Which is better: DIRECT TV or DISH?

When it’s time to compare Direct TV vs DISH Network there are a few important factors to consider. To get you started, check out our comparison tables in the “COMPARE DIRECT vs DISH” . If you’ve already reviewed both services, we’ve ranked the latest specials in the table below.

What’s so great about Satellite TV?
Simply put, compared to traditional TV the cost of satellite is nearly 50% less and you get at least 30% more channels. If you’re a movie or sports buff, there’s flat out no competition. For most, the decision between DIRECTV or DISH TV comes down to the bottom-line price for your must-have features and programming… and that’s where we can help out.

As an industry insider, we’ve helped match folks to providers for over 12 years and with our exclusive partnerships with top retailers, we’re also able to bring you the best deals available, anywhere. We’re constantly updating the site with the top-ranked promos so check back often. Enjoy your new satellite TV!

2021 Review
1DISH's Price Lock DealLearn More »$59.99190+Free Hopper 3 DVR System; Free HD For Life; 12 Free Pay-Per-View Movies
Valued at well over $1,250, this is DISH Network’s best deal in over 7 years
2-yr Price Lock Review
2DIRECTV’s Best Deal EVERLearn More »$50145+Free GENIE DVR SYSTEM & Free HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and STARZ for 3 months.
Save over $1100
– Recommended!
Direct TV’s best deal since July, 2005
Best Deal EVER Review
3Family ProgrammingLearn More »$55150+A solid starter package, particularly if you’re not looking for a ton of movie or sports channels.Family Programming Review

Not sure which to choose?
Selecting a new satellite TV provider is sometimes easier said than done. For starters, make sure you consult everyone involved (family, friends living with you, etc). In general, if you have plenty of NFL or NASCAR fans around, you can’t go wrong with DIRECTV. If you’re trying to minimize your costs (and leaving cable), the lowest priced plans can be found with DISH Network. Finally, check out the latest articles , they’ll give you a closer look at each service and help you decide.

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Most Popular Plan
A smart mix of channel options and competitive pricing, America's Top 120 has been DISH's most popular package for 5+ years. If you're a new customer, it's a safe starter plan.With over 220 channels and a nearly perfect mix of movies, sports and docudrama, the XTRA plan is almost always at the top of this list. Cable refugees should check there first.
Best App/Gadget
A fairly new addition to DISH's suite of add-on equipment, the HopperGo Drive allows you to view your DVR playlist from anywhere in the world, no internet needed. Even better, up to 5 devices can watch 5 different shows.DIRECTV's Apple and Android app is an award-winning leader in mobile TV management. It intuitively lets you to watch, record and manage your DVR playlist from any place with an internet connection. Learn more
The Latest...
DISH recently announced an upgrade to its premium movie promo. You'll now get HBO free for an entire year (plus Showtime, STARZ and Cinemax for 3 months).The latest service to enter the growing streaming TV space, DIRECTV Now lets you watch live programs via the internet (no NFL Sunday Ticket and other limitations, however).


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