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SkysTheLimit
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"Dish national" does offer promos on receivers. The cost is the dish, shipping, stocking, delivery, installation, cabling, building the account, and activation.

If you want Dish in your gym have the manager call me. We can build what's called a public location account. 1.2 meter, sat 119 and 110. Couple HD receivers and done. After the upfront cost is absorbed they will wonder why they didn't switch sooner!

How many TVs in Beaston hill gym?? What channels are they normally tuned too??

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Posted : March 29, 2009 4:13 pm
stiphy
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I'll pass along your info to the manager and PM you the layout of the gym.

Sean

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Posted : March 30, 2009 3:34 am
SkysTheLimit
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FYI
I'm being asked about internet service from people thinking Choice is going out of business. They are continuing internet service and only dropping the TV end of the Biz due to losing money. Hard to compete with only 5000 customers.

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Posted : April 20, 2009 11:28 am
rotorhead
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I noticed something funny today in the Avis on page 11. Innovative ran an ad which is obviously is targeted at the Choice customers. In this ad they compare their TV offering to DirecTV, no mention of Dish network. I wonder why they chose DirecTV? Almost no one has DirecTV. Their biggest competitor is Dish but I guess they know how they would do in that comparison. How disingenuous can you get?

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Posted : April 28, 2009 6:04 pm
Tippi
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If you look at Choice's new ads they are referring customer's to Direct TV. Direct TV has moved into the VI market! If you want to see a Choice ad with this announcement I'll be happy to put one up here.

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Posted : April 28, 2009 7:16 pm
rotorhead
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DirecTV used to be in the VI market. They left. As far as I know there are no dealers for DirecTV in the VI. You have to go to Puerto Rico or Trinidad for DirecTV. Why would Choice refer customers to them?

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Posted : April 28, 2009 7:25 pm
Tippi
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Rotor that would be a question you would have to ask CHOICE. Look at a CHOICE ad, you will see Direct TV advertisements.

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Posted : April 28, 2009 7:34 pm
Tippi
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Ok, I saved you the trouble of looking at your Avis.....

Call the number in this ad....you will See CHOICE answers!!

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Posted : April 28, 2009 7:41 pm
speee1dy
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in the ad it says directvpr, does this mean most of the stations are in spanish?? does this mean regular size dishes and not the 4-6 ft dishes.

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Posted : April 28, 2009 11:58 pm
stxem
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I am looking into getting cable/satellite so I called the toll free number on that ad and talked to the Directtv person about what the service is. The dish would be about 18-24 inches as long as it has a clear view of the southern sky. Installation is complimentary if you pass their credit check process. You get about 150 channels including the major networks. The don't have certain channels like Bravo, Lifetime and BBC America among others. You have to look at their lineup on the website (directtvpr.com). Some channels may be in Spanish but the guy said that you can switch it to English (so some channels are over-dubbed in Spanish but you can remove the dubbing and put them back to English). The guy I talked to was really nice, knowledgeable and helpful. However, I don't think I am going to sign up for it because when I do watch tv, Bravo is the channel I watch the most.
So I'm going to go with Innovative which I've had in the past and never had problems with.

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Posted : April 29, 2009 12:36 am
SkysTheLimit
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I've had several calls from past DirecTV subscribers that were waiting for there DirecTV contract to expire so they could switch to dishnetwork. I also have customers that actually have both so they can get the NFL ticket.

Most agree that DirecTv is cheaper to get started but it fails to deliver the full package and the convienience of the dish DVR and HD capability.

The last guy selling DirecTV Latin America on St. Croix disappeared. Closed his doors and turned off his phone..

Be very careful when someone offers you something FREE!

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Posted : April 29, 2009 3:48 am
sloop jones
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This is good news for some people. It is a great price. Here on St. John, there are many homes that can't get Dish or Innovative.

i have an active account thru DirecTTVCaribbean via Trinidad.

Tippi have you bot the service? what is your experience with it? what is the dish size.

Here are some things I know about DirectTVLA, which is the parent company of DirecTTVPR.

Their signal requires a minimum .9 meter dish (almost 3'). An 18" to 24" dish will have considerable rainfade.

Much of their programming is in Spanish either or dubbed or subtitled. It is a great way to learn Spanish. I have several customers who picked it over Dish to help their kids learn Spanish.

I have never been able to convert a dubbed Spanish program into English.

Their ESPN feeds are directed at South America. ESPN sends out Futbol not Football. Futbol is soccer.

The part of their programming most of my clients want is NFL tickets and/or MLB Extra Innings.

They don't seem to have any DVR receivers.

Sloop Jones

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Posted : April 29, 2009 10:48 am
Tippi
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Sloop...I'm still in the decision making process.

I was all ready to make the switch to Dish and then I was told no ABC...I watch a lot of ABC particularly Grey's Anatomy (watching it via sling box doesn't thrill me...I do it sometimes but something I don't want to do weekly) and $600 bucks plus a huge dish in my yard yikes!...then I said Ok let's go Innovative....but in case of a storm I don't want to be without TV for weeks on end...then Choice came along with Direct TV so I'm looking at it...although like the poster above I watch Bravo...so there you have it.

Just what am I willing to give up or do without? Don't know the answer Sloop! I'm still watching Choice as of this writing!

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Posted : April 29, 2009 11:56 am
stiphy
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Tippi,

You will get ABC with Dish...it just takes a few weeks. I got it no problem. A few years ago the ABC affiliate was being a PITA about granting waivers but it seems like they have backed off now. If they do give a problem there are ways around it but I wouldn't anticipate having any issues.

Sean

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Posted : April 29, 2009 5:53 pm
divinggirl
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We got ABC with Dish Network. You just have to request the waiver. It only took us one request and two weeks time (we had been told to expect to submit multiple requests and it would take longer) so it seems they are getting better about it.

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Posted : April 29, 2009 9:21 pm
stiphy
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Divinggirl,

Maybe they are getting "worse" about it actually (better for us though :)) I think that they have to respond negatively to your waiver request and it seems like whomever was in charge of that at the ABC station here may no longer be there or isn't paying attention. They have like 2 weeks to respond to your waiver request and if they don't respond then your waiver is granted.

Sean

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Posted : April 29, 2009 9:47 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Be aware that DirecTV La is requiring a 2 year contract and you do not get DirecTV mainland packages.
You also are required to purchase the second and/or 3rd receiver. I think they'll swoop in and try to sign all the Choice customers up.
Then if you require service they'll give you an 800 number or you'll be calling PR.

There was a man selling this with the same promo a few years back in United Shopping center. Closed his doors and cancelled his phone when the calls came in complaining about the stuff being in spanish and infomercials in place of regular shows. Before he closed his response was "call Puerto Rico".

The "free" turned into a $250 cancellation fee for many that were misled or didn't read the fine print.

Hmmmmm!

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Posted : May 5, 2009 11:21 pm
QueenofdeRock
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SkysTheLimit, I'd say you are trying to sell your business of Dish Network and bad mouth the competition with hear say information. Dish Network is expensive to set up in the beginning you fail to mention this to your potential customers.

Choice has been on island for a long time and will continue on with Internet and Direct TV. It hardly seems like they will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Hmmmmm!

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Posted : May 6, 2009 7:00 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Good luck

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Posted : May 6, 2009 9:14 pm
sloop jones
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Choice is not DirecTVPR. DirecTVPR is using the Choice # to funnel calls the DirecTVPR telemarketing department.

I called for info. I was run thru a scripted qualification process. Each time I said I wanted more info, the telemarketer brushed my question aside and kept moving for the close. When I said i wanted to talk it over wi. my wife who was not home, the telemarketer asked me if i had a second phone line, and suggested i call my wife at her office so we could discuss it and create an install date.

I was given some misinformation about programming and signal origination. And some promises about more English programming in the future.

The dish size is questionable. She told me it would be an 18 t0 24 inch dish. If they are using the same satellite as the other DirectTVLA
franchise (. DirecTVLA, Trinidad), then this dish size will pickup a signal , but will have significant rainfade issues.
A .9 meter dish is required for good performance on that satellite. That is almost a 36" dish.

I would proceed wi. caution, It all seems a bit sketchy to me. But I also would not rule them out as an option if i was looking for an alternative to Innovative. They appear to be the low cost no frills option.

Sloop Jones

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Posted : May 7, 2009 11:35 am
SkysTheLimit
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Like I said.

Swoop in and pick up the customers........then you'll need to call PR for service in the future.

Low cost, no frills indeed!!

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Posted : May 7, 2009 12:41 pm
jaycee
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I subscribed to Dish Network very recently. Even though the receiver and smart card are new I started receiving messages on screen that I need to replace my smart card within a week. Called the toll free number and the agent promised to ship the new smart card ASAP. It is more than 2 weeks now, still no smart card. Most of the channels have gone blank because of the smart card issue. Called them again and the agent promised to send me another card again ASAP. Why can't they send the correct card with the equipment or let the customer view the channels till the new card arrives. Those of you thinking of subscribing to Dish network think again. It is wise to subscribe to a network who has a local presence.

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Posted : May 28, 2009 2:39 pm
sloop jones
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Who was your installing dealer? You should be working thru that channel as well as direct to dish.

I suggest you call dish again and ask them to reinstate the current card with all channels you are paying for. If that does not work, call tech support at Dish (select it in the menu when you call) and request a new receiver that works.

And be sure they have a mailing address where you physically receive mail.

I respond to my customers for the 1st 3 months. After 90 days any problems are generally worked out, then I tell them to contact Dish Customer service.

Sloop Jones

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Posted : May 28, 2009 3:19 pm
jaycee
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The installation is in STX . I was told when the account was set up that there is a promotion running and I could get the packages at a 50% discount for initial 6 months. However, my first bill is for the full amount. Dish network Customer service tells me that the promotion applies to Continental USA only.

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Posted : May 28, 2009 4:27 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Jay
I will call you shortly. The card should not be a problem to resolve and the promo should apply. Even though you have an MDU commercial account. I'm on the phone with Dish now. You do have local support but you haven't contacted me about these issues.
Alan

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Posted : May 28, 2009 4:45 pm
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