The satellite TV deals from DirecTV and Dish Network are relatively similar - give or take a few dollars and a few channels. So the question is which company delivers the absolute best deal for you? Which company will give you the most bang for your buck?
The Best Programming Deal
DirecTV’s cheapest program package deal is $29.99 per month for 140 channels of satellite television programming. Dish Network charges $24.99 for 190 channels, but they also provide you with a free DVR receiver (digital video recorder) in up to 3 rooms in your house.
The channels from both companies include your local channels, movie channels, sports channels, pay-per-view movies and events, religious channels, news and weather channels, international channels, special interest channels, interactive channels, and video game channels.
Who’s Got The Most Channels??
DirecTV has more than 250 TV channels, 77 commercial-free music channels, and offers 60 pay-per-view movies per month.
Dish Network offers more than 350 TV channels, 112 music channels, and offers 75 pay-per-view movies every month.
Who’s Got The Most HD Channels??
DirecTV has 160 high def satellite channels, while Dish Network has 200 high def channels.
Who’s Got The Best Equipment Offer??
Both satellite companies will provide you with a totally free satellite system consisting of a satellite dish, satellite receivers, and the remote controls to operate the receivers.
DirecTV will give you a free standard receiver, but if you’ll need a DVR receiver to record your favorite programs, or an HD receiver so you’re able to view your programs in high definition, you have to buy a more expensive program package.
When you sign up with DirecTV you are given their state of the art DVR/receiver - the Genie - for free. The Genie lets you record approximately 1,000 hours of your favorite programs, pause, rewind, and fast forward live shows, and record up to 4 TV shows as you’re watching another show.
Dish Network will also provide you with their state of the art DVR/receiver - the Hopper - free of charge. With their receiver you can record as many as 2,000 hours of your favorite programs, pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV shows, plus record up to 5 shows as you’re watching another live show.
Who’s Got The Cheapest Installation?
DirecTV gives you free installation of your satellite system in up to 4 rooms of your house. Dish Network gives you free installation in up to 6 rooms. Installation times for both companies is from 1 to 5 working days after you get your service.
Who Offers The Best Picture Quality?
Both satellite TV companies transmit all their programming in digital and HD quality, as a result there’s no discernable difference in picture quality between the two companies.
Who’s Got The Best Customer Support?
The two companies offer 24/7 email and phone support when you have a problem with your system or have questions about the operation of your system.
Who’s Got The Best Customer Satisfaction Rating?
DirecTV is now ranked number 2 in customer satisfaction among all of the cable and satellite TV providers, while Dish Network is ranked number 1.
To Sum Up
If you’re looking for the most TV channels, the most high def channels, the most music channels, the most pay-per-view movies, and the most international channels at the cheapest price, the best satellite TV offer is Dish Network’s.
Furthermore, Dish Network gives you a free DVR so that you can record as much as 200 hours of programming, an HD receiver so that you can watch your shows in high def, or a combination of the two.
For this reason, I believe Dish Network’s service is a much better deal when compared with DirecTV’s service.