After having had most Dish packages over the many years I've dealt with them, including for a month the Flex pack, I've made what is, for me, a final decision on these packages. Welcome is the most cost-effective and has 90% of the channels that I need. I can sacrifice 10% of the channels that I like for the cost. Flex doesn't have RT, so that pretty well ends Flex as an alternative. Dish America does have RT, I believe. Dish America is in essence a bigger Welcome pack. However, the cost of $49.99, being more than double Welcome's cost, is rough, but TV Land is in Dish America. Flex has the advantage of a $5 autopay discount, bringing it down to $29.99, but $10 for locals and $10 for the news pack brings it back up to $49.99, the same as Dish America. Dish America includes ESPN 1 and ESPN2, not so valuable channels to me, but maybe someone in the home would watch them occasionally. Dish America also has a reasonable number of news channels plus GSN. (Dish America $49.99 cost is $30.00 higher than Welcome, but $3 is saved with GSN being included in Dish America.) In the case of Dish America and Flex, there's not much room to maneuver with future price increases. Once again, Welcome comes in at the top, and cost is what propels it to the top. In second (overall) place, I would put Dish America and third, Flex. With the competition from Internet providers, I am very hard-pressed to consider any pack that costs more than $49.99.