$15 per month plus the price of an international package add-on. I don't actually care about the international channels very much, so I went with the cheapest option (Portuguese: RTPI) for $9.99 per month. This way, my total bill for the basic package is only $24.99 per month, which is way less than Welcome Pack.How much is that and what channels does it have? Does it require 118?
Here is the channel listing from Dish's site: MyDISH
There is also a Chinese Basic package for the same price: MyDISH
Either package would require the 118 satellite, but you can lie and say that you already have that satellite even if you don't have it. (I actually do have it, though.) Both packages provide a good selection of "freebie-type" channels (shopping channels, religious channels, diginets, other channels that are probably paying Dish to be carried). This gives me BBC America, Buzzr, Laff, Grit, C-Span, and a handful of international news channels. I also still get all of the monthly free preview channels, obviously. I went with International Basic because it includes some international streaming channels (the channels with the five-digit channel numbers in the list, which actually show up on collapsible channel numbers in the 600 range if you have an internet-connected Hopper or Wally). NatureVision used to be one of those streaming channels, but Dish dropped that.
This also gives me the option to add and remove Latino Bonus Pack (for Disney XD, and the Dish CD and SiriusXM music channels) which was previously not an option with Welcome Pack. (Welcome Pack subscribers may have gained that option some time this year.) This also gives me the ability to add and remove the Locals package as needed, which was also not available with my old grandfathered Welcome Pack. (I have read, but not confirmed, that non-grandfathered Welcome Pack subscribers also have the ability to drop the locals, although it does not reduce their monthly price very much.)