Like you’ll find with other TV providers, DISH does charge some fees that you’ll want to plan for. Installation is free, but equipment rental costs can add up if you have a lot of TVs.
- Activation fee: None
- Installation fee: None
- Cancellation fee: $5–$15 ea.
- Receiver rental: $15/mo.
- Joey rental: $7/mo. (for additional TVs, per Joey)
- DVR service fee: $15/mo.
When you sign up, you can get a discounted rate by signing up for eBill and AutoPay. Also, look for other discounts and ways to save money. If you don’t use the DVR, stick with the main receiver and you won’t have to worry about paying for extra Joeys for every room with a TV.
Another thing to keep watch for is internet data usage. Watching TV through your DISH subscription won’t use any internet data or ever give you that dreaded buffering signal. It's worth noting, however, that although you won't ever get a buffering signal, it does have to load the signal or reconfigure it every once in a while. Especially is the weather is kind of bad. So it would be good to clarify expectations with that here.
But TV shows you record on your DVR will use internet data. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but if you’re using satellite internet or another kind of internet that meters data, be prudent about not recording shows you won’t have time to watch. We’ve heard of some people recording shows all night in HD to find out the next morning that they’ve maxed out their meager internet data allowance for the month.