|Equipment|Features|Customer Service|Final Recommendation
- DISH Flex TV Review Highlights:
- DISH Flex TV offers packages ranging from 190 to over 290 channels with promo pricing of $64.99/mo. up to $99.99/month
- DISH uses the advanced and innovative Hopper family of DVRs
- Special offers include free premium channels for 3 months and free installation
DISH Network offers some of the best value with their TV packages, and unbeknownst to many, not all packages require you to have a high credit score and sign up for a 2-year agreement. Referred to as Flex TV, these are the same great packages advertised by DISH, but with pay-as-you-go monthly plan structure. Flex TV customers will have more upfront fees and won’t be receiving the 2-year price discounts as high credit tiered customers, but if you don’t want to be locked in or have low credit it’s a great programming option!
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Packages and Pricing
DISH offers five TV packages to Flex TV customers. The cheapest package, the Flex pack, is an a-la-cart type package that gives everyone the same 50 channels and the option to add on “channel packs” that range from $4 to $12 each. Choose from channel packs such as locals, kids, variety, news, outdoor, sports, and more.
The remaining four packages are more traditional options. The America’s Top 120 package is a great starter package that features many of the top channels. Love sports? Enthusiast tend to upgrade to the Top 120 Plus package for just $5 more which includes SEC Network, Big Ten Network, Pac – 12 Network, NFL Network and Regional Sports.
DISH’s most popular package, the Top 200 features additional sports channels like MLB Network, NBA Network, and NHL Network as well as popular channels like Hallmark, Disney XD, Bravo, A & E and Sundance. Want the best of sports and movies? The Top 250 package has everything that the Top 200 package offers plus 7 movie channels including Turner Classic Movies, STARZ Encore channels, The Movie Channel and more.
Free HD and 4K Channels
If you have an HD TV, DISH includes HD versions of your channels for no extra charge. Satellite TV is also able to broadcast channels in 4K, so DISH is beginning to offer some special events and On Demand movies in ultra high definition. If you’re using your Hopper 3 or 4K Joey to watch Netflix, you can also take advantage of Netflix’s 4K movies and series.
SiriusXM Channels and DISH Music
DISH TV packages include 70+ SiriusXM radio channels you can listen to through your TV. DISH also has a new music app that lets you stream Pandora, iHeartRadio and your personal library from your phone to your TV. This is awesome if you have surround sound hooked up to your TV but all your music is on your phone.
Local Channels and Regional Sports Networks
Local channels are included within the price of the packages above, so don’t panic when they’re a separate line item on your bill. Regional sports networks are including with the America’s Top 120+ and above, which does add quite a few channels to your package. A lot of cable providers charge an regional sports network (RSN) fee, and that can change depending on where you live, so DISH can save sports fans a decent amount over 2 years.
Regional college sports networks are included in packages AT 120+ & higher.
What’s Not Included in a New DISH TV Package?
Despite DISH including a bunch of add ons, there are some things that will increase your monthly bill beyond the advertised package price. Of course, there are taxes and fees based on where you live. If you choose to upgrade to the Hopper 3 DVR, it’s another $5-15 per month depending on which model you choose. If your credit is a little lower, you may also have to pay some installation and activation fees up front.
Because DISH does require a contract (unless you want to pay pretty big upfront charges), there is a cancellation fee if you don’t stay with DISH for 24 months. There are also a few popular channels that DISH doesn’t carry: NFL Sunday Ticket, Chiller and Fido TV. DISH doesn’t currently broadcast any 24/7 4K channels either.
Add On Packages
If a base package isn’t enough, you can add on premium movie channels, specialized sports networks and international packages. These add ons start at $4 a month, so they can be a budget-friendly way to add a little bit of variety to a basic TV package. Options include HBO, Multi-Sport Pack, DISH Movie Pack and international channels in 28 different languages.
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Hopper 3 HD DVR
The Hopper 3 is DISH’s pride and joy, and rightfully so. It has received praise from WIRED, PC Mag and a bunch of other people who know what they’re talking about. There are some features you’re never going to use; who needs to record 16 channels at the same time? But let’s focus on the features you will use: parental controls, watching 4 screens at a time, built in Netflix and YouTube, a remote finder and Amazon Alexa skill for voice control.
Hopper Duo DVR
DISH’s newest DVR is the Hopper Duo is a smart HD DVR, a 2 tuner DVR that includes the Hopper 3 interface without so many bells and whistles. You can add a second TV using any of the Joey models, watch TV on-the-go with DISH Anywhere and use voice controls, plus DISH says Netflix integration is coming soon. The best part about this toned-down Hopper is that DISH’s price includes it, so it won’t cost you anything over the package prices you see in current advertising.
Add TVs with Joeys
Your Hopper can connect to either 3 or 6 more TVs, depending on which generation Hopper you get. Each of the additional TVs gets a Joey to connect it to the main Hopper. There are 3 different types of Joeys: the regular Joey, Wireless Joey and 4K Joey. Adding Joeys lets you watch recordings from the main TV, as well as pick up where you left off in a movie or show on a different TV.
|Type of Joey||Tech||Cost|
|Original Joey||Wired||$5 per month|
|Wireless Joey||Wireless||$5 per month|
|4K Joey||Wired||$5 per month|
|Super Joey||Wired||$10 per month|
If you don’t want a DVR, DISH will offer the Wally instead. It’s a basic receiver, but it has the same interface as the Hopper 3. This means Netflix, YouTube and other apps, an easy-to-use guide, parental controls and OnDemand accessibility. For those of you trying to keep you monthly bill down (and don’t care about recording shows), the Wally is the way to go.
Get Your First Receiver Free
Regardless of whether you choose a no-frills option or a DVR, there is no receiver fee for your first TV with DISH. This can save you $7+ per month over some cable companies, including COX, Mediacom and Suddenlink. Additional TVs will cost you either $5 (for a Joey) or $7 (for a Wally) each, depending on which equipment you use to connect them.
Features and Benefits
If you have a Hopper with Sling, a Hopper 3 or a Wally, you can download the DISH Anywhere app and watch TV on your phone via WiFi or your data connection. DISH Anywhere works on smartphones, tablets and computers. All your live TV channels and DVR recordings can be watched at any time from anywhere, which is convenient for commuting and traveling.
DISH also recently updated DISH Anywhere to include a Fire TV app, so you can watch your entire TV package on any TV. No news on an Apple TV or Roku app though. You can get around this by using your DISH information to log on to individual channel apps on Roku or Chromecast.
Free Premium Channels
Each of the packages mentioned above include free premium movie channels for 3 months. HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME and STARZ are included in this deal, which means more than 35 channels of movies and series like Game of Thrones, Westworld and Shameless. Just remember that at the end of 3 months you’ll need to cancel the channels (you can do this online or over the phone) or you will get charged for them.
Qualifying customers can get free professional installation. Cable companies will sometimes offer free installation as well, but sometimes they don’t mention that means you have to do it yourself. Make sure you understand just what free installation entails! DISH sends a professional installer to your home and they’ll set up your dish, receiver and remote. Depending on where you live and when you order, next day installation might be available.
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No TV customer service department is all that great, but DISH is rated #1 in a bunch of different customer service categories,* including highest website satisfaction, highest call center satisfaction and lowest customer complain rate. They also have the clearest bill to understand among major TV providers.
There are a few different ways to reach DISH’s customer service if you ever have an issue. There’s a customer service phone number, online chat, social media support and forum with active DISH reps answering questions.
One convenient feature is the ability to upgrade or downgrade your TV plan at any time using your online account. This is also where you’ll add extra channels if you want to after signing up with DISH.
*Based on the average American Customer Satisfaction Index comparison of major TV providers (2010-2015).
Ways to Save on DISH Flex TV
Like most TV plans, DISH isn’t a small addition to your monthly expenses. There are a couple of ways to keep your bills manageable though!
Unsubscribe from Local Channels
Local channels are included in the advertised price for DISH’s packages, but because they’re a separate item on your bill, you can drop them and save $10 per month. This is an easy choice if you already have an antenna connected to your TV.
Choose the Wally Receiver
Bypass a DVR and go with the Wally. Your first receiver is included for free, and you won’t be paying an extra $5 to $15 per month in DVR fees. For some families, this just isn’t an option, but other won’t mind not saving shows for later.
DISH encourages all its customers to sign up for eAutoPay, which will save you $5 every month. All you do is connect a bank account to your DISH account and the money will automatically be withdrawn from the bank account on your bill’s due date.
DISH has a few advantages, including a 2 year price guarantee, 4K channels, the Hopper 3 DVR and nationwide availability. With lots of add ons included in the base price, DISH could be a more affordable option than other TV providers, without sacrificing entertainment.
If you live in an urban area, satellite TV, including both DISH and DIRECTV, is probably not your best option. However, for suburban and rural families, DISH is a great choice. With the 24 month price lock, you’ll save money over DIRECTV on most packages, even if DIRECTV is less in the first year. This also helps DISH beat out no contract cable providers as well, which offer more flexible service, but little to no price guarantee.
If you love high tech accessories and are willing to pay a little extra, DISH is a great option. The Hopper 3 HD DVR is one of the best on the market, with only the X1 coming close (but you have to bundle TV and internet to get the X1, which isn’t ideal for a lot of customers). DISH Anywhere and Fire TV compatibility are also nice features if you’re often traveling and want to watch TV.
Overall, DISH is a great option for people who want a little more than basic cable and enjoy added features in their base monthly package. We recommend America’s Top 200 for a good balance of price and a variety of local, sports, kids’, movie and lifestyle channels.
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Is Flex TV Right For You?
What is Included in DISH Flex Pack? Pay for just the channels you want with DISH Network's Flex Pack. Start with 50+ popular channels and add the channel packs you want. Choose from topics like local channels, national sports and news.
The Locals Add-On Pack provides your local channels such as: CBS, ION, ABC, CW, NBC, FOX, and more. For a limited time only include a first add-on package on us when you sign up for DISH Flex for just $47.99/mo. If you don't watch, you don't pay.
How reliable is DISH? DISH Network is satellite TV, so it's very reliable. While service interruptions can happen in bad weather, they're rare. Satellite TV service also works well in rural or remote areas that cable TV providers typically can't reach.
- INSP (INSP) HD.
- Home and Garden Television (HGTV) HD.
- Discovery (DISC) HD.
- History (HIST) HD.
- USA Network (USA) HD.
- Hallmark Channel (HLMRK) HD.
- TV Land (TVLND)
- Food Network (FOOD) HD.
The newest option from DISH, the Flex Plan is their most flexible and customer-friendly plan to-date. Designed to allow you to stack up to eight channel packs on top of a 50-channel starter pack, the upside here is you can mix and match however you like.
Priced at $40 per month, the Dish TV Flex Pack offers 50 channels, including A&E, AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery, Food Network, FX, HGTV, TNT, TV Land, and USA.
There is no fee to exchange these Flex Channels! Keep in mind, you can only swap your channels once every 30 days. Read on to learn how to exchange Flex Channels online. Sign in to MyRogers.
Dish TV customers can lower the monthly bill by negotiating with their customer retention center, canceling any unwanted entertainment services, and downgrading DVRs.
DTH with Best Sound Quality
Tata Sky offers the best sound quality and picture clarity. With Dolby Digital Surround Sound (Tata+ HD) brings home theater experience.
Satellite TV churn was 1.51% and Dish's traditional pay TV subscriber base is now diminishing at an 8.9% annual rate, the firm said.
- Airtel Digital TV.
- Dish TV.
- Reliance Digital TV.
- Tata Play (Formerly Tata Sky)
- Videocon D2H.
- Sun Direct.
- DD Direct Plus.
- Zing Digital.
Live TV streaming channels and services
Much of Flex's live TV content comes from the free livestreaming services Pluto and Xumo, each of which delivers 100+ live TV channels. It's all ad-supported content, though, so don't expect to be able to skip commercials.
If you'd like to watch live TV, plus gain access to Cloud DVR to record shows, as well as an On Demand library with over 100,000 movies and shows, you can upgrade to Choice TV with Xfinity Flex to use the Xfinity Stream app on your Flex streaming TV Box.
Go to the Apps Menu and select the Local Now tile. The main screen will show local news, weather and videos (according to the zip code at your service address) and more.
We offer special deals for seniors age 55+ where you can save on any of our popular DISH Network TV packages. Or, add your favorite channel packs to any package and get all the channels you and your family want most! We'll even include a free movie rental once each month for seniors!
DISH NETWORK SENIOR DISCOUNT (55+) OFFER INCLUDES
Free DISH Protect Plus for 6 months (Reg $9.99/mo), a $59 value.
What is the cheapest DISH package? America's Top 120 is the cheapest DISH TV package. The package includes 190 channels for $69.99 per month with a two-year service agreement. But if you're a current DISH customer, you're eligible for the Flex Pack ($47.99 a month, 50+ channels).
Dish Flex Pack (Around $34.99/month for two years) A bit more pricey than the Welcome Pack, the Flex Pack offers 50+ channels, free HD for life, and free premium channels for the first three months. Another highlight includes the fact that you won't be paying for channels you won't be watching or needing.
The News Add-On Pack provides your local channels such as: Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Weather Channel, Fox Business, Bloomberg Television, The Blaze, and more. For just $10 you can add these channels to your bundle.
With so many channels on offer, it's quite possible that the Dish TV channel selection you chose for yourself might have a channel you don't watch or might not have the one that you need. In such cases, DishTV allows users to add or remove channels from their Dish TV package.
|Starter||Flex 20 + Sports|
|Number of channels||30||60|
National Action Add-On
The National Action Pack provides major sports channels such as: ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox Sports 1, Velocity, AXS TV, Fuse, TVG, and more. Add all of these channels for just an extra $10 onto your Flex Pack.
Plans that qualify for Flex TV
As with non-Flex TV, you can swap packages at anytime, without penalty. $29.99-95.99 for 24 months (save $5-$40/mo.)
You'll want an Xfinity Flex if you've wanted a streaming box for your family room. That's when you'll get the best value. If you get additional devices, you'll pay more over time than competing streaming boxes. The 4K UHD streaming also gives you the means to watch your streaming services in 4K.
Channels that say "Flex Channel Included" are also included in the bundle. And then there are channels that say "Flex Channel" (with a little blue mark beside them). These latter channels are not included in the channels you get initially, but can be added by swapping with other flex channels that are in your bundle.
|Plan||Price||TV channel count|
|America's Top 120||$69.99/mo.*||190|
|America's Top 120+||$84.99/mo.†||190+|
|America's Top 200||$94.99/mo.‡||240+|
|America's Top 250||$104.99/mo.^||290+|
It depends, If you are an existing or former DISH Network customer you may qualify for promotional offers. To find out if you qualify for DISH deals please call (844) 693-0292 and a representative will assist you in getting the best price.
In addition to a better value, DISH provides a better TV watching experience than cable with the Hopper 3: Watch 100% of your live and recorded TV from anywhere with DISH Anywhere. Watch up to 4 channels at once with Multi-View.
While streaming is generally a better deal than satellite, you'll usually get more channels at a better price if you go with cable TV. With all that said, part of the appeal of streaming is that you don't have to pay for a bunch of channels you never watch.
- Videocon D2H SD Set Top Box₹1,115.
- Airtel DigitalTV HD Set top Box₹990.
- Airtel SD Set Top Box₹1,318.
- Airtel HD Recording Set Top Box₹1,400.
- Tata Sky HD Box₹1,149.
- Tata Sky Binge+ Android Set Top Box₹2,149.
- DishTV Nxt HD+ Recorder Set Top Box₹1,115.
- Videocon D2H HD Box₹1,299.
DISH might lose local channels occasionally because they drive a hard bargain at channel contract negotiations. What is this? This is to prevent the high costs of the contract from being passed on to its customers.
Dish Network's competitors and similar companies include DIRECTV, Sky, Liberty Global and Comcast.
Overview. DISH Network has a consumer rating of 1.42 stars from 154 reviews indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Consumers complaining about DISH Network most frequently mention customer service, year contract and early termination problems.
In fact, DIRECTV and DISH have the best cost per channel numbers: $0.32–$0.41. That's not to say you can't find great value with cable TV providers.
|Dish TV DTH Plans||Validity||Price Rs. (Excl. GST)|
|SUPER SPORTS||1 Month||₹387|
|SWAGAT BANGLA||1 Month||₹ 218|
|SUPER FAMILY ODIA||1 Month||₹ 292|
CNBC on Xfinity Choice TV (for Xfinity customers)
Alongside premium streaming services that you can link to your Flex box, Choice TV is a good, basic addition to stay connected to heavy hitters like NBC, ABC, and CBS. Price: Varies depending on your location and account history.
The Paramount+ app is available to Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1 customers who sign up for a Paramount+ subscription. With Paramount+, you can: Stream thousands of network shows and movies from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and more.
Peacock Premium is currently included for no additional cost for all Xfinity Flex customers and Xfinity X1 and video customers who have a subscription to Xfinity Internet or Digital Starter TV, or equivalent, or above.
Add-ons allow you to choose your favorite channel pack. The Locals Add-On Pack provides your local channels such as: CBS, ION, ABC, CW, NBC, FOX, and more. For a limited time only include a first add-on package on us when you sign up for DISH Flex for just $47.99/mo. If you don't watch, you don't pay.
Included in 2-year price guarantee at $69.99 advertised price: America's Top 120 programming package, local channels, HD service fees, and Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.
Xfinity Flex includes the box, the remote, a power cable, and an HDMI cable. So it's ready to go right out of the box.
- Hulu Live TV. Hulu's Live service currently streams live ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and The CW in several markets. ...
- FuboTV. FuboTV offers live local Fox, NBC, and CBS is select markets. ...
- Sling TV.
You have to connect an antenna or cable and then scan for local stations. Once you do this, available channels nearby will be yours to watch! First, make sure you have an antenna or a cable box already installed and set up to go.
Add Locals Pack to any DISH TV package for local news and primetime TV. All your local channels are available in this Flex Pack add-on from DISH. Watch This Is Us on NBC, The Big Bang Theory on CBS, PBS News Hour and so much more.
Hulu with Live TV: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC
Hulu's live TV offering carries the four major local networks. You'll get access to other channels like HGTV, ESPN, and Fox News with your subscription as well.
Live TV streaming app. A popular solution to cutting the cord is subscribing to a live TV streaming service. And the service that knows how to give you local channels for a low price is Sling TV. If you're just wanting local channels, why pay $50 or more a month when you can spend $35 with Sling?
A Way to Watch Free Local TV. Cable TV doesn't want you to know this, but local broadcast TV networks are available over the air simply using a TV antenna. Nearly every TV sold in the US can use a TV antenna. To make sure yours does, look for a coaxial port on the back or side of the television.
- Make the Program Guide show all subscribed channels. ...
- Reset your Hopper. ...
- Reset your Joey.
If your Samsung TV is not getting all channels you wil need to go to the source menu and select 'TV' > then connect your antenna to the RF connector on the back of the TV and select 'Chanel Scan' > select either 'Air, Cable, or Both' and scan for all available channels that have a reliable signal.
To get local channels on your Samsung TV, you can connect an antenna to the TV using a coaxial cable or install third-party media streaming applications on your Samsung Smart TV.
So you may be wondering, do Samsung TVs have built-in antennae? As a general rule, no, Samsung TVs do not have built-in antennas. Though it's important to note that some of the newer models released in 2020 and 2021 are equipped with internal antennas.
Does DISH Network Offer Senior Discounts? Yes! Seniors over 55+ can qualify for special discounts as well as other benefits. Give us a call today to find out what promotions and discounts you may qualify for.
The company lost 273,000 video customers during the final quarter of 2021, compared to a decrease of approximately 133,000 during the same quarter of 2020. Approximately 70,000 of the quarterly losses can be attributed to Sling TV and the other 200,000 to Dish TV.