Price and Programming
The real differences between the two types of satellite providers are in the price and programming realm. Dish Network has the cheapest start-up programming selection with its America’s Top 120, which includes CNN, Discovery Channel, ESPN and the Disney Channel. The plan starts at $24.99 per month (it will go up to $39.99 after a year) while DirecTV’s cheapest plan is $29.99 per month.
DirecTV, however, offers a few more channels 150, and this includes A&E, BBC America and Animal Planet. But, overall, Dish Network tends to be cheaper than DirecTV unless DirecTV is currently running a promotion. It would be helpful to check your local office to see if any deals are currently running.
Dish Network’s top of the line America’s Everything Pak includes 295 channels, including 31 premium channels. Depending on the promotions, this package runs between $84.99 per month to $99.99 per month. Channels in this package include HBO, ABC Family, Encore, The Food Network and several music channels. Promotional pricing is usually only honored for the first year.
DirecTV’s top of the line package is the Premier package, which offers subscribers 285 channels. These channels include Cartoon Network, Cinemax, CNN, Comedy Central and MTV. DirecTV also generally has better sports programming than Dish Network. Depending on promotions, pricing can range from $85.99 per month to $114.99 per month. And, usually with DirecTV, promotional pricing is only good for one year.