Dish Network Has Everything you Need!

By: Julia Hall

If you've been thinking about switching to Dish Network it's probably because you'd like the increased variety that comes with a greater selection of channels. After all, no other television provider can give you as many channels per dollar as Dish Network. But you may be concerned that with all of the extra channels you can get, television may become too complicated and that you'll simply have too many choices for television to be the relaxing experience that it's supposed to be.

Fortunately Dish Network has anticipated this problem and provides a technological solution through it's Electronic Program Guide. The Electronic Program Guide is the central piece of software on all Dish Network receiver boxes and makes it easy to navigate all of the channels in your subscription. When you bring up the Electronic Program Guide, a table listing all of the available programs comes up on your screen. Each program occupies a cell of the table which includes helpful information like when the program was made, who the actors or hosts are, and often information about the subject matter or plot. You can scroll up and down through the table to see what's on different channels and left or right to see what's on at different times. On some receiver models, you can even see what programs are scheduled to be aired up to nine days in advance! The Electronic Program Guide also lets you and everyone else in your family assemble lists of your favorite channels, so you can quickly go to the shows you want to watch without having to sort through all of the channels everyone else insisted on subscribing to.

Dish Network also provides great hardware which can make television viewing more manageable and enjoyable. The Dish Network DVR (Digital Video Recorder) is a great example of this. Some Dish Network receivers have Digital Video Recorders built in, making it easy for you to record everything you want to watch in advance so that you can watch it when you're ready. This is a great feature for people who love television, but have obligations outside the home that conflict with the scheduling of their favorite shows. It works a lot like an old fashioned VCR, but it can be programmed quickly and easily using the Electronic Program Guide, it records onto a hard drive so you don't have to fumble with video cassettes, and some models can store up to 200 hours of programming, so you can take your time in getting around to watching everything.

A satellite television company can have the best technology available, but it doesn't make any difference if it doesn't offer any programming worth watching. Fortunately Dish Network has this covered too with programming packages ranging from the budget conscious Dish Family with forty channels to the Platinum Level High Definition Programming Package with a mixture of HD (High Definition) channels and regular television channels totaling almost two hundred and fifty! Inbetween are Dish Network's America's Top Entertainment Packages which includes versions with sixty, one hundred and twenty, and one hundred and eighty channels. America's Everything Pak has a total of two hundred and ten channels which includes four movie packages from HBO, Showtime, STARZ!, and Cinemax. For even more variety, Dish Network offers seasonal sports subscriptions, foreign language programming, Pay Per View, and Latino packages which offer a mixture of channels in English and Spanish.

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