Some factors to consider when comparing DISH Network and DirecTV include the types of service plans available, the channels included with each service plan and the cost of each service plan. The reliability of the service is another important factor to consider.
DISH Network and DirecTV offer multiple service plans with special features like sports or movie packages. Both companies also offer package deals that include other services besides television, like Internet.
Some customers might want specific features offered by one company over another. As of 2015, DirecTV offers its customers more channels in the basic plan than DISH Network does in its base plan, with the former requiring customers agree to a 24-month service contract.
The base plans of DISH Network and DirecTV are $19.99 per month, but each company offers additional services at different costs. Additional sports or movie packages might be comparable in content, but one may offer it at a cheaper price. Prices also vary between the two companies depending on how many televisions will use the service.
The two companies require new customers to purchase different types of equipment that must be installed to receive service. The costs of the equipment and installation also affect the overall cost of each service.