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Dish Network Information:

Dish Network broadcasts to the public March, 1996

When Dish Network started in March, 1996 they had a decent programming package called America's Top 40 costing $19.99 a month. Our local Cable TV provider had a much more reliable service for the same price, but it wasn't available in our area at that time. So we became Dish Network customers which we regretted, when we bought our satellite system they were selling for between $650 and $1200 ouch! We naturally took the $650 deal plus it cost $150 for installation.

Within two months of our purchase Dish Network became the first DBS provider to offer free or discounted equipment on their promotions, came out with a promotion, offering the satellite equipment for $199 when the subscriber paid for a years worth of programming upfront. It would have cost me only $500 with a years programming included. The 1st original Dish Network subscribers got the shaft!

Dish Network's original America's Top 40 $19.99 programming package consisted of: A&E America's Voice Angel One Cartoon Network CMT CNBC CNN Comedy Central Court TV C-SPAN C-SPAN 2 Discovery Channel E! Entertainment TV Disney Channel E Disney Channel (W) ESPN ESPN2 ESPNEWS EWTN Family Channel Food Network Headline News The History Channel Home & Garden TV Home Shopping Network The Learning Channel Lifetime MTV The Nashville Network Nick at Nite East Nick at Nite West Nickelodeon East Nickelodeon West Nick at Nite's TV Land QVC Sci-Fi TBN TBS TNT The Travel Channel USA Network VH1 The Weather Channel.

Some of the first Dish Network satellite receivers to be used were the Echostar models 2000, 3000, 4000 and the HTS and JVC models 3500, and 4500. Dish Networks HTS and JVC brands were identical to the Echostar models except for a cleaner look to the receiver. The Model 2000 systems were IR or UHF, the IR version came with a single LNBF. The UHF version was the deluxe version which came with a dual LNBF for operating a second receiver.

Then came the Model 3000 and 3500 which was a basic IR system with a single LNBF. The deluxe Models 4000 and 4500 were a step up, Dish Network added some features such as event timers which could be used to tune the receiver to a select channel at a certain time or remind you of an upcoming TV show. It also added what they called an IR Blaster which would start and stop a VCR with the timer. The models 4000 and 4500 worked on both IR and UHF and came with a dual LNBF for operating a second receiver.

{Note: IR stands for Infrared, which means you have to point your remote control directly at the satellite receiver to operate it. UHF stands for Ultra high frequency, which lets you operate your satellite receiver up to 100 feet away, between floors or through walls.}

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