Are you an Ex-pat and want to get Dish Network USA in Panama?
How do you do it? How much does it cost?
General Information: Due to the weak electromagnetic satellite footprint from the North American satellites in Panamá, the first thing that you will have to do is to purchase a huge 300 cms (10 feet) offset antenna/dish to get an acceptable satellite reception. Therefore, the small 3 ft. dish from the United States won’t work if you would like to enjoy all your TV in High Definition. After that, everything is the same as in the U.S. where you install your dish on your roof top or you attach it to a ground pole, you will then run RG6 coax cable from the HDTV LNB to the house into the receiver. Also, you will have to purchase from us or rent an activated and legit satellite receiver provided by Dish Network Latino. In regards to the activated satellite receiver, it is important to mention that you will need a valid US Address because Dish Network USA will provide the service to you thinking that you still live in the U.S. and not in Panamá. Once the 300 cm (10 feet) Big dish is properly installed and pointing to the satellite, and the activated satellite receiver is hooked up to the receiver, you will only need to pay the monthly fee for your Dish Network USA suscription to start receiving U.S. All-in-English speaking satellite TV programing in your household in Panamá.
In Panamá, you can only get HD TV from 2 old WEST ARC Dish Network Satellites : 110w and 119w. The satellite orbiting at 119° west will give you 8 HD TV Channels and the other bird at 110° west will provide 17 HD TV Channels. Using a big 10 ft. dish will allow you to use all DVR features.
Click in the link below to get a full list of the HD TV Channels that are currently available with the 3 meter / 10 ft. Big Dish. Keep in mind that when you buy a “Big Dish TV Experience” from us, you will get the TV Channels from two combined satellites into a single receiver :
In general, a professional DISH NETWORK Satellite TV installation with a 10 ft. Big Dish is around USD $2,499 anywhere in the Great Metropolitan Area in Ciudad Panamá. Keep in mind that there is a more affordable “Small 3 ft. Dish – All in English Satellite TV solution” for USD $1,100 in this link.
8 ft., 10 ft. and 12 ft. in diameter – Big Satellite Dishes and Installation Costs:
- A BIG – BRAND NEW – 2.4 meters or 8 ft. Fiber Glass Satellite Dish Antenna – Only USD $1,200
- A USED BUT IN GREAT SHAPE 2.4 meters or 8 ft. Fiber Glass Satellite Dish Antenna – Only USD $900 (ASK IF WE CARRY ONE IN STOCK)
- A VERY BIG – BRAND NEW – 3.0 meters or 10 ft. Fiber Glass Satellite Dish Antenna – Only USD $1,800
- A USED BUT IN GREAT SHAPE 3.0 meters or 10 ft. Fiber Glass Satellite Dish Antenna – Only USD $1,500 (ASK IF WE CARRY ONE IN STOCK)
- A GIANT – BRAND NEW – 3.7 meters or 12 ft. Fiber Glass Satellite Dish Antenna – Only USD $7,000
- A USED BUT IN GREAT SHAPE 3.7 meters or 12 ft. Fiber Glass Satellite Dish Antenna – Only USD $6,500 (ASK IF WE CARRY ONE IN STOCK)
- Basic full installation for Big Dish, Coax Cable, Receiver – USD $500 (Roof mounted) or USD $600 (pole mounted)
- Shipping Costs for Big Dish is approx. USD $100 – USD $600
Receivers that we sell or that you can just buy yourself on ebay.com
- Dish Network Receiver HD/SD Dual VIP 222 – only USD $ 350
- Dish Network Receiver HD/SD Dual DVR VIP 722 – only USD $ 650
The rain issue :
It is a fact that when it rains, the electromagnetic waves get degraded on the 10 ft. dish antenna and thus, the satellite TV signal could go away for sometime. It is important to know that even though you purchased a huge dish antenna that the already weak TV signals from the North American satellites (Dish Network USA) are not meant to be tuned in from Panama. Said in other words, when it rains, your 10 ft. dish won’t help you but the 3 ft. dish will keep the HD Networks and SD TV Channels alive. If you want a more stable “anti-rain” solution with Dish Network USA (say you …work in a SportsBook or you are the owner of a Sportsbars, the bar is full of clients watching the Superbowl.. and you want the HD TV Channels to remain available during the rainy season.) then you will need to look at a 13 ft. or 3.8 mt dish antenna. This super huge dish antenna costs around USD 7,000 .
Also, it is important to mention that some clients have reported to have better performace with “Dish Network USA with small dish on satellite 121° West” and DirecTV Puerto Rico with small dish on satellite 95° West under heavy rain. Even though, both satellite tv packages from U.S. and Puerto Rico require smaller 3 ft. dish antennas, the electromagnetic footprint from both U.S and PR satellites is so strong that they can outperform a 8 ft. or 10 ft. dish antenna pointing to the american satellites from Dish Network USA. Said in other words, some people with a 3ft. antenna are watching ESPN under rain in Panamá while some other people with just a 10 ft. antenna are just turning their TV off.
Another way to understand this is the following:
- Satellite 95° West from DirecTV PR with 3 ft. dish can handle moderate rain.
- Satellite 121° West from Dish Network USA with 3 ft. dish can handle heavy rain.
- Satellites 72.7° /110°/ 119° / 129° West from Dish Network USA with 8 ft. or 10 ft. dishes can NOT handle rain. Sometimes Not even too cloudy conditions.
Image below shows a SILVER “Dish Network VIP222 “
You can hook up two Television sets with this VIP222 satellite receiver. One TV in HD (High Definition) and one TV in SD (Standard Definition)
All of our customers become “Account Holders” of the satellite receiver. You will get a Dish Network Account Number and Security Pin so that you can deal directly with Dish Network USA. Keep in mind that a VIP222 is one box with “two satellite receivers inside”. You control in 100% the satellite receiver all the time so you can fire us if we do not commit to certain level of quality of service. You truly are in the the driver´s seat when you purchase from us.
List of Geostationary Satellites, and TV Channels:
What channels can I get? Are they in HD? Below, you will find list of Dish Network USA & DirecTV USA satellites and the channels that these providers offer in SD and HD. You can press on the link and then hit back in the web browser to check out what packages do you want.
DISH NETWORKS USA EAST ARC
- Echostar 12 /Conus – LAUNCHED 17 July 2003 = Dish diameter size = 600 cm or 20 ft – IT IS NOW RETIRED…
- Echostar 16 / Conus and beams – LAUNCHED 20 November 2012 = Dish diameter size = 180 cm or 6 ft – Satellite footprint ONLY gets to half of Panama…
- (Dish Antenna diameter size = 180 cm or 6 ft. and some people in Panama in fact say they can lock into it with dish antennas of 180cm or greater size…)
- Satellite Nimiq5 with ONLY Conus at 72.7 W (Dish USA) LAUNCHED 17 September 2009
- (Dish Antenna diameter size = 300 cm or 10 ft. but some people in Panama say they can lock into it with dish antennas of 180cm and 240cm…)
- Satellite Echostar 9 (Dish USA) LAUNCHED 29 September 2011
- (Dish Antenna diameter size = 65 cm or 2 ft.)
DISH NETWORK USA WEST ARC
- Satellite Echostar 10 -> Launched Date 15 February 2006 – ONLY BEAMS.
- Satellite Echostar 11 -> Launched Date 15 July 2008 – ONLY CONUS. (Dish diameter size = It is unreachable according to satbeams…but some people in Panama say they can lock into it with dish antennas with a diameter of 180cm/ 6 ft. or greater in size…)
- EchoStar 14 ->Launched Date 19 March 2010. Beams and CONUS. (Dish diameter size = It is unreachable according to satbeams…but some people in Panama say they can lock into it with dish antennas with a diameter of 180cm/ 6 ft or greater in size…)
- Anik F3 launched Date April 10, 2007. Just CONUS. (Dish diameter size = It is unreachable)
- Satellite Ciel 2 -> Launched Date December 10, 2008
- (Dish Antenna diameter size = 500 cm or 16.5 ft. …but some people in Panama say they can lock into it with dish antennas with a diameter of 180cm/ 6 ft or greater in size…)
KU BAND SATELLITES
2 Satellites at orbital @ 101 W (DirecTV USA) (All ESPN Full Court, NBA League Pass , NHL Center Ice Regular Season Games in SD definition)
- Directv 4S Conus with Dish of a diameter size = 150 cm or 5 ft. (Launched Date November 27, 2001)
- Directv 8 Conus with Dish of a diameter size = unreachable?. (Launched Date May 22, 2005)
3 Satellites at orbital @ 109.8 W (DirecTV USA) -> No TV Channels as of June 24th of 2014.
- EchoStar 10 Only has beams … Not reachable (Launched Date 15 February 2006)
- EchoStar 11 has a Conus… Not reachable (Launched Date 15 July 2008)
- DirecTV5 Satellite has a Conus with Dish of a diameter size = 450 cm or 8 ft. (Launch date May 7, 2002)
1 Satellite at orbital @ 119 W (DirecTV USA) -> All SD Channels. Networks in Spot beams and Latino Channels.
- DirecTV 7S has a Conus… Not reachable (Launched Date May 4, 2004)
KA BAND SATELLITES
Satellite 102.8 W (DirecTV USA)
- Spaceway 1 Only has beams … Not reachable (Launched Date April 26, 2005)
- DirecTV 10 (ka band) has a Conus… Not reachable (Launched Date July 7, 2007)
- DirecTV 12 has a Conus… Not reachable e (Launched Date December 28, 2009)
2 Satellites at orbital @ 99.2 W (DirecTV USA)
- Spaceway 2 Only has beams … Not reachable (Launched Date November 16, 2005)
- DirecTV 11 (ka band) has a Conus… Not reachable (Launched Date March 19, 2008)
- http://www.lyngsat.com/Spaceway-2-and-DirecTV-11.html . It carries MLB Extra Innings in HD.
OTHER DIRECTV AND DISH NETWORK USA SATELLITES
Satellite 121 W (Dish USA)
Satellite 95 W (DirecTV USA) is Not reachable! International Programming.
For more information about this package, please contact Alberto Araya, Computer Engineer from Western Michigan University at alberto@UsaTvSatFromPanama.com (English, Spanish and German)