Many DirecTV customers are upset over the loss of their local channels as contract negotiation stall with Hearst Television. The contracts, which expired on December 31st 2016, have led to widespread service disruptions throughout the US. Hearst Television’s broadcasts include local network affiliates of ABC and NBC and CBS among others in 39 states.

Those affiliates Include:

  • WISN-TV Milwaukee,WI
  • KCCI-TV Des Moines, IA
  • KCRA-TV Sacremento/Stockton/Modesto, CA
  • KCWE-TV Kansas City, MO
  • KETV Omaha,NE
  • KMBC Kansas City, MO
  • WCVB-TV Boston, MA
  • WESH-TV Orlando, FL
  • WLWT-TV Cincinnati, OH

You can view the complete list here:

This contract dispute, like most recent telecom contract disputes and their associated channel “black-outs”, are caused by fee increases by the Cable or Satellite TV provider.


DIRECTV customers upset with their loss of local service stations can contact DISH at <span class=”PhoneNumber8861″><strong>1-855-629-3838</strong></span> to set up same day service. Local channels on DISH TV start at $39.99 per month. DISH is the second largest provider of Satellite TV service and DirecTV’s direct competitor learn more about DISH and DIRECTV here.


About Hearst

Hearst Headquarters

300 W. 57th Street

New York, NY 10019

(212) 649-2000


“Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 30 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE,Harper’s BAZAAR and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital and video companies such as Complex, BuzzFeed, VICE and AwesomenessTV.”




“American direct broadcast satellite service provider and broadcaster based in El Segundo, California. As of July 2015, it is a subsidiary of AT&T. Its satellite service, launched on June 17, 1994, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Its primary competitors are Dish Network and cable television providers. After receiving approval from the United States Federal Communications Commission and United States Department of Justice, AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV in a transaction valued at $48.5 billion was completed on July 24, 201”





New DISH Flex Pack Skinny Bundle

The all new DISH Network Flex Pack is the only package that lets you build your own TV package, and it starts at just $39.99. Customize your TV service by customizing the channels you pay for. If you don’t watch it, why pay for it?

DISH Skinny Bundle

The newest addition to the DISH Network packages line up, is designed to let you build a package and customize your TV experience. You choose what you want to pay for. This is the first time DISH has offered a way for you to pay for what you want without paying for TV channels you don’t watch. The Flex Package, or skinny bundle starts at $39.99 and includes 1 add-on TV package of your choosing. Add-on’s are channel packages that give you control over your television service. For a small monthly fee, you can add on as many TV packages as you like. With the new DISH skinny bundle you can build a custom TV cable plan. It’s that simple.

Add-on TV packages

  • News pack — Get all the best in news. Featuring your favorite news sources and stations including: BBC World News, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, MSNBC, TheBlaze and the weather channel.
  • The Multi-Sport pack — Don’t miss any of the action or coverage of your favorite athletes. The multi-sport pack covers college sports and professional sports. The multi-sport channels include NBA TV, NHL Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN Buzzer Beater, FOX Sports 2, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, Outside TV, Pac-12, SEC Network, beIN Espanol & beIn Sports.
  • The Kids Pack — Great entertainment for kids of any age. The Kids pack is perfect for everyone. Loaded with cartoons and other kid specific entertainment, the kids pack includes Nick Jr, NickToons, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, BabyTV, Animal Planet, and Boomerang.
  • The Variety Pack — Get a little of everything with the variety pack. Variety Pack channels include Bravo, Freeform, Lifetime Movie Network, BET, Investigation Discovery and Crime & Investigation.
  • Heartland Pack — The Heartland pack features some of the DISH TV’s most popular family friendly channels including Discovery Family channel, GSN, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie & Mysteries, PixL, OWN, RFD-TV, Ride TV, Rural TV, UP and BabyTV.
  • OutDoor Pack — If you love the great outdoors, then this package is the for you. You’ll get the outdoor Channel, Outside TV, Sportsman Channel and Work Fishing Network. It’s the best for all those who love fishing, hunting, travel, shooting, or adventure, this package is for you.
  • Locals Pack –  Local channels are a must for some people, for others they’re not so important. Now you can choose. With the local pack you’ll get all your regular local channels. That means you’ll receive ABC Affiliates, CW Affiliates, CBS Affiliates, Estrella Affiliates, FOX Affiliates, ION Affiliates, MeTV, NBC Affiliates, PBS Affiliates, Telemundo Affiliates, Unimas Affiliates and Univision Affiliates.
  • National Action Pack — Picking up where the multi-sport pack leaves off,  the national action pack includes Velocity, Fuse, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1, AXS TV, Universal HD, TV Games, and TVG2.
  • Regional Action Pack – The regional action pack is your ticket to the best in regional sports programming. It includes Big Ten Network, FOX Sports 2, Longhorn Network, ESPN Buzzer Beater, Outside TV, PAC -12 Network, SEC Network, World Fishing Network and more.

Additional Add-on Packages

Still looking for more add-ons? The DISH Flex Pack add-on’s also include Premium movie channels: HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and the Dish Movie Pack. Check out additional service for FOX Soccer PlusEPIX, Encore and the Latino Bonus Pack.

With DISH and the all new Flex Pack Skinny Bundle, the power to choose is in your hands. Build your own TV package today and choose what you want to pay for.

dishnet Satellite Internet to the Rescue

Rural Internet

Many Americans face rural internet crisis. With little to no cable infrastructure and with large distances between repeaters, living in the countryside often means being cut off from the world. Unfortunately, the convenient cellular data network access and Internet connections that people in urban and suburban areas enjoy don’t usually exist in the many small towns doting the American countryside.

Up to 14.5 million Americans living in rural towns lack access to faster than 4 megabits per second (or Mbps) download and 1 mbps upload speed. It’s common for service providers avoid building any infrastructure in these sparsely populated areas, as they would not profit much, especially after the cost of development. Topography can also become an issue;  mountains and valleys do not make it easy to install cables.

Dish Internet: Connecting Rural Communities

Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s needed by everyone, from companies to ordinary people. Being connected to the outside world defines the 21st Century. Dish Network is helping keep rural America connected with dishNET high-speed broadband satellite internet.

Although there has been very little interest from the private sector to invest in the required infrastructure, some towns have taken the initiative to build their own fiber-optic networks, some funded through government money. In the Navajo Nation, they received a $32 million federal grant to provide wireless connection to the reservation. Unfortunately, this is not enough to meet the internet  needs of rural residents.

Choose Dish Network TV and Internet for the Best Deal

With the help of Dish Internet, rural communities can experience faster income growth and slower growth of unemployment rates. Although dishnet high-speed internet can’t compete with the fastest cable modem or Fiber optic internet service, it can help create small towns with big opportunities for growth.

Rural and urban customers alike can bundle to get an even better deal on their Dish Network TV package, and any DISH TV customers can take advantage of the additional savings by adding DISH internet to their plan at anytime.


All New Dish and DirecTV Comparison

We posted updates to our DISH vs. DIRECTV article. We ant to make sure it’s as impartial as possible, to show that DISH is empirically better. We think it speaks for itself. It’s a comprehensive comparison between Directv and DISH.

Here’s a quick look at what we found:

Value Package

Number of Channels 190+ 145+
Price $49.99 50.00
ESPN Included Yes No
Local Programing Fee $0 $0
Local Sports Fee $0 Not available
HD Programming Cost $0 $0
Contract Term 2 Years 2 Years
Price Protection 2-year Price Guarantee 1 Year
Price Yes No
Annual Price Increase $0 $38
Second Year Monthly Pricing $49.99 $88.00
Additional Fees $0 $456

Summary: DISH customers save an average of $456 over a 2 year period.


Availability Nationwide Nationwide
Free Standard Professional Installation Yes Yes
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Call Center #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Website #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Clearest Bill to Understand #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Lowest Customer Complaints #1 #2

Summary: Based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index comparison of major TV providers (2010-2015), DISH has consistently delivered a better customer experience.


DVR Capabilities Hopper 3 – Record 16 shows at once, 4K video ready, faster performance Genie – Record 5 shows at once, 4K video ready, faster performance
Live TV Anywhere Yes No
DVR Access Anywhere Yes No
OnDeman Anywhere Yes No
Commercial Skipping Yes No
HD Recording Storage Capacity 500 Hours Internal (USB expandable) 200 Hours Internal (Not Expandable)
Apps Netflix None
Wireless Receivers Available Yes Yes
Bluetooth Audio Yes Yes
Remote Locator Yes No
Easily Record Primetime TV ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox No

Summary: The DISH Hopper 3 is a more powerful DVR than the DIRECTV HD GENIE. It is capable of recording 16 channels of live TV simultaneously, includes more internal storage that can be easily expanded through it’s built in USB ports.

HopperGO Portable DVR Available Now

DISH Network’s HopperGo Portable DVR

Announced at CES 2016, the DISH HopperGO is a portable DVR and mobile wireless network. At just $99.00, the Hopper GO will let users save 100 hours of Movies, Tv shows and music and access it from anywhere. When active, the HopperGo acts as a mobile network for up to five devices, so watching mobile TV on your tablet, iphone or Android device won’t affect your data plan, and you won’t have to worry about spotty cell tower access or dead spots. Learn more: DISH VS DirecTV | Technology.

HopperGO Top Features

  1. Holds up to 100 hours of content optimized for mobile devices.
  2. Saves space on your mobile devices.
  3. Wirelessly connects with up to five devices.
  4. Built-in battery that lasts for four hours is easily recharged through any USB port.
  5. $99 one-time fee; no monthly fees.
  6. Creates its own Wi-Fi network with a range of about 40 feet.

Not only does HopperGO save space on mobile devices, but it can stream content to up to five devices at once; so everyone in the family can watch a different show at the same time! HopperGO requires an Internet-connected Hopper with Sling with the new UI, or Hopper 3 and is accessed with DISH Anywhere.


DISH’s HopperGO, a revolutionary new personal mobile video drive, has debuted to customers nationwide for $99. The 64GB, rechargeable battery-powered device gives customers the ability to securely transfer up to 100 hours of recorded TV shows and movies from a Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 DVR for on-the-go, offline viewing.

“HopperGO is the perfect summer travel companion for nearly anyone, whether you’re road tripping, at the airport or lounging on a beach,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “It manages the burden of storage, so forget about deleting apps or pictures to free up space on your phone or tablet for video.”

HopperGO creates its own private wireless cloud that supports simultaneous viewing of different programs on up to five mobile devices via the DISH Anywhere app. It is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Kindle tablets. Capable of up to four hours of streaming on a single charge, HopperGO can additionally be used while charging.