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DISH TV and Internet Bundles

Price: Starting at $97.98/mo.
Channel count: 50–290+
Download speeds: 6–940 Mbps

Channel count Download speed up to Introductory price* Details
240+ 25 Mbps $117.98/mo. View plans
190 6 Mbps $97.98/mo. View plans
240+ 500 Mbps $139.98/mo. View plans
290+ 940 Mbps $174.98/mo. View plans

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Price per month. One-time charges apply. Maximum speeds are wired speeds. Wi-Fi, actual and average speeds vary. Service performance details at frontier.com/internetdisclosures. One-time charges apply.
† For new residential Internet customers only. Must establish and maintain Auto Pay. Speed capable range as fast as 500 Mbps. $0 activation charge applies. A $10 fee applies when Internet is disconnected. Other applicable charges and additional services are extra. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other offers. Other restrictions, Frontier policies and service terms apply.

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About DISH bundles

If you want to bundle DISH Network TV and internet service, the internet part will come from a third party ’cause DISH is a TV-only provider.

And that third party is Frontier, an internet service provider that covers about 30 states in the continental US. Depending on your neck of the woods, you’ll be able to get hooked up with either blazingly fast fiber-optic internet, adequately speedy cable internet, or the “Is Pepsi OK?” of internet connections, DSL (digital subscriber line).

Spoiler: If you’re literally in a neck of the woods—a rural area with little to no internet infrastructure—DSL via copper telephone lines or satellite internet might be your only option. Enter your ZIP code into our availability map to find out.

Best Dish and Frontier bundles

Channel count Download speed up to Introductory price* Internet type Details
240+ 25 Mbps $117.98/mo. DSL View plans
240+ 500 Mbps $139.98/mo. Fiber View plans

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Price per month. One-time charges apply. Maximum speeds are wired speeds. Wi-Fi, actual and average speeds vary. Service performance details at frontier.com/internetdisclosures. One-time charges apply.
† For new residential Internet customers only. Must establish and maintain Auto Pay. Speed capable range as fast as 500 Mbps. $0 activation charge applies. A $10 fee applies when Internet is disconnected. Other applicable charges and additional services are extra. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other offers. Other restrictions, Frontier policies and service terms apply.

For Frontier DSL customers, we like the Frontier Internet and DISH America’s Top 200 package for the numbers: over 240 channels with 25 Mbps of download speed for $117.98 a month isn’t bad for a satellite TV/broadband internet combo.

From A&E to VICELAND, the America’s Top 200 package has all of the channels we like, plus several we’ve never even heard of (like Z Living–-what?). Combined with 25 Mbps of internet speed—which can handle a small household of surfers and streamers easily—it’s a TV/internet bundle with a manageable price tag.

If you’re in a state with Frontier FiberOptic coverage, we’d recommend pairing the America’s Top 200 plan with FiberOptic 500 Mbps Internet plan. You’ll get excellent upload and download speeds thanks to Frontier’s fiber internet network.

DISH and Frontier Internet packages

Introductory price* Channel count Download speed up to Phone plan Internet type
$97.98/mo. 190 6 Mbps Add for $10/mo. DSL View plans
$117.98/mo. 240+ 25 Mbps Add for $10/mo. DSL View plans
$114.98/mo. 190 500 Mbps Add for $10/mo. Fiber View plans
$139.98/mo. 240+ 500 Mbps Add for $10/mo. Fiber View plans
$174.98/mo. 290+ 940 Mbps Add for $10/mo. Fiber View plans

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Price per month. One-time charges apply. Maximum speeds are wired speeds. Wi-Fi, actual and average speeds vary. Service performance details at frontier.com/internetdisclosures. One-time charges apply.
† For new residential Internet customers only. Must establish and maintain Auto Pay. Speed capable range as fast as 500 Mbps. $0 activation charge applies. A $10 fee applies when Internet is disconnected. Other applicable charges and additional services are extra. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other offers. Other restrictions, Frontier policies and service terms apply.

As for the rest of Frontier and DISH’s bundles, the more expensive bundles don’t add much in the way of essential channels, and the cheaper ones max out at an internet speed of just 6 measly Mbps, which we can’t in good conscience recommend to anyone.

Frontier Internet is also more likely to be available in your area, either in DSL or cable form. Frontier FiberOptic (fiber-optic internet) covers only small percentages of six states right now.

Also: an extra $10 a month will get you digital phone service if you’re into landlines. We aren’t, but you do you.

DISH unique features

  • Month-long free higher-tier channel previews
  • DISH Studio channel (rotating free movies, TV shows, concerts, and behind-the-scenes interviews and footage)
  • DISH Anywhere mobile DVR viewing

DISH equipment

Believe it or not, there was a time when satellite and cable receivers didn’t come with a built-in DVR; you had to buy one separately and pair them up yourself (big ups to TiVo, the original add-on DVR, which turns 20 this year).

Now, every TV provider has gotten into the DVR game—but none have gone bigger than DISH’s Hopper® 3, the most powerful receiver/recorder on the market. It can record up to 16 channels simultaneously, has 2 TB (2,000 hours) of storage capacity, and can power up to six Joeys (secondary receivers) throughout a household. If that doesn’t meet your viewing needs, you might be an unknowing cyborg.

But if you don’t need all of the features of the Hopper 3—it has so many more that you might want to check out our device review—DISH also offers straight-up receivers. The Wally (yes, there’s a kangaroo theme here) is a single-channel, non-DVR HD receiver with built-in apps like Netflix and Pandora, and the Duo VIP 222k can power two TVs (but only one in HD).

DISH deals

DISH deals include exclusive, if minor, perks for customers aged 55+, active and veteran military personnel, and first responders. For two years, all three qualifying groups get DISH’s Stars & Stripes channel pack (nine channels, including American Heroes and Smithsonian), one free on-demand movie rental, free DISH Protect Silver technician service for 6 months, and a Hopper 3 upgrade with DISH Anywhere. In all, a $250 value.

Pros and cons of DISH bundles

Pros

  • Price breaks

Cons

  • Separate bills
  • No mix-and-match options

DISH bundles FAQ

Can satellite internet service be bundled with DISH satellite TV?

It seems that satellite internet service could be paired up with satellite TV through the same rooftop dish, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple—it would require two separate dishes.

Viasat and HughesNet, the only satellite internet providers in the US, do offer DISH “bundles” in some parts of the country, but you’d want to sign up for them only as a last resort.

If you’re in a remote area with no internet infrastructure, not even phone lines, satellite internet would be your only option. But, even with recent technology upgrades, satellite internet is relatively slow and unstable (and yet still expensive).

Satellite internet also operates differently from satellite TV, hence the separate dish. It’s neither cheap nor convenient; we’d advise researching any other internet alternatives first.

What is digital phone service?

Digital phone, such as the service offered by Frontier, is transmitted over the internet rather than traditional phone lines (even if your internet, like DSL, uses those same lines). It’s also known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service.

The advantages of digital phone service include unlimited calls, fewer (if any) long-distance fees, and a huge variety of cloud-based phone options (voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding, etc.). It’s essentially phone service without the phone company.

On the downside, unlike traditional phone service, if your internet or power goes out, so does your VoIP phone. Also, not all digital phone services are connected to emergency services as standard phones are automatically.

Which popular channels are included with DISH’s America’s Top 200 package?

Despite the name, DISH’s America’s Top 200 package actually features over 240 channels—not that you’ll want them all.

We’re here for the Paramount Network (gotta have that Yellowstone) and Turner Classic Movies (ditto, bonafide westerns), but Reelz? Or the Game Show Network? Filler at best.

Here are a few of our favorite channels included with our recommended DISH package, America’s Top 200:

  • BBC America
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Cooking Channel
  • Discovery Family
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • Nick Jr.
  • Outdoor Channel
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Paramount Network
  • Science
  • SundanceTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • TeenNick
  • Tennis Channel
  • VICELAND
  • WGN America

What is the cheapest DISH Network package?

America’s Top 120 ($64.99 a month, 190+ channels) is the cheapest DISH package. For more on DISH TV service, read our DISH review.

What is the best deal on DISH Network?

The best value on DISH TV service is either America’s Top 120 ($64.99 a month, 190+ channels) or America’s Top 250 ($99.99 a month, 290+ channels). Both have a cost per channel of $0.34. You can learn more about DISH TV service in our review.

Are there any DISH Network packages for existing customers?

There are no advertised DISH Network packages for existing customers. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist—you’ll just have to contact DISH for details. We have a few more tips regarding this in our guide on How to Change or Cancel DISH.

Are there any DISH packages for seniors?

There are no special DISH package for seniors, but there is a discount program called DISH 55 that includes a free monthly movie rental, six free months of equipment protection with upgraded identity theft protection (reg. $9.99 a month), and channel pack discounts to customers aged 55 and older. Ask for it when you order by phone.