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.
Do I keep or lease my DVR?
For both DIRECTV and DISH, you'll rent the equipment (the main reason for the credit check). If your credit isn't so hot, you may be offered an option to put down a deposit on the DVR. In some cases, you can purchase a new or used DVR on your own (e.g., DISH's prepaid Flex option).
Can I access my DVR when away from home?
Yes. With both DIRECTV and DISH, their app lets you view, schedule and manage your DVR library from anywhere. You can stream movies and shows in your library as well (good internet connection required).
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