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DISH Ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction Nationally for 5 Consecutive Years by J.D. Power - PR Newswire
DISH Ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction Nationally for 5 Consecutive Years by J.D. Power  PR Newswire

India's Dish TV falls 10% as shareholders reject results, auditor appointment - Reuters India
India's Dish TV falls 10% as shareholders reject results, auditor appointment  Reuters India

Game Show Network Restored to Dish, Sling TV After Three-Week Blackout - Variety
Game Show Network Restored to Dish, Sling TV After Three-Week Blackout  Variety

Private satellite TV industry completes 30 glorious years in India - Investing.com India
Private satellite TV industry completes 30 glorious years in India  Investing.com India

Skylink raises prices for satellite TV packs - Telecompaper EN
Skylink raises prices for satellite TV packs  Telecompaper EN

KY constitutional amendment 2: TV ad airs opposing ballot measure - Courier Journal
KY constitutional amendment 2: TV ad airs opposing ballot measure  Courier Journal

Hungary’s 4iG to buy a majority of Spacecom in stages - SpaceNews
Hungary’s 4iG to buy a majority of Spacecom in stages  SpaceNews

Qurate Retail Group Names Scott Barnhart Chief Operating Officer - PR Newswire
Qurate Retail Group Names Scott Barnhart Chief Operating Officer  PR Newswire

On The Air for Oct. 1 - Journal Times
On The Air for Oct. 1  Journal Times

09-30 Classifieds | Atlantic | swiowanewssource.com - The Audubon County Advocate Journal
09-30 Classifieds | Atlantic | swiowanewssource.com  The Audubon County Advocate Journal

No, Elon Musk's Starlink Probably Won't Fix Iranian Internet Censorship - The Intercept
No, Elon Musk's Starlink Probably Won't Fix Iranian Internet Censorship  The Intercept

Sky signals end of satellite dishes on homes amid move to streaming - The Guardian
Sky signals end of satellite dishes on homes amid move to streaming  The Guardian

american (tele)visions Review: Too-Muchness Everywhere All at Once - slantmagazine
american (tele)visions Review: Too-Muchness Everywhere All at Once  slantmagazine

Mahsa Amini protests: When will Iran's internet censorship collapse? - Slate
Mahsa Amini protests: When will Iran's internet censorship collapse?  Slate

India's Dish TV shares surge as chairman set to exit after Yes Bank tussle - Reuters
India's Dish TV shares surge as chairman set to exit after Yes Bank tussle  Reuters

GSN Blacked Out in Dispute With Dish Network, Sling TV - Next TV
GSN Blacked Out in Dispute With Dish Network, Sling TV  Next TV

Pay TV Market with 2.71% CAGR : Product Types, Research Report 2022 by Current Insights, Developments, Applications and Forecast to 2027 - Digital Journal
Pay TV Market with 2.71% CAGR : Product Types, Research Report 2022 by Current Insights, Developments, Applications and Forecast to 2027  Digital Journal

Amazon's new Fire TV devices steal the best ideas from everyone else - TechHive
Amazon's new Fire TV devices steal the best ideas from everyone else  TechHive

Linear TV Is 'Hanging by a Thread,' Moffett Says - Next TV
Linear TV Is 'Hanging by a Thread,' Moffett Says  Next TV

LG Channels serves up NFL FAST channel - FierceVideo
LG Channels serves up NFL FAST channel  FierceVideo

Thunder Announces Broadcast Information for 2022-23 Season - NBA.com
Thunder Announces Broadcast Information for 2022-23 Season  NBA.com

Chromecast with Google TV (HD) review: A worthwhile entry-level upgrade [Video] - 9to5Google
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) review: A worthwhile entry-level upgrade [Video]  9to5Google

SES and RCSC to Provide O3b mPOWER Services in Kazakhstan - Business Wire
SES and RCSC to Provide O3b mPOWER Services in Kazakhstan  Business Wire

Amazon rebranding Epix Now streamer as MGM+ - NewscastStudio
Amazon rebranding Epix Now streamer as MGM+  NewscastStudio

How to Watch ‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Stream Season 8 Online Without Cable - Rolling Stone
How to Watch ‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Stream Season 8 Online Without Cable  Rolling Stone

DirecTV adds Cozi TV to channel lineup - FierceVideo
DirecTV adds Cozi TV to channel lineup  FierceVideo

Unusual Options Activity for Dish Network (DISH) May Signal the End of an Era - Barchart
Unusual Options Activity for Dish Network (DISH) May Signal the End of an Era  Barchart

Sky enters new era with shift to IPTV - Digital TV Europe
Sky enters new era with shift to IPTV  Digital TV Europe

Antenna enables advanced satellite communications testing | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT News
Antenna enables advanced satellite communications testing | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology  MIT News

AsiaSat Signs Deal with French Broadcaster TV5Monde - Via Satellite
AsiaSat Signs Deal with French Broadcaster TV5Monde  Via Satellite

Tracking Ian: How to stay informed when your power goes out - WFTV Orlando
Tracking Ian: How to stay informed when your power goes out  WFTV Orlando

Dish Network Refreshes Its Set-Top Game with Google-Powered 'Hopper Plus' - Next TV
Dish Network Refreshes Its Set-Top Game with Google-Powered 'Hopper Plus'  Next TV

Tropical Storm Ian: How to stay informed about the storm - WOKV
Tropical Storm Ian: How to stay informed about the storm  WOKV

The WIR: Magna Forecasts Strong Growth in CTV Revenues, Sky Launches a Plug-In Version of Sky Glass, and Agencies Report Drop in Programmatic In-Housing - VideoWeek
The WIR: Magna Forecasts Strong Growth in CTV Revenues, Sky Launches a Plug-In Version of Sky Glass, and Agencies Report Drop in Programmatic In-Housing  VideoWeek

Mobile Satellite TV Market to See Huge Growth by 2028 : DiBcom, Nagravision, AT&T - Digital Journal
Mobile Satellite TV Market to See Huge Growth by 2028 : DiBcom, Nagravision, AT&T  Digital Journal

Dish TV halves its debt in FY22 - BusinessLine
Dish TV halves its debt in FY22  BusinessLine

Latin America Pay TV Markets Report 2022-2027: IPTV will be the Winner by Adding 5+ Million Subscribers whilst Satellite TV will Lose More than 4 Million Subscribers - PR Newswire
Latin America Pay TV Markets Report 2022-2027: IPTV will be the Winner by Adding 5+ Million Subscribers whilst Satellite TV will Lose More than 4 Million Subscribers  PR Newswire

Bally Sports Plus Launches on Roku | Next TV - Next TV
Bally Sports Plus Launches on Roku | Next TV  Next TV

This Civil War Log Cabin VRBO In Pennsylvania Is One Of The Coolest Places To Spend The Night - Only In Your State
This Civil War Log Cabin VRBO In Pennsylvania Is One Of The Coolest Places To Spend The Night  Only In Your State

US spy satellite launched into orbit from California - WBBJ TV - WBBJ-TV
US spy satellite launched into orbit from California - WBBJ TV  WBBJ-TV

iPhone 14 and 14 Pro gain satellite SOS for off-grid emergencies - TechCrunch
iPhone 14 and 14 Pro gain satellite SOS for off-grid emergencies  TechCrunch

Analysis | Truss's Energy Plan May Be the Least Bad Option - The Washington Post
Analysis | Truss's Energy Plan May Be the Least Bad Option  The Washington Post

Why Univision launched subscription streaming after decades of showcasing soccer on free TV - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Why Univision launched subscription streaming after decades of showcasing soccer on free TV  The Philadelphia Inquirer

Gemini TV Bags Satellite Rights of Nagarjuna-starrer The Ghost - News18
Gemini TV Bags Satellite Rights of Nagarjuna-starrer The Ghost  News18

CSA Provincial T20 Cup 2022 TV Channels List - SportsUnfold
CSA Provincial T20 Cup 2022 TV Channels List  SportsUnfold

The cheapest ways to watch TV - The Washington Post
The cheapest ways to watch TV  The Washington Post

News Releases - About DISH
News Releases  About DISH

Starlink Review - PCMag
Starlink Review  PCMag

Next-Gen Airbus TV Broadcast Satellite Is Ready, Awaits to Be Sent Into Orbit - autoevolution
Next-Gen Airbus TV Broadcast Satellite Is Ready, Awaits to Be Sent Into Orbit  autoevolution

Pay-TV subscribers to reach 1.03bn by 2027: Digital TV Research - BroadcastProME.com
Pay-TV subscribers to reach 1.03bn by 2027: Digital TV Research  BroadcastProME.com

The made-in-Utah TV movie about Gabby Petito is shocking, for several reasons - Salt Lake Tribune
The made-in-Utah TV movie about Gabby Petito is shocking, for several reasons  Salt Lake Tribune

Amazon averaged 13 million viewers for its 'Thursday Night Football' debut, according to Nielsen data - CNBC
Amazon averaged 13 million viewers for its 'Thursday Night Football' debut, according to Nielsen data  CNBC

MIB revokes permission to Zee Media for uplinking channel in Ku band | Mint - Mint
MIB revokes permission to Zee Media for uplinking channel in Ku band | Mint  Mint

Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite Television Services Market Growing Demand, Share, Size and Forecast 2022-2029 |SES SA, Eutelsat, Dish Home, TataSky – The Colby Echo News - The Colby Echo News
Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite Television Services Market Growing Demand, Share, Size and Forecast 2022-2029 |SES SA, Eutelsat, Dish Home, TataSky – The Colby Echo News  The Colby Echo News

Charter's Spectrum TV app now available on Comcast-powered XClass smart TVs - FierceVideo
Charter's Spectrum TV app now available on Comcast-powered XClass smart TVs  FierceVideo

Lucas: Herbig shares Hawaiian culture with Badger family - University of Wisconsin Badgers
Lucas: Herbig shares Hawaiian culture with Badger family  University of Wisconsin Badgers

New rocket company fails to achieve launch on 2nd attempt - WHIO
New rocket company fails to achieve launch on 2nd attempt  WHIO

WAPTV wins outstanding indigenous TV Channel of the year - Guardian Nigeria
WAPTV wins outstanding indigenous TV Channel of the year  Guardian Nigeria

Public anger sweeps Iran - Mission Network News
Public anger sweeps Iran  Mission Network News

Watch 'Smile' (Free) Online Streaming at Home - UrbanMatter
Watch 'Smile' (Free) Online Streaming at Home  UrbanMatter

Egyptian cleric revered by Muslim Brotherhood dies at 96 - WNYT NewsChannel 13
Egyptian cleric revered by Muslim Brotherhood dies at 96  WNYT NewsChannel 13

Broadcasting And Cable TV Market Size And Forecast To 2022 |AT &T Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network, Discovery Communication, Fox – The Colby Echo News - The Colby Echo News
Broadcasting And Cable TV Market Size And Forecast To 2022 |AT &T Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network, Discovery Communication, Fox – The Colby Echo News  The Colby Echo News

The days of $15 an hour are long gone in Montana - XL Country 100.7
The days of $15 an hour are long gone in Montana  XL Country 100.7

World Space Week centers space sustainability for this year's events - Space.com
World Space Week centers space sustainability for this year's events  Space.com

Fall Guys Season 2: Satellite television for pc Scramble Is Free for Xbox One - Game News 24 - Game News 24
Fall Guys Season 2: Satellite television for pc Scramble Is Free for Xbox One - Game News 24  Game News 24

How to Stream NFL Sunday Ticket Without Satellite in 2022 Season - The Streamable
How to Stream NFL Sunday Ticket Without Satellite in 2022 Season  The Streamable

DirecTV says 5G plan would degrade satellite TV reception - SpaceNews
DirecTV says 5G plan would degrade satellite TV reception  SpaceNews

How to Watch the FIFA World Cup on Sling TV - Surprise Sports
How to Watch the FIFA World Cup on Sling TV  Surprise Sports

Fridson: Which high-yield bond industries fare best amid rate hikes? - PitchBook News & Analysis
Fridson: Which high-yield bond industries fare best amid rate hikes?  PitchBook News & Analysis

Satellite TV Can’t Be Saved With a DirecTV-Dish Merger - Barron's
Satellite TV Can’t Be Saved With a DirecTV-Dish Merger  Barron's

Dish sheds 257K pay TV subscribers across satellite, Sling TV - FierceVideo
Dish sheds 257K pay TV subscribers across satellite, Sling TV  FierceVideo

Russian satellite TV shows a Ukraine message: 'blood on your hands' - Reuters
Russian satellite TV shows a Ukraine message: 'blood on your hands'  Reuters

Advertising plays key role in satellite TV success, study shows - ND Newswire
Advertising plays key role in satellite TV success, study shows  ND Newswire

NFL 2022: How to Watch, Stream Cowboys vs. Giants, ManningCast and Monday Night Football Without Cable - CNET
NFL 2022: How to Watch, Stream Cowboys vs. Giants, ManningCast and Monday Night Football Without Cable  CNET

Satellite Snoopers Pick Up Surprising TV Broadcast - Hackaday
Satellite Snoopers Pick Up Surprising TV Broadcast  Hackaday

Streaming Eclipses Cable and Satellite TV Viewing; Consumers Pay More Attention to TV Programs and Ads When Streaming - GlobeNewswire
Streaming Eclipses Cable and Satellite TV Viewing; Consumers Pay More Attention to TV Programs and Ads When Streaming  GlobeNewswire

VOA Officially Launches Afghan Satellite TV Channel - Inside VOA (VOA Public Relations)
VOA Officially Launches Afghan Satellite TV Channel  Inside VOA (VOA Public Relations)

U.S. satellite TV giant DISH launches a loyalty coin system built on Cardano blockchain - Finbold - Finance in Bold
U.S. satellite TV giant DISH launches a loyalty coin system built on Cardano blockchain  Finbold - Finance in Bold

Impact Wrestling News: DVR Note For Tonight's Impact on AXS, Update On Monster's Ball Participants, Match Set For BTI Tonight - 411mania.com
Impact Wrestling News: DVR Note For Tonight's Impact on AXS, Update On Monster's Ball Participants, Match Set For BTI Tonight  411mania.com

DTH satellite TV leads in Germany - Broadband TV News
DTH satellite TV leads in Germany  Broadband TV News

Lexington police warn residents about satellite TV scam - KOKH FOX25
Lexington police warn residents about satellite TV scam  KOKH FOX25

DirecTV Says Dish Network 5G Plan Will Wreak Havoc on Its Satellite TV Signals - Next TV
DirecTV Says Dish Network 5G Plan Will Wreak Havoc on Its Satellite TV Signals  Next TV

DISH TV drops NESN from their service in scathing press release - Stanley Cup of Chowder
DISH TV drops NESN from their service in scathing press release  Stanley Cup of Chowder

DirecTV: How Can Satellite TV Survive in 2022? - 19FortyFive
DirecTV: How Can Satellite TV Survive in 2022?  19FortyFive

Dish sheds 234K Sling TV, 228K satellite subscribers in Q1 - FierceVideo
Dish sheds 234K Sling TV, 228K satellite subscribers in Q1  FierceVideo

U.S. cable and satellite TV usage drops significantly since 2015 - KFOR Oklahoma City
U.S. cable and satellite TV usage drops significantly since 2015  KFOR Oklahoma City

DISH TV and SLING TV Bring Premium Spanish-Language Streaming Service ViX+ to Customers - PR Newswire
DISH TV and SLING TV Bring Premium Spanish-Language Streaming Service ViX+ to Customers  PR Newswire

You can get paid to watch 13 classic Stephen King movies—here's how to apply - CNBC
You can get paid to watch 13 classic Stephen King movies—here's how to apply  CNBC

Cable, Satellite Providers Lost 4.7M Subscribers in 2021 - TheWrap
Cable, Satellite Providers Lost 4.7M Subscribers in 2021  TheWrap

Israel's Bezeq Telecom Q1 profit rises as mobile, satellite TV services attract more subscribers - Reuters
Israel's Bezeq Telecom Q1 profit rises as mobile, satellite TV services attract more subscribers  Reuters

Global Pay TV Market Forecasts, 2021-2022 & 2027: IPTV will Add 79 Million Subscribers / Satellite TV will Lose 10 Million Subscribers - GlobeNewswire
Global Pay TV Market Forecasts, 2021-2022 & 2027: IPTV will Add 79 Million Subscribers / Satellite TV will Lose 10 Million Subscribers  GlobeNewswire

Dish To Market AT&T Fiber Home Internet - Next TV
Dish To Market AT&T Fiber Home Internet  Next TV

Tegna channels return to Dish after new carriage deal reached - FierceVideo
Tegna channels return to Dish after new carriage deal reached  FierceVideo

The African space + satellite industry is now valued @ Billion$$ – SatNews - SatNews
The African space + satellite industry is now valued @ Billion$$ – SatNews  SatNews

Iran jamming exile satellite TV - Iran Focus
Iran jamming exile satellite TV  Iran Focus

Favorite satellite TV channels among media industry executives - ZAWYA
Favorite satellite TV channels among media industry executives  ZAWYA

US launches satellite TV channel for Afghanistan after Taliban bans broadcast - Hindustan Times
US launches satellite TV channel for Afghanistan after Taliban bans broadcast  Hindustan Times

SpaceX ramps up FCC battle over broadband usage the company says poses an existential threat to Starlink - CNBC
SpaceX ramps up FCC battle over broadband usage the company says poses an existential threat to Starlink  CNBC

How to Lower Your Cable or Satellite TV Bill - The TV Answer Man
How to Lower Your Cable or Satellite TV Bill  The TV Answer Man

Thaicom to launch cloud-based satellite TV broadcast distribution platform with AWS - Digital TV Europe
Thaicom to launch cloud-based satellite TV broadcast distribution platform with AWS  Digital TV Europe


DirecTV and DISH Network - How Do The Two Leading Satellite TV Providers Stack Up?


DirecTV and DISH Network - How Do The Two Leading Satellite TV Providers Stack Up?

If you live in the U.S. and want satellite TV systems, you have basically two choices. Yes, there are other providers out there, but for most viewers, DirecTV and DISH Network offer the most choices for the least money, although Pegasus and Voom are fast becoming major contenders in the satellite television industry. Competition being what it is, both DirecTV and DISH Network offer similar services and constantly adjust to add features and outdo their rivals. So how do you choose between the two? A side-by-side comparison of the services and prices shows some differences that help customers decide which service best fits their viewing needs. But first, a little background on each provider might be helpful.

DirecTV

The company known as The DirecTV Group is made up of four main units, which include DirecTV U.S., DirecTV Latin America, PanAmSat, and Hughes Network Systems (HNS). As a group, the organization serves over 12 million U.S. satellite TV customers and another 1.5 million subscribers in Latin countries. Through PanAmSat, they operate a fleet of 25 satellites capable of providing satellite transmissions to 98% of the world. And Hughes Network Systems operates a satellite-based consumer broadband Internet access service known as DirecWay. This component of Hughes has over 180,000 subscribers. HNS is also one of the largest manufacturers of DirecTV set-top receivers. The four different aspects of The DirecTV Group give the company a large, comprehensive base of direct and indirect satellite customers. Their partnerships with technology leaders such as AOL, Microsoft, and TiVo also add to their customer base.

There are plans for improving and expanding services in efforts to attract more customers. Hughes Network Services is developing SPACEWAY, a more advanced satellite broadband communications package that is expected to provide customers with more affordable high-speed, two-way data communications. SPACEWAY is expected to be introduced in 2005.

DirecTV has been actively working to increase the number of markets where they offer local programming. In January of this year, the company added 18 new markets that will receive local channels via the DirecTV(R) programming service. By year-end, the company plans to offer local channels in a minimum of 130 markets, representing 92% of U.S. television households. Continued marketing and development of their HDTV and DVR products will also be a part of their plans to expand their customer base. Two different basic dish designs and several different manufacturers provide DirecTV consumers with a number of dish options.

DirecTV subscribers have a choice of two basic dish designs for their satellite service. The round dish is the more common 18" design that has been popular across the country. The oval dish or low noise blockdown (LNB) dish is able to receive information from more than one satellite and is required for those who want to receive local channels, HDTV, or Spanish language programming.

Popular manufacturers of DirecTV compatible dishes include Hughes, Sony, Phillips, and RCA. Current DirecTV sales and deals offer the satellite dish and other equipment for free with a one-year commitment. It could cost anywhere from $50 to over $200 to purchase the DirecTV compatible dish separately.

DISH Network

EchoStar Communications Corporation and their DISH Network service are Hughes Network's top competitors. Headquartered in Englewood Colorado, EchoStar has been a leader in the satellite TV industry for over 20 years. The company, founded by Charlie Ergen, began as a distributor of C-band cable television systems and filed for a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) license in 1987. The company received broadcast access in 1992, launched its own satellite, EchoStar I, in 1995, and introduced DISH Network in 1996.

Today, the company has 9 satellites, and through DISH Network, provides over 500 channels of video, audio, and data satellite services to over 8.5 million customers in the U.S. In addition to satellite television services, DISH Network customers can also receive high speed Internet, Interactive TV (on demand programming), and High Definition TV (HDTV).

HDTV is EchoStar's latest innovation, which reportedly delivers extraordinarily sharp pictures and integrated sound by digitizing television programming. Broadcasting all DISH Network programming in wide-screen format and transmitting up to 10 percent more pixels, HDTV provides a clearer more proportionate picture.

In August of 2003, EchoStar was the first company to offer a satellite receiver with a built-in digital video recorder (DVR). A DISH Network standard DVR receiver allows viewers to stop, rewind, fast forward and record up to 60 hours of live TV programming. More advanced receivers provide enhanced services.

DISH Network services can be purchased on-line or through a local retailer. Unlike its competitor, DirecTV, DISH Network offers equipment installation. This service usually involves a fee, but often is offered at free or reduced rates through special sales promotions.

The equipment needed for DISH Network satellite TV is basically the same as for DirecTV service. You need a dish, a satellite receiver, and the access cards. Depending on the type of satellite TV you want, you have several choices for equipment. Whether you want standard satellite TV or Digital Video Recording (DVR), or High Definition (HD) options, you will need a dish. Each type of service requires a different dish, but that is determined for you when you choose your package.

A Comparison

So how do the two leading satellite television services compare? Both offer over 200 channels and Pay Per View selections, DVD recorders, HDTV and seven HD channels each. But from there, things differ somewhat. Here's a side-by-side listing of the different packages and the services provided. Look them over and decide which satellite TV service is best for your budget and viewing needs.

DIRECTV

Dish Network

Receiver

Included with price plan

Free to $149 depending on selection

HDTV Receiver

$399

$449

Dish

Included

Included

Lowest price plan

$36.99 per month

$24.99 per month

Highest price plan

$87.99 per month

$77.99 per month

Satellite Internet

Yes

No

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