In a Nutshell
- 7 simultaneous connections
- Useful DVR features
- Excellent plans and prices
- Internet through third-party company
- Lots of rules and caveats to promotions
DISH at a Glance
Best for: Families, students, wanderlust, international customers
Starting Price: From $64.99 per month and $19.99 for basic internet service
Connection Type: Cable, DSL, fiber-optic, satellite
Download Speeds: From 9-115 Mbps
Coverage: 50 states, varies depending on ISP and internet type
Money-back Guarantee: None
What Services and Features Does DISH Offer?
DISH is not an ISP in the classic sense. Instead, DISH partners with third-party internet service providers to connect your TV plan with your internet for one convenient umbrella plan. While some customers may be unhappy with this option, it can be convenient for others as it leaves you to pick the ISP of your choice bundled with DISH.
What really makes DISH stand out is its colossal list of features. You can access top TV channels like Comedy Central, AMC, CNN, ESPN, MTV, NBCSN, TBS, VH1, Discovery, TLC, and lots of others. Not to mention the Sirius XM music channels and local channels that are also included in your plan.
DISH uses the most advanced technology, giving you access to an upgraded suite of features. These are some of the highlights:
- Voice remote
DISH gives you a free voice remote when you sign up.
DISH’s Hopper 3 DVR can record up to 16 channels simultaneously. You’ll enjoy great features like autohop, volume fluctuation block, in-depth searching, and on-demand movie previews. Two terabytes of memory seal this sweet deal.
- 80,000+ on-demand titles
Depending on the plan you choose, you’ll get access to tens of thousands of incredible programs, sporting events, concerts, news channels, international specials, and more. You’ll never run out of viewing options.
DISH also offers international packages like the Hindi Megapack, the Arabic Elite Super pack, and the Punjabi Megapack. For a limited time, place a DISH order and get a $100 gift card.
Prices, Plans, and Value for Money
One of the only downsides to DISH may be the number of options there are to choose from. Hundreds of channels, tens of variants, and loads of plans can get dizzying.
Let’s check out some of the TV and internet bundles available.
Each plan comes with:
- 2-year price-lock guarantee
- Three months of free premium channels
- Free HD for life
- 8000+ on-demand titles
- 70+ Sirius XM music channels
- Installation included
DISH lets you search for a specific network to see which plans include it, which makes choosing a plan easy.
With DISH, add high-speed internet to your plan for an additional $19.99 a month. DISH partners with the best ISPs in the country, including AT&T, Cox, and EarthLink. Choose from DSL, cable, fiber-optic, or satellite, and select a plan with 9, 25, or 115 Mbps. I love that you can combine your internet service provider and your TV service into one plan with a single bill, making it cheaper and easier to manage.
If you prefer, opt for high-speed internet from HughesNet, with plans ranging from $59.99 to $149.99, and between10-50GB. Include great add-ons to your plan for more access to sports, movies, or international entertainment channels.
Ease of Use, Hardware, and Setup
DISH offers a free, professional setup, so you don’t have to deal with the headache of wiring or installation. Installation is free for up to six rooms in your home, and you can pay for additional rooms if you need to.
DISH’s app and website let you access your DISH account from anywhere you want so you can watch your favorite shows, events, and more, even when you’re not home.
DISH Customer Service
DISH’s FAQ section leaves a lot to the imagination. However, with customer support available over the phone seven days a week, there’s someone to talk to when you have questions.
Mon - Thurs: 8am-11pm EST
Fri - Sun: 9am-11pm EST
Q) Does DISH offer a senior discount?
A) DISH has several discounted plans for seniors and various services members, including healthcare providers, members of the military on active duty, and teachers.
Q) Is Netflix free with DISH?
A) DISH Network offers several plans that include Netflix in their pricing, including America’s Top 120, America’s Top 120+, and America’s Top 200.
Q) How do you add Amazon Prime to DISH?
A) You can easily add your Amazon Prime Video channel onto your DISH Network using the voice remote, or simply access the app on Channel 301.
The Bottom Line
DISH is a great solution for people who want to avoid the stress of multiple bills and various service providers. By combining your ISP and TV services, you get a better deal overall. With DISH’s packages, you can access hundreds of channels, enjoy premium channels for free, and make use of advanced features like DVR record, playback, and voice remote.