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What are the differences between DirecTV and DISH Network?

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The major differences between DirecTV and DISH Network are the prices, areas they serve and the number of channels they offer. They also differ in the type of DVR they offer and the number of allowed recordings and capacity. Additionally, they offer different types of additional equipment, portable satellites and additional sports packages.

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DirecTV packages cost anywhere from around $30 to around $90 per month, as of 2015. The company serves both the United States and Latin America and offers more than 285 channels depending on the subscription. Their DVR system is the Genie; it has 1 TB of memory and can record five shows at once. The company offers the GenieGO for Internet-based viewing at the cost of around $120. DirecTV uniquely offers the Racetrack Television Network and Outdoor Sports.

DISH Network subscriptions are available for prices ranging from around $20 to $85 per month in the United States only. Subscriptions offer up to 330 channels, and customers receive a Hopper DVR with 2 TB of memory and the capability to record six programs simultaneously. For around $60, Sling, an Internet-based viewing service, is available, and for around $350 a portable satellite called The Tailgater is available. DISH Network offers NFL Sunday Ticket as its unique sports package.

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