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We Tested Out Dish’s Antenna Installation Service: Here Is How It Went


Cheerful couple cuddling and sitting on the couch watching tv at home in the living roomBack in January Dish announced that it would be offering antenna installation for both indoor and outdoor antennas. In April installation went nationwide in the lower 48 states. Starting at $99 and going up to $150, Dish will sell you an antenna and install it for you. (For the outdoor antenna, it sells the Televes DigiNova Boss UHF/VHF; for the indoor it offers the Winegard flat antenna.)

Last week Dish contacted Cord Cutters News to ask if we would like to test the Dish from  antenna installation service from their Air TV brand. We decided to give the program a test, and this is how it went.

Setting up the appointment and before the installer showed up:

Friday afternoon we talked with a Dish representative on the phone to set up the appointment. They gave us the option of the following Monday morning or Monday afternoon as earliest available appointment times. We set it up and received an email immediately confirming the installation.

On Sunday we received a confirmation email with a timeframe for the Monday installation.

On Monday morning we received a text message from the installer to introduce himself and let us know he would text when he was on his way. He called around lunchtime to say the installation was moved back one hour.

What Dish did to setup the antenna:

The techs arrived at my house during the updated 1-hour window provided on the phone. Work took just under 2 hours, and they cleaned up after themselves.

I asked them to install the antenna in my attic as opposed to my roof. (I live in an HOA with rules about roof-mounted antennas. Yes, I know it’s allowed, but I didn’t want to deal with any issues of getting approval. I also liked the idea of not worrying about weather and lightning.) They mounted the antenna in my attic, but we found out that the coax cabling for my house was not run through the attic but must have come up through the floor. They dropped a new line from my attic down into our second floor and put a new outlet next to the current cable TV outlet.

Testing out the Televes DigiNova Boss outdoor antenna:

I had never heard of the Televes DigiNova Boss antenna before it came with my installation. I already had an Antenna Direct 4V in my attic and was skeptical of the antenna sold by Dish. It looked small compared to the 4V, which struggled to get my local NBC.

I am happy to report after about 5 minutes of moving around the directional antenna the Televes DigiNova Boss antenna picked up all the channels that my 4V antenna did at the same strength of the 4V.

The Televes DigiNova Boss antenna sells for about $100 at several retailers we checked. It is listed with 60-mile range, which is much shorter than the range on the 4V from Antenna Direct; however, it was still able to pick up the same stations as the 4V in my house.

Remember location affects reception, and your experience will vary.

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The outdoor antenna installation would have cost $150, but because I had no cable running from my attic down into my house they had to drop a cable. That cost an extra $50. So the cost of the work and the outdoor antenna totaled about $200. (Local taxes may apply.)

But this was a demo, so Dish covered the cost of installation.

Final Thoughts:

Although many will be happy to install their own antenna, I can see why others will be happy to have Dish do it for them. With the antenna alone costing about $100, it is only an extra $50 for installation. For anyone who is not physically able to or just does not have the time and wants to get it done right I highly recommend this service.

I did look around to see how the price compared to others and found Amazon also installs roof antennas in my area, but they charge $259.79 plus the cost of the antenna. I saved a little over $200 with the Dish installation and antenna vs the $259.79 price for the Amazon installation and the cost of a antenna.

Two thumbs up! I highly recommend the Dish antenna installation. You can learn about the Dish antenna installation HERE.

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  • Adam

    Wow. I didn’t realize the $150.00 actually included the cost of the antenna itself. I agree that when you factor that in you’re only really paying $50 for the installation which seems like a great bargain.

  • Dogman

    I wonder if other users who take advantage of the Dish antenna deal will get the same service as you???? Since Dish knew this was going to be a reviewed install, did you get better than normal service?

    • It is possible they gave special treatment. Yet the antenna is the same antenna no matter who you are. As far as the setup and the pre arrive service I can say that it was the same as I got when they fixed my Samsung Washer a few months ago. They had no idea who I was as I didn’t use my work email. Yet I was even able to setup a same day appointment to get it fixed and the emails and automated calls all ended up being the same.

      So I would say you should expect the same experience.

  • AstroMonster

    I live in a dead zone for antennas, but even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t​ go with an​ antenna..ever.

    I would rather go without any service and just rely on Blu rays and dvds before I would go with an antenna.

    • Michael Lee McNabb

      Is this one of those Websites where you have to be nice to everyone and you can’t point out that the person made the most idiotic comment you’ve ever seen because they must have a brain that makes a common house fly look like a genius?

      • AstroMonster

        Really?

        So because I have no desire to use an antenna you question my intelligence? And you have to be insulting about it?

        If the fact that I hate antennas bothers you that much, then I would suggest maybe you are the one with the questionable intelligence.

        I don’t want an antenna being visible anywhere around my tv, I don’t want to mount one in my attic, and I most assuredly do not want to have to use 2 different methods of watching tv just to see locals. I also have no desire to use that garbage Sling TV service to try and get them together either.

  • Jack Snell

    I must live in a weird area. They could bring me a dish but no antenna. They asked me if I had a debit card to begin with. I asked what that had to do with it lol. They told me that they needed that to hook me to the right person. Right really? They scared you guys for cable, people. Geez I’m sorry. But they scoped us out.

    • Luke Bouma

      Did you call the number in the link or what number? Sounds like you may have called the wrong place.

  • Jason

    They told me that I must buy an AirTV from them in order for them to process the order to install an antenna.

  • NapMan

    Did they find the best position for you or did you have to move it around yourself after they installed it?
    I currently have an antenna installed on my roof but my stations come from different directions so it’s tricky. Also, when the trees start filling in my reception gets worse. I’m tired of climbing up on my roof.

  • Glenn Stevenson

    I called them and tried to set up an appointment (June 2nd) only to learn that they have no trained technicians in my area (Austin, Texas)! How disappointing!