If you are in the market for a new pay television provider in 2010, then you may want to take a close look at the DISH Network bundles that are available to you. With DISH Network, you can enjoy all of the local and national networks that you get from your local cable TV company, and in most cases at a lower price overall.
DISH Network Bundles
If you are currently subscribing to basic cable, you are probably paying at least $60 a month. For digital or premium cable through a provider like Comcast, the bill moves into the $80 to $150 a month range depending on how many premium channels you have. While a DIRECTV bundle may save you some over cable TV, their overall pricing structure is a bit more than with DISH Network. With a DISH Network bundle, you can start with a package as low as $19.99 a month for the Dish Family package, but since very few subscribe to this package, we will start off with the Dish Classic Bronze bundle, and consider how it compares to cable.
The DISH Network Classic Bronze bundle is a great choice if you are currently a basic cable customer. Depending on your cable company, you probably pay anywhere from $50 to $75 a month for basic cable, and for that you probably get around 100 channels. With the Classic Bronze bundle, you will get 120 channels total, of which around 25 are music stations. Current pricing is $24.99 a month, which is a $15 discount from the regular price during the first year. After that you are looking at $40 a month. DVR service is another $6 per month, but even at the regular price this bundle compares well against basic cable.
The Classic Silver bundle is next up from DISH Network. With more than 200 all digital channels, this package matches up well against digital cable or the DIRECTV Choice Xtra bundle. This package is priced at $37.99 a month when considering the $15 first year discount. Regular pricing is $52.99, which again compares well with something like your typical digital cable bundle.
The DISH Network Classic Gold bundle is next on the list, and comes in at $47.99 a month, or $62.99 a month if you are considering the price once the promotional period is over. Here you will find over 260 all-digital channels when you count both audio and video. Quite a few of these are Sirius satellite radio stations, so if those are not high on your list, the Silver 200 bundle may be a better choice.
Finally, the America’s Everything Bundle is the all inclusive choice available from DISH Network. Everything in the Classic Gold package is included, plus more than 30 premium movie channels like HBO and Showtime are included. This Dish bundle is just under $100 a month, and is also eligible for the new customer discount for 12 months.
A few additional factors to consider when looking at a DISH Network bundle. All of the above packages include local channels where available. DISH Network reaches more than 95% of the country with local channel programming, so this shouldn’t be much of an issue. If you want high definition content with your DISH Network package, then you will be paying an additional $10 a month. The number of HD channels you get depends on the bundle you pick, obviously the bundles with more channels overall also offer more HD channels.
Finally, none of the DISH Network bundles include the monthly fee for DVR service. Right now, DISH Network charges $6 a month per DVR, though there are rumors circulating that Dish may be raising rates on their HD DVR service. This does compare well with cable TV providers, some of whom charge upwards of $15 a month for DVR service.