My Year with Dish Latino.
I’m going to be honest, in the age of Hulu and Netflix, I’ve never really been all that interested in cable, satellite or any other similar service or going out of my way to do the research to get the best deal. When Dish Latino reps approached Gringas about trying out their product for a year I thought, ¿por qué no? Let’s give it a shot!
I didn’t really have a whole lot of expectations going into this (re: Netflix addict), but I can say, overall, that my experience with Dish was largely positive. I’ve broken my observations down, simply, into what I liked and what I didn’t like.
What I Liked
Dish Latino not only provides access to lots of Latino centric programming, including JLo’s partner Nuvo TV and Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network in addition to multiple options for deportes, your fave telenovelas and premium options like HBO Latino, it also gives customers access to all your other fave shows like True Blood on HBO or House Hunters on HGTV! Short story, you have a lot of options for what to watch, and you can pick and choose which ones you want from a range of packages (for the most part and depending on how limited your budget is…those premium channels can get expensive).
One complaint I’ve heard from people is that Dish isn’t reliable in a bad weather, but this was not true for me. In the Spring we had quite a few rough storms, and this did not impact my individual experience, which was good as I really needed the weather channel!
This is Dish’s DVR, and it is really great. You can record up to 3 shows simultaneously. It allows you to record a series indefinitely. So, you’re able to set the show to record every time it airs, and you have the option of choosing to record every episode that airs or just the new episodes.
You can choose to delete the shows/episodes you’ve already seen, or hold onto your favorite episodes. There is a lot of storage space which gives you a lot of flexibility. At one point I had 50+ episodes of 3 different shows and a handful of other random episodes of a few other shows I wanted to check out all stored at the same time.
Personally, I don’t know why someone would choose a satellite or cable service that didn’t come with a DVR because who has time to schedule around when your favorite TV show airs anymore?
What I Didn’t Like
This is a small thing, but for some reason it bugged me. The menu for both the Hopper (where your recorded shows are stored) and the show guide/schedule was just not visually appealing and sometimes a little confusing. It wasn’t super intuitive either which made the product harder to use. Though, I don’t think any cable service really put a whole lot into the interface as that is not really focus the of the product.
This is something that all Cable/satellite providers are guilty of, and it comes down more on the networks/channels than the provider anyway. However, with the 24 hr demand of cable TV, no one has enough “new” content to fill the time. So, you get a lot of the same episodes, across networks/channels, and shows replaying over and over. Though, you’re still getting all the new episodes of your favorite shows too, and if you’re using the Hopper right, this becomes less of a concern.
The satellite dish
There really is no way of getting around this, and it might seem silly to even mention it. However, I really don’t like having a satellite dish (even though it isn’t that big and its not that noticeable), on my house. If this is something that would bother you…you’ll want to consider other options.
At the end of the year, I felt pretty good about my time spent with Dish and the Hopper! Though I had the DishLatino max package, which is great if you have the budget for it, and I got to experience it free of charge. If my review has you interested, check out the links below for more specifics.
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The pricing is reasonable, and there are at least four levels of packages to choose from. Though, admittedly, the least expensive package is pretty limited.
Dish has put together a helpful guide for consumers that compares Dish products & services to those of other major services like Time Warner and Cox.
Disclaimer: I received one full year of Dish service at no charge. However, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.