DISH vs DIRECTV

Making a DISH NETWORK vs DIRECTV comparison is not easy because of the similarities between the two. Both DISH NETWORK and DIRECTV are much lower priced and have better picture quality than cable. The chart below will give you a general idea of the basic features and pricing. Pricing does not reflect current promotions.

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DVR (Digital Video Recorder)

Standard DVR Features:
Digital Recording
Dual Recording (Watch one program
while recording another)
One-Touch Recording
Pause, Rewind and Fast Forward
Record up to 14 days in advance
Record entire season with one setup
Records Up to 200 hours
Search By title, actor, keyword, etc.

HD DVR Features:
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Records 400 hours in non-HD
Records 100 hours in HD
Record & watch in any room

DVR Subscription Fee $12 Mo.

ARS subscription $20 (Includes HD, DVR & multi-room viewing)

Standard DVR Features:
Dual Tuner Receiver (Watch one program while recording another)
Electronic Programming Guide
Name Based Recording
Pause, Rewind and Fast Forward
Record entire season with one setup
PIP (picture-in-picture)
Records up to 400 hours
Video on Demand

HD DVR Features:
Dolby Digital Audio
500 GB Hard Drive

DVR Subscription Fee $6 Mo.

HDTV Overview

DIRECTV was one of the first in the industry that really simplified HD packages and HD comes free with any programming package. Of course the bigger package you get the more HD channels you get.

This is a breakdown of the number of channels you get with each DIRECTV package:
ENTERTAINMENT™ - 40+ HD Channels
CHOICE™ - 50+ HD Channels
CHOICE XTRA™ - 60+ HD Channels
CHOICE ULTIMATE™ - 65+ HD Channels
PREMIER™ - 115+ HD Channels

DISH NETWORK has followed suit and made their HD packages much simpler. Now DISH Network is offering FREE HD for Life*.

Here's a breakdown of how many channels you get with each package:
Top 120™ - 30 HD Channels
Top 120 Plus™ - 30 HD Channels
Top 200™ - 61 HD Channels
Top 250™ - 78 HD Channels
America's Everything™ - 101 HD Channels plus 5 channels that already come standard with this package.

*Restrictions Apply

HDTV Prices

Included

Add HD FREE for Life*
*Restrictions Apply

Installation

Standard installation is free and it takes between
1 and 7 days.

Comes with free standard installation and takes
1 to 7 days.
International Programming

Brazilian
Cantonese
Filipino
Korean
Mandarin
Russian
Spanish – Language TV
South Asian
Vietnamese

Arabic
Armenian
Bangla
Brazilian
Chinese
Filipino
French
German
Greek
Gujarati
Hindi
Israeli
Italian
Japanese
Kannada
Korean
Malayalam
Pan African
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Taiwanese
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu
Vietnamese
Monthly Pricing For Regular Programming DIRECTV Select—$49.99
DIRECTV Entertainment—$57.99
DIRECTV CHOICE—$66.99
DIRECTV CHOICE XTRA—$73.99
DIRECTV CHOICE ULTIMATE—$81.99
DIRECTV PREMIER—$129.99
Local Channels—Included

Smart Pack - $24.99
America's Top 120™ - $44.99
America's Top 120™ Plus - $49.99
America's Top 200™ - $59.99
America's Top 250™ - $69.99
America's Everything™ - $104.99
Local Channels—Included

Premium Channels

AduIt Packages
AUDIENCE Network
BabyFirstTV™
Cinemax®
GSN Game Lounge™
HBO®
HD Extra Pack
SHOWTIME UNLIMITED®
Starz® Super Pack
Sports Pack

Adult Channels
Cine Latino
Cinemax
Encore
EPIX 3
Fox Soccer Plus
HBO
Outdoor Channel
RFDTV
Showtime
Starz

Sports Packages

CricketTicket
DIRECTV Golf
DIRECTV Soccer
DIRECTV SPORTS PACK
DIRECTV Tennis
ESPN FULL COURT
ESPN GamePlan™
FOX Soccer Plus
MLB EXTRA INNINGS®
MLS DirectKick™
NASCAR® HotPass
NBA League Pass™
NCAA MEGA MARCH MADNESS®
NFL SUNDAY TICKET™
NHL Center Ice™
UFC
WWE

DISH MULTI-SPORT
ESPN FULL COURT
ESPN GamePlan
FOX Soccer Plus
MLS Direct Kick
NBA League Pass
Neo Cricket
NFL Red Zone
NHL® Center Ice®
Outdoor Channel

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As you can see there's a lot of small differences in the two. Here is a list of the top 7 differences between DISH NETWORK and DIRECTV.

  1. Channels
  2. DVR's
  3. Family Plans
  4. HDTV
  5. Music Stations
  6. Pricing
  7. Sports

These 7 things are the main differences between DISH NETWORK and DIRECTV. You have to decide which of these are the most important to you. You can read more about these differences by clicking the links in the sidebar on the upper right side of this page.

Now the ball is in your court! Decide what it is you want out of satellite TV and use this DISH NETWORK vs DIRECTV comparison site to find out which company fits your needs. After making your decision, just click the appropriate banner at the top or bottom of nearly every page and you will be taken to the best possible place to get DISH NETWORK or DIRECTV.