What we like: No internet speed requirements
Drawbacks: Expensive two-year contract
Who it’s perfect for: Fans living in rural areas
Between the two satellite provider juggernauts, we’re giving DISH the edge over DIRECTV for watching ESPN. Sadly, you can’t test out DISH before signing up, so we’ll do our best to cover everything here.
$59.99 a month for two years
Choosing a satellite provider over a streaming service means paying a few extra bucks, but it also means better reliability. After all, few things are worse than watching a game on ESPN and your stream cutting out due to poor internet connection. DISH lets you live without that stress.
The basic DISH channel package, America’s Top 120, carries all of the main ESPN networks for a cheaper price than DIRECTV’s base package. Check out all the DISH channels you’ll get here.
Before you sign up for DISH, make sure that’s how you want to watch ESPN because you’ll lock in to a two-year contract that’s pricey to get out of. But if you’re a Kentucky basketball fan living in a rural area, for example, DISH would be worth the commitment.
Your subscription comes with the Hopper Duo DVR, allowing for 125 hours of HD storage and two simultaneous recordings at a time.
You can upgrade to the Hopper 3, which just so happens to be the best DVR available with 500 hours of HD storage and up to 16 (!) simultaneous recordings. Just keep in mind that getting it adds another $5 to your monthly bill.
Don’t feel like adding another $5 to your monthly bill? We don’t blame you. Here are three simple steps to making the free DVR work:
- Watch what you recorded.
- Delete what you recorded.
- Rinse and repeat.
The average sporting event on ESPN takes upward of three hours, so you need to act even more responsibly, sports fans. But doing so saves you some money every month, and that’s pretty helpful.
Want to learn more about all the nuance of watching ESPN on DISH? Check out our full review here.