Written by: Austin Henline | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: February 24th, 2020
Orby TV is a satellite television provider that began in 2019. Odds are, if you haven’t heard about the company yet, you will soon. Here’s why:
1. No contracts
Orby TV is unlike other satellite TV providers because customers do not have to sign a contract. Orby TV has adopted a pay-as-you-go format where users can put their payments on pause without any penalty. Unlike traditional TV providers, Orby does not conduct a credit check nor does it mail bills to its customers. Rather, customers can control their spending and view payment history on an online account.
2. Local channels are always free
Orby TV includes an outdoor antenna that attaches to the satellite dish. This antenna brings in local TV shows such as ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and Fox at no cost. Customers who choose to put their payments on pause can still watch these local channels for free!
For those who are curious to know what local channels are available in their area, you can type in your zip code in this Orby TV search bar. Orby TV also claims that it will not cut any local TV stations over things such as contract disputes.
3. Self-installation option
Although it is recommended that customers pay $150 for a professional installation and one-year guarantee, Orby TV provides a self-installation option. A self-installation kit is available for $70 on the company website, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to install the system properly. Simply put, if you have experience installing satellites, or want to save money, Orby TV gives you the option to skip the installation fee and do it yourself.
4. No internet required
No internet required? This sounds like such a foreign concept in a world that is dominated by streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Orby TV receives its channels via the satellite dish and outdoor antenna. For this reason, as well as others, Orby TV is a great option for customers who can’t afford to pay a large internet and traditional TV bill.
5. DVR options
DVR options are available to customers at very competitive prices. Users who purchase a programming package can add on DVR options for only $4 per month. Users who wish to only watch local television shows and not pay for a package can purchase a DVR option for $12 per month. Orby TV DVR can record up to 100 hours of HD TV and 1,000 hours of standard definition TV.
6. Can rent or buy
The option to rent Orby TV equipment is available for those who do not wish to purchase the equipment or pay for an installation fee. Rental options start at $55 per month and include the following:
- Orby TV equipment
- Free installation
- Free delivery
- Free local channels
- 2-year price guarantee
- Essentials package
- 30-day trial
For those who do not wish to rent, Orby TV equipment is available in local stores such as Best Buy and Target in the 48 contiguous states. Customers can also call Orby TV directly to purchase their equipment, as well as schedule a professional installation.
7. Available for RV users
Orby TV is a great option for RV users. Rather than installing a satellite dish on top of a house, Orby recommends that RV users buy a TV receiver/DVR, a self-installation kit, a signal meter, and a tripod. The tripod is used to support the satellite dish and should be able to hold up to 25 pounds. After installing the satellite and antenna for local channels, customers can begin their service by creating an account on the Orby TV App. Specific instructions for RV users can be found on the company website.