DISH Network and Time Warner Cable

In the age old battle between television service providers, like some immortals: in the end, there can be only one. To compare Dish Network and Time Warner Cable, there is only one good option for you.

Some consider price to be the deciding factor, some believe that the technology extras are where it counts, yet others feel that HD image quality is the most important standard of all. What do you think? Is it cost over quality? Perks over cost? Here, we will look at some of these elements from both providers, and compare them side by side.

Packages

Time Warner Cable

  • Starter TV package $19.99 – 22 channels. ($10.25 more for an HD tuner, $11.25 for additional HD tuners, price does not include equipment or installation)
  • Standard TV package $39.99 – 70 channels. Includes free HBO and Cinemax for 3 months ($10.25 more for an HD tuner, $11.25 for additional HD tuners, price does not include equipment or installation)
  • Preferred TV package $49.99 – 200 channels. Includes free HBO and Cinemax for 3 months ($10.25 more for an HD tuner, $11.25 for additional HD tuners, price does not include equipment or installation)

DISH Network

  • Smart Pack $19.99 – 55+ channels. Includes free HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz for 3 months/free Blockbuster @Home
  • Top 120 $29.99 – 120+ channels. Includes free HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz for 3 months/free Blockbuster @Home/free HD TV shows for the life of your subscription/Free Hopper HD DVR upgrade
  • Top 200 $39.99 – 240+ channels. Includes free HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz for 3 months/free Blockbuster @Home/free HD TV shows for up to 2 years/Free Hopper HD DVR upgrade/ Regional sports networks
  • Everything Pak $89.99 – 320+ channels. Includes free HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz for 3 months/free Blockbuster @Home/free HD TV shows for up to 2 years/Free Hopper HD DVR upgrade/ Regional sports networks

Winner: DISH Network.

Extras/Add-Ons

Time Warner Cable

  • TWC TV app – Allows subscribers to watch TV on their mobile device as long as they are near their home WIFI range (not available with the Starter package).
  • HBO GO & MAX GO
  • On Demand/Pay-per-view/Parental controls (only available with Preferred package)

DISH Network

  • Dish Anywhere app – Allows subscribers to watch recorded or live TV anywhere, anytime. You can even watch your recorded shows without an internet connection.
  • Blockbuster @Home (free for three months with every package)
  • Hopper – The Hopper puts the control of your Dish subscription in your hands. Record up to 8 shows simultaneously when paired with a Super Joey, it stores up to 83 days of shows, commercial skip, live and recorded TV anywhere, anytime.
  • The Tailgater – Celebrate your favorite sporting events the way they were meant to be witnessed; from the open tailgate of your truck or your RV. The Tailgater gives full-service live satellite TV anywhere you travel, no internet connection required.

Winner: DISH Network.

The choice is clear: Dish Network provides more control, better quality, and greater value than Time Warner Cable.