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DirecTV versus DISH Network

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If you've decided to purchase a satellite TV system, you are in for a great TV experience. Imagine the variety and quality of the programming you are about to see! But perhaps there is only one question remaining, which satellite TV service should you choose?

We've compared the two primary competitors for satellite TV service below. Use the following chart to help you decide which services you need and which company best meets your needs.

DirecTV

DISH Network

Subscribers

12.5 million and growing

10 million and growing

Quality of Signal

100% digital, increasing HDTV options

100% digital, increasing HDTV options

Programming

Hundreds of channels, including local programming, movie channels, etc. DirecTV's unique niche is sports programming that's not available on competitor programs. Some of the sports programming includes NHL Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, NY Yankee Games, NBA League Pass and NFL Sunday Ticket that gives you access to almost every NFL game. Some of this programming is available at an additional fee over standard service.

Hundreds of channels, including local programming, movie channels, etc. DISH Networks unique niche is in international and foreign language markets.

Pricing

Variety of packages priced from:

$39.99 to 90.99

Variety of packages priced from:

$24.99 to $77.99

Availability

Available throughout the United States with the exception of the following cities: Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Honolulu and Grand Rapids.

Available throughout the United States with the exception of the following cities: Las Vegas, Memphis, Milwaukee, Columbus and Baltimore.

Internet Service

DirecTV offers DIRECWAY, satellite Internet access that offers customer fast internet access available for either Mac or PC

DISH Network offers DSL internet service for both Mac and PC. Offers a package for Satellite TV and internet access with a $10 savings per month.

Personal Video Recording

DirecTV is partnered with TiVo to provide users with a high quality recorder. DirecTV offers a package with the TiVo at an additional cost.

DISH Network offers Personal Video Recording equipment and technology with no additional monthly fees to access the technology.

Warranty

Offers a 12 months warranty from the day of activation and a 24 hours customer service line.

Offers a 12 months warranty from the day of activation and a 24 hours customer service line.  Service line is done in-house.

Customer Service

Offers online services that allow subscribers to view current and prior statements, add packages and make payments to their account. Online user manuals and installation guides are provided.

Offers online services that allow subscribers to view current and prior statements, add packages and make payments to their account. Online user manuals and installation guides are provided.

Both satellite TV providers offer quality service and a variety of options. Consumers can select the best service provider by determining which programming options best fit their needs and what package is the most competitively priced.


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