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DIRECTV’s Choice XTRA vs DISH America’s Top 250

Last updated on April 20th, 2015 by George Levint

In our first installment of head-to-head plan battles between DIRECTV and DISH Network, we’ll profile two of the most popular packages going: Choice XTRA and America’s Top 250. They each have plenty of subscribers and share some quality features, but if you’re trying to decide between the two, there are a few important differences. In the table below, we’ll compare each of the major categories and give a nod to the winner (the larger the “advantage” text, the bigger the upside). If there’s no significant difference in a category, we’ll declare it a draw.

Quick conclusion: If you’re looking to maximize your long-term savings and want the NFL package, go with CHOICE XTRA. Otherwise, movie lovers will probably find a bit more value with the Top 250.

Note: visit each of the plans’ respective page for more details (linked in the header below).

Price
Promo (yr 1): $39.99/mo
Promo (yr 2): $63.99/mo
Regular (yr 3+): $68.99/mo

✓ Advantage
Promo (yr 1): $39.99/mo
Regular (yr 2+): $69.99/mo
Number of Channels
Primary channels: ~152
Music/misc: 58
Total: 210
Primary channels: ~158
Music/misc: 102
Total: 260

✓ Advantage
High Definition
Full-time HD channels: 50+
Promo: Free HD for life

– draw –
Full-time HD channels: 48+
Promo: Free HD for life

– draw –
Movie channels included in package
15 channels: IFC, REELZ, Fox Movie Channel, Hallmark, Turner Classic Movies, etc.
17 channels: Encore (7), The Movie Channel (2), Fox Movie Channel, Hallmark, Turner Classic Movies, etc.

✓ Advantage
Premium movies
Free for 3 months: HBO, Showtime, STARZ and Cinemax

– draw –
Free for 3 months: HBO, Showtime, STARZ and Cinemax

– draw –
Required contract length to qualify for specials
24 months

– draw –
24 months

– draw –
Best Exclusive Offer
Free NFL Sunday Ticket for entire season

✓ Advantage
Free Blockbuster @ Home (mix between Netflix and On Demand streaming) for 3 months
Total Potential Savings
$1,550

✓ Advantage
$1,400

Specs/rates last updated: 3/12/15

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