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DIRECTV’s Premier vs DISH America’s Everything

Last updated on April 20th, 2015 by George Levint

If you’re considering the biggest and best plans available in satellite TV but aren’t sure whether to side with DIRECTV or DISH, this edition of our head-to-head plan battles may help you out with your decision. About a decade ago, DISH’s largest package held a stranglehold on price AND channel value, but with DIRECTV’s plummeting prices (now good for 2 full years) and plenty of exclusive sports and entertainment channels you just can’t find anywhere else, they’re starting to pull ahead…

Quick conclusion: In year one, you’ll save about $30 per month by going with DIRECTV Premier and also get more higher-demand channels compared to DISH’s Everything Pak. Taking into account all major factors (cost, number of channels, premiums, etc), we give the heavy nod to Premier.

Note: visit each of the plans’ respective page for more details (linked in the header below). For each category, the larger the “advantage” text, the bigger the upside. If there’s no clear difference, we’ll declare it a “draw”.

Promo (yr 1): $44.99/mo
Promo (yr 2): $74.99/mo
Regular (yr 3+): $119.99/mo

✓ Advantage
Promo (yr 1): $74.99/mo
Regular (yr 2+): $104.99/mo
Number of Channels
Primary channels: ~198
Music/misc: 80
Total: 285
Primary channels: ~203
Music/misc: 112
Total: 315

✓ Advantage
High Definition
Full-time HD channels: 105+
Promo: Free HD for life

– draw –
Full-time HD channels: 102+
Promo: Free HD for life

– draw –
Movie channels included in package
48 channels: HBO (7), Showtime (5), STARZ (6), Encore (7), IFC, REELZ, Fox Movie Channel, Hallmark, Turner Classic Movies, etc.

– draw –
46 channels: HBO (7), Showtime (5), STARZ (6), Encore (7), The Movie Channel (4), Fox Movie Channel, Hallmark, etc.

– draw –
Premium movies
All included in plan: HBO, Showtime, STARZ and Cinemax

– draw –
All included in plan: 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

✓ Advantage

Specs/rates last updated: 8/18/14

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