Comparing Comcast and DirecTV

TV connection dilemmas anyone? Consider it absolved. This post aims to compare two popular TV service providers- DirecTV and Xfinity, by Comcast. While Comcast is the biggest cable TV network in the US, DirecTV is the most sought after satellite dish connection. Each service has its pros and cons. We’ve tried to cover it below.


DirecTV offers free installation for a two year deal while Comcast has no such deal. They charge an average installation fee of $50 which varies with self or professional installation.


DirecTV supplies 166HD channels throughout the country whereas Comcast has a maximum claim to 130HD channels, that too in selected regions.


Both networks come with On Demand libraries which give you the liberty to watch a lot more content (both paid and free) over the internet. Comcast seems to beat DirecTV here with their subscription offer for On Demand. This gives access to an enviable collection of TV content.

DirecTV does not have offer an On Demand library subscription but you can rent or pay for premium channels to access content on the internet.


With Comcast you can record four shows while watching another one. Its high end X1 HD DVR has 500GB space and can store 300hrs of SD and 60hrs of HD data.

Genie of DirecTV has a storage of 1TB and is competent to store 150hrs of HD and 400hrs of SD. You can watch 2 shows and record 5 more with Picture-in-Picture. A standard DVR like Comcast (DIRECTV with HD DVR) is also available with 500 GB space.

Additional TVs can be connected to the network by adding DVRs with both services.


The cloud-based X1 platform of Comcast allows you to watch live and recorded shows on multiple devices in your house. XFINITY TV GO App lets you control TV recordings anywhere from your apple and android devices. What’s more, it lets you watch your favorite programs on from any part of the planet. The XFINITY X1 remote App ensures you can use that Apple phone as a suave remote. More reasons to get Comcast. Comcast allows you video streaming through Xfinity Streampix

Play live, recorded or On Demand stuff on any device through DirecTV Everywhere in your homes. It has a similar phone to remote app and through GenieGo connected to your HD DVR, transfer recorded shows to your laptops and tablets.

Unlike Comcast, DirecTV does not give a choice to live stream programmes on your smart devices out of your house.


DirecTV comes only with two year contacts for new subscribers.

Comcast on the other hand doesn’t oblige with such time bound contracts. Seems to be ideal for people who move a lot.


DirecTV offers 140 TV channels including HD and local for $29.99/month. Comcast has two packages; a 10 local channel package for $30.15/month and economy package for 45 channels at a range of $19.99-$39.95/month.


Premier package of Comcast costs $99.99/month for first year to a subscription of 200 channels, whereas DirecTV offers 25 channels for $86.99/month for the first 12months.

Though DirecTV is a clear winner in the channels offered department, Comcast scores highly for service contracts, TV anywhere and On Demand options.

DISH vs DIRECTV: 4 Key Differences

Both DirecTV and Dish Network provide hundreds of channels, including high-definition options, and the same premium channels which include HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime. You also get many of the same features with either of these satellite packages, and these include the ability to skip commercials.

However, there are some key differences between the two when comparing DISH vs DIRECTV in 2016. DirecTV is the more popular of the two, with around 35 million subscribers compared to around 14 million who have signed up with Dish Network. There’s also a difference in price, and depending on the package you choose, Dish Network costs between $60 and $120 USD less than DirecTV does. Also, there are differences in the DVR capabilities of each, as well as in the customer service provided. So which one should you buy? What we want to do here is break down and compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of each option.

1. DVR Capability

Dish Network boasts the Hopper DVR system among the available compatible options. One feature that sets the Hopper apart is that right out of the box it is set up to always record the TV shows on FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS during prime-time. Viewers can then go back to watch these programs and skip through the advertisements. The Hopper can hold up to 2,000 hours of television in standard definition on its drive.

In contrast, DirecTV comes with the Genie DVR, which has around half the recording capacity of the Hopper. Nonetheless, it can still be programmed to record five programs simultaneously.

2. Packages And Prices

As we’ve already mentioned, DirecTV packages -even at the entry level- cost a little more than those offered by Dish Network. DirectTV packages start at $29.99 monthly for the starter package, and go for $91.99 a month at the high end, with the main difference between these packages being the number of channels that are offered. DirecTV will occasionally offer an introductory 12-month package with a special discount of five dollars less per month (combined savings of $60 USD for the entire year).

Dish Network doesn’t offer special deals nearly as frequently as DirecTV, but their most affordable “Welcome Pack” is always cheaper than the DirecTV entry level package. The Welcome Pack costs $19.99 per month, and includes many of the most popular channels. The next tier up with Dish Network costs $49.99 per month, and the next level up from that costs $79.99 per month. However, a huge monthly discount is available for both of these packages if you opt to buy the

3. HD Channels

As far as High Definition channels are concerned, Dish Network claims that they offer the greatest number of HD DISH channels in the satellite broadcasting industry for “free”, although this is slightly misleading as in order to receive these channels you need to sign a 24-month contract and have a high credit score. Moreover, the number of HD channels also depends on which package you sign up for, and at the lower levels you don’t get all of the 200 HD channels.

DirecTV, on the other hand, offers 195 HD DIRECTV channels, which are all available for many of their different packages for an additional monthly cost of $10 USD.

4. Customer Service/ Online Support

Both service providers offers what they both call “technical” support via phone, email, or chat. However, only Dish Network offers 24/7 customer support where you can talk with a real person. DirecTV has a customer support line that operates from 8am to 1am Eastern Standard Time.

DirecTV Channel Guide

So if you’ve come to this page, it’s likely that you’re looking for a particular channel on DirecTV. Good thing we’ve got the complete list of DIRECTV channels. Just simply search for the channel you’re looking for (call sign or channel name) and our chart will instantly tell you want channel to tune into. And because this is satellite TV (not cable), the channel numbers are the same no matter what region you live in the United States.

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Now, it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes channels are removed, discontinued, or change their channel name. So don’t be surprised if you can’t find the channel you’re looking for, especially if it’s niche. Moreover, you might have to pay an additional monthly fee to access premium channels, such as HBO, Starz, Showtime and those alike.

We’ve also listed all DISH Network Channels for your review.

DISH Network Channel Guide

Looking for a channel on Dish? Well, you’ve come to the right place. You can either search the page for the channel your looking for, or just simply scroll through. But no matter whatever channel you’re looking for, be it HBO, to MTV, to A&E or Bravo, you’ll find it here.

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If you can’t find the channel you’re looking for, it’s likely that it no longer exists on DISH. Yes, it’s a sad fact. But every once and a while DISH and a channel can’t come to an agreement. There result is that Channel ends up removing their content. Why? At the end of the day it comes down to money. Plain and simple.

If you’re looking for a DIRECTV Channel Guide, then please visit this link.

5 Consumer Benefits of the DirecTV and AT&T Merger

By now you might have heard that AT&T bought DIRECTV. Yup, that’s right, AT&T now owns the satellite company, posing a serious threat to competitors. So that in mind, what are the benefits to you, the consumer, when it comes to a merger like this. Many in fact, and here they are.

Top 5 Benefits of the AT&T & DIRECTV Merger

1. Unlimited Data on AT&T Mobile Phone Plan

Announced last week during CES 2016, AT&T said if you get yourself a DirecTV plan of x, they’ll offer you unlimited data on your cell phone plan. Why is this a big deal? Unlimited Mobile Data is almost unheard of these days, with just a few carrier’s offering it. And even than it might not be true unlimited data. Moreover, the only folks that get unlimited data on AT&T these days are those that are grandfathered in from an old contract.

2. One Bill

More bills more problems, right? But seriously, one less bill is a big win in my book. Now with AT&T buying DirecTV your bill for both services can be unified. That means one less things to worry about, or in this case, one less thing to pay.

3. Bundle to Save Money

Now, thanks to the newly minted AT&T/DirecTV deals, when you switch to AT&T and grab a qualifying DirecTV plan, you’ll score yourself $500 in credits on y our AT&T wireless plan. And as mentioned, since you can now receive one bill, your saving $500 on either service. Make sure to read the fine print, as you’ll need to trade in an old device and port your number from another carrier. But that’s all easy stuff.

4. AT&T Uverse And NFL Sunday Ticket

The NFL is huge. However, to get access to all the games you had to buy NFL Sunday Ticket. More importantly, you had to have DirecTV, leaving cable subscribers and Dish customers out in the cold. Now, in the near future, AT&T Uverse customers will gain access to NFL Sunday Ticket. Sure, you’ll still have to pay for it, but at least you’ll have the option to do so and you won’t have to switch to DirecTV, at least not any time soon.

5. More Tech

AT&T knows tech, so does DirecTV. Now combining both companies means that their tech can merge. In this case, AT&T will continue to roll out their Fiber offering. In fact, the merger deal requires that AT&T expand their fiber to 12 million more customers, bumping fiber distribution to 40% in the US.