2016 Dish vs. Directv Comparison article

All New Dish and DirecTV Comparison

We posted updates to our DISH vs. DIRECTV article. We ant to make sure it’s as impartial as possible, to show that DISH is empirically better. We think it speaks for itself. It’s a comprehensive comparison between Directv and DISH.

Here’s a quick look at what we found:

Value Package

Number of Channels 190+ 145+
Price $49.99 50.00
ESPN Included Yes No
Local Programing Fee $0 $0
Local Sports Fee $0 Not available
HD Programming Cost $0 $0
Contract Term 2 Years 2 Years
Price Protection 2-year Price Guarantee 1 Year
Price Yes No
Annual Price Increase $0 $38
Second Year Monthly Pricing $49.99 $88.00
Additional Fees $0 $456

Summary: DISH customers save an average of $456 over a 2 year period.


Availability Nationwide Nationwide
Free Standard Professional Installation Yes Yes
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Call Center #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Website #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Clearest Bill to Understand #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Lowest Customer Complaints #1 #2

Summary: Based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index comparison of major TV providers (2010-2015), DISH has consistently delivered a better customer experience.


DVR Capabilities Hopper 3 – Record 16 shows at once, 4K video ready, faster performance Genie – Record 5 shows at once, 4K video ready, faster performance
Live TV Anywhere Yes No
DVR Access Anywhere Yes No
OnDeman Anywhere Yes No
Commercial Skipping Yes No
HD Recording Storage Capacity 500 Hours Internal (USB expandable) 200 Hours Internal (Not Expandable)
Apps Netflix None
Wireless Receivers Available Yes Yes
Bluetooth Audio Yes Yes
Remote Locator Yes No
Easily Record Primetime TV ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox No

Summary: The DISH Hopper 3 is a more powerful DVR than the DIRECTV HD GENIE. It is capable of recording 16 channels of live TV simultaneously, includes more internal storage that can be easily expanded through it’s built in USB ports.