DIRECTV vs DISH Sports Packages
If you’re a sports junky, satellite TV has just what you’re looking for. Both DIRECTV and DISH Network cover the major sports, but there is a slight difference when you dig into the details. For example, the NFL’s flagship subscription package (the NFL Sunday Ticket) is exclusively carried on DIRECTV — they pay big bucks for that privilege.
There a few other packages exclusive to DIRECTV, but DISH has been making strides in the category over the past few years. Keep in mind that, with a subscription, most sports leagues now allow you to stream all their broadcasted games via your computer and/or smartphone, often for a discount if you don’t include TV. However, if you gotta have it on the big screen, check out the table below for all the sports packages available.
6 x $30.50
6 x $30.50
(only offers RedZone)
no longer available
In mid 2021, Zee Entertainment pulled all its content from DISH (and its streaming service Sling TV). It stemmed from a contractual impasse so it's possible it returns at some point.
In 2019, ESPN purchased the broadcast rights to all UFC events and added them to their ESPN+ plan. As a result, all UFC PPV options were removed from DIRECTV and various other providers.
At this time, no one knows what will happen. DIRECTV has the exclusive rights to the TICKET until 2023 (so nothing will change until at least then). The NFL is actively fielding offers and DIRECTV is definitely still in the mix.
On DIRECTV, all games are on channels 721 – 749. There's also a multi-view option if you want to monitor a few different games at at a time (only the selected game's audio feed is live). With DISH, catch the action on channels 5461-5520 (they have a multi-view option as well).
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