Buying a Satellite
Here comes the part you probably aren't
looking forward to: shelling out the money and actually buying satellite
television. The best advice we can give you on getting the channels
and features you want at minimum cost is to check out the promotions
direct tv and dish networks are offering.
are always tons of promotional deals going on. Some will appeal to
you, and some won't. Here are some examples:
• At the time of this writing, when you buy DIRECTV and subscribe
to the Total Choice package, you'll get two months of 32 premium
movie channels and 25 specialty sports channels for free.
• However, because dish network satellite is scurrying to
be the top provider, they're offering an even better deal: show
them your current cable bill and agree to purchase the Top 100 plus
premium movie channels or the Top 150 package (about $40 per month)
for one year. In return, you get the actual satellite dish and professional
installation for free. This will save you about $400. By the way,
even if you don't have cable, you can still get this promotion,
you'll just have to pay up front and then get a refund in the mail.
These promotions won't last forever, though, so check out their
websites before you buy. Hey, maybe you'll find an even better deal
When it comes to buying the equipment for your satellite television,
there are many ways to find the best deal:
• If dish network is the HDTV for you, the best dish to get
by far is the DISH 500 satellite TV system (model 3722/3822), which
is the one you'll get for free if you take advantage of the deal
above. There are other dishes to buy, and you can check them out
at the DISH NETWORK homepage, but then again, why on earth would
you buy one when you can get one for free?
• Direct tv satellite doesn't offer an official satellite
dish; while this makes the process a little more complicated, it
does offer more flexibility and choice. The best way to buy the
actual dish is to go to a retailer near you and check out what dishes
are in your price range and offer what you need.
• As we're sure you could guess, the satellite dish networks
also have dealer locaters based on your zip code.
When you buy the actual system, you'll get the dish, the receiver
(the box on top of your TV), and a remote control. However, each
receiver can only broadcast to one TV. Now, if you only have one
TV or want to minimize the amount of screen gazing in your house,
that's not a problem. But most likely you'll want the satellite
service in more than one room of the house, which is easily accomplished…
for a price. What you'll have to do is purchase extra receivers
(usually about $100 each plus a nominal per-month charge for each
one) and make sure you buy a dish with the capability to send the
signal to more than one receiver.
Some other goodies you can get when purchasing
• You can receive your Internet service from your TV, known
as "WebTV." Of course, if you're reading this, you already
have an Internet provider, but DBS can offer you a turbo charged
connection at a decent price (usually about $25 per month).
• For the parents in the crowd, you can spoil all your children's
fun with parental locks on certain channels.
• For the technophiles, you can purchase high-definition
television (HDTV), which is an ultra-sharp digital picture.
Lots of other accessories abound, and new features are
constantly being added, so when you're ready to buy satellite tv dishes,
check out the providers' websites for all of the options available.