Dish Subscribers: How To Get Cinemax For 1 Cent For 1 Year

Dish Network customers can get the Cinemax movie channel for one cent for year if they switch to paperless billing. Here’s how:

1. Call 1-800-333-DISH
2. Go to Billing
3. Ask rep about a promotional Cinemax deal for 1 Cent for signing up for autopay and paperless billing.

People posting in various forums caution that this won’t work if you’ve had Cinemax in the past 6 months. Also, the Cinemax will be canceled if you cancel the autopay and paperless billing. Deal ends 1/31/08.

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  1. IphtashuFitz says:

    I’m not a Dish customer, but given all the horror stories I hear over autopay I seriously doubt I’d ever take up an offer like this. Is it really worth the risk of having Dish inexplicably overcharge you and then you spending months trying to fix it? I much prefer paying my bills manually (and by credit card when I can) so that I have full control over who gets my money. I don’t trust giving third parties direct access to my checking account.

  2. skinny2 says:

    I’ve not had any trouble with dishnetwork, in fact it’s far better than the cable options or directv in my experience. But I refuse autopay on anything these days. And a crappy movie channel that’s not worth $.01 certainly won’t change my mind.

  3. Murph1908 says:

    @skinny2:
    I agree with Skinny. I avoid autopay. As another poster said, it’s easier to avoid giving companies undeserved money than it is to get it back.

  4. SkyeBlue says:

    I’ve had a problem for many months with Dish trying to bill me $5.00 extra every month for me not having my receiver connected to my phoneline (it IS). I finally got to the point of cancelling my service before they would fix this issue. No way am I going to give them access to my credit card so they can bill me at will for whatever amount they choose to!

    I’ve had enough trouble with them over this issue, imagine trying to get refunds from them! No way!

  5. DallasDMD says:

    If they have automatic billing to a credit card, that is a good option because you generally have pretty good chargeback rights. I do this for electric utilities, internet service, and my toll pass.

    I definitely wouldn’t autopay anything out of a bank account.

  6. AstroPig7 says:

    $0.01 for a channel that’s mostly softcore porn? Hot dog!

  7. DwightIsMyCopilot says:

    I have Dish Network, but I still think I’d be getting the short end of the stick by getting autopay. There’s no way in hell I’m letting them take whatever amount they want to out of my bank account or credit card monthly.

  8. Landru says:

    I just turned off autopay on Dish.

  9. beantown77 says:

    I am with Skinny. Autopay is out for me. Too many customer service headache’s, especially when you REALLY deserve to get your money back.

  10. cmdr.sass says:

    At $0.01, Cinemax is still overpriced.

  11. artki says:

    I’ve been a Dish customer since 1997 and there’s not a chance in hell I’d use Autopay.

  12. thunderstruck says:

    We’ve had Dish long enough to be out of contract. Aside from their inability to figure out why one of their remotes operates two set boxes at once, they’ve been OK–until this morning, when the HD upgrade and “better-than-TIVO” box were supposed to arrive. They called at 6am to let us know they were coming. They brought the same stuff we already have. The tech called DISH to straighten things out, and said he’d be back a few days from now with the correct equipment, but that we’d best check with DISH to make sure all was OK. We did. The order was still wrong. They tried to upsell us to a new contract while removing our 6 month free HD offer. We told them to cancel the upgrade we wanted and to return our money. Of course, they credited our DISH account instead of our card. As a former DIRECT TV customer, they’re just as bad. Give any of them access to my bank account? ABSOLUTELY no way.

  13. MightyHorse says:

    anyone know if this will work w/ bundled accounts? i have my tv, phone and internet bundled through embarq.

  14. sven.kirk says:

    @DallasDMD: Have fun fighting them when they bill you an incorrect amount. It will be hard to fight. You basically have given them free reign with your card. You are authorizing them to pay what ever amount they come up with.

  15. gingerCE says:

    @DwightIsMyCopilot: I agree with Sven Kirk. I have filed a dispute over a charge with my credit card company before–and lost. It was actually quite a bit of paperwork. The charge I was disputing was over services rendered–not on a specific item.

    Also I recently called them to dispute a medical charge and Citi cards told me they will not get involved with medical/health disputes. I was told to dispute the bill with my insurance company, not the credit card it was charged on.

    I don’t know why people think the credit card company will automatically let the customer win. What they will do generally is take the charge away TEMPORARILY, and then upon outcome of the paperwork and dispute, either keep the charge off or put it back on. It just buys you time vs. a bank account withdrawal.

    I actually had a dispute over a charge on my debit card. Within a week the bank refunded the money (after they investigated) whereas it took about 3 months to dispute a credit card charge.

  16. Notsewfast says:

    This is actually pretty funny…

    My initial impulse was to call Dish, but I remembered how, just last night, I spoke with them for charging my install fees and for 4 months (I have had service for little over 1 month). It amounted to them billing me almost 3x what we had agreed to and confirmed.

    I was happy at that moment for not signing up for auto-pay

  17. quagmire0 says:

    What makes the situation worse is that all of the customer service reps seem to be from India. So not only are you trying to get your billing figured out and get something taken off, you’re also trying to get them to understand you! And I’m not trying to stereotype – it’s a legitimate problem.

  18. rikkus256 says:

    From my 3 years experiences dealing with Dish. When you called CSR make sure you write down every piece of information like CSR ID, time of calling, etc. I have had at least 3 times when CSR promised a refund on the incorrect bill, then never show up on my next month statement. And when I called back they always gave me this “oh I don’t see any record of your prior phone calls in our system” bullshit. So make sure you write down everything and tell them that you will report to FTC if they don’t fix the problem.

  19. rikkus256 says:

    @quagmire0: The biggest problem is trying to understand the India reps’ heavy-accent English.

  20. chrisbacke says:

    Regarding the autopay issue…

    I wonder if you could put money on those pre-paid credit cards, then give them that number. That way they could only take out as much money as was on the card (e.g. the money you put there). I know the card usually costs, but compare that fee to the time and expense of getting a bad bill figured out….