It’s really confusing trying to figure out who’s the best satellite TV provider – DIRECTV or DISH.
DIRECTV claims to have the best sports programming, the most HD channels, and the highest customer rating. While DISH claims to have the most channels, the cheapest price, and the most advanced DVR receiver.
So what’s the truth? In an effort to end all the confusion and set the record straight as to which provider is the best, here are the facts:
The best price of the two satellite TV providers goes to DISH. Their Smart Pack program package is $19.99 a month for 55 TV channels including local channels, plus 3 free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz. If you spend most of your TV time watching ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, this is a good starter package.
The next best price goes to DIRECTV. Their Entertainment Package is $24.99 a month for 140 TV channels which includes local channels, plus 3 free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. For a little more money you get more program variety than DISH’s Smart Pack.
Dish Network carries 320 satellite TV channels, while DIRECTV carries 285 channels.
Best Satellite System
Both providers offer state-of-the-art satellite TV systems, and both offer free installation of their systems by a certified installer.
DISH’s system includes a satellite dish and their Hopper DVR. With the Hopper you can record, pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV so you can watch what you want, when you want. You can record up to 2,000 hours of programming, and watch 4 different shows in four different rooms of your home.
DIRECTV’s system includes a dish and their Genie DVR. The Genie also lets you record, pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV shows. It stores up to 1,000 hours of programming, and you can watch 4 different shows in 4 different rooms.
With both the Hopper and the Genie you can watch all your recorded and live programs on your mobile devices.
With 325 program channels, DISH offers the most variety.
Best Picture Quality
Both providers broadcast their programming in digital format, and HD format with Dolby digital audio, so you get the best picture and sound quality available.
Most Movie Channels
Both providers offer 51 movie channels from HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz.
Most Pay-Per-View Channels
DISH has 60 pay-per-view channels that broadcast the latest movies and special events, and DIRECTV has 55 pay-per-view channels.
Most Streaming Videos
DISH has 25,000 streaming videos that you can watch on your TV or mobile devices, while DIRECTV has 10,000 streaming videos.
Most Sports Packages
DIRECTV has the most sports packages including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, boxing, UFC, rugby, cricket, golf, and NASCAR. DISH has football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, boxing, cricket, golf, horse racing, and The Outdoor Channel.
Most Music Channels
DISH has the most music channels with 112 Sirius XM satellite radio and music channels, while DIRECTV has 70 Sonic Tap music channels.
Most International Channels
DISH has the most international channels with programming in Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese, Filipino, Italian, Russian, Arabic, German, Korean, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Armenian, Greek, Polish, Urdu, Israeli, and South Asian (Bangla, Hindi, Malayalam, Tami, l Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Telugu). DIRECTV has programming in Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian, Caribbean, Chinese, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, German, South Asian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
Best Customer Service
Both providers offer decent customer service 24 hours a day, seven day a week. You can access their customer service reps by phone, by email, and by Internet chat service.
Best Customer Service Rating
Both providers have higher customer service ratings than the major cable companies.
And The Winner Is…
The best satellite TV provider is the one that gives you the programs you want at a price you can afford. Both providers have their pros and cons so you need to do a little research to find out who’s the best satellite TV provider for you.