Profile: DISH Network

A closer look at DISH Network satellite TV

Headquartered in Colorado, DISH Network was founded in 1980 and has grown to become one of the largest providers of satellite television services in the United States. Currently, DISH Network has over 14 million subscribers, which is slightly less than half of what its chief competitor, DirecTV, has in the fold. However, on the whole, consumer reviews seem to indicate higher overall levels of satisfaction with DISH Network's services, and the company is known for its highly competitive prices. DISH Network operates in both the United States and Canada.

Thinking of Switching to DISH Network?

DISH Network prices vary, depending on the range of services you want and the number of DISH Network channels you wish to enjoy. One of the most innovative aspects of the DISH Network business model is that it allows for very high levels of customization. You can pick and choose the channels you want and avoid paying for channels you won't watch with much greater precision than you can through virtually any other cable or satellite provider.

Most DISH Network customers subscribe to bundled offers, in which they choose from a range of basic packages, then add the additional channels and features they want. You can also add specialized content in a comprehensive range of categories, including:

  • Entertainment (movies, on demand programming, and more)
  • Sports
  • Specialty channels
  • International channels
  • Latin American programming

However, you should keep in mind that not all services may be available in all areas. For the most up-to-date information, it is always best to contact DISH Network directly to get any of your questions answered.

DISH Network and Customer Satisfaction

As mentioned, DISH Network enjoys comparatively high levels of customer satisfaction, compared to its competitors in both the cable and satellite arenas. The company's innovative approach to programming customization has proven to be a major boon in this regard, though you should always read your service agreement carefully before signing it. In 2004, the company was involved with a controversy, in which it billed customers for hidden fees which were not properly disclosed to customers beforehand. The company has since changed its billing practices, but you should always read the fine print before finalizing any telecom service agreement.

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