Can I Receive DISH Network Satellite Service?
Predictably the title for this article, “Can I Receive DISH Network® Satellite Services,” is kind of a rhetorical question. You see, the answer in all likelihood is “yes.” Of course, we’re qualifying our answer with the phrase “in all likelihood” because certainly not everyone on the planet can receive DISH Network satellite services. But with DISH Network’s satellite coverage area now stretching across all 50 states, you can definitely receive DISH Network satellite service if you live anywhere in the U.S. from Anchorage to St. Augustine, FL.
Moreover, DISH Network satellite service now not only offers SD local channels and all the HD and SD channels in their America’s programming packs to 100 percent of American markets, but the company also offers local HD channels to over 94 percent of American markets. The company is able to do this because of several advances in its technology all of which we here at InternetLion.com will discuss below.
How Big Is DISH Network satellite coverage?
One of DISH Network’s primary goals since its founding in 1996 has been to expand its coverage areas. Initially, this meant launching new geosynchronous satellites into orbit, beginning with the company’s very first satellite, the EchoStar I in 1995, and continuing on to the present day with EchoStar XV—which launched July 2010.
Originally DISH Network satellite coverage was limited. Its 2003 launch of the EchoStar IX, however, made it the first satellite TV service to offer local channels in all 50 states. It then expanded its services to include High-definition television by purchasing the assets of Voom in 2005. With the acquisition, DISH took control of Voom’s Rainbow 1 satellite and it’s first 10 HD channels. Today, that HD offering has grown into over 200 HD channels, which is the most offered in the business. Plus, there is practically no place in America where DISH Network satellite coverage doesn’t extend with strong DISH Network signal strength.
Do I Need A DISH Network HDTV Antenna?
In addition to expanding the company’s service range, the many EchoStar satellites launched in the past 15 years have improved DISH Network signal strength. But DISH Network signal strength and range are only part of the equation. Another key improvement has been, naturally, the kind of ground-based technology the company has provided its subscribers over the same period. Specifically, DISH Network satellite dishes have developed over the years from the DISH Network 300 satellite dish to today’s 1000.2 DISH Network HDTV antenna satellite dish.
Measuring 23 inches in diameter, these newer satellite dishes differ from older models in that they are 10 percent larger than previous models. As a result, they can pick up more signals, thus obviating the earlier need for customers to buy a DISH Network HDTV antenna in addition to a regular-service satellite dish.
Moreover, the introduction of these new dish antennae has allowed DISH Network to offer its customers HD channels as part of their regular packages. Plus, installation is a breeze since all new customers get the 1000.2 and all DISH Network HDTV antennae must be aimed at one of two HD satellites: The Ciel-2 at 129˚W and the EchoStar XII at 61.5˚W.
What Does This Mean For Me?
What all of this means for DISH Network customers is:
- The highest quality picture in the business.
- 99.9% signal reliability.
- Enjoy the highest quality HD picture.
- Get the most national HD channels in the business.
- Get the most local HD channels in the business.
These are just a few of the reasons why DISH Network is America’s fastest growing TV provider.* Click here to learn more about switching to DISH Network satellite service today!
*Claim based on 2009 3rd and 4th quarter net subscriber additions comparing DISH Network, DIRECTV and major cable companies.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 10/17/2010.