Dish Network is offering a free satellite TV system, plus a 55 channel package for $19.99 per month. They’re also offering a 190 channel package for $29.99 a month.
This is a great deal as far as pay TV goes, but how does it compare to the offers from DirecTV and the cable television providers? Let’s take a look…
Dish Satellite TV
Dish TV’s least expensive offer is the Smart Pack which is $19.99 per month. This package includes 55 family-oriented television channels, your local stations, 3 months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz, as well as 3 months of Blockbuster streaming videos and games. You also get a complimentary 6-room satellite system with a basic DVR that enables you to record 2 TV shows at the same time, plus pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV programs.
Their next cheapest offer is the America’s Top 120. This package includes 190 television channels, your local stations, 35 music stations, 3 months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz, in addition to 3 months of Blockbuster streaming videos and games. You also receive a free 6-room satellite TV system, and a Hopper Whole-Home HD digital video recorder.
With the Hopper you’ll be able to rewind, pause, and fast forward through live TV programs, and also record up to 6 programs at once. The Hopper allows you to share your recordings among all the TVs in your home, and it will record up to 2,000 hours of programs.
Not only will a qualified installer set up your new satellite TV system free of charge, they will explain how your system works and will show you how to operate it.
For $29.99 you can buy DirecTV’s lowest priced package, their Entertainment Package, that includes 140 satellite TV channels along with your local TV stations, 10,000 On Demand streaming videos, together with 3 free months of Cinemax, Showtime, HBO, and Starz. With this particular package you receive a free satellite TV system in as many as 4 rooms of your home, and also a Genie HD DVR receiver.
The Genie DVR lets you record up to 4 TV shows at one time, and also pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV programs. It can record as many as 1,000 hours of programs, plus you can share recordings with each of the televisions in your home.
A qualified installer technician will install your new system free of charge, and after setting it up will show you how to operate it.
Cable television Offer
The average rate for cable is $39.99 a month for 180 television channels. When you buy a cable television subscription you get a DVR that will rewind, pause, and fast forward through live TV, and also record 2 programs at once. A number of service providers offer streaming video service, and some do not. Installation for cable television is either free in some areas, and upwards of $25 in other areas.
The Bottom Line
Dish Network’s offers continue to be the very best TV offers available. Their America’s Top 120 package deal is $5 per month cheaper than DirecTV’s best offer and you get 50 more TV channels, 15,000 more streaming videos, a video recorder that records 2 more shows at one time and holds 1,000 hours more programming.
This package is $15 cheaper than cable TV, with 10 more channels, plus it gives you the ability to record more programs simultaneously and has much more storage capacity.