DISH vs Comcast Xfinity
Two of the larger TV providers in the world, there’s plenty to like with each…depending on your needs. In this article we’ll be reviewing the pros and cons of DISH and Comcast Xfinity and see which has what it takes to sit front and center in your living room. We’ll be covering various categories but mainly focus on equipment and programming, as that’s the main factor with most families’ decisions. Finally, keep in mind limited-time deals can sway the needle in one direction or the other, so always factor those in (we’ll be adding them to the table below as well). Ok, let’s get to it…
Americas Top 120+ – 190+ chnls, $74.99/mo
Americas Top 200 – 240+ chnls, $84.99/mo
Extra (mth-to-mth) – 140 chnls, $70.99/mo
Preferred+ (1 yr) – 240+ chnls, $59.99/mo
DISH wins this one (and really against anyone). With the Hopper 3 sporting over 16 simultaneous recordings, 500 hrs of HD recordings and an above average program guide, it’s tough for anyone to stack up.
The biggest upside with Comcast is their cloud DVR option (which DISH doesn’t have) as well as their traditional DVR storage. Its regular receiver holds up to 500 GB while the cloud DVR records up to 60 hrs. A nice feature for folks on the go… download any show to your device to watch while you’re offline.
DISH carries an average number of On Demand titles and as with most providers, you won’t be able to download any of those to your device. You also always need to have your DVR connected to the internet to access the On Demand library.
Xfinity boasts a significantly larger On Demand library and all can be downloaded for viewing offline. And as a nice perk, your DVR doesn’t need to be connected to the internet to look up or rent On Demand titles.
DVR rental: $19.95/mo
Extra receivers: $9.95/mo
HD fee: $10/mo
Broadcast fee: $10/mo
After a while, those fees can really add up, especially for households with a bunch of TVs.
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