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DIRECT TV vs DISH TV Comparison
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Compare DIRECTV and DISH DVRs (Hopper)

The most used piece of equipment for any satellite TV subscriber is their DVR (Digital Video Recorder). They’ve come a long way over the years and with heavy competition from both DIRECTV and DISH, they’ll only be getting better. For us, a top tier DVR has to deliver on the following: large hard drive, speed, ease-of-use, intelligent on-screen display, remote usage, multi-room capabilities and more.

In this comparison, we’ll examine the features of each of the leading DVRs and let you decide which is most important. For DISH, we’ll be using the newly released Hopper, their first whole-home DVR system. New generation DVRs typically get released every year, so keep that in mind as you evaluate your short and long term needs.

DVR Feature
DIRECTV
DISH (Hopper)
# Simultaneous recordings
2-3 (for most setups)
4 (with full HD DVR)
Commercial Skipping
Manual fast-forwarding only
One click (great little feature)
Room-to-room
Takes a few steps to pause and resume from each room
Less steps than DIRECTV
Between DVRs
Can’t schedule a program from one DVR to the next
Schedule a program from any DVR to any other
Picture-in-Picture?
Yes, fair # of features
Yes, more features
SLING compatibility
No
Yes
Portable, external drives?
No
Yes
Search Capabilities
Ton of features & generally more robust
Just OK (should improve over time)
Radio Integration
Includes Pandora and Over-the-air
No
Remote Flexibility
Either IR or RF on same receiver (choose one)
IR and RF works on same receiver
Stability
Extremely stable
Jury still out
Cost
HRx series costs $450+
Free with most packages, ~$300 as standalone

DVR features and info last updated: 5/10/12



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