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                                         Choose Between Directv And Dish Network
                                                           By Troy Degarnham

   There are two main direct broadcast satellite TV providers in the United States today: DirecTV and
Dish Network.

About DirecTV

In 1991, PrimeStar became the first satellite service in America, but its competitor DirecTV, launched in
1994 by Hughes Electronics, eventually absorbed it. DirecTV has since become the largest satellite TV
provider in the United States, with over 15 million customers as of the end of 2005.

DirecTV provides premium channels (such as HBO), nationwide turnaround channels (such as ESPN),
and local programming (such as ABC). It also has several HDTV channels, showing about 900 hours
of high definition content a week. In addition, DirecTV offers XM Satellite music channels, and some
pay-per-view and video-on-demand services.

The company also provides digital video recorders (DVRs) to its customers – its first DVR was licensed
from the TiVo company, which brought “pause-live-TV” technology into the public eye, but DirecTV
now uses the internally-developed XTV system. Its receivers also have a built-in parental control
system, allowing parents to block certain channels, or shows with a certain rating, from being accessed
without a password.

DirecTV offers free professional installation with all of its packages.

About Dish Network

The other major satellite TV provider in the United States is Dish Network, which was launched by
EchoStar Communications in 1996. It has grown steadily in popularity, with about 11 million customers
at the end of 2005.

Like its competitor, Dish provides premium channels, turnaround channels and local programming. It
has also added 29 HDTV channels, acquired from a failed satellite company called Voom, which
competed briefly with Dish and DirecTV between 2003 and 2005 by focusing on high definition
television channels. Dish provides over 1400 hours of HDTV programming a week.

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Digital video recording (DVR) technology is also available with all Dish packages, and the company
has recently offered a “PocketDish” portable DVR device that can download and view media (TV
shows, music, photos and games) that is recorded and stored on the set-top device.

Dish also provides pay-per-view, video-on-demand, interactive TV, and Sirius Satellite Radio channels,
as well as parental control features, and they provide free installation for their satellite TV equipment.

Competition is good

Dish Network and DirecTV both provide the expected packages of satellite TV channels, and both
have great customer service. The competition between them to provide more programming choices,
better technology, clearer picture, fewer interruptions in service, and lower prices is making satellite
television better for everyone.

Written by Troy Degarnham, the webmaster of, an informative website
about Direct Satellite TV. Information includes, who the providers are, how the equipment is installed,
and what channels and packages are available.

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                High Definition Television - Who Has The Lead In The Satellite TV Market?
                                                          By James Croydon

 Directv HDTV versus the high definition option through your satellite dish network. Which do you go
with? In many ways, Direct TV and the Dish Network are comparable like with similar programming
and similar pricing structures. But who offers the best service and quality in high definition television?
First of all, let’s find out exactly what high definition television (aka HDTV) is and if you would even
want that option in your TV satellite dish system.

Clarity is what most people think of when they think of HDTV. The picture quality is outstanding and
many people have exclaimed that it is like they walked right into the TV, as if it was part of our world.
The picture on the screen is so life-like; you could almost feel that sun on the TV shining on you or
could almost feel the blades of grass beneath your feet as if you were in the TV show yourself. The
sound that accompanies the high definition picture is also very life-like. It is digital sound, not analog,
so it is almost like having your CD player inside your TV.

Both the Directv HDTV and the one that the Dish Network offers are similar. The clarity of the picture is
about ten times better than an analog broadcast. The format of the shows and movies you watch
through the HDTV programming is a wide screen format, much like what you experience at a movie
theater. The audio feed of the programming you watch via HDTV is digital - that means, it is crisp and

The difference between the Directv HDTV and the Dish Network’s version is a matter of programming.
Depending on what you are looking for in satellite TV’s programming will influence your choice of these
two rivals. So, let’s do a quick comparison of the two. The Dish Network offers a few more channels in
high definition TV than does Direct TV. Several movies channels and news channels are in HDTV as
are a few sports channels and pay per view movies. In other programming offerings, they are more
global, offering extra foreign markets.

Directv HDTV does not have quite a many HDTV channels, but if you are a sports fan, the Directv
option may be the best bet for you. While the Dish Network’s HDTV programming does offer some
sports, your Direct satellite TV in high definition has more sports options, including the NFL Sunday
Ticket, the Holy Grail for the football fanatic. Football widows despised the day that HDTV came out,
that is for sure! Not only does the Directv HDTV have great sport coverage, it also has a few major
networks that Dish Network does not have like Fox and NBC.

So, if the sports thing is not for you and you appreciate the more international flavor the Dish Network
has to offer in regards to high definition TV, then they are the logical choice. However, if the sports are
a major selling point for you, then the Directv HDTV is the way you should go.

James Croydon, Satellite Installation Engineer and DirecTV HD advisor at f-Tech Associates ( ) publishes other articles related to DirecTV HD at and

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