Review of DIRECTV’s Premier Package: Get it all
The largest DIRECTV package of the lot, Premier brings you EVERY channel available, period. Compared to Ultimate, you get all the premium movie networks – HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax – as a permanent part of this plan (i.e., there’s no 3 month trial period, they’re all included in the base price). With regards to sports, you get 35 new channels, including the YES Network (Yankees games, etc), GOLTV, CBS College Sports and a bunch of other local broadcasts.
Premier Plan Features:
- Over 330 all-digital channels (105+ in HD)
- HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ and Cinemax included
- 35 more regional sports channels
- Free Genie DVR system + 3 Genie minis for additional TVs
- 65 more channels than Choice Ultimate
- Over 7,000 On Demand shows & movies included (3k more than the Entertainment plan)
- Free Local Channels (available to >99% of US)
- Standard Professional Installation included
Anyone who’s gotta have it all (with no exceptions!). Priced $50 more than the Ultimate plan throughout your promotional period, you’ll get nearly 70 more top-tier sports, movie and entertainment channels. After the special runs out in a year, the regular price kicks in at $181/mo, giving you plenty of time to decide if you want to downgrade or stand pat. Here are the details:
Total Cost (no extra fees)
$149.99/mo (promo pricing during 1st year)
$197/mo (regular price, 2nd year and thereafter)
DISH plan it most closely compares to
America’s Everything Pak – Premier is about $20 more and includes every major channel found in Pak, and then some. Stacked side-by-side, they’re just about equal in value (other than DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket).
If you compare the top packages across the leading providers (in satellite TV, cable and VOIP), for my money, DIRECTV’s Premier plan trumps them all. They all deliver the most popular channels, but since DIRECTV is the industry leader, they hold a significant edge in exclusivity and leverage over the competition. For example, you won’t find the NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN Classic, SportsMix, MSG, Audience Network and a bunch of other major and specialty channels on DISH Network. And as new technology and programming gets added, you can be sure it’ll be broadcast to Premier package subscribers first. So if you don’t ever want miss out and and it fits into your budget, this is probably the plan for you.
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