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DISH Review

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This Review Was Updated: June 6th, 2012

Many people have found that satellite television is the right kind of service for their home needs. It’s not uncommon for bars and hotels to have satellite TV’s playing the days sports games, as satellite TV subscribers have access to some of the best sports programming available.

If you are looking at getting Satellite TV you’ve probably heard of DISH Network. If you are in the continental United States you have two options when it comes to Satellite TV providers – DISH Network and DirecTV. We decided to sign up for DISH Network and see if the service to lives up to what it promises. Below are the Pros and Cons of our DISH Network experience.

Pros

1. Affordable Pricing

With pricing starting at under $30, DISH Network is clearly one of the most affordable tv providers out there. Their typical program is $24.99 a month, and it includes 190 of America’s top channels as well as 100 HD channels. Basic cable (if you are even in cables access area) is $20 a month in itself, and that’s for fewer than 30 channels. Overall we were impressed by the programming package price points.

2. Great Hardware

We love the idea of being able to incorporate a DVR to our home theater setup. In fact, if you are with DISH Network, you can obtain a DVR for a surprisingly low cost ($200 by itself, or free on an 24-month contract). The DVR that comes with the contractual commitment is capable of storing over 100 hours of television programming, sending an audio/video signal to more than one television, and can actually act on two separate TV’s.

Upgraded DVR options allow for HD recording, HD playback, larger hard drives (for more television storage), and more overall functionality. We have yet to see another major competitor come along and match the effectiveness of DISH Network’s DVR solutions.

3. Solid Package Selection

I really liked the flexibility that DISH Network gave me when choosing a programming package. Although at first I thought they may have had a few too many packages to choose from, I realized that there really is a package for everyone.

  • Smart Pack: $19.99 a month for 12 months
    DISH Network provides 55+ channels, including popular sports, movie, and news channels, for $19.99 a month. Users can also opt to include specialized or local channels for a small monthly premium.

  • America’s Top 120™: $24.99 a month for 12 months
    Over 190 channels are included for $24.99 a month, including the Disney channel and the Discovery Channel. As well, America’s Top 120 offers 100 high definition channels for you to enjoy on your high definition television.

  • America’s Top 200™: $34.99 a month for 12 months
    Just as the name implies, America’s Top 200™ includes 235 of the top channels in America. You’ll find a huge selection of premium channels, movies, specialty channels, and commercial-free music channels. Pricing is $34.99 a month with local channels.

  • America’s Top 250™: $39.99 a month for 12 months
    Over 250 channels, including premium services like the Speed Channel and the Golf Channel, high-quality streaming music, and all of your favorites. This package, along with local channels and high definition content, is $39.99 a month.

  • America’s Everything Pak: $84.99 a month
    This package features over 320 channels, including 31 movie channels offered by Showtime. This package has everything that’s worth watching, including local channels, and is $84.99 a month.

Cons

1. Sports Packages

If you are an avid sports fan then you may be a bit dissapointed with DISH Networks current sports packages. Although they have some solid packages, they lack NFL Sunday Ticket which is HUGE on DirecTV. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a deal breaker with most sports fans, but if you are a die hard NFL football fan you may want to look at DirecTV.

2. No Online DVR Scheduling

DirecTV just added a really cool feature that allows you to schedule your DVR to record shows right from your computer. This means that if your at work and remember that there is a show you want to record you can just go on your computer, set your DVR, and when you get home the program will be recorded. Although this isn’t a necessity, its definitely something we want to see DISH Network add in the near future.

Conclusion

Finding a satellite solution that adequately meets your needs is never an easy task. Overall we were impressed with DISH Networks variety of programming packages and reasonable prices. DISH Network has the best programming out there for families and HDTV buffs and should have enough to satisfy just about everyone even though they do lack some sports programming like NFL Sunday Ticket.

You can get more information and sign up for DISH Network here.

Disclaimer: Premium Movie Package offer: value is up to $132; after 3 months then-current price applies unless you downgrade. HBO©, Cinemax© and related channels and service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc. SHOWTIME is a registered trademark of Showtime Networks Inc., a CBS Company. STARZ and related channels and service marks are property of Starz Entertainment, LLC.

Programming Package credits: requires a 24-month Agreement and qualifying programming. Must maintain qualifying programming to receive all credits. Upfront credit: receive a credit for each of the first 12 months after service activation. Online Bonus Credit: after activating your DISH service you must register on mydish.com/getonlinebonus within 45 days to redeem. Redemption requires you to agree to continuous enrollment in AutoPay with Paperless Billing and opt in to the DISH E-Newsletter. Online Bonus credit will apply for the first 12 months after offer redemption.

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41 Responses to “DISH Review”
The Guru - April 27th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

When signing up for Dish Network be sure to sign up with an authorized dealer.

Adam - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

I switched to Dish from Comcast which I now wish I did years ago, I have all of the same channels plus HD now and I think I’m paying about $20 less a month then when I was with Comcast.

JohnD - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

i recently got dish network as well and love it.

soccer32 - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I have Dish on 4 TV’s throughout the house and it works great, just wish they had Sunday Ticket, but I’m not going to switch to DirecTV and pay more just for that.

TheMoneyBlogger - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Dish is great for families because it’s the most affordable TV service out there when you compare them all side by side, I switched over with my family a few years ago.

Bob Sanders - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

can someone tell me where I go to upgrade my service? i love dish but want to upgrade to an HD package.

thanks.

Jen - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Just signed up for Dish, so far signing up has been easy and they scheduled my installation date for the first day that I could be home for it.

Markus - July 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

another fan of Dish Network here, I guess I’ve had it for about 2 years – very happy with what I pay and the HD content is very good as well.

DrDave - September 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I haven’t had a problem with Dish. Recommended.

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lisa - December 1st, 2009 at 3:29 pm

We recently switched from Cox to Dish and the pic is great ‘when it works’. The price is great, but I’m guessing I’m getting what I am paying for. When it rains we lose signal, when the wind blows we lose signal, when it’s foggy, and now for no apparent weather related reason. We called customer service…said they’d send someone out between 8 and noon. We took off to wait…no one showed or called. We called…and oops…they didn’t have anyone working in our area so they’d be at our house this afternoon….so waiting to see if they show up.

manuel - January 24th, 2010 at 12:34 am

I have had comcast for 8 years and I wish I would have switched over to dish 8 years ago. The HD is just as good or better and the price is so much cheaper with dish. I am totally satisfied. My brother in law convinced me when he switchedfrom dish to uverse and then told me that dish had better hd sports than uverse. I then knew that dish was good and had to get it. I was a die hard comcast supporter and now feel like a fool for being so blind. If you like HD get dish so many channels that comcast does not have and for less.

john - March 13th, 2010 at 11:09 am

Switched to DISH from Cablevision when they had the HGTV/Foodnetwork issues.I have never been more satisfied.Goodbye to the never ending Cablevision comercials that I had to pay to watch.The HD never stops amazing me.All this for $54.99 with two HD boxes.I would highly recomend it, especially if you can get dsl.

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