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post #31 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-01, 03:43 PM
 
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We have been a customer of Star choice/ Shaw Direct since 2009 through a sales rep we went with the Ontario Extra Value package at $38.98 in 2012 I added the single channel OASIS for $4.99

Last night July 31, 2014 having not watched OASIS since 2013 I called to cancel the channel and was told I was in fact subscribed to the HD Extra package at $6.99 and that I would lose all the included HD channels the package offered such as H&G, TLC A&E History, Food, & discovery.

I mentioned the all the stated HD channels were already included in the Ontario Extra Value package?
My actual channel loss would be AMC-HD & the OASIS channel, I didnít make any changes as I really enjoy the single AMC-HD Channel but the single channel is not worth almost $8 with Tax

I am certainly at a loss as what to do as my $38.98 Ontario Extra Value package now totals $70.00+ any ideas?

The Rep suggested switching to the Digital Advantage package as being grandfathered to the OEVP offers no advantage and appears to have no value at all, in fact the DV package was offered for less cost . . . Just not sure what I will do, may be its time for a change, all input would be very much welcomed, moe
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post #32 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-01, 05:47 PM
 
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We have been a customer of Star choice/ Shaw Direct since 2009 ...........I am certainly at a loss as what to do as my $38.98 Ontario Extra Value package now totals $70.00+ any ideas?
You might ask to speak to Loyalty Retentions and make it clear that you are in discussions with Telus Optik, Rogers, Bell etc.

Have some real world numbers from these other providers and then see if SD will offer something of value to keep you as a customer.
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post #33 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-03, 12:59 PM
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Just checked Channel 105 and it is still working on our 530.
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post #34 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-05, 03:50 PM
 
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We have been a customer of Star choice/ Shaw Direct since 2009 through a sales rep we went with the Ontario Extra Value package at $38.98 in 2012 I added the single channel OASIS for $4.99

Last night July 31, 2014 having not watched OASIS since 2013 I called to cancel the channel and was told I was in fact subscribed to the HD Extra package at $6.99 and that I would lose all the included HD channels the package offered such as H&G, TLC A&E History, Food, & discovery.

I mentioned the all the stated HD channels were already included in the Ontario Extra Value package?
My actual channel loss would be AMC-HD & the OASIS channel, I didnít make any changes as I really enjoy the single AMC-HD Channel but the single channel is not worth almost $8 with Tax

I am certainly at a loss as what to do as my $38.98 Ontario Extra Value package now totals $70.00+ any ideas?

The Rep suggested switching to the Digital Advantage package as being grandfathered to the OEVP offers no advantage and appears to have no value at all, in fact the DV package was offered for less cost . . . Just not sure what I will do, may be its time for a change, all input would be very much welcomed, moe
I've been on OVP since about the same time as well. The HD versions of H&G, TLC A&E History, Food, & discovery were never included in OVP. The standard def versions are. If you remove the HD extra package, you will in fact lose all those HD channels mentioned, but not the SD equivalent.

The only reason I switched to ShawD back then was b/c of the price tag. Under $40 and $50 with tax and multi receiver fee. Now it's $71.51 after tax with nothing good to show for the increase.

FYI. The digital advantage package I believe has less channels and may in fact cost more after tax. I would get all the details before making any kid of switch away from OVP as once it's gone, you can't get it back.
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post #35 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-05, 05:08 PM
 
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Hey D_source, I switched for the same reason, but we are still in the mid $60's and I want to be in the high $50's

We always had the HD versions of the channels right from our install date?

I was just under the impression if you subscribed to the equivalent standard definition channel the HD versions were included; in 2010 for some reason StarChoice/SD removed the HD GOLF channel from our package.

The CSRís suggestion of going with the Digital Advantage package at -$4.00 Less per month than my current cost stated we would only loose the OASIS CH. And retain all other HD Ch.ís including AMC-HD.

Its been 5 years and in that time providers & HD channels have exploded, so I have sent inquiries to all possible providers including contact with my SD salesperson.
Our habits have changed, kids are all now at U and we only watch HD channels and in checking other than the Networks we only watch (5) of the specialty Ch's
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post #36 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-06, 02:32 PM
 
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Thanks schmuly for confirming 105 is still working on the dsr530. A friend of mine who has a dsr600 but not on a XKU band mapping is also getting the interactive weather. They don't have the new guide, nor the new lnb.

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post #37 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-07, 11:08 PM
 
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Checked a few things after I loaded the new software/HD guide, and I lost Interactive Weather right after I did it. Just getting a black/blank screen now until I switch up/down on channel.

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post #38 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-11, 11:57 AM
 
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Hi moehunter. You must have been one of the lucky ones b/c i've never had the HD channels (H&G, TLC A&E, Food) unless I added the HD extra subscription. I'm positive it's not included in OVP. If you had them for free, that's awesome for you.

The equivalent HD channels if you sub to the SD channels were not for all, just for some. The specialty and sports were always extra.

How are you in the $60s after taxes? Do you not pay the mutli receiver fee? All I have on my account is OVP + multi fee + tax and i'm over $70. I'd love to be high $50s at this point as well. Alas, i may just end up leaving Shaw soon anyways.

Before making that switch you shoul dget an up to date list of what the 2 subscriptions offer and make a direct comparison. You may lose more than what you think you will lose. If they are very close or identical, they would still just be offering OVP. There's a reason they grandfathered it and came out with a different package. I have found the CSRs at Shaw to be very rude and unwelcoming over the past while. Almost to the point to where it seems like they are trying to screw people over. I wouldn't trust them at all. Oasis is an extra on both BTW.
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post #39 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-13, 03:32 PM
 
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The others are correct that you lose the HD versions of those extra channels if you drop HD Extra. At one time I explored switching from the B.C. version of the grandfathered Value Package to the new Digital Advantage, only to realize that it also dropped all the time-shifting channels. That might not matter as much to you in Ontario though.

We called it quits several months ago when our package went over $70 even with all the cuts we could make. We found we were watching internet TV more than half the time anyway when we sat down to watch TV. In turn that made us notice more the endless repeats and excessive commercial time on the Shaw Direct channels. We ended up cutting back to just a basic TV package (major networks and local stations) with Shaw and then with Telus, which serves our needs just fine.
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post #40 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-25, 12:41 PM
 
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My bill went up $4.27 this month. Don't know why - didn't add anything - lol.
Was this a general cash-grab, or did a certain package go up?

PS - I can't find anything new other than the bogus, replicated TSN additions (weee - three more channels of the same thing)
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I assume you need the sports bundle to get all 5 TSN's, but which one do we get with Essentials?
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TVmaster... did you sign up for the HD locals for 99cents six months ago? That promo probably ended for you and went up to the regular price of $4.99.

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post #43 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-25, 02:19 PM
 
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thanks, I'll have to check - last I remember the only thing I did was discontinue some pick-and-pays I had. Otherwise, no changes. My account is old as well - 13 years with essentially no changes. I never added extra HD channels (Food, AE, AMC etc), just what's included with SD
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I assume you need the sports bundle to get all 5 TSN's, but which one do we get with Essentials?
  • All English or Bilingual programming packages that previously contained TSN will now include TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, so no changes are required to receive the new channels in SD.
  • HD versions of the above channels are included in HD Sports and HD Combo.
  • Packaging for TSN2 has not changed. If you don't currently receive this channel, subscribe to the Sports bundle. If you get TSN2 in SD and subscribe to HD Sports or HD Combo, you'll also receive it in HD.
Source: http://www.shawdirect.ca/english/tsn/

Last edited by Dr.Dave; 2014-08-29 at 05:21 PM. Reason: updated info
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post #45 of 86 (permalink) Old 2014-08-29, 05:10 PM
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I have 2 questions

- Is there still a la carte menu, I remember some time ago SD had this menu and called a la carte and it was about only 5 channels for solo subscription not like the pick 2 or so. It included BBC World News, BET I think and a few others for $1 each.

- In order to get the WGN, WPIX, KTLA, and WSBK, only without a movie package is there that option ? I think there was but I never found it on the SD programming guide on pdf they have on their website.
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