FAQ about best satellite TV packages
What is satellite TV?
Satellite TV is a TV service that relies on satellites orbiting the earth to bring television programming to homes and businesses. The most well-known satellite TV providers are DISH, DIRECTV, and Orby TV.
How does satellite TV work?
Satellite TV delivers national and local TV channels and specialized satellite programming into your home via a satellite dish attached to your home (usually on the roof or on a pole). This dish picks up signals from satellites orbiting the Earth in a geostationary orbit.
Which satellite TV plans do not have price hikes after the first year?
DISH and Orby TV do not have price hikes after the first year. Some providers offer a low introductory rate that raises prices after 12 months. DISH and Orby TV have a set rate (some call this a price rate guarantee) that you can count on, year after year. DIRECTV prices do go up after a year, more than doubling on some plans. But since you’ll be locked into a 2-year contract, you’ll have to pay the high second year prices.
What’s the cheapest satellite TV provider?
Orby TV is the cheapest satellite TV provider. For $40 per month (which includes taxes and fees), you can get 50+ channels. DISH is a little more expensive, with plans starting around $60 per month for 190 channels (plus taxes and fees). DIRECTV is the most expensive in the long run—although it looks like it’s cheaper than DISH at first glance.
For example, DIRECTV plans start around $50, plus taxes and fees (although these plans don’t include NFL SUNDAY TICKET). But after 12 months of your 24-month contract, your price nearly doubles. DISH and Orby TV are more affordable, although DIRECTV rules for sports programming—especially if you like football.
What other satellite TV companies are there?
DIRECTV, DISH, and Orby TV are the main satellite TV providers. There are also specialty satellite providers, but DIRECTV, DISH, and Orby TV are the most popular satellite TV providers.
Can I get satellite TV for free?
You can install a large satellite dish in your yard and get some satellite stations for free (mostly the local channels with a few extra add-ons), but you need to know what you’re doing or have a professional install it since it takes some tinkering to get it right.
How many satellite TV companies are there?
There are three main satellite TV companies available to people living in the United States: DISH, DIRECTV, and Orby TV.
How much does Orby TV cost?
Orby TV is $40 per month, which includes all taxes and fees. It’s the cheapest satellite TV service provider available. Orby TV also does not require a contract, so you can sign up and cancel at any time. Just know that there’s a $125 installation fee.