DISH Network Review
- January 15, 2018 - DISH Network no longer offers satellite internet as a standalone service. We updated this review in January 2018 to reflect and explain those changes. If you purchase internet through DISH as part of a bundle, your service provider will be a third-party company.
DISH Network Doesn’t Offer Satellite Internet on Its Own
At its core, DISH is in the business of satellite television packages. It used to provide satellite internet directly to customers; but that ended in late 2017. It now partners with internet service providers to bundle other companies’ internet services with its TV packages, thereby consolidating customers’ bills and reducing their overall cost.
You can still get internet, you’ll just have to bundle it.
If you’re considering getting internet through DISH, know that one of its TV packages is a non-negotiable commitment. But that could turn out to be the perfect arrangement for you, if you’re looking for a new TV provider or to combine your monthly service bills (you can add on a phone plan, too).
The four available TV packages range from $70 to $95 per month, and that price is guaranteed to stay the same for two years. In our analysis, we found DISH’s TV plans to be valuable over time, especially when compared to its main competitor DIRECTV — though DVR users will have to decide if DISH’s high-quality service is worth an extra monthly fee. We looked into those plans for you; check out our review of DISH Network’s TV packages if you want to weigh whether one might be a fit for you.
But it partners with a strong satellite internet provider.
HughesNet, which won our accolades as the top pick in our review of The Best Satellite Internet, is one of DISH’s partners. Though satellite internet is on the slow end of the different types of internet connections out there, HughesNet offers competitive speeds among its peers and delivers on (or exceeds) those speeds consistently. To get a more indepth look at HughesNet, check out our deep dive.
The major pro of satellite is its availability, and most people won’t have a choice in the provider — or type of internet — that’s available to them. Even the fastest satellite internet maxes out at speeds that’ll keep just four to six devices browsing smoothly. If you’re in a household filled with lots of devices or Netflix bingers, head to our review of The Best Internet Service Providers and learn more about what you can expect on your hunt for a speedier connection.
So if you’re looking for satellite, it’s worth considering a DISH bundle.
To find out what internet service providers DISH partners with in your area, head to its website and start up a chat (it’s available 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to midnight on weekends). But be aware: You’ll have to give your specific street address, with zip code, to get any answers.
If DISH partners with a provider that offers speeds that fit your needs, and you’re happy with one of the TV packages it offers, you might find that a bundle will save you money. According to DISH’s website, those savings could be upward of $100 a year.
The Bottom Line
If you’re set on satellite and don’t need a TV provider, you aren’t a DISH customer. Look at the satellite internet providers we recommend instead. But if you’d consider switching TV providers and bundling internet, one of DISH’s four packages may be a good fit for you.