First, the bad news: There is no DISH Network availability check here or anywhere else online. There really is only one way to find out if DISH Network is available in your area and that brings us to the good news. You can call DISH Network at 866-537-9648 and they will arrange to have a technician come out to your location and check to see if you will be able to have DISH Network service. It’s free so you do not have to worry about being billed or paying for anything if you find out that you are not able to take advantage of DISH Network service where you live or do business. Yes, a DISH Network availability check is that easy and free!
Although it would be great to be able to visit a site on the internet and type in your location and find out if you will be able to have DISH installed at your location, there currently is no way to do that and there probably never will be. That’s because each and every location is unique when you take satellite reception into consideration. The first condition that must be met in order to qualify for DISH Network service is that there is a clear path all the way to the satellites that are orbiting the earth at about 23,000 miles above the equator.
If you are not able to “see” the satellites from somewhere close to where the system will be installed, it will not be possible to receive the broadcast signals and that means no TV programming from DISH Network will be receivable there.
DISH Network service technicians have special equipment that will allow them to perform a signal check and see if the signal is strong enough at your location to install the system. Satellite signals are easily blocked by common objects like trees, buildings, hills and mountains, and that’s something a site claiming to be DISH Network availability check website will not help you with.
In some cases, it is very clear and obvious that DISH will not be an option at certain locations. For example, before I moved to New Hampshire a number of years ago, the house I lived in was surrounded by a lot of trees and they were particularly numerous on the south side of the property, making it pretty much impossible to find a clear path to the satellites anywhere on the property.
Even at that time, I knew enough about satellite television to realize that my location was a lost cause and I would not be able to sign up for DISH until I moved. Fortunately, I moved a few years later and my new home in New Hampshire was bordered by a large field to the west and south of the house, making for a completely clear and unobstructed path to the satellites.
At times, the question of whether a given location can receive DISH Network can be a bit “iffy.” For example, it might look like there are numerous trees or other obstacles are blocking the satellites, but it really is difficult to be sure without actually doing a test.
There are smartphone apps available which use the built-in GPS functionality to determine where satellites are located relative to your location and these might be useful in giving you some idea if you can receive DISH Network service, but to be certain, you really do have to have a technician come out and do some testing with their equipment and that won’t cost you anything. Smartphone apps may be about as close as you can get to doing a DISH Network availability check without having a technician visit.
There certainly are cases where the chances of receiving DISH Network appear quite small or non-existent, but it is worth having a technician come out and verify that to be completely sure.
There do appear to be a few sites online that claim they can determine whether or not you will be able to receive DISH Network at your location and these might be useful, but in a very limited way. That because no matter how fancy these sites appear to be or what they claim they can do, there is no way they can be aware of every potential obstacle on or near your property that will prevent the satellite signal from being received.
These sites could not possibly know that a tree on your property has grown five feet in the last few years and is now blocking the signal from one of the DISH Network satellites. The bottom line is that you should not rely on websites or smartphone apps to make a determination about whether DISH Network will work for you.