Getting Your Local Channels With DISH Network

Many considering the switch to DISH Network satellite TV ask if they can get local channels. The answer in most cases is yes, Dish Network can provide you with your local channels in most areas of the country.

Why most areas of the country? Because local channels are delivered differently than national channels, different signals are sent to different areas. Local channels delivered via satellite TV from DISH Network and DirecTVstart with the largest areas, and then trickle down to smaller cities from there. Currently about 95% of US households can receive their local channels via DISH Network in 155 cities.

What channels are available? In most markets, all of the majors are available, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and FOX. In addition, many areas also have UPN and WB stations, though they are not as widespread as the major locals.

How much does it cost? DISH Network’s local channel setup is different than DirecTV. DISH Network packages are generally a little less than Direct TV, but they then charge $5.00 for local channels. This gives the customer the option as to whether they want local channels or not. If you don’t want them, you don’t have to pay for them.

Here is a current list of markets where DISH Network offers local channels, if you don’t see your market, check here for availability.

Abilene, TX
Albany, GA
Albuquerque, NM
Albany, NY
Anchorage, AK
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Bakersfield, CA
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Burlington, VT
Buffalo, NY
Cedar Rapids, IA
Champaign / Springfield Decatur, IL
Charleston / Huntington, WV
Charlotte, NC
Chattanooga, TN
Chicago, IL
Chico & Redding, CA
Cincinnati, IL
Clarksburg / Weston, WV
Cleveland, OH
Colorado Springs / Pueblo, CO
Columbia, SC
Columbus, OH
Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX
Dayton, OH
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Des Moines, IA
Duluth, MN
El Paso, TX
Eugene, OR
Evansville IN
Fresno, CA
Ft. Meyers, FL
Ft. Smith / Fayetteville, AR
Ft. Wayne, IN
Flint / Saginaw / Bay City, MI
Florence, SC
Gainesville, FL
Grand Junction, CO
Grand Rapids, MI
Greensboro, NC
Greenville, NC
Greenville / Spartanburg, SC
Hartford / New Haven, CT
Harlingen, TX
Harrisburg, PA
Honolulu, HI
Houston, TX
Huntsville, AL
Idaho Falls, ID
Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Jackson, MS
Johnstown / Altoona, PA
Kansas City, MO
Knoxville, TN
La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI
Las Vegas, NV
Lansing, MI
Lexington, KY
Lincoln, NE
Little Rock / Pine Bluff, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Lubbock, TX
Macon, GA
Madison, WI
Meridian, MS
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
Missoula, MT
Mobile, AL
Monroe / LA-El Dorado, AL
Monterey, CA
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
New Orleans, LA
Norfolk-Portsmouth, VA
Oklahoma City, OK
Omaha, NE
Orlando, FL
Paducah, KY
Panama City, FL
Peoria / Bloomington, IL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
Raleigh / Durham, NC
Reno, NV
Richmond, VA
Roanoke, VA
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Savannah, GA
Seattle, WA
Shreveport, LA
Sioux City, IA
Sioux Falls(Mitchell)Sioux City, IA
Spokane, WA
Springfield, MO
South Bend, IN
St. Louis, MO
Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
Traverse City / Cadillac, MI
Tulsa, OK
Tucson, AZ
Tyler, TX
Waco, TX
Washington, D.C.
Wausau / Rhinelander, WI
West Palm Beach, FL
Wichita, KS
Wilkes Barre, PA
Yakima, WA
Youngstown, OH

Keep in mind, this list contains markets where standard definition DISH Network local channels are available. Local channels in HD are not as widespread at this time.


  1. That is awesome and unbelievable. How they are able to provide such services in that low prices? I think there are no more excuses not to own dish T.V at home.

  2. I live in Gainesville, fl and do not have any local NBC channel, therefore can’t watch the Olympics. I had local channels from Orlando and Jacksonville to suppliment the limited Gainesville channels when I had Cox Cable.

    My questions is why can’t dishnetwork do the same if Cox can do it. Please take care of subscribers from smaller cities since we all pay the same five bucks.

  3. I just got done ordering Dish Network, and did my homework before hand. When I looked up my Zip Code on their web page it said I could be ABC, so I ordered it. I’m a huge Lost fan, and have to keep up. Well it was installed today, and I looked for my local channels…guess what was missing. CBS. Called support, and they told me that even though it was offered for my zip code, my house was just on the edge of the line where it wasn’t offered…I live right in the middle of town. Be sure to call for you local channels before hand.

  4. I think the best part is the low prices… but then my friend has dish and at times, depending on the weather, the dish will act up and get an error message… so I’m not quite sure I’m sold yet.

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