Satellite HDTV

DirecTV Vs Dish Network Comparison


At a high level, DIRECTV is known for better customer service, but DISH provides with live 24/7 assistance. DISH has the Hopper, which lets you skip commercials in Primetime, but DIRECTV has some basic HD channels DISH is missing (like ABC Family HD).

Biggest difference between the satellite services is the channel options included the sports packages — specifically those outside the domain of Disney’s ESPN channel suite. Sports packages — including ESPN GamePlan, MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, Fox Soccer Plus, NHL Center Ice, and MLS Direct Kick — are available on both. Both providers also include common pay TV options like Fox Sports and NFL Red Zone.

When it comes to differences, DISH’s exclusive sports packages include Outdoor Sports and Racetrack television Network.

DirecTV, however, has the monopoly on NFL Sunday Ticket, which includes every regular season NFL game, regardless of your market.

The languages each service supports varies a lot. DISH supports 29+ different languages ranging from Spanish and Italian to Tagalog, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Urdu.

DirecTV offers fewer options, including Spanish, Brazilian, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Filipino, Vietnamese and South Asian.




Now the question is: DISH Network or DirecTV?

Both companies offer remarkably similar programming packages, but there are some serious differences between the two. We’ve put together a handy guide to give you a basic rundown of each satellite service, and how they compare in terms of specialty & international programming, hardware, and pricing.

The programming packages DISH and DirecTV offer are very similar, here’s what you’ll get by going with either:

  • 300+ available channels
  • 200+ available HD (high-definition) channels
  • Free months of HBO, STARZ, Cinemax, and Showtime.
  • Access to locally broadcast programming
  • 4K Ultra HD support

Below are some other important things to consider as you compare DIRECTV and DISH, divided into relevant categories.



DirecTV Dish Network
DVR Genie Hopper
Internal Storage 1TB 2TB, supports USB storage expansion
Max TVs 8 7
On Demand Yes Yes
Tivo Yes No
Home Security Yes No
Transmission Quality Digital high quality signal. 4K Ultra HD support Digital high quality signal. 4K Ultra HD support
Programming Direct TV has exclusive rights to some sports channels but you need to pay an extra fee to get these channels. DirecTV, has the monopoly on NFL Sunday Ticket, which includes every regular season NFL game. DISH’s exclusive sports packages include Outdoor Sports and Racetrack television Network.
Local Programming Yes Yes
Commom MLB Extra Innings, ESPN GamePlan, NBA League Pass, Fox Soccer Plus, NHL Center Ice, and MLS Direct Kick MLB Extra Innings, ESPN GamePlan, NBA League Pass, Fox Soccer Plus, NHL Center Ice, and MLS Direct Kick
Watch Anywhere-supported Devices Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablets, Kindle (Watch Anywhere on DirecTV requires extra GenieGo hardware) Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablets, Kindle
Auto-skip recorded commercials No Yes (after 24 hours)
International Packages Has Comparatively less International channels

South Asian (India)
Spanish
Brazilian
Korean
Chinese
Russian
Filipino
Vietnamese
DISH supports 29+ different languages ranging from Spanish and Italian to Tagalog, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Urdu.



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