Review of DISH America’s Top 120 Package
The second DISH package, America’s TOP 120 has been one of their most popular plans for nearly a decade. It’s successful due to a solid mix of highly popular channels, all at an extremely competitive price (compared to Comcast and most other cable carriers, about 40% cheaper). This is the plan we most often recommend to new DISH Network customers – if needed, it’s easy enough to upgrade to a bigger plan, they’ll simply prorate your bill according to the number of days at each plan. Here’s an overview of what you’ll get:
- Over 190 of the highest-demand channels including: TBS, SPIKE, ESPN, LIFETIME, CNBC and more.
- Free SHOWTIME and STARZ for 3 months
- Free HD for Life
- Complete install of up to six rooms
- Free Hopper 3 Whole-home DVR
- Free DISH Movie Pack for 3 months (EPIX, Sony Movie Channel, etc.)
- Local Channels for Free
Ideal for: folks on a budget who want a larger selection than DISH Flex Pack offers. Unless you watch a lot of TV and/or want access to a lot of specialty sports or programs, this is a very good starter plan.
$69.99/mo (locked in for 2 years)
Since they launched it years ago, DISH Network has been consistently improving their Hopper system, a whole-home, multi-recording solution. America’s TOP 120 is the first plan that qualifies you for a free system (as of this writing; make sure you confirm when you order). Note that if you have 2 or fewer rooms/TVs to hook-up, you’ll likely be setup with the Hopper Duo instead of the regular Hopper (it’s essentially the same DVR, just fewer tuners and less recording space).
What does America's Top 120 really cost?
Before signing up, figuring out your exact charges (fees included!) can be challenging at times. In the table below, we've laid it all out. DISH lets you remove local channels if you don't need local programming or already get it elsewhere. The example below is the lowest priced option available for AT 120 (no locals, 1 room). If you need more than 1 TV hooked up, add $5/mo for each additional TV.
Every DISH plan includes:
Other than the Flex plan which is mostly for current customers only, America's Top 120 is DISH's entry-level plan. It's a good package to try out first and upgrade to 120+ or 200 if you need more coverage.
You won't get a ton of movie channels but the selection is surprisingly solid: AMC, A&E, Family Movie Classics (FMC), FM, FX, lifetime, Reelz and more. TNT, TBS and USA show a fair number of movies as well.
Your options are pretty limited: ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN News, ESPN U and FS1 . So, mainly national contests and specialty sports coverage. If you want more NFL and college football, consider upgrading to AT 120 Plus.
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