick
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Hi,

Are you sure you have Choice wireless TV? Just checked my TV and on channel 6 which is TBS...my sound is great. Perhaps it's your box. You may want to unplug the box and plug it back in. You may also need a master reset.

If none of the above works ask Choice to Ping/hit the box for you.

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Posted : February 17, 2009 7:52 pm
lc98
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As they say in the technology world... "It's not a bug, it's a feature!" :-X

Keep us posted, Jaycee....

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Posted : February 17, 2009 8:17 pm
pamela
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They have been telling me they are waiting for a "part" to get Showtime back up and running for about that long? Come on ... a part? I miss Dexter!

Agree, just bitch and bear it. Then go sailing!

Pamela

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Posted : February 18, 2009 3:37 am
jaycee
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Yes, I have Choice wireless cable. May be you are in STT. It appears this problem is in STX only. Last month I did not get Channels 6, 18 and 57. Choice worrrrrrrrkkkkkkkkeeeeeddddd on the problem for a month and restored the Channels. However, Ch 6 TBS is SILENT. Picture without audio. Their standard response is we are wwwwoooorrrrrkkkkiiiinnnnggggg on it. But they do not forget to bill the full amount even though their service is deficient. As there is no choice I have to stick with Choice!

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Topic starter Posted : February 18, 2009 3:16 pm
jaycee
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They have been telling me they are waiting for a "part" to get Showtime back up and running for about that long? Come on ... a part? I miss Dexter!

Agree, just bitch and bear it. Then go sailing!

Pamela

They keep charging the full amount even though their service is deficient. Do we have a choice?

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Topic starter Posted : February 18, 2009 3:19 pm
Betty
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You can always switch to something else. Go there in person and talk to someone. You rarely get anything done over the phone here or email for that matter.

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Posted : February 18, 2009 3:23 pm
East Ender
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Hey, jaycee! Have you tried the closed captioning function? At least you'll be able to read what's going on.8-)

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Posted : February 18, 2009 6:46 pm
LipstickChick
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Jaycee....Did you check your channel 6? I believe you should have great sound!

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Posted : February 27, 2009 6:49 pm
danieljude
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Curious......does anyone know the costs of choice TV, or other alteratives? I use Innovative for everything, and the WiFi keeps going down, the TV loses channels left and right, but I am on a limmited budget. Any information on Broadband VI and TV alternatives will be most helpful.

thank you once more,

dan

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Posted : March 8, 2009 1:37 pm
meowruff
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Television - We have DISH network - and love it. We pay $55.97 monthly. This includes Cinemax (which was a promotional thing) and DDR (so we can record shows and watch them back later).
Internet - We have Broadband VI and pay $49.95 a month and have a router for Wi-Fi. We haven't had any problems and love it.
I hope this helps.

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Posted : March 8, 2009 2:17 pm
Betty
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Remember Dish has some very high set up fees here. You need at least a four foot dish, sometimes depending on location you need two dishes. Last time I looked (at least 3 or 4 years ago) a four foot dish was $600 or $800.

Broadband VI charges $200 for set up.

If you use Innovative for cable, phone and internet you can get at least a $20 to $30 discount on your bill every month. You just need to go down there and talk to them. I used my monthly discount with them to upgrade my internet speed.

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Posted : March 8, 2009 3:12 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Getting set up with a Dishnetwork system starts at about $700. You now only require one dish to get satellite 110 and 119 for what they call "Dish500". They are currently taking $25 off the bill for the first 6 months which makes the Top 100 pac $9.99 mo.. Cinemax is a penny for the first year with CC autopay. HBO and Stars free for 3 months. The $700 includes many receiver choices including a DVR or HD receiver.
When people are on the fence about going with Dish I ask them how much the last TV they purchased cost or how much they will spend on the next one. For a one time cost of about $700 we can make it work like a charm and you'll have stateside packages available.
Networks feed from NY and San Fran.
PM or email me and we can set up a free site survey.
Alan
paradisesatellite@yahoo.com

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Posted : March 10, 2009 11:06 am
DUN
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What`s included in the "top 100 pac"?

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Posted : March 11, 2009 11:43 pm
SkysTheLimit
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See this link for programming packages.
http://www.dishnetwork.com/packages/programming/default.aspx

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Posted : March 12, 2009 12:29 pm
billd
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as usual people continue to soak us islanders. In the main land the dish is free with a new service. You need a little bigger dish here but not 700 worth. By the way nothing is done down here except install the service.

Choice required a box for every TV set. At least with inovative you only need one box and the other stations get basic coverage.

So bend over here it just keeps coming!!

Billd

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Posted : March 12, 2009 2:21 pm
Tippi
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Bill,

We' ve been corresponding with the guy about the Dish service. In an email to us he states the dish he's selling is at cost, plus shipping, & stocking fees, plus a charge to get it to inner island ferry, and setting up the account.

Didn't realize in the states the dish is free. Maybe he will come on clarify for everyone. We didn't get the feeling he is trying to soak people for the equipment.

Tippi

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Posted : March 12, 2009 6:08 pm
SkysTheLimit
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One difference between the mainland and the islands are the dish size. I recommend a 1.2 meter minimum or 1.8 for better signal.
I only install the high quality fibre glass dish. None of my installations even budged from Omar but I did repoint and repair several that someone else installed. I also only use Dish Pro LNBs and switches, solid copper RG6, compression fittings with waterproofing filler................When I purchased a dish on island 10 years ago I paid $1300 and they didn't even activate the account or offer a promo. It took them over a month to install. That dish still serves me even though I paid too much. So far that dish has cost me $130 a year and it's been well worth it. The dish lasts for years and when you move you can take it with you or sell it.
On the mainland there are contract installers waiting for work orders to install Dishes for a flat fee. They can do several installs a day and make a living. The FREE word gets thrown around but I assure you that not many of these installs end up being free. They charge extra for attic work, wall drops, etc........ They get those 18 inch dishes subsidized in bulk for about $20 each with a quad LNB. I have to pay for each component and have them shipped. I pay gross receipts, customs..............
For those that want to save money, buy a used dish or shop online. Have it shipped, pick it up, install and point, run proper cables with proper terminations then call me for FREE receivers. Plus shipping and activation.
With approved credit for a new Dishnetwork customer with a 12 month committment you get 2 tuners free. 24 months get 3 tuners free.
Both qualify for DVRs as well.

Choice and Innovative can't come close to the quality and reliabilty of Dishnetwork. Dish is currently giving $25 off the first 6 months of programming. Take that off the $700 and you end up paying $550. If I did these for less I would have to close the doors. Only Dish can offer HD programming, Pay per view, Video on demand, NBA league pass, NHL center ice..............................

In closing I'll tell you that I understand that people's TV needs vary greatly. Some are happy with rabbit ears and 2 or 3 channels. Others like the basic pac from innovative with no boxes. Others want the best they can get! I personally don't watch much TV but I like that it works when I do. I feel that with Choice and Innovative's poor service too many people have been bending over and getting soaked monthly!!

Bill, Why would you want to pay for a certain package and not get it on all TVs? With a dual DVR the second feed can be run to other TV locations enabling access to the recorded shows and all the channels you pay for. After Omar, on STX, some people with Innovative were without tv for months. With Dish you just start the generator and it works!! It also costs money to warrant installations when a component fails. I have to go to the site and determine what's wrong, replace the part, do an online RA, and pay for shipping back.
Usually when I get called for service I am there the next day. Innovative schedules you weeks or months out. Then they leave telling you that it's the line crew's problem and they'll be back soon. LOL Keep bending!!!!!

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Posted : March 12, 2009 7:20 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Remember Dish has some very high set up fees here. You need at least a four foot dish, sometimes depending on location you need two dishes. Last time I looked (at least 3 or 4 years ago) a four foot dish was $600 or $800.

FYI
The 2 dishes were for satellite 110 and 119. Nothing to do with location. Just that some people want more or specific channels. That can now be done with one dish reliably due to the launch of Echostar 11.

Dish can also offer international programming of all kinds on satellite 118.

Seems that the price has been holding for at least 3 or 4 years.

Prices for new LCD TVs continue to come down but the larger ones still cost much more than a Dish system!

In a condo? Share the Dish with the neighbors, buy the programming in bulk, and save big!

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Posted : March 12, 2009 8:03 pm
sloop jones
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re. Bill D.'s comment I wonder how he can determine the value of the bigger dish? Not $700 worth.? I can tell you it is a minimum of $150 just to ship the dish here!

And as far as free is concerned, check out a Dish contract. the freebies come from signing a contract for a certain amt. of programming for a specific time period. if you don't fulfill the contract, dish charges your credit card for the equipment.

All of we Satellite installers are here to make a living providing a necessary service. No one is soaking anyone!

Sloop Jones

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Posted : March 12, 2009 8:32 pm
Betty
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Having a contract is absolutely no hardship stateside and really isn't here either. But $700 is. I've never been able to tell the difference between HD and regular. I CAN tell the difference between a good tv and a a bad tv. I'd rather invest in the tv. With innovative its only another $6 to get another box a month. To me its worth it to bild's it not. I can easily use my computer as my dvr.

There's a reason why satellite's not big here. $700 is a big set up fee, I don't blame a business for trying to sell them but I would never recommend them to a new transplant. Especially when so many of them turn around and leave. And I just don't want them taking up space in my yard (hate how they look) and I definitely don't want them on my roof and add another thing to have to take down every hurricane.

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Posted : March 12, 2009 9:17 pm
SkysTheLimit
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HD is 8 times the clarity of SD!
Hard not to see the difference.
And.......satellite is huge here!!!!!! Just look around and you'll see about one tenth of the dishes. The rest are hidden from view. Many people share them with the neighbor and cut the cost. The ugly grey thing (dish) starts to make sense once you see the benefits.

In Betty's defense tho. I will say it's not always the best choice for new comers. Comes with an upfront cost and you may not stay long enough to see the benefit. Not to mention the chargeback to the retailer if you don't honor the contract. On the other hand.....If you like TV, Dish is the best offering here.
Hands Down!!

Betty, Have you seen true HD on a large LCD screen? HUGE difference!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted : March 13, 2009 3:28 am
Betty
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Sorry seen it, maybe my eyes are old 🙂 didn't make much difference to me. Husband would probably say the opposite though. 😉

What I really miss from stateside digital is stuff like HBO on demand or showtime on demand, so I dont have to stay up so late to see shows like Big Love.

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Posted : March 13, 2009 12:20 pm
Sauceress
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I love big Love and True blood too . Can you tape them?????

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Posted : March 15, 2009 4:24 pm
Betty
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I just download them from itunes and then play them on my tv, when I miss anything.

hulu.com is a great site if you miss any nbc shows or their affiliates. Its free and actually works in the usvi, unlike so many other tv and movie sites.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 7:07 pm
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