Have you been trying to find USA Network on your Dish Network lineup? With its long history of airing popular shows like WWE Raw, Mr. Robot, Suits and Burn Notice, USA Network has been a staple of American cable TV for over 45 years.
As a Dish customer, you may be wondering what channel is USA Network on and how to access its mix of originals, movies, sports and more. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about watching USA Network on Dish today.
A Rich History Spanning Over Four Decades
USA Network first launched back on September 22, 1977 under the leadership of Kay Koplovitz. In 1981, it became the first basic cable channel to be distributed via satellite, helping expand its reach significantly.
Throughout the 1980s, USA Network drew in audiences through eclectic late night programming like Night Flight and Up All Night, along with retro cartoons in the mornings. By 1989, USA Network reached over 50 million households.
The 1990s represented the golden era for USA Network originals. Signatures shows like Silk Stalkings, Weird Science, Monk, La Femme Nikita and Pacific Blue propelled USA Network to over 70 million households by 1997. Ratings and buzz were at an all-time high.
Over the decades, USA Network changed ownership multiple times:
- 1980s – Owned by MCA Inc./Universal Studios
- 1994 – Acquired by Paramount Pictures
- 1999 – Viacom buys 50% stake
- 2004 – NBCUniversal/Comcast gains full ownership
Today, USA Network has declined from its 90s prime but still holds a place in basic cable lineups with its blend of acquired content and live WWE wrestling.
Current Programming Mix – Originals, Movies & Sports
In 2023, USA Network‘s programming consists of:
Originals: Around ___ hours per week (10% of total). Examples – Chucky, Temptation Island.
Movies: Approximately ___ hours per week (20% of total). Wide selection of theatrical films.
Syndicated: Roughly ___ hours per week (45% of total). Shows like Modern Family, NCIS and Law & Order: SVU.
WWE Wrestling: hours per week (15% of total). Flagship show WWE Raw draws average million viewers per episode.
Sports: ___ hours per week (10% of total). Golf, NASCAR, college basketball and Olympics.
While USA Network has reduced original programming, its syndicated shows and movies combined with WWE wrestling continue to drive steady viewership according to network executives.
Sister Channels Under NBCUniversal
As part of media giant NBCUniversal, USA Network is surrounded by several sister channels:
|Channel||Target Audience||Top Programs|
|Syfy||Science fiction fans||The Magicians, Wynonna Earp|
|E!||Pop culture & celebrity focused||Keeping Up With the Kardashians|
|Bravo||Affluent women||Real Housewives, Top Chef|
|Oxygen||Young female audiences||Bad Girls Club, Snapped|
|Universal Kids||Children 2-11 years||Top Chef Jr., American Ninja Warrior Junior|
With ownership by media giant NBCUniversal, USA Network has major broadcasting power behind it even as competition intensifies. The channel offers Dish subscribers a reliable mix of content week after week.
Exact Channel Location for USA Network on Dish
For Dish Network subscribers, here are step-by-step instructions to find USA Network quickly:
Grab your Dish Network remote and select the Guide button.
Use the arrow keys to navigate through the channel guide alphabetically to the ‘U‘ section.
Scroll down to channel 105 which is USA Network in standard definition. For HD, tune to channel 105-1.
Press Select on your remote once USA Network is highlighted to begin watching.
You can also manually enter 1-0-5 on your Dish remote keypad then select Enter to automatically tune to the channel.
With its combination of original programming, popular acquired series, theatrical films and live sports like WWE Raw, USA Network offers something for all tastes. Follow the steps above to easily access USA Network on channel 105 with your Dish subscription.