January 21, 2017

Lifetime on DISH Network

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Lifetime is on DISH channel 108. Read on for everything you need to know about Lifetime Channel and the latest DISH promotions.

Lifetime provides both original and syndicated programs targeted to women. If you’re in the mood for a healthy mix of full-length films, reality shows, and dramas featuring strong female leads, then Lifetime is the place for you. Read on to find out the juicy details before you click to another channel.

What Channel is Lifetime Channel on DISH Network?

You can find the original Lifetime network on DISH channel 108. Popular selections include reality shows like Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, Little Women, Tiny House Nation, and Celebrity Wife Swap. You’ll also have access to syndicated shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother.

Ready to catch a dramatic chick flick? Then check out Lifetime Movie Network on DISH channel 109. You’ll find original, made-for-television movies like Natalee Holloway, Liz & Dick, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, and William & Kate.

Who Is Lifetime Channel Good For?

Women and men alike can appreciate the programming on Lifetime. Still, see if it will hit your sweet spots with this list of ideal viewers.

  • People who love reality television. Most evenings and late nights on Lifetime are devoted to reality show programming. In fact, some daytime slots are also filled with your favorite cast of real-life characters. If you’re in the mood for reality TV, then Lifetime has one of the best chances of finding it, day or night.

  • True crime fanatics. Many original movies on Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network are based on true crime. Taken from both current events and historical cases, you’ll find all sorts of dramatizations based on dramatic real-life stories. Examples include Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy and Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, which starred Christina Ricci.

  • Grey’s and HIMYM fans. If you haven’t gotten your fill of Grey’s Anatomy or How I Met Your Mother (and really, who could?), then Lifetime is the place to go, especially if you tend to watch television during the day. Most mid-mornings and early afternoons are devoted to your favorite reruns of these beloved sitcoms.

What DISH Packages has Lifetime Channel?

Lifetime is available on all of DISH America’s Top Packages.

  • America’s Top 120: comes with 190 channels. Also includes Disney, AMC, FX, HGTV, and WE.

  • America’s Top 120+: comes with over 190 channels. This package includes regional sports channels such as Big Ten Network, Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network, and SEC.

  • America’s Top 200+: comes with over 240 channels. Also includes Lifetime Movie Network, FYI, Bravo, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, OWN, Oxygen, Animal Planet, and Discover Family.

  • America’s Top 250+: comes with more than 290 channels. Also includes Starz Encore, FOX Movie Channel, MoviePlex, and Nicktoons.

To learn more about the differences between packages and pricing, check out this article.

5 Reasons Why You Want Lifetime Channel

  1. It’s a good HGTV stand-in. In addition to its reality shows and true crime movies, Lifetime also has a healthy offering of home and design shows. Designing Spaces showcases DIY projects, renovation ideas, and decorating dilemmas. Tiny House Nation: Family Edition follows families throughout the country looking to downsize and become a part of the tiny house revolution.

  2. You love Tim Gunn. In case you missed the public service announcement, Project Runway switched from Bravo to Lifetime in 2009. If you want to see up-and-coming fashion designers “make it work” each week, then this is the place for you. You’ll also find spin-off series on Lifetime, including Project Runway: All Stars and Project Runway: Junior.

  3. Their original Christmas movies are classic. While Hallmark is certainly beginning to dominate the holiday TV movie lineup, Lifetime’s productions are classic. You’ll see stars like Kristin Chenowith, Mayim Bialik, Amy Acker, and Tatyana Ali while remembering the spirit of Christmas from the comfort of your home.

  4. The Rap Game is one of Friday night’s most popular cable shows. Check out Jermaine Dupri mentor young aspiring rap artists on The Rap Game. You’ll also see cameos from established rappers like Bow Wow, Da Brat, and Jon Jon. Extra bonus? Queen Latifah is an executive producer!

  5. Beaches is being rebooted. Lifetime remade the iconic Beaches film to attract a new generation of viewers. Idina Menzel and Nia Long reprise the roles made famous by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey and, yes, we’ll still get to hear an emotional rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

3 Reasons Why You Might Watch Something Else

  1. There’s a lot of paid programming. If you’re an early morning TV watcher, you’ll get large doses of paid programming during those hours on Lifetime. Expect to find infomercials broadcast between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. during the week, and as late as 11 a.m. on weekends.

  2. The drama is extreme. This might be a pro for some people, but for others, the amount of drama can be overwhelming. Aside from its Christmas specials, most of Lifetime’s original movies cover fairly dark topics and many of their reality shows feature catty individuals.

  3. Original shows take up most of the schedule. If you’re looking for syndicated shows or something besides Lifetime originals, then this isn’t the right channel for you.

3 Other Similar Channels

  1. Bravo: Like Lifetime, Bravo offers a plethora of original reality television. Think The Real Housewives franchise, Top Chef, and Flipping Out. Bravo is only available with America’s Top 200 and above.

  2. Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Get your crime fix (both true and fictional) on this Hallmark Channel spinoff station. You’ll find original movies as well as syndicated programs like Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, and Perry Mason. HMM is only available with America’s Top 200 and above.

  3. We: We Channel offers a balanced blend of both reality shows and second-run series. Original shows include Marriage Boot Camp, Growing Up Hip Hop, Million Dollar Matchmaker, and David Tutera’s CELEBrations. You can also enjoy old favorites like Law & Order, CSI: Miami, House, and Will & Grace. WE is available with all of DISH America’s Top packages.

Bottom Line

The Lifetime Channel is a great pick for anyone who wants gripping crime dramas or roller coaster reality shows. To get Lifetime and a host of other networks geared towards women, consider getting the America’s Top 200+ package for the widest variety of channels. If you’re looking for something more basic, you can still get Lifetime and a few other favorites with America's Top 120.

Lauren Ward is a research analyst at CreditDonkey, a tv comparison and financial education website. Write to Lauren Ward at lauren@creditdonkey.com. Our data-driven analysis has been recognized by major news outlets across the country and has helped consumers make savvy financial and lifestyle decisions. (read more)

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