Satellite TV is superior to standard TV, but how can you decide between the two main providers of Satellite TV, DIRECTV and DISH Network? The electronic options we have these days are truly phenomenal. The only real problem with this explosion of electronic devices is the overwhelming feeling so many of us feel when we try to do our research in order to choose one to purchase.
If you have any questions we’re not answering you can comment below or ask a DIRECTV or DISH representative for immediate feedback using their contact information:
|DIRECTV||DIRECTV – 877-451-0661|
|DISH (Authorized Dealer)||DISH (Authorized Dealer) – 855-357-2283|
Satellite Vs Cable
Trying to decide between satellite and cable? Read about some of the key differences between the two options.
Enhanced sound and picture quality
Cable connections go through multiple network reconfigurations which only serve to degrade the quality of sound and picture. With satellite, the programming bypasses that complicated network web, so the quality of what you get is direct and therefore, unblemished. This direct system allows for high-definition TV (HDTV).
Both DIRECTV and DISH have the ability to offer more programing than cable, i.e., more channel choices including productions from other countries and programming in other languages. While DIRECTV offers more than 250 channels, DISH offers more than 330; and both provide multiple language options, though DIRECTV has fewer than DISH today.
Increased capacity for recording and storage of saved programs; multiple simultaneous viewing options including the ability to record one show while watching another show; pause and replay live TV; fast-forward through commercials; and HD quality local channels, all at a lower price than analog TV are highlights of satellite television’s superiority.
Directv Vs Dish
Weighing the value of DIRECTV vs. DISH is difficult because both products and the services they offer are very comparable. When trying to determine which is best for you, it is important to find out what is specifically unique to each one. Then, when you look at the two lists side by side, it will be easier to recognize your own viewing habits and entertainment needs in order to decide if DIRECTV is best for you or if DISH is your best option. Below is a comparison of some of the basic features of DIRECTV and DISH.
Free DVR and HDTV equipment
Up to 4 rooms
Up to 4 rooms
Number of Channels
Custom Design You Package
HD Recording: Genie Vs Hopper®
HD recording gives you the power to pause, rewind and record live TV. Below is a comparison of DIRECTV’s Genie and DISH’s Hopper.
Number of Shows Recorded at Once
Recommends New Shows
Hard Drive Size
Transfer Recordings to Mobile
Watch Two Shows On One Screen
Number and Variety of Channels Comparison
The number of channels offered and the particular programming of those channels differ between DIRECTV and DISH. As mentioned earlier, DISH offers more than 330 channels while DIRECTV offers 285+. But a closer look at those 285+ channels will reveal that more is not necessarily better. What your household likes to watch may not be the same as what your neighbor’s household likes to watch. So take a look and see which satellite provider offers the channels you are interested in.
Premium Channels: Cinemax®, HBO®, Showtime, and Starz®
Premium Channels: Starz® Super Pack, Showtime Unlimited®, GNC Game Lounge and HD Extra Pack
Premium Channels: Bloomberg, Cine Latino, EPIX3, Fox Soccer Plus, Outdoor Channel, RFDTV and Veria
Sports Channels: ESPN Full Court, ESPN Game Plan™, NBA League Pass™, and NHL Center Ice™
Sports Channels: Cricket Ticket, DIRECTV Golf, DIRECTV Soccer, DIRECTV Sports Pack, DIRECTV Tennis, MLB Extra Innings®, NASCAR® HotPass, NCAA Mega March Madness®, NFL Sunday Ticket™, UFC and WWE
Sports Channels: ZEE Sports and the Dish Mulit-sport channel
X-Rated Channels: Fresh, HustleTV, Juicy, Playboy TV, Real TV, and Reality Kings TV
X-Rated Channels: Adult on Demand and SPICE:XCESS
X-Rated Channels: Adult Showcase, XTSY, and XTSY/Juicy
International Channels: Brazilian, Filipino, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese
International Channels: Cantonese, Mandarin, and South Asia
International Channels: Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Malayan, Nepali, Pan African, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Ukrainian and Urdu
We’ve taken the basic packages from DIRECTV and DISH as well as the premium packages and compared them together side by side so you can see a more in-depth review of them. Read further to see who we think offers the best packages.
America's Top 250
$19.99/month for 12 months then $49.99/month
$19.99/month for 12 months then $34.99/month
$89.99/month for 12 months then $136.99/month
$39.99/month for 12 months then $84.99/month
Number of Channels
Popular Channels Included
A&E, ABC Family, Animal Planet, BBC, CBS Sports, CNBC, CNN, C-Span, Disney, Fox News, Food Network, FX, Hallmark, HGTV, Fox, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, TBS, TLC, USA
CBS Sports, C-Span, Food Network, Fox News, Hallmark, Nickelodeon
In addition to the Select Package: Cartoon Network, Cinemax, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox Sports 1 & 2, HBO, MLB, NBA TV, NFL Network, NHL, Showtime, Starz, TLC, TBS, USA
In addition to the Smart Package: A&E, ABC Family, Animal Planet, BBC, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, CNBC, CNN, Disney, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1 & 2, FX, HBO, HGTV, MSNBC, NBA TV, NFL Network, Showtime, Starz, TLC, TBS, USA
*These channels were chosen based on what we thought were some of the most popular channels that households wanted in their cable packages.
To summarize the table above, the Select package from DIRECTV is the winner for the basic packages. Not only do they offer more channels, but the package is also cheaper after the first 12 months of the contract. For the premium packages, the winner is DIRECTV again. The Premier package offers all the same “popular” channels as the Premium package from DISH for less money.
Below is a broad comparison of all of DIRECTV and DISH packages.
Number of Channels
Number of Channels
$49.99/month ($19.99/month the first 12 months)
$34.99/month ($19.99/month the first 12 months)
$59.99/month ($24.99/month the first 12 months)
America's Top 120™
$59.99/month ($29.99/month the first 12 months)
$70.99/month ($29.99/month the first 12 months)
America's Top 200™
$74.99/month ($39.99/month the first 12 months)
$77.99/month ($34.99/month the first 12 months)
America's Top 250™
$84.99/month ($39.99/month the first 12 months)
$86.99/month ($39.99/month the first 12 months)
$136.99/month ($89.99/month the first 12 months)
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- Get 140 Channels for $29.99 a month for 12 months by visiting DIRECTV or call (877) 451-0661 to speak to a DIRECTV representative and lock in this deal.
- Check out our DIRECTV Promo Codes page for discount codes that will save you even more $$.
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