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, and DIRECTV.
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 does not have a price hike after the first year. DIRECTV prices do go up after a year, more than doubling on some plans. And 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?
DISH is the cheapest satellite TV provider. For $60 per month, you can get 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 because prices go up after the introductory period.
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 is are more affordable, although DIRECTV rules for sports programming—especially if you like football.
What other satellite TV companies are there?
DIRECTV and DISH are the main residential satellite TV providers in the US. Orby TV went out of business in 2021. There are also some specialty satellite providers, but DIRECTV and DISH are the most popular and most widely available.
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 two main satellite TV companies available to people living in the United States: DISH and DIRECTV.
How much does Orby TV cost?
Orby TV is no longer available, as the company filed for bankruptcy in March 2021. The company used to offer a pared-down satellite TV service starting at $40 per month but no longer operates.