How to get satellite TV service in rural areas
You can get satellite TV from almost anywhere, which makes it the best choice for staying entertained during COVID-19 in rural areas. Plus, unlike streaming, it won’t suck up your precious satellite internet data.
DIRECTV is the top pick for sports fans (we know things are bleak now, but we’ll get our live sports back—we promise). DISH pleases bargain hunters who don’t want a price increase the second year, and Orby TV caters to viewers who want a little of everything but aren’t too picky about what they watch (it has more limited channel options but is way cheaper than the other satellite TV options).
Our top pick is DIRECTV, thanks to the option to add on NFL SUNDAY TICKET (offered at no cost with some plans). And just a heads up to discouraged sports fans: you will get the next available season, so if NFL games are suspended or postponed due to the pandemic (like NBA games were earlier this year), you’re all set for the next games.
DISH, on the other hand, has better international programming and a better monthly value than DIRECTV. Orby TV is a cheap, contract-free option. If you’re looking to just sample the cable channels right now without a two-year commitment, you can try Orby for $40/mo. Orby offers an easy self-installation kit, making it a no-stress solution during a pandemic, although they do charge a sign-up fee.*
*Data as of 04/05/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.