Satellite TV Review

There are two major satellite TV companies in the U.S. - DISH Network and DIRECTV - that broadcast a variety of television shows, movies, news programs, sporting events, special events, and satellite radio programs. Determining the best Satellite TV provider is difficult, as DirecTV and DISH Network offer very similar products and services. Each of these satellite TV companies provide access to extensive programming that includes hundreds of HD channels, sports packages, premium channels, pay-per-view, On Demand, and more. Both have high-end proprietary DVR systems that connect every TV in your home. If you're looking for an alternative to cable, these companies make the switch easy, however, determining which satellite company to go with might be a little more challenging. Here are the reviews. For additional info on Directv click here, for Dish Network click here.

DIRECTV Review

DIRECTV was launched in 1994 by Hughes Electronics and was the first high- powered DBS (direct broadcast satellite) service in the world. DIRECTV is currently the largest satellite TV company, with more than 35 million subscribers, and is ranked highest in customer satisfaction among all cable and satellite TV companies by J.D. Power and Associates. DIRECTV Programming Review DIRECTV has more than 285 channels of satellite TV programming, and offers 5 programming packages. Their basic package, The Entertainment Package, has 140  program channels for $24.99 a month. Their most popular package, the Xtra package, has more than 200 channels for $34.99 a month, and their top-of-the-line package, the Premier package has more than 285 channels for $89.99 a month. DIRECTV also also offers pay-per-view programming, more than 185 HD (high definition) channels, adult channels, and international programming. Compared to DISH Network, DIRECTV has the most sports programming. DIRECTV Equipment Review The equipment you need to receive DIRECTV programming includes a satellite TV dish, satellite TV receivers, and remote controls . This equipment is currently free when you sign up for one of DIRECTV's programming packages, and comes with free installation. DIRECTV offers DVR's (digital video recorders) and HD receivers. Both are free.

DISH Network Review

DISH Network was launched in 1996 by EchoStar. DISH Network is currently the fastest-growing satellite TV company, with more than 14 million subscribers, and is also ranked highest in customer satisfaction among all cable and satellite TV companies. DISH Network Programming Review DISH Network offers 320 channels of satellite TV programming, and 5 program packages. Their starter package, the Smart Pak, has 55 channels for $19.99 a month. Their most popular pachage, the America's Top 200 package, has more than 230 channels for $39.99 a month. And their top-of-the-line "Everything" Package has 320 program channels for $89.99 a month. DISH Network also offers pay-per-view programming, more than 200 HD channels, adult channels, and sports packages. When you compare DISH Network to DIRECTV you'll find they have most movies, shows, game channels, and international channels. DISH Network Equipment Review The equipment you need to receive DISH Network programming - a satellite dish, satellite TV receivers, and remote controls - are free when you sign up for one of DISH Network's program packages. Installation of the system is also free. DISH Network is currently offering free DVR's and free HD receivers.
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