I named this site SatelliteConsumer.com for a simple reason. Because I am a satellite consumer! I've been a DISH customer since 1998 and I got interested in promoting the service back around 2005 because I believe in promoting services that I use myself and have been very satisfied with.
For my money, DISH offers the best value in TV entertainment today. My experiences with cable TV through the years have not been very positive and after many years as a subscriber I have found that the costs are lower, are not increased as often and the service is more reliable.
Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars like I did when I first signed up, you can sign up today and get all of your equipment for free. With most satellite and cable service you will usually have to sign up for a specified amount of time, but considering that I had to pay about $400 back in the "old days" to buy my own satellite equipment, you can save a lot of money with the options that are available today.
As of this writing, there are some very good deals for new customers. Just $19.99 per month for twelve months. This includes over 55 of America's favorite TV channels, including CNN, ESPN, TLC and Discovery Channel. For all the latest details, click the on one of the red "Learn More" buttons in the box above.
As a very satisfied customer for more than a dozen years myself, it is hard for me to imagine someone not being satisfied with the service, as long as there were no problems with the reception or anything of that nature. I really do love my satellite service, and would not even think of going back to cable TV.
Satellite is a great alternative for people that don't even have cable TV available in their area. My own situation is a good example. We live towards the end of a dead-end street with a lot of undeveloped land between our home and the homes closer to the main road. The local cable company did not extend their lines down to the three homes that are located near the end of the street where we live and according to my neighbor, they wanted more than $1000 to have the lines extended if anyone wanted to get access to cable. My two closest neighbors opted for satellite instead.
For a while I still had to rely on my local cable TV provider for my high-speed internet access simply because there were no other choices where I was living at the time. Comcast was charging me about $65 per month just for internet service and although I had no major complaints with the service, that price did seem a bit inflated to me considering that it was only for internet access and did not include any television programming or other services. My impression was that they charged me an inflated price as a "penalty" for refusing to get my television programming from them as well.
During the spring of 2011, our local telephone company extended high-speed DSL service to our old neighborhood and I signed up to try it out. It was not long before I decided that DSL from the telephone company offered us a more reliable internet connection for nearly half the price that we were paying for Comcast's high-speed internet service. I have to admit, it felt great to call Comcast and tell them that I wanted to cancel their over-priced broadband internet service.
Although I moved during the summer of 2012, I still use DSL from my local telephone company for my high-speed internet access needs. Although the service at my new home is not quite as good as it was at my old home, it's still less expensive than Comcast and it is more reliable. In general, DSL is not as fast as cable when it comes to downloading, but unless you are downloading a lot of large files on a regular basis, I'd say DSL speeds are quite adequate.
Since DSL is the only broadband internet option available where I live now, it's good to know that DISH now offers broadband internet via their new dishNET service. Although satellite internet would not be the first choice for consumers with access to other services like DSL, it is a great alternative for those who have no other way to get high-speed internet. And as I mentioned, it's good to know it's available in case I ever have problems with my DSL service to lose access to it for some reason.
The reception problems I have had with satellite service over the past 13 years years are nothing to compare with the problems I used to have with cable TV. All the stuff that the cable companies say about reception problems with satellite TV are exaggerated greatly. It may be true that satellite TV users experience more outages than cable TV users, but in my experience, it's also true that cable outages last much longer than satellite outages.
Unlike the "old days" when I bought my own equipment, the company retains ownership of the equipment you get today, and you have to return it if you cancel your subscription. This seems like the way to go, since I had to buy my own equipment back in 1998, and it would have been useless to me if I had canceled my subscription. I suppose I could have sold it or something, but I'd rather not have to deal with that hassle if I do not have to.
It is important to understand that most, if not all, satellite TV and cable services involve a contract of some type. In other words, when you sign up, you are agreeing to stay with the service for a certain amount of time, and if you cancel the service before that amount of time has passed, you may be subject to a penalty payment. DirecTV and the other pay-TV providers like Comcast and Verizon FiOS also require these types of contracts to prevent people from switching back and forth between services frequently to get the lowest price as new competing promotions are introduced.
Here's the best advice I can offer: When you are ordering a new service, like satellite TV, a cell phone or some type of extended warranty, pay attention to every detail. As the saying goes: "Read the fine print" and do not agree to anything unless you understand exactly what you are agreeing to. Don't be afraid to ask questions! Customer service representatives are available to answer all your questions.
With that in mind, it's my personal opinion that DISH is the best option in America for those that have decided to go with satellite TV service. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better solution for all your television entertainment needs. Like anything else, opinions differ and some people are satisfied with DirecTV or cable television.
DISH and their sister company EchoStar are widely recognized as leaders in DVR technology, and it's hard for me to imagine watching TV these days without the benefit of a digital video recorder. Their latest DVR system -- The Hopper -- has given DISH a clear edge over the competition by offering customers a top-rated whole-home DVR system that extends the advantages of DVR usage throughout the home.
The second generation of The Hopper introduces a new set of features that allow viewers to watch both "live" and recorded programs on internet-enabled devices such as smart phones and tablets. Programs can also be copied to some devices for viewing even without an internet connection.
An impressive variety of programming options are available with one that will accommodate just about every budget. From the Smart Pack all the way up to America's Everything Pak™, there's plenty to choose from.
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America's Everything™ Pak: This is the big one. The top-of-the-line programming package. Providing the ultimate in entertainment for the dedicated TV viewer, this one boasts 31 commercial-free premium movie channels and all the programming in America's Top 250™. HD Free For Life! $84.99/mo for 12 months.
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