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DIRECTV vs DISH Deals: Side-by-side Comparison

Last updated on April 19th, 2022 by George Levint

If you’re evenly split between DIRECTV and DISH, often, the deciding factor comes down to which provider is offering the best deal. There’s plenty of (sometimes intentionally) confusing claims made via TV, radio and print, so we decided to compare each of the most important categories side-by-side. New specials are released about 3 times a year and we’ll be updating the table below to keep pace.

Keep in mind DIRECTV and DISH have slightly different ways of defining their specs and accounting for total channels, so we’ll be normalizing the data wherever possible. Finally, a box with a yellow background means that provider has a definite advantage. Otherwise, an average customer will essentially get the same value (depending on your needs, you may have a preference, however).

Category
DIRECTV
DISH
Deal Name
DIRECTV’s Best Deal EVER
DISH’s Price Lock Deal
Price
(for 12 months)
SELECT™ plan at $69.99/mo (155 chnls)
America’s 120 at $69.99/mo for 2 yrs (190+ chnls)
Length of promo pricing
Discounted rates apply for 12 months
Discounted rates apply for 24 months
Free Premium Movie Trial
HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & STARZ for 3 mths
Showtime, STARZ & DISH Movie Pack for 3 mths
Whole-home DVR System?
Yes: Genie
(free with all plans)
Yes: DISH Hopper
(free with all plans)
DVR Monthly Fee
Free for all plans
$5-$10/mo
Extra Receiver Fee(s)
First 4 rooms free
(add’l are $7/mo)
First room free
(add’l are $5/mo)
Free High Def?
Yes
Yes, free for life
Equipment to buy
None, everything is leased
None, everything is leased
Free Local Channels?
Yes
Yes
NFL SUNDAY TICKET
Free with Choice plan & up
No
Free Installation?
Yes
Yes
Approximate total savings
(based on all the above)
$1,100
$1,250



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