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Dish Network Package

Picking your Package


You've weighed the costs and benefits, constructed flowcharts and Venn diagrams, and then finally decided to flip a coin to pick your provider. Lazy bum. However, after the big toss, you still have some work to do. The next decision you'll have to make is what channel package to buy.

The two main things in this decision are channels offered and price. Sure, the companies will entice you with everything from free toasters to private trapeze lessons in order to pick the most expensive options, but be strong and shop smart.

DISH NETWORK package

What dish networks offer:

Not surprisingly, the prices for the channel packages are pretty similar to directv. The dish network has three basic packages: 40, 100, or 150 channels. The line-up of channels is also pretty similar to directv.

The three packages above are $20, $30, and $40, respectively, per month. Pretty cheap, huh?

One snag is that these packages, even the "America's Top 150" package, do not include the premium movie channels.

We know what you're thinking: "No movie channels?" So you'll have to purchase a premium movie channel package. Prices for these packages run a little higher than directv, but they are more comprehensive.

As always, it is best to investigate a little yourself, so poke around dish network’s website.

Regarding both providers, we must warn you that the 100 (or more) channel packages contain about 30 "music channels," or blank screens playing continuous music of a certain genre. So really, you're only getting about 70 or so "real" channels and 30 or so radio stations. However, a benefit of DBS is lots and lots of Pay-Per-View movies. Click a button and a "new release" movie in video stores plays on your screen for about the cost of a rental just about any time of the day. The good side of this is that it eliminates frustrating trips to the store; the big drawback is that you can't pause or stop the movie.


 
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