I want to guide you through the best deals from the main satellite TV providers, and allow you to find the best deal for you and your needs.
Its worth remembering that price, although clearly a key factor, does not indicate the best deal by itself. In other words, the cheapest deal is not always the best. There are other considerations that must be weighed too, these are outlined below, and broken down based on the offerings of Dish Network and DirecTV:
Cost It may not be the only factor, but its still a major deciding point for any consumer looking to choose a satellite TV deal. Dish Networks most basic package, comes in at a whisper under $25 per month and gives you one hundred and twenty channels, plus over thirty music channels. On top of this is a wide range of local channels you also get access to.
Compare this with DirecTV and their most basic package, which comes in at $29 per month, so is slightly more expensive. For that extra money, however, you do get 150 channels, along with over 40 music channels. They also offer a number of Dish TV specials and promotions so you can save money on their services.
Local Fees Both providers offer you a whole host of local channels at no extra cost.
Chargeable Extras Both Satellite providers offer movies on a pay-per-view basis. Both currently charge three dollars ninety nine per movie selection. Dish Networks have a range of 75 movies per month, where are DirecTV have a choice of 60 at any one time.
Both companies also offer sporting pay per view events, but the prices of these will vary from event to event.
Higher Specification Hardware If you are keen to upgrade your receiver box to either High Definition or to get a recordable receiver box (DVR) then it is worth noting that Dish Network will allow you to do this free of charge on even their entry level package. This is not the case for DirecTV, who will be happy to supply you with higher spec hardware, but only if you select one of their higher level packages. This is one of the most telling differences between the two service providers, and will no doubt be the factor that causes many to select one over the other.
Installation Dish Network will provide you with full set up and installation for up to six different rooms, where are DirecTV will only set up to four rooms. Either way, set up and installation is totally free of charge, and the installer will walk you through how to use the system in order to get the very best from it. In this regard Dish Network clearly offer more that DirecTV, but this may or may not be relevant to you, depending on your home set up - 4 room installation is more than enough for many people, so having the option for a six room set up is irrelevant.
Customer Support Both Dish Network and DirecTV offer free customer support twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Whilst people will always have their preference for which company they believe has the better standard of support, it is worth remembering that Dish Network have been formally recognised as the number one Satellite and cable provider.
Conclusions Whilst there are a number of ways in which Dish Network and DirecTV offer similar packages, when you start to analyse the details, it becomes clear that Dish Network are able to provide you with more for your money - particularly if hardware and a DVR receiver is important to you.