DISH Satellite TV

Founded: 1996
Corporate Sites:, (previous)
# Subscribers: >14 million
Key partner(s): Blockbuster, LLC (acquired 2011), Amazon, Sling
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DISH is currently the second largest satellite TV provider in the continental U.S. (second to DIRECTV). They established themselves in the industry and are currently the fastest growing sat TV provider thanks to their rock-bottom prices and competitive programming packages.

DISH Channel Lineup
Not sure which packages include your favorite channels? View them side-by-side in our interactive table.

DISH understands customer service. Since their inception, they've put a premium on customer care and retention. Their call center is nearly always available and billing/payments are particularly easy to manage (phone, online or direct payment). Over the past couple years, they've also expanded their services to include online streaming and free access to thousands of movies and recorded TV programs (giving NETFLIX a run for their money). In summary, the overall satisfaction rate among DISH customers has always been exceedingly high and for good reason. Top to bottom, it's an efficiently-managed and well-run organization.


  • Lowest-priced 2-year satellite TV plan ($59.99/mo)
  • Rated #1 in Customer Satisfaction (J.D. Power & Associates)
  • Industry-leading DVR: Hopper (free with any major plan)
  • Free DISH Movie Pack (usually for 3 months)


  • Lack of exclusive sports channels (NFL Sunday Ticket, NASCAR HOTPASS, NCAA Mega March Madness, etc)
  • Less full-time channels (basic, sports & movies) in 1080p and 4K HD

Should you order directly from DISH?

There are a couple different ways to order DISH -- via one of their retailers or directly from DISH (online or by phone). The package pricing will be the same but the single biggest advantage with ordering directly from DISH is the streamlined and trouble-free process. Since there's no "middleman" involved, you'll be immediately added to their database, sometimes giving you a more desirable installation date or time. And if you decide to order online, their cart process is the quickest and most user-friendly we've found. Finally, although the package specials will be the same, ordering from DISH sometimes gives you access to more or better sign-up bonuses. Your mileage will vary but every time we sign-up a friend or visitor with DISH, we always suggest they give 'em a call directly first: 1-888-336-3795.

DISH Research

Smart HD DVRs: Hopper 3 vs Duo:
Early in 2018, DISH introduced the latest member to the Hopper family, the Hopper Duo. Intended for smaller households of 1-2 TVs, it's essentially a less-expensive scaled down version of the Hopper 3, but with many of its features still intact. For starters, it's still integrated with Amazon Alexa and has Hopper's modern and easy-to-use program guide...
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