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DIRECTV vs DISH: Showdown Between the Leading Satellite TV Providers

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Man holding remote: DIRECTV vs DISH

Satellite TV is superior to standard TV, but how can you decide between the two main providers of Satellite TV, DIRECTV and DISH Network? The entertainment delivery options we have these days are truly phenomenal. The only real problem with this explosion of electronic media choices is the overwhelming feeling that so many of us have when we do our research in order to choose one to purchase.

If you have any questions we’re not answering you can comment below or ask a DIRECTV or DISH representative for immediate feedback using their contact information:

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Directv logoDIRECTVDIRECTV – 877-451-0661
Dish logoDISH (Authorized Dealer)DISH (Authorized Dealer) – 855-357-2283

Satellite vs Cable

Trying to decide between satellite and cable? Read about some of the key differences between the two options.

Enhanced Sound and Picture Quality

Cable connections go through multiple network reconfigurations which only serve to degrade the quality of sound and picture. With satellite, the programming bypasses that complicated network web, so the quality of your signal is direct and therefore, unblemished. This direct system allows for ultra high-definition TV (UHDTV).

More Channels

Both DIRECTV and DISH have the capability to offer more programming than cable, i.e., more channel choices including productions from other countries and programming in other languages. While DIRECTV offers more than 315 channels, DISH offers more than 290; and both provide multiple language options, though DIRECTV has fewer than DISH currently.

Other Advantages

Increased capacity for recording and storage of saved programs; multiple simultaneous viewing options including the ability to record one show while watching another show; pause and replay live TV; fast-forward through commercials; and HD quality local channels, all at a lower price than analog TV are highlights of satellite television’s superiority.

DirecTV vs Dish

Weighing the value of DIRECTV vs. DISH is difficult because both products and the services they offer are very comparable. To determine which is best for you, it is important to find out what is specifically unique to each one. Then, when you look at the two lists side by side, it will be easier to recognize your own viewing habits and entertainment needs in order to decide if DIRECTV is best for you or if DISH is your best option. Below is a comparison of some of the basic features of DISH vs DIRECTV.

 DIRECTVDISH
Free DVR and HDTV equipmentUp to 4 roomsUp to 4 rooms
Professional InstallationFreeFree
Number of Channels315+290+
Custom Design Your PackageNoNo
HD RecordingGenieHopperå¨
Contract Lengths24 Months24 Months
Price Lock3 Years

HD Recording: Direct TV Genie vs Dish Hopper®

HD recording gives you the power to pause, rewind and record live TV. Below is a comparison of DIRECT TV Genie and DISH Hopper.

 DIRECTV GenieDISH Hopperå¨
Number of Shows Recorded at Once58
Recommends New ShowsCheckmark
Transfer Recordings to MobileCheckmarkCheckmark
Watch Two Shows On One ScreenCheckmarkCheckmark

Learn more about the DIRECTV Genie in this video:

Number and Variety of Channels Comparison

The number of channels offered and the particular programming of those channels differ between DIRECTV and DISH. As mentioned earlier, DISH offers more than 290 channels while Direct TV offers 315+. But a closer look at those 315+ channels will reveal that more is not necessarily better. What your household likes to watch may not be the same as what your neighbor’s household likes to watch. So, take a look and see which satellite provider offers the channels you are interested in.

 DIRECTVDISH
Sports Channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, FOX Sports 2, NFL Network, MLB Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel and Golf ChannelCheckmarkCheckmark
Sports Channels: Big Ten Network, MLB Network Strike Zone, NFL RedZone, Pac-12 Networks and Universal SportsCheckmark
Premium Channels: Cinemaxå¨, HBOå¨, Showtime, and Starzå¨CheckmarkCheckmark
Premium Channels: Bloomberg and RFDTVCheckmarkCheckmark
Miscellaneous Channels: Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life Channel and IONCheckmark
Miscellaneous Channels: A&E, AMC, BET, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, E!, Food Network, HGTV, History, MTV, MTV2, Spike, TBS, TLC, TNT, USA and VH1CheckmarkCheckmark
Kid Channels: Nickelodeon, ABC Family, Disney, Disney JR, Disney XD, Nick JR, Nicktoons Network and Cartoon NetworkCheckmarkCheckmark
X-Rated Channels: Playboy TV, Vivid TV, Hustler TV, BraZZers TV, Reality KingsCheckmarkCheckmark
X-Rated Channels: Penthouse TV and UBangCheckmark
X-Rated Channels: Cheap Thrills, Hustler HD, TEN, Reality Kings, Girlfriends Films and XTSYCheckmark

Package Comparison

We’ve taken the basic packages from DIRECTV and DISH as well as the premium packages and compared them side by side so you can see an in-depth review of them. Read further to see who we think offers the best packages.

 DIRECTVDISHDIRECTVDISH
Package StyleBasic PackageBasic PackagePremium PackagePremium Package
Package NameSelectSmart PackPremierAmerica's Top 250
Price$19.99/month for 12 months then $49.99/month$19.99/month for 12 months then $34.99/month$89.99/month for 12 months then $136.99/month$39.99/month for 12 months then $84.99/month
Number of Channels145+55+315+290+
Contract Length24 Months24 Months24 Months24 Months
Popular Channels IncludedA&E, ABC Family, Animal Planet, BBC, CNBC, CNN, C-Span, Disney, Fox News, Food Network, FX, Hallmark, HGTV, Fox, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, TBS, TLC, USACBS Sports, C-Span, Food Network, Fox News, Hallmark, NickelodeonIn addition to Select Package: Cartoon Network, Cinemax, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox Sports 1 & 2, HBO, MLB, NBA TV, NFL Network, NHL, Showtime, StarzIn addition to Smart Pack: A&E, ABC Family, Animal Planet, BBC, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, Disney, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox Sports 1 & 2, FX, MSNBC, NBA TV, NFL Network, TLC, TBS, USA

*These channels were chosen based on what we thought were some of the most popular channels that households wanted in their cable packages.

To summarize the table above, the Select package from DIRECTV is the winner for the basic packages. The Select package offers more channels and, in our opinion, the channels offered are better than those from the Smart Pack offered by DISH. For the premium packages, the winner is DISH. America’s Top 250 offers all the same “popular” channels as the Premier package from DIRECTV for less money. However, if you’re wanting Starz, HBO and Showtime we suggest you go with DIRECTV.

Below is a broad comparison of all of DIRECTV and DISH packages.

DIRECTV PackagesPriceNumber of ChannelsDISH PackagesPriceNumber of Channels
Select$49.99/month ($19.99/month the first 12 months)145+Smart Pack$34.99/month ($19.99/month the first 12 months)55+
Entertainment$59.99/month ($24.99/month the first 12 months)150+America's Top 120䋢$59.99/month ($29.99/month the first 12 months)190+
Choice$70.99/month ($29.99/month the first 12 months)175+America's Top 200䋢$74.99/month ($39.99/month the first 12 months)240+
Xtra$77.99/month ($34.99/month the first 12 months)220+America's Top 250䋢$84.99/month ($39.99/month the first 12 months)290+
Ultimate$86.99/month ($39.99/month the first 12 months)240+
Premier$136.99/month ($89.99/month the first 12 months)315+

Promotions

Below are some promotions that we’re able to extend to our readers for a limited time.

DIRECTV

  • Get 140 Channels for $29.99 a month for 12 months with DIRECTV by using this link or calling 877-451-0661 to speak to a DIRECT TV representative and lock in this deal.
  • Check out our DIRECTV Promo Codes page for discount codes that will save you even more $$.

DISH Network

  • DISH is now offering 3-Year Price Guarantee so you can lock in your monthly payment. Use this link or call 855-357-2283 to take advantage of this offer.

How Does Satellite Television Work?

Every wondered how something so high up in the sky can beam a signal into your living room that lets you watch your favorite tv shows? Here’s a quick video (under 2 minutes) that explains how satellite tv works.

Share Your Satellite TV Experience

Are you a proud DISH or DIRECTV owner? Which one do you prefer and why?

Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.
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Dianna Butler Musgrove
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Dianna Butler Musgrove

We are sick and tired of all the ridiculous minute lost but paid for during all programs for commercials!
I hate that, and I have not the only one. In the beginning we were paying for commercial free tv. Now, we are paying money for 45 minutes of commercial with about 15=20 minutes of a show. That should be illegal!

Terrie
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Terrie

We get so frustrated with DISH and that they keep taking channels off. Last year it was Channel 13 and this year it is Channel 5 KSL. We watch this channel all the time and so irritated!!! I HATE these dumb wars because the viewer is the only one that misses out!

Joe
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Direct TV has software issues and that is what was just told to me by a second case manager and the software cannot be written until they find out what is wrong with the software to begin! This has to be done in house by their engineers and it could be over a month before we see the problem fixed! The problem is our TV shows freeze and pixilate… ruining the current show we are watching and the majority of recorded shows ! I asked for a discount and I was flat out told no ! Thete is more but… Read more »
Tex_Dude
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Tex_Dude

Hope you are not a sports fan on Dish. Here is a quote during OU Texas college game “Due to a contract dispute between DISH and television affiliate operator a number of markets will be without ABC this afternoon”. This happened!!!

John Doe
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John Doe

Just got off the phone with Directv, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE NATION. If you want to hear something hilarious deal with them for awhile and then transfer to their cancellation department and when you FINALLY get there listen to the nicest friendliest you’ve ever heard. I’m going to write letters to Trump everyday until he does something about them. EVERY DAY. Regulations, YOU NEED EM.

lawgone
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lawgone
John, while I agree with you, Trump is very anti-regulation so good luck. But DirecTV does suck. I’ve had them twice and both times I completed my 2 year contract and said, “Hey, I’m going to cancel unless you can offer me a new promo rate. I know you’re going to say ‘no’ but then after I cancel you’ll send me something saying you want me back, but it will be too late because I’m with someone else.” They said, sorry, nothing we can do. Sign up for Dish and every week for 3 months Directv sent me stuff in… Read more »
Dylan Campbell
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Dylan Campbell
The ONLY reason you should ever have Directv is if you want the NFL Sunday Ticket. That’s it. That is the only advantage that Directv has over Dish. I was a long time (5 years) customer of Directv. In September 2016 I had a new roof put on my house and needed a simple realignment of the dish after the work was completed. Directv told me when I called on September 21st that they couldn’t have a tech there until October 11th!!! Are you kidding me? Three weeks to get a tech out for a 2 minute job? That’s the… Read more »
Deborah Coffman
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Deborah Coffman
I just discontinued Direct TV, we were told by customer service that our rate was for two years, same as our contract. This month it went up. I tried to talk to three different people that sounded like they were reading from a script, no help at all. I cancelled our service, not dealing with a scam but have to pay an early disconnect fee which I feel is unfair. They did not honor what they told me to get us to sign up. As I’m finding out Direct TV has a habit of telling customers anything to get them… Read more »
Jillxz
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Jillxz

Ive been with DIRECTV for 9 years. My bill never changes until February when all the cable and satellite companies have an increase. My particular package which is the Select package goes up $2.

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

So sorry to hear about your experience with DISH, thanks for letting us know and hope you find a better television solution soon!

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

So sorry to hear about your experience with DISH, thanks for letting us know and hope you find a better television solution soon!

Chuck Howard
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Chuck Howard
I keep reading $40-$60 per month rates for directv. I have been a customer for over 10 years and I pay $120 per month. I do have a genie and 2 receivers but get no movie channels. $120 per month! The past couple days, I have been getting a satellite signal lost error of a few of my favorite channels. So, as an appreciation for my 8 years of being a customer, they want to charge me $50 for someone to come out and figure out why I am not getting some of my channels. Plus, it will take 2… Read more »
Ashley Kelley
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Ashley Kelley

Also dish automated help line is way better you don’t have to type in phone number and account number it already recognizes it.

Ashley Kelley
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Ashley Kelley
I only switched to direct TV 2 days ago and already regret it. I had the hopper and joey with dish and absolutely loved it ..then direct sends me just a regular DVR and so I can only pause and record in one room. Also all dish channels are HD not the case with direct the only reason I switched is cuz I felt dish doesn’t care as much about loyal customers who have finished out their contract as they do new ones..they only gave me a perk# of $15 off my bill for 6 months after they had just… Read more »
SD
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I cancelled Dish and will have Direct TV this Saturday. They have a two-year price guarantee of 175 channels and HBO for $75. Beats the $130 for 120 channels at Dish and I will gain Fox Sports (NASCAR) and NFL package for a year. BUT: 1) I lose the Netflix channel on every TV which meant just clicking into it and stream away. 2) Also, we have triplets so being able to watch on only 4 of our 5 TVs may eventually become an issue. 3) The Hopper had Bluetooth so I could use my headphones wirelessly and the Genie… Read more »
Nikki
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Nikki

I went to Dish from Direct 5 years ago have the 220 channel package 4 TVs no hopper no movie ch for $114/mo including tax. The only reason I’m upset with this set up is they took a few of our channels and put them in the higher package :/ forcing us to upgrade. I am considering going back to Direct but reading all this I may just upgrade at this point. I hated Direct they only offered me a good deal after I switched due to outrageous price increases. So here I am again with increases.

Jim Bob
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Jim Bob

A directv rep 2 months ago mentioned a month-to-month service for about $40. Is it still available? Does dish have something similar? I’ll go over the air before I agree to a cancel fee possibility of more than $10.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

It says it integrates with Netflix but doesn’t say you don’t have to pay for it to get it. So I’m not quite sure it’s free.

Andrew Anderson
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Andrew Anderson

The promo for new DISH customers right now is Netflix is free for first year.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Thanks for clarifying Andrew! 🙂

Andrew Anderson
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Andrew Anderson

Did you get DISH already? I love it. Far better technology. I love being able to record 16 shows at once and auto hop (skip) commercials.

Neitel Agosto
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Neitel Agosto

No, I don’t have it. When the NBA season is over, I am thinking of canceling this contract I have with Comcast because they are killing my pockets. I pay $130 every month and that’s not even counting the fees they charge me for going over my data.

Anony
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Anony

Don’t forget to mention the 4K content with the Hopper 3. :o)

Phil Guerra
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Phil Guerra
I’m wanting to switch from Direct TV to Dish, but concerned about losing signal. Direct TV has been pretty good in that dept. here, but as so many have said here, Direct TV pricing is just awful. We signed up 1.5 years ago and our bill has gone from $73/month to $130, and customer service is quite happy for us to switch over to Dish. You would think that they would offer some form of retention promotion or something, but nope, they are quite happy for us to walk, but I am concerned about loss of signal with Dish. Can… Read more »
nikki
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nikki

Rare signal loss with Dish.

Glenn Dupuis
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Glenn Dupuis

I wanted to save some money at Dish. I changed programming @ $111.99 and have now $51.99. No sports except hockey which I don’t watch, no movies at all. I screwed myself I guess.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Thanks for the information Joe. This is very helpful. I think our readers will benefit from knowing this information.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Where are you getting this information from? If you can send us a link of where this is located we’d be happy to include it in our article. Thank you.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Because DIRECTV sent us one of their promotions and we posted it in the comments this means we are dishonest? We would do the same thing if it were DISH. Please see our other comments to you for further explanation.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

We didn’t know that DISH locks you in for 3 years. Is this stated somewhere online? We’d be happy to add this into the article since this is a huge selling point for DISH. What extra fees are you referring to for DIRECTV? Again, are these posted online somewhere? We want to have as accurate information as possible. Thanks for helping us achieve this!

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Hi Joe, what fees did you have? We want our article to be as accurate as possible. All of our information is compiled from what we’ve found on DIRECTV and DISH websites. Thanks ahead of time!

Kerstin Hilgenberg Branstetter
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Kerstin Hilgenberg Branstetter
I am fed up with direct tv and their lies. We started out with paying a consistent amount of $82.56 for the first year which included HBO. The 2nd year, I get automatically charged for NFL Sunday ticket. Lets not forget to mention that the lousy rep that signed me up promised me 2 years free only to get told that wasn’t true and that it also auto renewed. It’s been a nightmare ever since then. Just got my acct screenshot last night. This month’s bill is a whopping $173. I’ve been promised discounts and rebates only to see them… Read more »
Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

You made a mistake. Just FYI.

Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

I did the same. I switched to Dish this week, got the Hopper 3 and I love it. Dish is way ahead of the game tech wise and they always have been. What has fueled DIRECTV, sadly, is NFL Sunday Ticket.

tommyr
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tommyr

Well after reading a ton of reviews on both sat companies it looks like I’ll be stuck with Time Warner for a while longer. Which I really hate as they are always raising rates. The whole TV/internet industry seems to be a rip off/scam IMHO.

Jillxz
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Jillxz

It is a scam. They all have become greedy.

James Mc
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James Mc

This whole article sounds like it was written by the DIRECTV president. Most of the great stuff about DISH network was conveniently left out. I left DIRECTV eight years ago because of their rude and hard to deal with customer service. I have been with DISH TV since then and haven’t looked back. Tomorrow they are replacing all my equipment with the new hopper 3 with 16 tuners and 4k for no extra charge like they have in the past when ever there is a new upgrade. You can argue package prices but you get what you pay for.

Jillxz
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Jillxz

I have been with DirecTV for 9 years. They have an excellent reputation for great customer service. I do expect that to change since being purchased by the hated ATT. Worst company in America. Worst customer service. I wish the buy out had never happened.

Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

Exactly. It’s full of misinformation and lies. This is clearly a reseller of DIRECTV.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski
We are affiliate partners with both DIRECTV and DISH. We are not resellers of DIRECTV. How are we making DIRECTV sound better than DISH? Our article clearly shows that DISH has better prices than DIRECTV. We don’t have any promotions for DISH currently, that’s why there is only a DISH promotion listed. DISH and DIRECTV offer about the same number of channels as you can see in our table. We show that the Hopper records 8 shows opposed to Genie’s 5. So I ask, what is misleading in this article? We want to provide the most accurate information as possible… Read more »
Andrew Anderson
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Andrew Anderson

Post the free Netflix and price lock 🙂

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Do one of the companies offer free Netflix? Which one? Also, we have DISH as having a price lock.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

All of DIRECTV packages include the channel TNT. For DISH, TNT is available on America’s Top 120, America’s Top 200 and America’s Top 250.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

All of DIRECTV packages include the channel TNT. For DISH, TNT is available on America’s Top 120, America’s Top 200 and America’s Top 250.

Kate Gamble
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Kate Gamble

I am so disappointed and frustrated with the constant downloading delays of on Demand with DISH, is DirectTV any better or is this just what happens with Satellite? I have only been a cable user for 25 years.

Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

No, they aren’t any better and you will be sacrificing better tech to worse if you leave.

Richard
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Richard

DIRECTV sucks with customer service. Took five years to finally get correct address on bill and had to order a new box on Friday and guess what. Was sent back by UPS. Not a deliverable address. Then argue 20 minutes with the supervisor. Will re ship receiver. Told if not here by Friday cancel my service. Is Dish any better?

Richard
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Richard

DIRECTV sucks with customer service. Took five years to finally get correct address on bill and had to order a new box on Friday and guess what. Was sent back by UPS. Not a deliverable address. Then argue 20 minutes with the supervisor. Will re ship receiver. Told if not here by Friday cancel my service. Is Dish any better?

Valmara
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Valmara
I have been trying to decide between DIRECTV and Dish, so thanks for the information. Note that I’m not sure about Dish, but I know DIRECTV charges you $10.00 more if you choose not to have auto-pay. Since I don’t like that because of the potential complications if there isn’t enough in your account (overdraft bank charges and late charges, and possibly more with Direct) or they deduct the wrong amount (like too much, which is what happened to me). I asked for paperless online payment options and that, too, is $10.00 more. In effect, you wind up paying $120.00… Read more »
Patricia Bennett-Mouton
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Patricia Bennett-Mouton

I am a very unhappy DIRECTV/AT&T customer! I only want to be able to access HBO GO but for some strange reason I cannot set up a DIRECTV access account. Talked to customer service two times for 2 plus hours each time to no avail. Each call ended with a promise to call me back within 24 hours! It has been a week and still no call, email or anything. My contract is up and I just don’t feel like dealing with another satellite company.

Jamie Mortakis
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Jamie Mortakis

With HBO GO you need to download the app or go to the website and login with your DirecTV Login information. If you do not have HBO then you will not have access to this app.

chris whitfield
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chris whitfield
As the title states this is to inform people about how DIRECTV really is. This is going to be long and a bit redundant however it must be that way in order to correctly tell the story. I recently moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ from California. The plan was to rent a house while I was actively looking for one to buy. I moved into my rental house at the end of 2014. The house had already had DIRECTV prior to me moving in (nicely installed dish on the roof, etc.) We went a couple of months just watching… Read more »
J.Catanzar
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J.Catanzar
I have experience with DIRECTV and Mediacom Cable & Internet. Mediacom (I know this is not a site about Mediacom) had terrible customer service (1 out of 3 experiences with customer service was good, not excellent). I just called DIRECTV today and had to speak with 5 different people. One lady was upset with me that she forgot to “mute” her end and I heard her making sarcastic comments about me. Bless her heart. One guy contradicted everything the previous person told me (basically telling me the last 2 people were “lying and don’t know what they doin'”. I did… Read more »
Name
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Name

DIRECTV took advantage of us twice. Switched to Dish years ago and haven’t regretted it.

Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

People are brainwashed into believing that DIRECTV is somehow superior because they have NFL Sunday Ticket. When it comes to tech Dish has always been ahead of the curve.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

We will consider adding that in a future update. Regarding you being charged $77.99 I do not know why that is. If you go to DIRECTV’s website the pricing does not look like that but perhaps it varies based on the area you live in. Maybe you could call DIRECTV and ask them why you are paying so much and you may get a discount?

Guest
Guest
Guest

This appears to be a DIRECTV marketing article. I do wonder if the writer is receiving benefits. Pricing is wrong, complaints about customer services appears to be wrong to me too. I have had 5 pieces of equipment replaced on various phone calls and it was a minute to get them to replace it.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski
Hi there, I just spent some time fact checking our prices and according to both DISH and DIRECTV’s websites our pricing is correct. Where exactly are you seeing false pricing in our article? As for complaints about customer service that is not something we discussed in this article. The comments for this article are not ones that we have “planted” in order to lure our readers into selecting one company over the other. As for our writer receiving benefits for this article that is not how our business model works. We have an affiliate relationship with both companies in this… Read more »
Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

Your pricing is horrendously wrong AND you don’t mention that Dish will lock you promo price for 3 years. You aren’t listing all the little extra hidden fees that usually add up to around $30 a month with DIRECTV.

The price Dish quotes is THE price, not the price plus all their fees to enable this or that.

Jamie Mortakis
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Jamie Mortakis

The prices are incorrect.
Package Price varies for what you want.
Select: $49.99
Entertainment: $59.99
Choice: $70.99
Xtra: $77.99
In addition DTV charges $6.50 per TV (i.e. 2 TV = $13)
Also DVR/OnDemand service is $15.

The prices you are promoting are discounted rates for new customers.

Jillxz
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Jillxz

Select had a $2 increase in February 2016. It went from $49.99 to $51.99. I have this package.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

I don’t believe our prices are incorrect. The pricing we have listed is directly from the websites. Like you said, the prices are discounted rates for new customers, which is who this article is aimed toward. This is meant for people who are trying to decide which satellite TV provider to go with. Therefore, these prices would be the pricing options they would see.

Thanks for posting the pricing for current customers. I’m sure our readers will find that helpful as well.

Neitel Agosto
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Neitel Agosto

You sound like you been trained in a Direct TV military camp. I don’t trust Direct TV by the way their soldiers talk and explain things…then people get something different on their bill. I have sat here for 30 minutes reading people’s thoughts and complaints and it seems that the merger with AT&T is a disaster, customer service is horrible and people are not happy overall. I’m thinking of staying with Comcast after reading so much negativity coming from both Dish and DIRECTV. I thought I had it bad.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski
I’ve never been in the military or a DIRECTV military camp and I’ve never been a soldier either. I just moderate the comments here for We Rock Your Web. 🙂 I’m not sure what gave that impression, but I try to stay unbiased with my work. Both DISH and DIRECTV offer discounted first year prices, which we have displayed in this article. When either company sends us information about a discounted price, I either update our article or post it in the comment section. I’m glad you’ve found a good TV provider and I hope your service continues to provide… Read more »
Neitel Agosto
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Neitel Agosto

You give that impression to me. All services whether is DirectTV, Dish, Comcast or whatever are a scam. We are paying for commercials and useless channels.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski
I’m sorry that my responses to comments sound like I’m a DIRECTV soldier. I’m just trying to be helpful and give factual information. I’d consider myself more of a We Rock Your Web enthusiast. 🙂 It sounds like a media streaming device would be a good solution for you. Subscribe to services you want (i.e. Netflix, Hulu, sports channels, etc.) and then you don’t have to worry about the “scams” you listed. Most often these types of services end up being less expensive than the traditional cable/satellite packages. If you’re still wanting to watch TV live and not wait for… Read more »
Nick
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Nick

You are way off on your Xtra package price. I am looking at my statement from 9/17/15 from Directv, I am being charged $77.99 for the Xtra package. I also have to pay $33.99 for equipment services, which includes $10 per month for DVR service, with an added $3 for whole home DVR service, $13 to watch on 3 TVs, and a $7.99 protection plan. I’m not sure what Dish charges for equipment services, but you may want to add that to your comparisons.

Brianna Tremblay
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Brianna Tremblay
I have Dish and i pay $12 for the hopper I don’t pay extra for the DVR I pay only $7.34 extra for my second TV. I don’t pay anything extra for the first TV. I also pay $7.99 for the protection plan and when you sign up for Dish they sign you up with the package that best suits you. I have the everything package which includes all channels including the movie channels they didn’t include in the above which you pay $105 for the first year after the first year you pay $131 before taxes. The customer service… Read more »
Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

You are 100% correct. DIRECTV kills you with all the fees that are somehow never mentioned here.

I signed up with them years ago on a promo and after that first year I could never get a stable bill. I knew the price would go up after the first 12 months but I didn’t expect my bill to jump around by $50 or more month to month. I felt like I had a full-time job just keeping up.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

We will consider adding that in a future update. Regarding you being charged $77.99 I do not know why that is. If you go to DIRECTV’s website the pricing does not look like that but perhaps it varies based on the area you live in. Maybe you could call DIRECTV and ask them why you are paying so much and you may get a discount?

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

We aren’t aware of a way to do this but while you are switching services talk to DIRECTV about this and see if they have any suggestions.

Jmqrz
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Jmqrz

Do you have statistics about how many times you loose signal with DISH versus Direct TV? DISH sucks, someone farts in the neighborhood and DISH looses its signal.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Hahaha no sorry, we don’t have stats based on that. Hopefully your neighborhood isn’t too gassy! 😉

Wayne Odle
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Wayne Odle

We are going to need fast Internet to stream movies and shows on Amazon and Netflix. A new home will not have a Fios connection, does DIRECTV offer a fast Internet service?

Wayne Odle
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Wayne Odle

Hi Kimberly, thank you. We have use TWC for our Internet, hate them, but it’s the only way to get more than 1 MG, I am very disappointed.

Wayne Odle
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Wayne Odle

Hi Kimberly, thank you. We have use TWC for our Internet, hate them, but it’s the only way to get more than 1 MG, I am very disappointed.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

DIRECTV partners with other Internet providers to deliver high speed Internet. I suggest contacting them if you’re interested and you should be able to get speeds high enough to stream video.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Make sure you have a connection speed of at least .5Mbps. The higher the better. You can get this speed from most major carriers. Many carriers now offer 1Mbps and more.

Jon blevins
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Jon blevins
Just a quick bit lol. I do work for DIRECTV and the real price difference is in the ARS fees and by the way all of your first year prices are off by $10: Select at $19.99 Entertainment $24.99 Choice at $29.99 Extra $39.99 Ultimate $49.99 Premier at $89.99 The ads monthly fee from DIRECTV is $15 and $6.50 per TV where DISH is at $25 and $7. As far as fees go the Hopper does get 6 rec and 3 are dedicated to “primetime” aka it records what it is you want to watch where DIRECTV gives 5 or… Read more »
Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Thanks for the price updates, Jon. We will update our article to reflect these changes!

laollis
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laollis

DISH lies! Big fat liars! We have the Everything Pak and it’s gone from $95 to $140 and now $182. Same service, same TV’s and same pak, past our contract so now just month to month, yet the price just keeps going up.

Brianna Tremblay
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Brianna Tremblay

I never had that problem. I have the same package and only time it goes up is when I order movie’s.

Doug
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Doug

Your prices on DIRECTV are off for the 2nd year. You have the ‘normal’ 12 month price listed as the 2nd year when it’s actually MUCH higher. For example, the Select package is actually 49.99 in the 2nd year, not 29.99. The Entertainment package is 59.99 in the 2nd year, not 34.99. Dish has better programming value. This is misleading, hopefully not on purpose.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Thanks for pointing this out to us Doug! This was definitely not intentional. I’m not sure if you’re aware but DIRECTV lost a lawsuit a few months ago regarding their pricing not being stated clearly to customers. I assume that they have made it a goal to be more transparent in their pricing after the first year discount, but I’m not certain. Again, thanks so much for pointing this out. The changes have been made accordingly.

C
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Looks like changes have not been made so it is still misleading?

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Oh no! I’m so sorry about that. I had misread the prices. I believe the prices should be accurate now for DIRECTV. So sorry about that and thanks for mentioning it to us again! 🙂

Aha
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How much is Directv paying you?

I don’t care if your goal is to inform new customers. But at least be honest and tell them that after the first 12 months Directv will double your bill and will continue to do so.

Jillxz
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Jillxz

Of course the bill will increase after the first year. Promotions are only good for a year then goes up to the regular price. Unless they have a locked in for two years promotion, expect an increase after the first year.

Mac jackson
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Mac jackson
If you price Directv via the internet, when you go to the price in your cart; just look for the link that shows the full pricing for the two-year contract. Anyone with half a brain can then determine that it goes up considerably over the two-year period. Dish also goes up, but they do not show you the same comparison; you have to figure it out yourself. Not hard, but takes a bit more brain power which many people do not, evidently have. Directv will be a bit higher starting the 13th month than Dish, that is just their pricing… Read more »
Mac jackson
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Mac jackson
If you price Directv via the internet, when you go to the price in your cart; just look for the link that shows the full pricing for the two-year contract. Anyone with half a brain can then determine that it goes up considerably over the two-year period. Dish also goes up, but they do not show you the same comparison; you have to figure it out yourself. Not hard, but takes a bit more brain power which many people do not, evidently have. Directv will be a bit higher starting the 13th month than Dish, that is just their pricing… Read more »
Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

We have that displayed in our Package Comparison table. Both Dish and DIRECTV offer a similar thing by giving you a discount the first 12 months and charging you more for the second year of your 2 year agreement.

Patrick Dukes
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Patrick Dukes

DISH lets you stream all of your subscribed channels on your mobile device through a built in slang in the Hopper and Dish Anywhere app and DIRECTV does not.

bur
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Yeah that’s definitely incorrect. You can stream most channels on any mobile device or computer with directv. There’s an app too.

Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

That is not true bur. Out of the box it does NOT work. Not only do you have to pay a monthly fee, you have to pay $100 for the piece that enables it.

Andrew Anderson
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Andrew Anderson

Which is currently unavailable to order.

Vdzrussell Weeks
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Vdzrussell Weeks

I just terminated my contract with DIRECTV. They only provided a select number of channels to be available on my iPhone. No local channels and no football channels like ESPN, nfl network, nbc, fox, etc. during NFL games. Unless you have Verizon wireless. Dish on the other hand, you can watch any channel you have anytime as long as you have enough cell service or wifi. Even the Dish apps have better reviews and ratings vs DIRECTV apps. On TV the DIRECTV guide is poorly laid out. I wouldn’t recommend DIRECTV to anyone.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Dish customer service sucks. It is all fine and good until one of your old boxes starts to act up and then it is like pulling teeth to get them to replace it. When you call with an issue, they are pretty incompetent and then have the nerve to try and sell you some other service. I preferred the “old” days when I could go to a retailer and just buy the box that I wanted rather than having to deal with DISH directly.

laollis
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laollis

I totally agree. Their customer service is a nightmare.

pyrotech
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pyrotech

DIRECTV’s is crap too, downright horrible!

Snazzy Name
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Snazzy Name
So is their billing and the knowledge and autonomy of the customer service reps. You can call or chat or get up with them any way you want, but they can’t decide to do anything for you, and if they get tired of you, they’ll say what they want to get you off the phone. Every single month my DISH bill is different. Does that make any sense? I’m stuck in this contract for a year yet, and if I pay all 12 months at once to get it over with, I have to pay another $280 early termination fee.… Read more »
Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

You do realize you are just giving more money to AT&T right? Also, you will be using inferior tech.

Kimberly Kurimski
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Kimberly Kurimski

Hi there, I just chatted with a DIRECTV rep and she said that they do buy out your contract. So if you’re unhappy with your DISH experience you can switch before your contract is up and DIRECTV should cover it.

Joe Hammerdink
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Joe Hammerdink

DIRECTV is exactly the same when it comes to CS. Give me a break. You will also pay more per month and be using inferior equipment.

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