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DISH Network satellite TV packages

DISH TV offers four main satellite TV packages, plus add-on options for more sports, premium networks and international channels. Along with top programming, DISH customers can enjoy the Hopper3 DVR, one of the most advanced devices on the market, able to record up to 16 shows at once.

DISH TV provider overview

DISH Network is available nearly everywhere, delivering an exceptional TV experience with great channel variety, superior DVR technology and on-the-go viewing. 

There are some downsides to the service, however, such as lacking premium networks and the need to have a satellite dish installed. View our breakdown of DISH Network below to determine if the satellite TV service is right for you.

What we like

  • Availability – DISH is available virtually anywhere, so it’s always an option over the local cable company

  • Package variety – With packages ranging from 190-290+ channels, there’s sure to be entertainment for everyone

  • Hi-tech DVR – Few devices can compete with the functionality of DISH’s Hopper3

Things to consider

  • Two-year contract – All DISH packages come with a two-year contract, but they also come with a two-year price guarantee

  • Satellite dish required – And you’ll likely have little say over where it gets mounted

DISH TV packages and pricing

DISH also has five Spanish packages featuring a mix of English and Spanish-language entertainment across 55-270+ channels depending on the package you choose. Top off your plan with premium and add-on channels like STARZ and SHOWTIME.

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Added benefits of DISH Network

Robust channel lineups and advanced DVR tech are great, but what else can you expect from DISH? Here’s a look at some of the added benefits that come with choosing DISH Network.

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99% signal reliability

With DISH, you won’t have to sacrifice reliable connection and picture quality. The company makes sure your connection is at peak performance, so you can keep watching all your favorite shows uninterrupted.

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, DISH television service scored a 66/100 in 2021, which put the service provider in third place for television service. DISH was ranked #1 in customer satisfaction, however, by J.D. Power.

DISH offers a wide variety of add-on packages, especially for sports. If you don’t want to miss a single college or professional sports game, then DISH’s Multi-Sport Pack will be perfect for you. DISH’s other add-on packages include premium movie channels, such as Showtime, international channels and Spanish-speaking channels.

DISH TV equipment and fees

Few TV providers can compete with DISH’s Hopper 3 device, which can record up to 16 shows at once and supports 4K viewing and streaming app access.

You’d think such an advanced device would come with a hefty rental fee, but rental fees for the Hopper 3 and smaller boxes, “Joeys,” are actually pretty reasonable compared to other providers.

  • Hopper 3 monthly rental fee: $10
  • Joey rental fee: $5 each

It’s not all good news, however. There is an upfront fee of $50 to get the Hopper 3, and if you want 4K-enabled Joeys, you’ll likely have to pay another $50 upfront for each additional device. So if you get the Hopper 3, plus two 4K Joeys, initial costs could add up to $150.

Programming fees and other DISH fees

  • Local channels: There is a fee of $12/mo. for local channels that is built into the cost of your DISH package. This fee is separate because customers have the option to opt out of getting local networks, which will save them the $12 off their total cost.
  • Regional sports fee: A regional sports fee also applies to each DISH package, but the exact amount will vary by location. Expect the regional sports fee to add around $3/mo. to your bill.
  • Installation: Standard installation is included at no extra cost, so you don’t have to worry about paying for that. 
  • Early termination fee: Canceling before your two-year contract expires could result in an early termination fee of $20 for each month remaining on your contract.

Additional features of DISH TV

From channel lineup to equipment, find out everything you need to know about what you get when choose DISH TV.

DISH Network FAQs

Does DISH offer senior discounts?

DISH does not offer a discounted package, but the company does extend extra perks to seniors, including DISH Protect service free for six months, free in-home service visits and a free movie rental every month.

The most affordable option from DISH is the America’s Top 120 package. The plan includes 190 popular channels, Smart HD DVR, a free Google Voice Remote and retails for $69.99/mo.*

If you cancel your service within the two-year service agreement, you’ll be charged $20 for each remaining month of your contract. So, if you have six months remaining in your agreement, you’ll be charged $120 by DISH if you cancel service.

If you are currently in possession of a Hopper, Joey, Wally, LNBF or Node/Hub from DISH, you’ll need to disconnect and return the equipment to the provider. Follow the applicable disconnection steps and package your equipment in the appropriate wrapping of your choice. Attach the prepaid label and ship the box at any local UPS location.

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