DIRECT TV vs DISH Family Plan Comparison
For years, the Family Plan has been a great entry-level option for DIRECT TV and DISH TV subscribers alike. It has a solid assortment of popular, specialty and sports channels, all at no additional charge.
DIRECTV and DISH Network don’t cover the same set of channels, so be sure to check the table below for your favorites. If you don’t find your top channels below, it’s usually less expensive to upgrade to the next package instead of adding them on a la carte (which some providers still allow you to do).
Is there a charge to switch between plans?
No. Some providers charge you to downgrade plans but fortunately neither DIRECTV or DISH do. To switch plans, either log into your account online or call up customer service. With both, your bill will be prorated in the month you switch to account for the difference in prices.
Which channels are considered family-friendly and why?
For the most part, channels that consistently broadcast PG-13 (and below) rated programming make the cut. Local channels all qualify while cable channels are on a case-by-case basis.
Can I setup parental controls with DISH or DIRECTV?
Yes. Both providers let you limit access (based on rating), total viewing time, PPV options and more. You can easily setup or manage settings via your receiver's program guide.
What are the main parental control features?
For both DIRECTV and DISH, parental controls allow you to restrict viewing times, filter out programs/movies based on rating and set spending limits for pay-per-view. There are other features as well, but those are the core.
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