How Are DirecTV and DISH Network the Same? How Are They Different?

Is Dish Network better than DirecTV? Let’s find out…


Packages: Both providers offer six different packages to decide from.

Price: Both DirecTV and DISH offer their customers a discount for the initial 12-months.

Features: DirecTV and DISH both offer a range of non-DVR and DVR receivers with the same price.

Installation: Both providers offer their installation services for free.


DirecTV offers, packages, such as Select, Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate and Premier, whereas DISH offers, packages, such as Smart Pack, America’s Top 120, America’s Top 120 Plus, America’s Top 200, America’s Top 250, and America’s Everything Pack.


The price of the packages of DirecTV ranges from $19.99 to $89.99 per month for the initial 12-months, whereas DISH charges between $29.99 and $114.99 per month for the initial 12-months for the same number of packages.

Special Features, Equipment and On-Demand

DirecTV charges an extra fee of $10 per month for their HD service. Though DISH charges the same price, it waives the charge with HD FREE for the lifetime account if you register in AutoPay with Paperless Billing.

DISH provides the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR that allows you to record a maximum of eight shows immediately during PrimeTime Anytime shows and you can pass over commercials in recorded PrimeTime Anytime shows. Furthermore, Hopper upgrade is offered for free with a 24-month agreement.


Most equipment offers of DirecTV include normal professional installation from a highly skilled installer who will set up your satellite dish, get everything linked and demonstrates you the way to use your service. On the other hand, with the installation service of DISH, you can also buy custom installation of televisions, like wall mounting, wireless networks and home theaters.

Which Satellite TV Provider is Better?

It can be tough to choose between DISH and DirecTV. On the surface they seem sort of similar. DISH is currently offering a 2-year price lock, something that DirecTV isn’t matching at the moment. Rather than paying a cheap price and they being shocked by the monthly price after the first year of service, DISH Network promises to keep your bill at $49.99/mo for 2 years. And with this you get an HD DVR and a lot of channels. It’s actually a very good deal.