Updated September 13, 2017

Dish TV Packages: Prices, Bundles & Promotions

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Dish offers 4 main packages, but which one is best for you? Read on for a detailed breakdown and review of each package, cost, and what they include.

Shopping for a Dish Network TV package can be overwhelming. You just want to watch your favorite shows and games. But then you find yourself getting sucked into additional channels and extra costs.

Calm down. Take a deep breath. It's your TV package and it's going to be all right. We're going to break down Dish TV's offerings so you can find the right package, at the best price, for your viewing needs.

Dish Network Explained

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Dish Network is the third-largest paid TV company in America and the second-largest satellite TV company. Based out of Colorado, their network can be purchased almost anywhere in the country.

Satellite is different from cable, which has more regional networks. Since you just need the ability to hook-up a satellite dish to your home or apartment, Dish Network has almost nationwide availability.

Dish offers one of the most programming options out of any TV provider. They have over 330 satellite channels covering local broadcast, sports, regional sports, general and special interest, and international. A large majority of these channels are in HD, which you get for free with a 2-year agreement.

In addition to satellite TV, there are also tons of pay-per-view movies (including Hollywood Blockbusters before they even hit DVD), streaming shows that you can download to your mobile device, and Sirius XM radio.

For a full review of Dish, their features, and pros & cons, read our detailed review.

Tip: Depending on the retailer, where and when you enroll in Dish Network, there are varying incentives and offers for switching. Sometimes you can get a lower price for a set amount of time. The offers may change depending on when and how you purchase your subscription. For the latest offers, visit this page.

Dish Network TV Packages

For the most part, Dish Network offers four different TV packages. Here's a brief description of each, before we go into more detail later:

  • America's Top 120 ($49.99/mo): 190 channels, including USA, CMT, Disney Channel, ESPN, E!, and Local Channels.
  • America's Top 120 Plus ($59.99/mo): 190+ channels, including NFL Network and Regional Sports networks.
  • America's Top 200 ($69.99/mo): 240+ channels, including NFL Network, Bravo, and Animal Planet.
  • America's Top 250 ($79.99/mo): 290+ channels, including STARZ Encore, The Movie Channel, and Nat Geo Wild.

As you move down the list, you get more channels and will pay more every month as well. Think about which channels you watch the most so you get the most for your money.

What All Packages Include

Before getting into the details of each offering, there is a set amount of features that make Dish Network an excellent option. They are at the cutting edge of technology and some of these details make their customers loyal fans for years. Those include:

  • Free Hopper Upgrade - One of the best and most advanced DVR's in TV
  • HD Free for Life with a 24-month agreement
  • Free next-day installation (depending on scheduling)
  • Free activation with a 24-month agreement
  • Three months free of Showtime, Cinemax and Starz
  • HBO for 1 full year with any America's Top package

Now, we'll go over what each package entails.

America's Top 120

For $49.99 per month, America's Top 120 offers a good value with 190 channels. It's a good choice for families and casual sports fans. It's the most cost effective option that includes popular channels such as The Disney Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and news channels.

  • A&E (A&E)
  • ALMA VISION HISPANIC NETWORK (ALMA)
  • AMERICA LIVE (ALIVE)
  • AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS (AMC)
  • ANGEL ONE (ANGEL)
  • ANGEL TWO (ANGL2)
  • AXS TV (AXS)
  • BABY FIRST (BABY1)
  • BEAUT (BEAUT)
  • BELIEVER'S VOICE OF VICTORY NETWORK (BVOVN)
  • BUZZR (BUZZR)
  • BYU TELEVISION (BYUTV)
  • CARTOON NETWORK (TOON)
  • CARTOON NETWORK WEST (TOONW)
  • CGTN ESPANOL (CGTNE) SD
  • CGTN NEWS (CGTNN) SD
  • CHRISTIAN TELEVISION NETWORK (CTN)
  • CLASSIC ARTS SHOWCASE (ARTS)
  • CNBC (CNBC)
  • CNN (CNN)
  • COMEDY CENTRAL (CMDY)
  • COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION (CMT)
  • C-SPAN (CSPAN)
  • C-SPAN2 (CSPN2)
  • DAYSTAR (DYSTR)
  • DEAL (DEAL)
  • DISCOVERY (DISC)
  • DISH INFO 101 (D101)
  • DISH STUDIO (STDIO)
  • DISNEY CHANNEL - WEST (DISW)
  • DISNEY CHANNEL (DISE)
  • E! ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (E!)
  • ENLACE (ENLC)
  • EPIC (EPIC)
  • ESPN (ESPN)
  • ESPN2 (ESPN2)
  • ESPNEWS (ESNWS)
  • ESPNU (ESPNU)
  • ETERNAL WORD TELEVISION NETWORK (EWTN)
  • EVINE LIVE (EVINE)
  • FAITH USA (FAITH)
  • FETV (FETV)
  • FM (FM)
  • FOOD NETWORK (FOOD)
  • FOX BUSINESS NEWS (FOXB)
  • FOX NEWS (FXNWS)
  • FOX SPORTS 1 (FOXS1)
  • FREE SPEECH TV (FSTV)
  • FREEFORM (FRFM)
  • FUSE (FUSE)
  • FX (FX)
  • FXX (FXX)
  • GEM SHOPPING NETWORK (GEMS)
  • GETTV (GETTV)
  • GRIT (GRIT)
  • HD
  • HD
  • HD
  • HEADLINE NEWS (HLN)
  • HISTORY (HIST)
  • HITN (HITN)
  • HOME AND GARDEN TELEVISION (HGTV)
  • HOME SHOPPING NETWORK (HSN)
  • HOME SHOPPING NETWORK 2 (HSN2)
  • IMPACT NETWORK (IMPCT)
  • IN COUNTRY TELEVISION (ICTV)
  • INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL (IFC)
  • INSP (INSP)
  • ION (ION)
  • JEWELRY TELEVISION (JTV)
  • JUSTICE (JUST)
  • JUSTICE CENTRAL (JUSTC) SD
  • KIDS AND TEENS TELEVISION (KTV)
  • LAFF TV (LAFF)
  • LIFETIME (LIFE)
  • LINK TELEVISION (LINK)
  • MERCURY TELEVISION (MALL)
  • MSNBC (MSNBC)
  • MTV LIVE (MTVL) HD
  • MUSIC TELEVISION (MTV)
  • MUSIC TELEVISION 2 (MTV2)
  • NASA (NASA)
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (NTGEO)
  • NBC SPORTS NETWORK (NBCSP)
  • NICKELODEON / NICK AT NITE - WEST (NICKW)
  • NICKELODEON / NICK AT NITE (NICK)
  • POP (POP)
  • PPV EVENT (ORDER)
  • PURSUIT (PRST)
  • QVC (QVC)
  • QVC2 (QVC2) SD
  • REAL (REAL)
  • REELZ (REELZ)
  • RUSSIA TODAY (RT)
  • SALE (SALE)
  • SHEPHERD'S CHAPEL NETWORK (BIBLE)
  • SONLIFE BROADCASTING NETWORK (SBN)
  • SPIKE (SPIKE)
  • SYFY CHANNEL (SYFY)
  • THE HILLSONG CHANNEL (HILLS)
  • THE LEARNING CHANNEL (TLC)
  • THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK (3ABN)
  • TRAVEL CHANNEL (TRV)
  • TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK (TBN) SD
  • TRUTV (TRU)
  • TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM (TBS)
  • TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION (TNT)
  • TV GAMES NETWORK (TVGAM)
  • TV GAMES NETWORK 2 (TVG2)
  • TV LAND (TVLND)
  • USA NETWORK (USA)
  • VELOCITY (VLCTY) HD
  • VH1 (VH1)
  • V-ME (V-ME)
  • WEATHER CHANNEL (WEATH)
  • WEATHERNATION (WN)
  • WGN CABLE (WGN)
  • WOMEN'S ENTERTAINMENT (WE)
  • YOUTV (YOUTV)
  • Z LIVING (ZLVNG) HD

America's Top 120+

For the bigger sport fanatics, you may want to upgrade to the America's Top 120+ for $59.99 per month. You get several additional sport channels, including regional sport channels such as Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Network. This is a great option if you are a die-hard college fan or loyal to your alma matter.

    DISH

    America's Top 120+ $59.99/mo

    • 190+ Channels
    • Package price guaranteed for 2 years.
    • Free Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and DISH Movie Pack for 3 months
    • Free HD for life
    • ESPN, local channels, NFL Network, and Regional Sports included
    • Includes SEC Network, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network and Longhorn Network
    • HBO included for ONE FULL YEAR with any America's Top package

In addition to all the channels from the America's Top 120, you also get:

  • Big Ten Network
  • Big Ten Network Alternate
  • Fightbox
  • Fox Sports 2
  • Longhorn Network
  • PAC-12 Network
  • PAC-12 Network Alternate
  • SEC
  • SEC Alternate
  • Sports Alternate

America's Top 200

For $69.99/mo, you can get 240+ channels. This is Dish Network's best, all-around option. This package is great for families with a wide range in taste, sport lovers, and reality TV lovers. It's the best option for true sports fans with interests that cover many different sports, commentary and analysis.

Some of the highlights include:

  • NFL Network
  • Bravo
  • Disney XD
  • Golf Channel
  • BBC America
  • MLB Network
  • GSN
  • BET
  • Discovery Family
  • Animal Planet

This package costs $15/mo a month over the Top 120. It doesn't present as good of a value, but you may think it's worth it if you need the additional sport channels or reality/game shows.

    DISH

    America's Top 200 $69.99/month

    • 240+ Channels
    • Package price guaranteed for 2 years.
    • Free Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and DISH Movie Pack for 3 months
    • Free HD for life
    • ESPN, local channels and regional sports included
    • HBO included for ONE FULL YEAR with any America's Top package

In addition to all the channels from America's Top 120+, you also get:

  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Boomerang
  • Bravo
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Cooking
  • Discover Family Channel
  • Disney Jr
  • Disney XD
  • DIY
  • E! Rey Network
  • Estrella TV
  • FYI
  • Galavision
  • Game Show Network
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Network Alternate
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NHL Network
  • NHL Network Alternate
  • Nick Jr
  • Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Oxygen
  • RFD-TV
  • Science
  • Sundance TV
  • TeenNick
  • Tennis Channel
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • UniMas
  • UniMas West
  • Univision Deportes
  • Univision Este
  • Univision Oeste
  • Uplifting Entertainment
  • Viceland

America's Top 250

And then there's the bundle for the TV-lover who wants it all. For $79.99/mo - ten bucks more than the previous offering - you get additional channels, including:

  • beIN Sports
  • STARZ Encore movie channels
  • FXM
  • EPIX Drive-in
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Nat Geo WILD
  • Nicktoons
  • The Movie Channel

All in all, you get over 290 channels featuring almost every kind of content you can imagine. It is perfect for families, sport fans, and movie lovers.

    DISH

    America's Top 250 $79.99/mo

    • 290+ Channels
    • Package price guaranteed for 2 years.
    • Free Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and DISH Movie Pack for 3 months
    • Free HD for life
    • ESPN, local channels and regional sports included
    • HBO included for ONE FULL YEAR with any America's Top package

In addition to all the channels from America's Top 200, you also get:

  • American Heroes Channel
  • belN Sport
  • belN Sports en Espanol
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Centric
  • Destination America
  • Epix Drive-In
  • FOX Movie Channel
  • Fusion
  • Great American Country
  • LOGO
  • MoviePlex
  • MTV Classic
  • Nicktoons
  • Ride TV
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Sportman Channel
  • Starz Encore - West
  • Starz Encore Action
  • Starz Encore Black
  • Starz Encore Classic
  • Starz Encore Family
  • Starz Encore Suspense
  • Starz Encore Westerns
  • The Movie Channel - West
  • The Movie Channel Xtra - West
  • TheBlaze
  • Universo

And More

This is where things get both interesting and a little complicated. Dish also lets you customize, add and subtract different bundles based on your interests. If you want to have just the base pack but add extra sports channels, that's available for you. If you want to add premium networks and movie channels, then you can do that as well.

DISH also has add-on international packs in 28 languages, including channels from Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, and Europe. So if you want to keep up with the news and shows from your home country, you have the option.

There is a long list of options, allowing you to customize in a way that works for you:

  • Premium movie channels (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz) from $6-$15 per month
  • Sports packs, including MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, and FOX Soccer Plus (and more). Prices vary.
  • DISH Latino packs
  • International packs

Final Verdict

If you really like TV, then Dish Network is one of the best options on the market. For a cost that's less than four different streaming services, you get scores of channels that you can't find if you cut the cord. Those include local channels, live sports, movie networks and family shows that are only available on cable.

If you are the kind of TV lover who wants to have and watch it all, then you don't have to miss out on streaming services either. You can use the Hopper, their smartDVR device, to watch shows on Netflix as well.

Ultimately, if you watch a lot of television, then Dish Network offers a very competitive option for a good price. The Top 120+ package is great value for the biggest games and local channels. And there are plenty of ways to mix-and-match any additional features you want. Whether it's for families, roommates or couples, there is a great way to bundle your channels to watch what you want.

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