Compare Satellite Service Providers

By: David Johnson
It was only a decade ago that a new satellite TV subscriber had to purchase their own satellite system to begin receiving satellite service but now with all of the providers offering free satellite TV systems and installation it is something else to consider and compare when shopping around for a service provider. With regards to service there really isn't a whole lot to consider when comparing the top satellite service providers, because they all have consistently received high marks from J.D. Power and associates for their records in overall customer satisfaction. If all that you are in the market for is an entry level basic programming package, you need not look too far because all of the leading satellite programming service providers have excellent entry level packages and they are very comparable both in pricing and the number of channels that they come with. However; because the leading satellite service providers have very flexible policies regarding upgrades in both packages and receivers you may want to look further to make sure you will be content should you decide to upgrade from your entry level package.Its items such as high definition programing where the two leading providers DirecTV and Dish Network beginning to demonstrate their differences.

When comparing the two in this new format of programming, its hard to break it down to just hard numbers. This is due to the fact while Dish Network leads DirecTV in total numbers of high definition programming channels 31 to 12 its how they are marketed that can make a difference. Dish Network is going to require you to subscribe to their entire repertoire of high definition programming no matter what channels you want but DirecTV, on the other hand, while having far fewer channels to offer will allow you to select out as few as one channel when adding high definition to your programming package.The real difference in their programming packages is the channel number increments that they are composed of? with the exception of their largest programming packages which both contain around 250 channels. While Dish Networks “Americas Top" series comes in three sizes ranging from 100, 200 and 250 channel packages, DirecTVs “Total Choice" series range in sizes from 140, 185 and 250 channel programming packages. Both DirecTV and Dish Network have a broad range of programming channels for you to select from if you wish to build on your programming package, including adult programming and even ultra-premium sports programming channels that are offered by DirecTV. These are two channels that you simply can't get from any other service provider, because only DirecTV has exclusive broadcasting rights to them. They are NFL Sunday Ticket and NCAA Mega March Madness.

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