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Dish Network Cable TV Review

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When you’re looking at a new television service, there are more than a few options, luckily Dish Network has competitive prices and a DVR so you can record your favorite shows for less.

No surprises and a two-year price lock.


Service typePay TV
Free trial1 day
Lock-in contract24 months

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Product Details

  • Intro rates are from as low as $59.99/month to $89.99/month
  • Two year introductory period allows you to enjoy low prices and try the service out
  • Over 190 channels with the lowest rate and over 290 with the highest
  • 24 months contract is required with sign up
  • The Hopper is a 2 TB DVR that is $15.00/month, and there are multiple receivers available for additional TVs
  • Additional surcharges and taxes are imposed on subscribers living in states that impose them
  • A late payment fee of $10.00 is assessed if a bill is not paid in full before its due date
  • If a payment that is returned a fee of $15.00 is assessed
  • Changing your programming within 30 days of the same service being added is either $5.00 or $20.00 depending on the programming
  • Additional receivers range from $7.00/month to $15.00/month depending on the chosen receiver


A locked-in price guarantee for two years is one of the biggest benefits with Dish Network. Securing a good price for an extended period of time (compared to other services that only offer one-year for their introductory period) can be a money-saver in the short-term. With decently priced packages after the promotional period is up, Dish Network’s services can be enjoyed without breaking the bank.

Being able to watch TV anywhere from any device is another feature Dish Network offers. With the Dish Network mobile app and the website customers can stream content from anywhere an internet connection is available. Dish Network also boasts a 2 TB DVR, allowing for thousands of hours of standard recording.

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What to watch out for

  • Customer service can be dodgy.
    While Dish Network has a higher than average American Customer Satisfaction Index score than other TV providers, they still only sport a 63 out of 100. Dish Network does offer chatting through their website if you prefer to avoid the phone, or would like to keep a transcript of your conversation.
  • Signing up requires a 24 months contract, and prices increase after the second year.
    If you aren’t ready to commit to any one service, Dish Network may be a bit of a leap for you. Having a price locked in for two years can be great, but it’s important to keep in mind that you do have to take on a 24 months contract.
  • There is a $10.00 fee associated with returning leased equipment.
    Taking on Dish Network carries a longer contract and if you decide that they aren’t the service for you cancelling involves returning any leased equipment. Part of returning it involves paying for the box and label to get the equipment back to Dish Network.
  • Sports blackouts can occur.
    If you subscribe to Dish Network’s sports package there are times when games may not be available through the sports package-specific channels. A blackout occurs when special rights are acquired for the event. In the case of national blackouts, Dish Network provides the Game Finder tool to find the specific channel the game will be broadcasted on.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Subscribers must be 18 years of age or older to receive adult programming, or the age of majority in their state
  • A higher credit rating may qualify a subscriber for additional special offers

Am I eligible?

If you live in 48 of the U.S. that Dish services (sorry Alaska and Hawaii!) and own your property or have permission from your landlord, you can sign up for Dish Network today.

What information do I need to apply?

  • Credit level
  • Number of televisions that will be serviced
  • First and last name
  • Phone number and email address
  • Residential address where service will be provided and billing address
  • Landlord permission form if the property being serviced is a rental
  • Credit card information for initial payment and billing

How to apply

In order to apply for Dish Network services you will need basic contact, billing, and credit information.

  1. Go to Site
  2. Click “Order Now”
  3. Follow the steps to select the package of your choice
  4. Enter the requested personal information
  5. Enter the requested billing information
  6. Set up an appointment for installation
  7. Enjoy your new television service

I got Dish Network! Now what?

With hundreds of channels to choose from and the ability to record on the go, it’s time to kick back and enjoy some quality programming.

Paying your monthly bill

  • You can pay your bill online through the MyDish website, or by mail.
  • Dish accepts Mastercard, VISA, American Express, and Discover credit cards for payment.
  • If you’re the “set it and forget it” type, you can set up automatic payments through the MyDish website.

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Dish Network summary

A television service that allows you to get the programming you want, and only the programming you want, and locks in the price for two years can be handy when you’re looking to commit. If you’re the type to just want to dip your toe in, there may be better options out there, and you can find some of those options through us.

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  1. Default Gravatar
    February 23, 2018

    does dish streaming require hardware installed in home?

    • Default Gravatar
      March 7, 2018

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Yes! Dish will install a satellite dish in your roof and will run cable in your house. You will also get a receiver from them and a remote.


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