Dish Networks is expanding its reach with the launch of its first satellite internet service, which it says will allow customers to connect to its entire TV service and services.
The company is offering customers in North Carolina the Dish 5G service, with other regions and cities following in the next few months.
The service, priced at $50 per month, is available to Dish customers in the state and beyond, and customers in other states are also able to order it.
Dish also plans to launch a 3G satellite internet plan in 2017, and is partnering with two other satellite operators to launch an LTE-Advanced 4G LTE network in 2018.
In addition, Dish has launched its own TV service, Dish Network Now, that will provide over-the-top streaming to users in the U.S. and beyond.
“Our first customers in Raleigh, NC and other areas will be able to enjoy Dish’s new satellite internet and TV service with the help of our 4G network,” the company said in a statement.
The new service, dubbed Dish 5X, will offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second and will allow users to stream video, games, and music to over-20 devices, including TVs, PCs, gaming consoles, and more.
Dish has been a dominant player in the satellite TV market, with Dish 4G offering speeds of 1.5 to 10 gigabits per second in some markets.
Dish’s 5X will offer similar speeds in its first two markets, with the company also offering speeds in New York and San Francisco.
“Dish 5X is the first of its kind,” said Doug Smith, vice president of media, content, and technology for Dish.
“It will allow us to provide customers with a high-speed and high-quality service at a very reasonable price.
Dish will be the first provider in North America to offer 5G services with our own 4G spectrum.”
The company has also added satellite TV and gaming services in other markets, including New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and the Carolinas.
In the U, the new service is available for Dish’s own customers in a number of markets, but Dish will only offer it in North and South Carolina and Georgia.
Dish customers also can add it to their TV service plans for $5 per month or $15 per month for Dish 4K TV service.
In North Carolina, the Dish service will be available for $60 per month.
Dish said it is targeting markets in North, South, and West Virginia.
“In addition to providing high-bandwidth video, gaming, and social features, our 5X service will offer the same value proposition as our 4K services,” Dish said.
“We expect this to offer great value for our customers, which is why we are launching this service in North & South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.”
Dish said Dish is also partnering with its local TV network, Cox, to launch Dish TV Plus in 2021, with Cox serving as a hub for the service.
Dish is expanding into video streaming with the introduction of its 3D video streaming service, DTV Plus, which will deliver 1080p content to HDTVs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Dish 4D service is priced at just $20 per month and will be offered to Dish subscribers in the D.O.C. Dish 4X and Dish 5x will be rolled out over the next year.
In a statement, Smith said Dish has a lot of customers who are already using its services and who are looking for an easy way to access their content.
“The ability to connect and stream to their home network is a very valuable part of our customer base,” Smith said.
Dish announced the launch in September 2016 and has said the service will deliver a higher-quality experience than its competitors.
Dish plans to roll out 5G LTE service across the country, with new services planned in North Jersey, North Carolina and South Dakota.
“As we continue to roll our 5G network out across the U and around the globe, we are continuing to invest in our 5GHz and 5G capacity,” Smith added.
“Now that we have 4G service rolling out across North America, the rest of the U., and parts of the world, we have a lot more capacity to invest into this area.”