There are 2 special base packages (cheaper than the standard base packages) that you can get only in conjunction with international programming: 1) "Basic Choice" - $15.99/month 2) "Preferred Choice" - $19.99/month for 12 months; $43.99/mo regular Locals included. Request it by NAME and insist on it. My salesguy tried to lie and get me to sign up for "Entertainment" or "Choice." (While both are a good deal for the first 12 months, price jumps after that) Hold firm and say you saw it on the website about special base packages for international programming. If on a budget it'll def save money.