There are two main companies offering satellite television in America. The main one is DirecTV and then Dish Network. They have many similarities in channels and options but each has their own exclusive rights to different features and sports league coverage.
They also differ slightly in their monthly subscription costs start up fees, and amount of programming choices. DirecTV is a little bit more expensive than Dish Network starting out at about $40. Dish Network costs about $30 month for standard subscription channels.
Dish Network is offering some competitive promotions such as free satellite for up to four rooms in the house, free installations, free HDTV upgrades, free DVD player, as well as a DVR that can record and store 100 hours of video.
DirecTV competes well and wins when it comes to customer service satisfaction. They were rated number one when it came to J.D. Power and Associates best satellite TV provider customer service. DirecTV always offers free professional installation of their high end equipment with a subscription. They do charge a small fee for shipping if you want to order more than two satellite systems.
The different channels are about the same give or take a few. DirecTV is much more popular for NFL or NHL sports fans. DirecTV offers the NFL Sunday Ticket which provides access to over 14 games a week during the foot ball season.
While DirecTV does offer many channels in HD Dish Network offers a few more channels in HD. You can also purchase additional international channels through satellite providers or select menu options in Chinese or Spanish.
The options for satellite providers are different as well. DirecTV offers packages that include total choice standard, plus, and premier. Dish Network offers the Top 60, 120, 180, and everything. You should get these offers side by side and compare to see which one is best suited for you. This is a way to prevent paying for extra programming that you won’t be able to watch.
I have known of cases where satellite TV scammers have claimed to be able to provide the best satellite TV deals. They may offer a false promise on their deal such as an extremely low monthly fee, next-day installation, as well as other electronic devices. When someone signs up for one of these scams they quickly find hidden activation fees, high shipping costs for free extras, installation dates continuously changed, and insanely expensive cancellation costs.
For this reason it is wise to compare offers online and shop around but actually sign up inside of a reputable retailer. Having online access gives you the ability to search about different offers and programming options so you can choose the best one for yourself.
With either provider of satellite TV you will get better quality picture and sound at a better price then with cable. You also get a more than double the selection of programming options. The only question to ask is why would anyone stick with cable?