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Find out which Provider has the Best Spanish Language Programming

If you know your salsa from your Sabado Gigante (or want to :)), this comparison’s for you. Over the past 10 years, both DIRECTV and DISH have made a concerted effort to expand their Spanish-language programming…and with good reason. Spanish TV is one of the fastest-growing entertainment markets in the U.S. and, with the ratings Univision and Telemundo are pulling down, providers are chomping at the bit to partner with or land an exclusive deal where possible.

And that brings us to the point of the article: between DIRECTV and DISH, who really has the standout Spanish programming? As with most of our plan reviews, it’s all about comparing manzanas to manzanas (apples) . So, let’s distill all the packages down to their basics and find out which actually give you the most bang for your peso (ok ok, that was the last bad pun, promise).

Where it makes sense, we’ll be selecting a winner for each category reviewed. If there’s no clear advantage, it’ll be declared a draw (at least until there’s a change in one of the plans and we re-evaluate).

Category
DIRECTV
DISH
Price

(year 1 is promo pricing, thereafter it’s regular)

Mas Latino: $22.99/mo (yr 1)
$34.99/mo (yr 2+)
Optimo Mas: $29.99/mo (yr 1)
$48.99/mo (yr 2+)
Mas Ultra: $39.99/mo (yr 1)
$64.99/mo (yr 2+)
Lo Maximo: $99.99/mo (yr 1)
$124.99/mo (yr 2+)

✓ Advantage
LatinoPlus: $24.99/mo (yr 1)
$41.99/mo (yr 2+)
LatinoDos: $29.99/mo (yr 1)
$48.99/mo (yr 2+)
LatinoMax: $39.99/mo (yr 1)
$61.99/mo (yr 2+)
Mas Latino
versus
DISHLatino Plus

(entry-level plans)

Mas Latino
Price: $22.99/month
Total Channels: 100
Spanish Channels: 45 (45%)
Free DVR Receiver Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
(no free movies)
 
DISHLatino Plus
Price: $24.99/month
Total Channels: 190+
Spanish Channels: 42 (22%)
Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
Free HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & STARZ for 3 mths.

✓ Advantage

Optimo Mas
versus
DISHLatino Dos

(mid-level plans)

Optimo Mas
Price: $29.99/month
Total Channels: 175
Spanish Channels: 55 (31%)
Free Genie DVR Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
Free Showtime for 3 mths.
 

– draw –
DISHLatino Dos
Price: $29.99/month
Total Channels: 220+
Spanish Channels: 41 (19%)
Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
Free HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & STARZ for 3 mths.

– draw –

Mas Ultra
versus
DISHLatino Max

(high-level plans)

Mas Ultra
Price: $39.99/month
Total Channels: 210
Spanish Channels: 60 (29%)
Free Genie DVR Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
Free HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & STARZ for 3 mths.
Free NFL Sunday Ticket

✓ Advantage
DISHLatino Max
Price: $39.99/month
Total Channels: 260+
Spanish Channels: 41 (16%)
Free Hopper DVR Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
Free HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & STARZ for 3 mths.
(no nfl ticket)

Extra Plans
Lo Maximo
Price: $94.99/month
Total Channels: 300
Spanish Channels: 60 (20%)
Free Genie DVR Upgrade
Free 4-room installation
Includes HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & STARZ
Free NFL Sunday Ticket
35 more regional sports channels (FoxSports, etc)

✓ Advantage
DISH currently isn’t offering a similar fully-featured Spanish plan and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Local channels
Included free with all plans
Included free with all plans
Total ValueScore

(relative, aggregate score for all plans)

89/100
87/100

Specs/rates last updated: 8/15/16



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