TV Nerd Tip

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Nothing helps you keep in touch with your Italian roots quite like television channels in the mother language. If you’re relying on cable to supply your entertainment, you may be surprised to learn the incredible offers Dish Network has to help bring that taste of home closer. If you have access to the Southern sky, you could be enjoying the sweet sounds of the great Romance language in no time at all.

Package options

Dish Network’s main offering is the Panorama Italiano, which is available at $19.99 per month. With this international bundle, you get seven channels, including one Italian music channel. You could also choose to just subscribe to RAItalia for just $9.99 a month. [1]

To receive either package, you must also subscribe to a core package. Your options are between a typical American package, an international package, or a Chinese package. Both the international and Chinese packages cost $15 a month. International Basic includes more than 30 channels, such as BBC America, Ebru TV, and, and Chinese Basic includes more than 18 channels, for example Star Chinese Channel, Golf Channel and Food Network. [2]

If you prefer to add these packages onto an American plan, your options are nearly limitless. This would also make you eligible for a discount on the Panorama Italiano package, which will reduce the add-on to $14.99 a month. [3]

The smallest package is America’s Top 120. For $49.99 a month, you receive favorites such as USA, CMT, ESPN and Disney Channel as well as more than 8,000 free on-demand titles.

The largest package is America’s Top 250. At $79.99 a month, this package includes more than 17 movie channels and special channels such as NAT GEO Wild, NickToons and NFL Network. Dish Network also offers two middle tier packages at $59.99 and $69.99 per month.

Available channels

Dish Network has worked to make sure their Italian clientele have access to all the greatest of their home land. These channels help create a full package to all customers to connect with Italy.

Euronews is on Dish channel 9793 and is the most popular news and information channel in Europe. This channel provides world news from a European perspective. With this channel, you have access to breaking news, business updates and sports. If you want to make sure you are up-to-date with European affairs, this is the channel for you.

RAItalia is a variety channel found on channel 9845. The line-up is made up of a combinations of shows and events from RAItalia’s three localized networks. It targets Italian expatriates, those of Italian descents and non-Italians interested in Italian language and culture. The channel provides shows ranging from variety hours to television series.

RAItalia Premium provides the most successful titles from the RAItalia catalog. The channel draws from lengthy series, mini-series and made for TV movies to offer anticipated, alternating epics, speech, genres and subgenres.

RAI News 24 is on Dish Network channel 9847. This is the state owned Italian channel and offers 24 hour news coverage.

TV2000 Italia is on Dish Network channel 9851 and provides Catholic-themed programming. Shows include news coverage, health and finances, current events, travels, entertainment, cooking, faith and programs related to Pope Francis.

LA 7 offers Italian lifestyle programming on Dish Network channel 9850. The channel provides everything from cooking to talk shows.

Additionally, one radio music channel, RAI Radio1, is offered in the Panorama Italiano package.

Why Dish Network?

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Dish Network helps you save month-to-month as well as up-front. Unlike other companies, Dish Network includes the Hopper DVR in certain American packages. Plus when you sign up today, you also are eligible for a free Amazon Echo Dot, which gives you the capability to control your Hopper hands-free. Dish also provides complimentary installation, which gives you piece of mind that your equipment will be ready to go when you are.

With Dish Network, you don’t have to pay extra for HD channels. When you enroll in Dish Network’s packages, you can skip low-quality streaming and SD feeds. Dish also gives you a premium movie package for free for three months when you sign up. This package includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, STARZ and the Dish Movie Pack.

To learn more about Dish Network or to find out if these offerings are right for you, contact a dish agent at 844-387-1706. Keep in mind, all new Dish Network customers must also agree to a two year contract and are subject to a credit check. However, they are less strict on credit standards than alternative option DirecTV.

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