: Dish Network or DirectTV for HD?
It's been a long time since I looked at television programming south of the border but I was talking to a friend today who has bought a house in Florida. He was asking about satellite television options so I thought I would help him out.
He wants HDPVR and package with the best selection of HD channels so what should I recommend to him? Dish Network or DirectTV? In addition, can you recommend receivers and a programming package.
I started looking at the Dish site but frankly I was pretty confused at the options so I thought I would just ask.
Thanks in advance
2011-08-17, 02:16 PM
He wants HDPVR and package with the best selection of HD channels so what should I recommend to him?
Not much has probably changed since you may have last looked in to it.
Just more & more HD content as time goes on.
I think overall they both carry the same selection of HD Channels.
They differ in a few areas...
Aside from everything they have in common, Dish still offers international / multinational
packages and doesn't charge extra for HD content, you just need the right antenna setup and MPEG4 hardware. And Direct TV still claims to be more sports oriented (Still has NFL Sunday Ticket and Dish doesn't).
I think I even saw something recently that NFL Sunday Ticket will be included for new Direct TV subscriptions, instead of a yearly extra $200 dollar fee, so on. Possibly to counter Dish's HD Free For Life Marketing???
Thanks MajorTom. I'm really looking for specific hardware and programming packages. Dish has about 8 different packages and I didn't quite get it all.
2011-08-17, 07:18 PM
Dish Network all the way. They have about 20 more national HD channels than DIRECTV and their receivers are miles ahead. DIRECTV receivers are dead slow and they keep making them slower with new firmware versions.
I recommend a Dish Network ViP722k. To get the most HD channels he needs Americas Top 250 along with the Platinum add on.
That is what I have.
2011-08-17, 07:24 PM
the Diff between Dish and Directv is
if ur friend is a Sports Fan then its Directv for him
if ur Friend is a Movie Lover then is Dish thats the best i can put it
2011-08-17, 09:49 PM
Peano makes some good points about Dish. Dish/Bell has the best & most user friendly equipment period. I have thought about switching from DirecTV a few times but all in all im still with DirecTV. As for HD PVRs I used to have slow as dirt HR22's & thankfully the last one just died recently. I now have HR24's which is their best HD DVR to date. Much faster, im quite pleased with them. As for HD channels Dish has around 15 nationals that DirecTV doesn't. DirecTv just lanched the rest of the premium movie channels in HD on July 27 which brings there HD movie channel count to around 30. The only one missing is Outermax. Also if your friend is a new customer he will get Sunday Ticket free this year, so if he is a sports guy than Direct hands down if not he may want to look at Dish. Now keep in mind that Dish has insane equipment fees and it dosen't matter if he owns or leases the equipment the fees are all the same.
2011-08-17, 11:14 PM
There are no fees on the first receiver with either provider. Although the HR24 is somewhat faster, it is still quite slow compared to any Dish PVR. Dish PVRs are far superior for OTA. DIRECTV requires an add on box for OTA that doesn't even scan! DIRECTV receivers are either UHF or IR controlled - not both like Dish.
Also, with Dish you can buy the equipment if you like. DIRECTV has a lease only model. You can avoid a 2 year commitment with Dish if you choose the Flex TV option. You are stuck with DIRECTV for 2 years.
But if you want NFL Sunday Ticket, DIRECTV is your only option.
2011-08-18, 12:40 AM
DIRECTV. I went with DISH initially, then DIRECTV. Haven't looked back since.
2011-08-18, 06:53 AM
HD channels available on Dish not available on DIRECTV:
Game Show Network
Lifetime Movie Network
National Geographic Wild
Oprah Winfrey Network
Turner Classic Movies
NFL Redzone is available as a separate channel (part of Multi-Sport package).
2011-08-18, 07:04 AM
HD channels on DIRECTV not available on Dish:
NFL Redzone only available with NFL Sunday Ticket @ $334.00
Great stuff. Thanks guys.
So Dish has superior hardware, no lease option and more HD channels but DirectTV has more sports with NFLST and ESPN U and News and the Disney Channel.
Interesting that Dish has NFL Redzone but not NFLST.
His place is in Florida so he should have some access to OTA channels.
2011-08-18, 07:29 PM
Dish Network definitely is superior than Direct TV when comparing both with its channels and languages used. But still, Direct TV should not be made light of, because they have channels with their sports packages. satellite tv packages (http://dish-network-vs-direct-tv.com/) will lead you on what I'm saying so check it out. :D
2011-08-18, 08:51 PM
you definitely can lease Dish equipment.
2013-03-28, 04:39 PM
A little off topic but have any canadians been able to get dish or direct service at their USA address?
If so how did you handle the us ss# for the credit check?
Need info for brother??
2013-03-28, 09:32 PM
With Dish if you opt out of the SS/Credit check they will ask for a security deposit, then your good to go. I have DirecTV at my Montana home and when I signed up, I wasn't asked for a SS/Credit check, so I couldn't tell you on that one. I'm also a duel citizen so I would have had it covered in any sense.
2013-03-28, 10:14 PM
Thanks Blacklox !
Anyone else with more info?
2013-03-29, 12:18 PM
Anyone have any info on Directv??
2013-03-29, 01:41 PM
Anyone only using either service for 6 months of the year? In which case do they allow you to suspend it for the other 6 or go into "vacation mode" or something? Thx
2013-03-29, 04:10 PM
MLB network is in HD on Dish. Been there a long time.