Dish 300 was the first satellite dish receiver provided by the direct broadcast satellite television company, Dish Network, and was originally known as the “Dish Network Dish”. Dish 300 had a single LNB, or Low Noise Block, that was capable of receiving signals from the 119°W orbital location owned by EchoStar as well as the 148°W or 61.5°W orbital locations for Latin American broadcasting, but not the 61.5°W, 110°W, or 129°W orbital locations. Because of the inability of Dish 300 to connect to these other satellites, it was eventually discontinued and replaced with the Dish 500.
How Dish 300 Works
Dish 300 was an 18-inch dish that had a single LNB and was used for basic reception from the 119°W orbital location and as a secondary dish for receiving signals from the 148°W or 61.5°W orbital locations or high definition broadcasts. While Dish 300 is still compatible with basic Dish Network broadcasts from these locations, it is not compatible with newer services offered by Dish Network.
Dish 300 can be used to receive all broadcasts from the 119°W orbital location as well as the other orbital locations mentioned above. Because Dish 300 was developed before Dish Network’s partnership with EchoStar began, it is not compatible with EchoStar broadcasts. However, Dish 300 did provide reliable service and received signals well even during rain and other undesired conditions.
Dish 300 was advantageous because it was light-weight and affordable. Because of these factors, many residential and commercial users alike had Dish 300 dishes installed before Dish Network and EchoStar released the Dish 500, Dish 1000, and Dish 1000.2 models. Although the Dish 300 is not compatible with newer Dish Network services, it can still be used as a secondary satellite dish for additional reception.