Home / Articles / 2-Year Price Lock from DISH | Review

2-Year Price Lock from DISH | Review

1

UPDATE: This offer may no longer be available. The information featured in this article is based on our best estimates at the time of writing and DISH updates pricing and packages frequently. Visit our DISH TV service review for more details or see DISH offers directly to get the most up-to-date pricing.

The Bottom Line

DISH’s 2-year TV Price Lock guarantee eliminates the possibility of a price hike, but it means you’re stuck in a contract for 2 years…no matter what.

Pros

  • Same bill every month
  • No price hikes
  • No hidden fees

Cons

  • Cancellation fee for breaking contract.
  • Taxes not included
  • Costs more than without contract

Pricing

Does DISH’s Price Lock save you money?

Although any promotional offer immediately comes across as a “good deal” compared to the normal offerings, when we investigated the math behind DISH’s 2-Year Price Lock billing structure over two years (which is a common contract length across TV providers), the results are a bit surprising: You can save up to $120 with the first tier plan, America’s Top 120+, but the other plans potentially lose $60-$120 by going with a price lock.

Something to remember

These savings or losses are not static; the second-year pricing can fluctuate with the regular plans. In addition, your location and other factors may contribute to pricing differences.

DISH America’s Top 120+

First year savings offer2-year price lock
1st year pricing$39.99/month$49.99/month
2nd year pricing$69.99/month$49.99/month
Total over 2 years$1,319.76$1,199.76
First year savings offer
1st year pricing
$39.99/month
2nd year pricing
$69.99/month
Total over 2 years
$1,319.76
2-year price lock
1st year pricing
$49.99/month
2nd year pricing
$49.99/month
Total over 2 years
$1,199.76

That puts your savings with a 2-year price lock at $120.

DISH America’s Top 200

First year savings offer2-year price lock
1st year pricing$44.99$64.99
2nd year pricing$79.99$64.99
Total over 2 years$1,499.76$1559.76
First year savings offer
1st year pricing
$44.99
2nd year pricing
$79.99
Total over 2 years
$1,499.76
2-year price lock
1st year pricing
$64.99
2nd year pricing
$64.99
Total over 2 years
$1559.76

With the price lock, you’re losing -$60.

Dish America’s Top 250+

First year savings offer2-year price lock
1st year pricing$49.99$74.99
2nd year pricing$89.99$74.99
Total over 2 years$1,679.76$1,799.76
First year savings offer
1st year pricing
$49.99
2nd year pricing
$89.99
Total over 2 years
$1,679.76
2-year price lock
1st year pricing
$74.99
2nd year pricing
$74.99
Total over 2 years
$1,799.76

With the price lock, you’re losing -$120.

(Note: Prices are current as of time of posting, but be sure to look at prices before ordering as they fluctuate frequently.)

 

Of course, you should take more than pricing into consideration. If you want easy-to-digest billing, consistency is key. It’s a lot easier to budget when you have the same bill every month for 24 months, barring any surprises. On that note, it’s also easier to detect any surprises if your package rate isn’t subject to change.

Another aspect to consider is that you never know when rates may increase. Between business growth, the rising cost of living, inflation, and other economic factors, it’s safe to assume that rates will naturally go up over time. Whether that’s in a few years or a few months is what you’re gambling on. You may find solace in the fact that if you choose a price lock plan, you won’t have to make that decision for another two years, with the potential of using your past plan to negotiate a better rate in the future.

 

Tip

Negotiation to keep your price with DISH at $50 per month is much easier when your contract runs out because you can use that as leverage when bargaining with your sales rep.

Additional fees

Taxes are never included and vary according to your state. Premium channels like HBO and Cinemax also cost more.

 

DISH offers 3 months of 50 premium channels for free, which includes HBO, Cinemax, STARZ, and a host of other great channels, but if you don’t cancel before the three months have passed, you’ll see an additional fee of $60 per month (changing your bill from $49.99 to $109.99), and that’s an unpleasant surprise.

 

Service fees used to be an additional cost on top of the monthly rental fee, but that’s not the case with the price lock packages; monthly equipment fees are included for up to 4 rooms, and the HD DVR monthly service fee is also included. That’s pretty hefty savings and much easier to understand than the old method of extra equipment fees sneaking into your monthly bills.

 

Technical costs

If you’re interested in a DVR, it’ll run you an additional $10 per month, but that’s not bad, considering the Hopper allows you to watch four shows at once and the new voice remote is due for release soon (which we imagine will be comparable to Apple TV’s Siri integration). The Hopper also allows you to access apps like Pandora and Netflix without having a smart TV. It has an intuitive interface that mimics the Roku and Apple TV designs.

To see details on pricing in your area, go to DISH’s site.

Packages

Package name2-Year Price Lock Rate
America's Top 120+$49.99/mo
America's Top 200$64.99/month
America's Top 250$74.99/month
America’s Top 120+, DSL Internet, Phone$109.98/month
America’s Top 120+ and Better DSL Internet$109.98/month
Package name
America's Top 120+
America's Top 120+
America's Top 200
America's Top 200
America's Top 250
America's Top 250
America’s Top 120+, DSL Internet, Phone
America’s Top 120+, DSL Internet, Phone
America’s Top 120+ and Better DSL Internet
America’s Top 120+ and Better DSL Internet
2-Year Price Lock Rate
America's Top 120+
$49.99/mo
America's Top 200
$64.99/month
America's Top 250
$74.99/month
America’s Top 120+, DSL Internet, Phone
$109.98/month
America’s Top 120+ and Better DSL Internet
$109.98/month

Packages vary by location, so check availability in your area.

 

Channel selection

Channels within the 2-Year Price Lock are the same as those in the month-to-month packages and include necessary picks like A&E, FX, Lifetime, and MTV.

 

Of course, channel counts get inflated with things like music channels, E!’s endless coverage of the Kardashians, and the Sale channel (which is just as thrilling as the name implies), so be sure to take a look at what you’re really signing up for before you commit.

HD channels

Out of the 120 channels included in America’s Top 120+ package, roughly 53 are in HD. If that’s a deal breaker, you may want to upgrade to America’s Top 200 or 250, but chances are you won’t care if QVC comes through clear enough to burn your retinas (those necklaces look better blurry, anyway).

 

For a complete list of channels, see DISH’s channel lineup.

 

The verdict

The 2-Year Price Lock is the way to go if you don’t plan on moving within the next two years (though, even if you do need to move unexpectedly, you can transfer your DISH service easily). While you may be hesitant about being in a long-term contract, think of it more as the provider having an obligation to you: yes, you have to hold to your end of the bargain, but more importantly, DISH has to keep its end of the agreement. That’s a solid deal.

 

Our recommendation

Since you can save money while having a consistent bill, we’d recommend the America’s Top 120+ plan with a 2-Year Price Lock. You’re getting the same package at a consistent price, reducing your need for math skills and scrutinizing bills. But if you’re thinking of going with a higher package, forego the 2-Year Price Lock: it won’t save you money.

 

If you want the best bang for your buck and you intend on getting internet as well, go with a bundle: America’s Top 120+ with 2-Year Price Lock, good DSL internet, and basic phone will run you $109.98/month. Essentially, you’re getting home phone for free, so even if you only use it for the occasional fax, it’s good to have a landline for emergencies. But, no matter if you’re signing up for a bundle or a standalone TV service, be sure to do the math before making a commitment.

 

See the rest of DISH’s packages here.

 

Disclaimer: The information featured in this article is based on our best estimates of pricing, package details, contract stipulations, and service available at the time of writing. All information is subject to change. Pricing will vary based on various factors, including, but not limited to, the customer’s location, package chosen, added features and equipment, the purchaser’s credit score, etc. For the most accurate information, please ask your customer service representative. Clarify all fees and contract details before signing a contract or finalizing your purchase.

Our mission is to help consumers make informed purchase decisions. All content remains unbiased and uninfluenced by external compensation including, but not related to, ratings, rankings, and opinions. Our affiliate compensation allows us to maintain an ad-free website and provide a free service to our readers. For more information, please see our disclosures page.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>