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The DISH Network Guide - What You Should Know About DISH Network

Brian Stevens

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DISH Network is the fastest-growing satellite TV provider in the world. This guide explains what DISH Network is, what services they provide, and where you can get the best deal on their services and programming.

What is DISH Network?

DISH Network is a broadcasting service that provides satellite TV programming, satellite radio broadcasts, and high-speed Internet service to homes and businesses in the United States. The acronym DISH stands for Digital Sky Highway.

Based in Meridian Colorado, DISH Network launched its first satellite in 1995, and began operations in 1996. In 2004 they began providing Sirius satellite radio programs, and in 2006 they began delivering WildBlue broadband Internet service.

DISH Network now has more than 14.5 million customers, with TV and broadband service provided by 10 satellites orbiting the earth.

What services does it provide?

Satellite TV programming - DISH Network has more than 350 channels that provide all-digital and HD (high definition) programming, including:

* Major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and The CW

* Newly-released movies from HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and the Movie Channel.

*Sports programming from networks like ESPN and Fox Sports, plus sports packages for baseball, football, basketball, and hockey

* International channels broadcast in 20 different languages, including Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Filipino, German, Greek, Israeli, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese

* News, weather, and financial programs from CNN, Fox, The Weather Channel, and CNBC.

* Special interest programming from The History Channel, Arts & Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and The Food Network

* Children's programming from The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, The Cartoon Network, and TV Games Network.

Satellite Radio shows - DISH Network has 52 music channels and 60 commercial-free Sirius satellite radio channels. Musical genres include pop, rock, classic rock, soul, hip-hop, country, classical, jazz, punk, new age, and Christian music.

Broadband Internet service - Their broadband high-speed Internet service is powered by WildBlue. This service allows you to surf the Internet, check your email, plus download and upload files, pictures, and music at speeds up to 1.5 Mbps.

What equipment do I need?

In order to receive DISH Network satellite TV service you need a satellite dish, receivers, and remote controls. When you purchase their service you get all the equipment you need for free. They'll even install it for free and show you how to use it.

If you have an HD TV you can get a free HD receiver, and if you want to record your favorite program you can get a free DVR (digital video recorder) receiver that records up to 500 hours of programs for free.

Where can I get the best deal?

The best deals are available on the Internet because Internet dealers have lower overhead than store-based dealers who have to pay rent and hire sales people. Internet prices start at $19.99 per month for satellite TV and satellite radio service, and $49.95 for Internet service.

Visit or click on the following link for more information on DISH Network, plus where to get the best deal on their satellite TV service You can also see their latest special offers and order their satellite TV service online

The author, Brian Stevens, is the senior editor for and has written a number of DISH Network guides


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