The DISH Network
is a direct broadcast satellite
(DBS) service that broadcasts digital satellite television
and audio to households in the United States
. Owned by Echostar, DISH Network was launched in 1996
and is DirecTV
's primary competitor in the United States
. DISH Network typically uses smaller 18-inch satellite dishes to receive its signals. Slightly larger, 24-inch dishes (part of "DISH 500" systems) are becoming more common as DISH Network (as well as other DBS services) are attempting to squeeze more programming onto their growing systems, particularly local American television network affiliates stations, and foreign programming.
"Super Dish 500" is being introduced with capability to serve more than a thousand channels.
Unlike DirecTV, DISH Network has no partnership to deliver broadband satellite Internet service as it recently severed its partnership with the American satellite broadband company Starband.
In 2003, DISH Network began providing in-flight satellite TV service to the U.S. airline Song.
Number of Subscribers throughout the years
Channel lineup are founded at List of channels on DISH Network.