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Satellite TV Comparison: DIRECTV vs. DISH Network

Get The Real Truth About DIRECTV vs DISH Network

There’s a lot being said these days between DIRECTV vs DISH Network. It’s kind of hard to make a choice when everyone claims to have the best HD, the best DVR, the best customer service, etc. Obviously only one company can actually be the best in these claims.

We’ll let you be the judge with these side-by-side comparisons of DISH Network’s Services and Products vs. DIRECTV’s.

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Compare DISH Network's everyday low price with DIRECTV's.

DISH Network

Package Channels 2-Year Price Guarantee 2nd Yr. Price
America’s Top 120
190 $59.99/mo $59.99/mo
America’s Top 120+
190+ $69.99/mo $69.99/mo
America’s Top 200 240+ $79.99/mo $79.99/mo
America’s Top 250 290+ $89.99/mo $89.99/mo


Package Channels Promo Price 2nd Yr. Price
ENTERTAINMENT 150+ $55.00/mo $55.00/mo
Xtra 220+ $70.00/mo $70.00/mo
Ultimate 240+ $75.00/mo $75.00/mo

Compare DIRECTV vs DISH Network Features

Feature DISH Network DIRECTV
Automatically record primetime shows* YES No
Automatically skip commercials* YES No
Follow every score for every game YES No
Store up to 2,000 hours of HD recordings YES No
Watch 8 different recorded or live shows
in 8 different rooms, all at the
same time1
Access more than 15,000 On-Demand
Never lose your remote with the Remote
Smallest set-top box4 YES No

* Commercial-free TV feature only available for playback of certain HD primetime shows on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC with PrimeTime Anytime feature. Functions must be enabled by customer and are subject to availability
12 Hoppers with 4 Joeys vs. 1 Genie with 3 Clients. Additional HD DVR receiver may be added to Genie accounts to support more than 4 rooms, however the additional HD DVRs will not be visible by the Clients. The Genie also supports RVU-enabled devices, for a maximum of up to 8 rooms
2 With broadband Internet-Connected Sling® Adapter or Nomad™ (sold separately)
3 When connected to broadband Internet
4 Hopper dimensions: 16″ W x 14″ D x 2.05″ H; Genie dimensions 15.75″ W x 11.85 ” D x 3.25″ H

DISH Network vs. DIRECTV General Comparison

Features offered by DISH Network not offered by DIRECTV:

  • Fly through recorded commercials with our 30-second skip button
  • Designate a recording to a second TV while watching a live program on your main TV
  • Share your recordings between two TVs
  • Scroll through your channels up to 2x times faster than DIRECTV

Here are just a few other reasons why DISH Network beats DIRECTV:

  • Fewest consumer complaints in the industry according to the 2009 ACSI
  • You can record over 50 hours of HD programming
  • Get the highest hourly Standard Definition recording capacity
  • Record four shows at once
  • 3 HD receivers FREE
  • Picture-in-picture features with no additional equipment needed
  • Access to purchase movie tickets through Fandango


Who was the first TV provider to bring its customers 1080p HD VOD?

Videos on Demand that let you watch your movies with 1080p clarity, unsurpassed detail, and resolution equal to Blu-ray Disc were first brought to the American public by DISH Network.

Which company Leads In HD Programming?

Nobody has more HD than DISH Network with over 200 HD channels and counting. Plus you can connect up to 3 HD receivers for free and free HD programming for life! DIRECTV charges $198 to connect 3 HD receivers and that’s even after the instant rebate. And if you’re looking for the best quality picture available DISH Network has it.

Which company offers the Best HD DVR?

DISH Network’s dual-tuner HD DVR is top-of-the-line, considered the best in the business and has won prestigious industry awards, from CNET’s Editor’s Choice Award to PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for Best DVR.

DISH Network ViP 722 CNET Review

“The DISH Network ViP 622 and 722 are among the most fully featured and versatile high-def DVRs you can buy today.”


“The DIRECTV HR20 is easy to use and offers plenty of features, but its operational bugs make use more of a headache than with other DVRs.”

Who offers the best value on HD equipment?

DISH Network HD and standard-definition packages cost less than DIRECTV. DISH Network unlike DIRECTV, offers FREE upgrades to multi-room HD equipment connectivity: you can get
state-of-the-art HD receivers on up to 3 TVs with no upfront equipment cost. DIRECTV will charge for each extra receiver, so you pay more for inferior DIRECTV technology. And with DISH Network’s Dual-tuner HD DVR, you can watch different content in two rooms with just one receiver; with DIRECTV you need a receiver in each room.

Get the most HDTV for your money! 16 million other Americans know that DISH Network has the most programming, best technology and the best value around? Call 866-989-3474 and save with DISH Network Today!

According to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey results for the U.S. largest cable and satellite TV providers. The claim excludes fiber optic carriers.

Based on EPG comparison between VIP 722k and HR23.

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