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Dish Network Cable TV Review

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Competitive prices and a DVR so you can record your favorite shows for less.

Dish Network provides customizable packages at reasonable rates, with a two-year price lock. Add a top-end DVR, and you can watch whatever you want at any time — for the same price every month.

Details

Service typePay TV
Free trial1 day
Pricing starts at$59.99
Lock-in contract24 months

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Lower prices at a two-year, locked-in guarantee
  • Competitive prices for satellite TV
  • Flexibility to watch TV from any device using your computer or mobile app
  • 2TB DVR allows for thousands of standard recording hours.
  • High-level parental controls

Cons

  • Customer service can be dodgy
  • Locked into a 24-month contract
  • Prices increase after the second year
  • Lots of billing extras for returned equipment, late fees, programming change fees, and some sports offerings
  • Possible sports blackouts

What features does Dish offer?

Dish Network offers a solid lineup of channels, and over 2,000 hours of DVR recording space. Other features include:

  • Over 70 Sirius XM music channels
  • Integrated Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube
  • Google Assistant voice remote and DVR included
  • Records up to 16 shows at once
  • On-demand titles
  • Showtime, Starz and Wish movie package free for three months

What devices support Dish Anywhere?

With a Dish subscription you can access the Dish Anywhere app and stream content to your computer, tablet or mobile device. Dish Anywhere app is compatible with:

Mobile devices

  • iOS
  • Android

Other devices

  • Kindle Fire HDX
  • Kindle FireTV Stick
  • Computers with Google Chrome or Apple Safari

How much does Dish cost?

Pick from four pricing tiers. Dish requires a two-year commitment, and all prices include Hopper Duo DVR receiver with 125 HD storage hours and allows for two simultaneous recordings and automatic commercial skip.

PriceNumber of channels
$59.99 monthly190 channels
$74.99 monthly190+ channels
$84.99 monthly240+ channels
$94.99 monthly290+ channels
  • The Hopper 3 2TB DVR is available for $15 a month offers wider viewing flexibility with 500 HD storage hours and 16 simultaneous recordings.
  • Additional receivers range from $5 to $15 a month, depending on the receiver.
  • Dish TV and Internet bundles available.

After three months, call to cancel Showtime, Starz and Wish movie pack or be charged an additional $30 a month.

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What can I watch on Dish?

You’ll find additional channels available on each plan tier that Dish offers, like Disney, Bravo, CSN, H2 and Starz Encore, but most plans include:

  • ABC
  • Acorn TV
  • A&E
  • CBS
  • CW
  • Dox
  • Echoboom Sports
  • Fox
  • IFC Films Unlimited
  • Magnolia Selects
  • Monsters and Nightmares
  • NBC
  • PBS
  • Shudder
  • Sundance Now
  • Telemundo
  • UMC

Compare streaming services

Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
The Disney Bundle
On-demand streaming, Sports
$12.99
No
Yes
10
4
Hulu
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
Yes
99
1
Disney+
On-demand streaming
$6.99
No
Yes
10
4
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
99
2
Starz
On-demand streaming
$8.99
7 days
No
4
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Expert review

A television service that allows you to get the all programming you want and locks in the price for two years can be handy when you’re looking to commit. But if you’re the type that wants to simply dip your toe before going in, there may be better options out there, so it’s best to do your research.

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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    tim
    February 23, 2018

    does dish streaming require hardware installed in home?

    • Default Gravatar
      joelmarcelo
      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.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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