Satellite TV Report: Evaluating DISH's Spanish Plans

A review of the DISH Latino packages and their promotional offers

If Spanish is your primary language (or you just want to add some latin flavor to your programming), DISH has really increased their Mexican and Central/South American coverage over the years. All five of their primary spanish plans fall under the DishLATINO brand, ranging from Clásico ($19.99/mo) to Max ($39.99). If you've checked out our other TV plan reviews, you know we like to rank packages based on three key categories. We'll do the same with the spanish plans - here's a quick rundown:

1) TrueCost: the actual monthly cost (all fees included) you'll pay during the promotional period and thereafter
2) Channel Value: our subjective, relative score of ALL the channels found in a particular plan
3) Bonus-added: if there's a significant sign-up bonus currently available for a plan, we'll give it a rankings boost

When most folks think of spanish-language TV, thoughts of limited programming and partial channels usually come to mind. That was definitely the case a few years back. Nowadays, most spanish plans are just as fully-featured (if not more) than their English counterparts... and with all the promos and options available on the main plans. Check out the table below for a side-by-side rundown:

Comparison of the DishLATINO Packages

Category
DishLATINO Básico
DishLATINO Clásico
DishLATINO Plus
DishLATINO Dos
DishLATINO Max
TrueCost
(promo lasts 1 yr)
Promo: $29.99/mo
Regular: $29.99/mo
Promo: $19.99/mo
Regular: $39.99/mo
Promo: $19.99/mo
Regular: $44.99/mo
Promo: $29.99/mo
Regular: $59.99/mo
Promo: $39.99/mo
Regular: $69.99/mo
Other monthly charges
Receiver fee: First receiver free. 2nd & additional: Hopper: $12/mo, Super Joey: $7/mo, Joey: $5/mo. All other DVRs: $10/mo
DVR fee: Hopper: $12/mo. All other DVRs: $10/mo.
HD fee: $10/mo.  Current promo: FREE HD for Life (requires enrollment in AutoPay program); Smart Pak doesn't qualify
Local Channels: $10/mo.  Current promo: FREE for Life
Setup/installation: One-time charge: $250  Current promo: FREE installation (up to 6 rooms)
  
No. Channels
Spanish: 23
English: 32
Total: 55+
Spanish: 34
English: 146
Total: 180+
Spanish: 34
English: 156
Total: 190+
Spanish: 34
English: 191
Total: 225+
Spanish: 34
English: 236
Total: 270+
Cost/span. chnls
Cost/total chnls
(during promo)
Spanish: $0.55
Total: $0.55
Spanish: $0.58
Total: $0.11
Spanish: $0.58
Total: $0.10
Spanish: $0.88
Total: $0.13
Spanish: $1.18
Total: $0.148
Channel Theme(s)
Just the Basics, Please
As the name conveys, this plan gives you access to just 55 channels (23 in Spanish), but it's a nice lot.
Featured channels: Galavision, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes & Telemundo
The Starter
For half the price of Básico, you get 3x the channels (odd, but just the way DISH sets up its promos).
New channels: Cinelatino, Disney XD, NBC Universo, Telehit, Teleformula, etc.
La Paella
A tasty Spanish dish plan that won't disappoint (with 10 more channels than Básico).
New channels: Boomerang, Cartoon Network, nuvo TV, Syfy, TBS, USA Network, AMC, etc.
Spicy Buffet
Get 35 more channels than Plus, with a nice mix of news, entertainment and movies.
New channels: A&E, Animal Planet, Bloomberg, Bravo, CNN, Discovery, Food Network, etc.
The Big Enchilada
DishLATINO Max gives you access to 270+ channels, especially a ton of new reality and movie options.
New channels: ABC Family. CMT, DIY, E! TV, ESPN, FS1, FX, History, Movie Channel, Reelz, etc.
Channel Value
(relative score)
7.4 /10
9.2 /10
9.6 /10
9.0 /10
8.3 /10
Bonus-added
(special, limited-time offers)
  • Free Premium Movies for 3 mths
  • Free Installation (up to 6 rooms)
  • Free Premium Movies for 3 mths
  • Free Installation (up to 6 rooms)
  • Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
  • Free HD for Life
  • Free Premium Movies for 3 mths
  • Free Installation (up to 6 rooms)
  • Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
  • Free HD for Life
  • Free Regional Sports Networks
  • Free Premium Movies for 3 mths
  • Free Installation (up to 6 rooms)
  • Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
  • Free HD for Life
  • Free Regional Sports Networks
  • Premium Movies Included
  • Free Installation (up to 6 rooms)
  • Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
  • Free HD for Life
  • Free Regional Sports Networks
Overall Score
(sum of all categories; 1-100)
77 %
94 %
98 %
92 %
86 %

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just add spanish channels to my existing English plan?
Yep. It's called the "DishLATINO Bonus Pack" - for $17/mo, you'll get 34 of the most popular spanish channels: Telemundo, ESPN Deportes, beIN Sport, Discovery Familia, Telehit, NBC Universo, De Pelicula, Univision TL Novelas, etc.

Can I add an internet bundle to my spanish plan?
Yes. As with the English packages, you'll always have the option of adding dishNET to your account. Since peak download speeds are about 7 Mbps, it's best suited for light internet users or those that live in rural areas with few internet-connection options.

Can I get the 2-year price lock deal here as well?
You've probably seen the DISH ads regarding the 2-year contract that maximizes your savings. DISH has extended those savings over to the Spanish plans as well. So, you'll also get a fixed low price during your first 2 years. Thereafter, your monthly rate tends to increase about 10% (tip: give your DISH rep a call and see if you qualify for the same or another special package :)

Related Report:

Compare DISH's English Plans - If Spanish doesn't fit the bill or you're just not sure, check out our rundown and reviews of the leading English packages on DISH.



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