Most people are not aware of the specific differences between satellite and cable television service providers. There are, however, distinct advantages to the DISH Network. The information below outlines what sets the service apart from other similar television services.
The first aspect that sets the DISH Network apart from similar services is its equipment. All DISH packages include both the DVR and HDTV equipment for up to four rooms, professionally installed, free of charge. Competitors do not offer both of those services with their package. There are upgrades for one or the other, however, each upgrade requires a rebate submission from the customer.
Many customers are not aware that having a DVR is necessary for satellite services, in order to take advantage of any On-Demand or Pay-Per-View programming. This is why DISH Network offers it in all of its programming and service packages.
The DISH network offers over 340 channels in its programming, in contrast to the usual 250 channels. Local channels are covered at 95%, as opposed to 92%, with other services. The Premium Movie Package includes an expanded number of channels for HBO, which competitors do not offer.
Sports programming includes an extra Multi-Sport Package with over 20 channels – something not offered by competitors.
The DISH Network Audio programming offers all of the standard video channels, such as MTV, CMT and VH1, in addition to over 65 Sirius music channels, free of charge for Premium subscribers.
HD offerings include 25 channels for DISH packages including ESPN HD, TheaterTM, Discovery HD, HDNet, TNT HD, and HDNet Movies. In addition, premium channels like HD Showtime and HBO, plus local HD channels are offered. Competitors only offer only 8 HD channels, for which there is an added charge.
International Programming includes 19 languages, while similar services offer only 9. DVR programming includes 100 hours, while competitors only offer 70 hours, at the same price.
DISH also offers a wider choice of plans exede internet and hughesnet internet. The first level includes over 70 channels and costs approximately $20 monthly. Competitors do not offer a tier similar to that plan. The second tier at DISH costs $30 and includes over 235 channels. Similar services offer only 185 channels, for $46.
The next tier of service on DISH includes over 300 channels for approximately $40. There is no similar offering by another television service. The largest service pack from DISH offers over 315 channels, in addition to 4 premium movie packs for approximately $65. The top tier of satellite internet competitor services includes only 250 channels, with no premium movie channels, and costs $95.
Dish Network Satellite TV is available in the following states:
Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
DISH installation charges are applied to the bill with an 18 month contract, however, a contract is not required for services. Competitors charge $20 for installation, which is nonrefundable, and a two year contract is required. Compare this to Direct TV
Finally, there is no shipping charge for DISH equipment, while competitors charge approximately $20, which is also nonrefundable.
The science of satellite service is still relatively complex and evolving. By understanding what the different services offer, it is easier to make the best choice in a television service.