Dish Network Vs Directv - A Comparison

by Stack - Date: 2010-09-21 - Word Count: 554 Share This!

Satellite TV service providers are major revenue earners in the US. To retain existing customers and to attract new subscribers they keep offering variety of exciting programming packages. However, for their excellent service and packages at reasonable rates, DISH Network and DirecTV are the two leading names in the industry. The two service providers go head to head in every aspect making it difficult for people to choose one. Which one is the best? Well, to find that out you need to compare DISH Network and DirecTV very minutely. This article attempts to figure out some differences between the two leading satellite TV service providers in US.

Packages and prices: Premium package is among the most popular programming packages offered by both DISH Network and DirecTV. The Premium package includes several channels that offer entertainment for people of all ages. Most of the channels that come in Premium package by DISH Network and DirecTV are common but there are some differences in the price.

Showtime Premium Package, the haven for exciting videos is among the hottest packages that both DISH Network and DirecTV offer. DirecTV's Showtime Premium Package includes nine channels including six that are also available in the HD versions. So it makes nine SD channels and six HD channels. DirecTV offers the package at $ 12.99 per month. But DISH network offers 10 channels in its SHOWTIME package. Four out of these 10 channels are available both in SD and HD, which makes it a package of 14 channels. DISH Network's SHOWTIME package comes at the same price offered by DirecTV. So in terms of number of channels, DISH Network is a better choice.

Starz Premium package is another fan favorite package, which is available with both DISH Network and DirecTV. But where DirecTV offers 14 Starz channels in the package including five with HD version, DISH Network's package includes six channels that are available in HD version. The total number of channels is same for both the service providers but in terms of HD programming DISH Network is a step ahead. The price offered is also same so obviously DISH Network is the better choice.

Same is the case for Cinemax Premium Package. If you subscribe DirecTV you get three cinema channels including two offering HD versions at a price of $ 12.99 per month. But DISH Network offers five channels in the package at the same price. If HD channel is your priority DirecTV is the better choice but if you consider the volume, DISH Network is better.

Other aspects: In terms of packages and quality of entertainment, DirecTV and Dish Network are almost the same but the Colorado-based DISH Network has won more heart with its 'entertainment for all' approach. Apart from plethora of DISH HD and SD channels for the US people, DISH Network gives importance to the international communities that are settled in the country too, which is evident from its long list of international programming packages that it offers. DISH Latino for the Spanish speaking people, ARABIC for people of Saudia Arabia and Middle-East and Chinese Great Wall Package for the Chinese are among the most highly demanded international language programming packages in the US. Moreover, DISH Network offers DVRs at easy installments and provides free installation up to six rooms per connection which makes it a better service provider to opt for.

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