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Xfinity is the top cable provider in the country with excellent availability. Their TV service has plenty of upside, especially for current internet subscribers looking to bundle...

Popular plans

Choice TV (10 chs): $20
Popular TV (125 chs): $50
Ultimate TV (185 chs): $68.50

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Xfinity is available in 41 states. That coverage includes TV, internet and home phone (landline, VoIP or digital).



Spectrum doesn't offer as many TV plans as others, but their three plans are value-packed and a perfect complement to an internet plan...

Popular plans

TV Stream (80 chs): $39.99
TV Select (150 chs): $64.99
Mi Plan Latino (140 chs): $39.99

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Spectrum is available in 43 states. Their services include TV, internet and home phone.



DIRECTV is the largest satellite TV provider on the planet. Nowadays, they also offer their TV service over the internet (no dish required). You get the same programming at the same price regardless of which option you choose. Overall, if you want a FULL lineup of live TV, including locals and regional sports, DIRECTV is still a great option.

Popular plans

Entertainment (165 chs): $69.99
Choice (200 chs): $74.99
Ultimate (270 chs): $104.99

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DISH has evolved quite a bit over the past handful of years. From launching their own OTT service (Sling) to shifting their satellite service to be more modular and flexible, it's still a solid option for households with a variety of tastes. With one of the best DVRs out there (Hopper), it remains a favorite with loyal subscribers and rural customers...

Popular plans

America's Top 120 (190 chs): $84.99
America's Top 200 (240 chs): $104.99
America's Top 250 (290 chs): $114.99

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Internet Providers


AT&T DSL (10 - 100 Mbps): $55/mo
AT&T Fiber (300 - 5000 Mbps): $55 - $180/mo
Internet Air (40 - 150 Mbps): $55/mo
Fixed Wireless (5 - 25 Mbps): price varies


In the states where it has an internet presence, AT&T has some of the best coverage, particularly with fiber.


They offer five different internet plans, ranging from 150 Mbps ($19.99/mo) to 1000 Mbps ($65/mo). Sign-up bonuses are routinely available and discounts via ACP and other programs can also dramatically lower your bill.


With simpler (but not slower) internet options, Spectrum lets you pick from three internet packages. They range from 300 Mbps ($49.99/mo) to 1,000 Mbps ($79.99/mo). Like most other cable providers, all plans are contract-free.

Streaming TV

Complement your TV programming with a streaming service -- the big upside with streaming is you get just what you want, when you want. No contracts, no pressure. We routinely check on the best streaming service for popular channels. Follow the links below for a detailed review of our preferred channel and provider combos...

Channel and streaming matches
Stream Hulu LiveHulu Live
  • $76.99/mo
  • Free Disney+
  • TBS
Streaming DIRECTV StreamDTV Stream
  • $79.99/mo
  • 5-day trial
  • Fox
Streaming FuboFubo
  • $79.99/mo
  • 7-day trial
  • ESPN
Streaming Sling TVSling TV
  • $40/mo
  • 7-day trial
  • CNN
Streaming YouTube TVYouTube TV
Streaming PhiloPhilo
  • $25/mo
  • 7-day trial
  • HGTV
Streaming Peacock TVPeacock TV
Streaming Paramount+Paramount+
  • $4.99/mo
  • 7-day trial
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Satellite TV

Since 2004, we've been the trusted, independent source for reviewing the top satellite TV promotions available. We know comparison shopping between DIRECTV and DISH can get confusing at times, especially with all the advertising out there. Our mission is to provide you with the unbiased information you need to make a smart consumer decision. With our long-standing partnerships among top retailers, we're also able to bring you exclusive discounts on leading channel, entertainment and movie packages. We're constantly updating our reviews and rankings, so check back often.

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The Best Price Package
Expires: soon!
  • ONLY $84.99/mo (Top 120 plan) guaranteed for 36 mths!
  • FREE Showtime, STARZ & Movie Pack for 3 mths
  • FREE Smart HD DVR (Hopper 3 or Duo)*
  • FREE HD for Life! (w/ agreement, autopay & paperless billing)
  • BONUS: Free Voice Remote with "Hey Google"
  • Notes: Act now & lock in this low price thru 2026.
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Rating: 5 stars
Open now? Yes.
*$7 DVR service fee applies
DIRECTV's Best Deal Ever
Expires: soon!
  • LOCK IN the best rate of $69.99/mo for 24 mths
  • FREE Genie DVR or Gemini Air (>$300 value)1
  • FREE HBO®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® and Cinemax® for 3 Months
  • Notes: This is DIRECTV's best promo since May 2018.
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Business SELECT
DIRECTV for Businesses
Expires: soon!
  • Perfect for Offices, Lobbies, Gyms and Shops
  • Only $74.99/mo for 24 months
  • FREE ESPN GamePlan, NBA LEAGUE PASS and more
  • FREE HD Receivers, for up to 4 TVs
  • FREE HD Access for 3 full months
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DIRECTV for Businesses

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Advantages: lower prices, HOPPER DVR system
Disadvantages: less (regional) sports

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Advantages: top-of-the-line tech, big on sports
Disadvantages: lack of specialty channels

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DIRECTV vs DISH Comparison
Read about the pros and cons of each service and figure out which is right for you.
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Verizon FiOS vs Satellite
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Live Sports
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The (long-term) Buzz...
  • Jan, 2024: We've expanded our streaming coverage to include some of the more popular sporting events on the planet. TV schedules, recommended watching options and more. For starters, check out our Liga MX TV page.
  • July, 2023: It's all about the 2023 Women's World Cup! Split up between Australia and New Zealand, check out the majesty and give-n-go passes for a full 30 days.
  • Jan, 2022: We've expanded our coverage of TV providers to include streaming services. We'll gradually be rolling out detailed reviews of your favorite channels, with free and recommended low-priced providers that have more of the same programming you like.
  • Feb, 2021: After acquiring DIRECTV in 2015, AT&T has announced it will sell a minority share (30%) to private equity firm TPG. It was never really a great fit for either party so probably best for everyone involved. AT&T will likely be completely divesting in the coming years.

Popular blog posts:

  • DIRECTV Allows Customers to Opt Out of Local Channels: In a welcomed move, DIRECTV is now letting customers decide if they want to pay for local channels. All new/current subscribers can add or remove locals at will, with no fee or penalty for switching...
  • Can You Get DIRECTV with Bad Credit?: Part of the process of getting DIRECTV involves a necessary evil, a quick credit check (it's a "soft pull" and takes about 30 seconds). Yeah, it's annoying but it's an...
  • If you rent, don't forget your satellite TV landlord permission form: Before your scheduled installation, make sure you avoid any snags by having your landlord permission form ready to go. Fact is, if you're renting an apartment or house, neither DIRECTV...
  • Where to Catch 4K Sports Action on Satellite TV: If you're a weekender high def sports junkie or just want to follow your local team in crystal clear 4k (aka ultra HD), the good news is DISH and DIRECTV are off to a solid start in the 4K TV department...
  • New to the Genie: Entertainment Extras App: All too often, media and programming companies sit on their laurels after the successful launch of a new device or service. In DIRECTV's case, the stellar roll-out of the Genie a few years back only served to further motivate their...

» If you've never ordered before, make sure to check if you qualify for new customer deals (DIRECTV-specific).
» Thinking of adding Netflix or like watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters at home? Compare all the On Demand services here.
» Wish you could watch your recorded shows on your iPhone/tablet? Consider getting DIRECTV's GenieGO.
» Flex TV: get DISH without a credit check or long-term contract.
» If you're looking to add internet to your TV service, compare all the latest bundles here.
» Living in the country or miles from a big city has its advantages, but internet service isn't necessarily one of them. Find out if satellite internet might be just what you need to stay connected.

Why Choose Satellite TV?

DISH Network and DIRECTV have been at the cutting edge of digital programming for years. We're often surprised at how many folks think cable is the only game in town. Fact is, satellite TV is available to over 99% of homes for about a third of the price of cable. And with both satellite TV providers heavily competing for your attention, there's never been a better time to sign up. Have a look around the site for the best service, programming and deals available. Hopefully, we'll help you find the perfect system at just the right price.

Easy setup and installation - one of the reasons satellite TV has grown so rapidly (especially compared to cable) is that, by nature, it's an extremely easy-to-use technology. You don't need someone to run cable from down the street or wire half your home. It's a straight shot from the roof to your receiver - quick and painless. As a result, most installations can usually be scheduled as early as the next day (be sure to check with your retailer).

Innovation - necessity is the mother of invention and when two rivals (DISH and DIRECTV) constantly battle to one-up each other, their customers get new, faster and more advanced technology...usually at the same or lower price. With cable, most companies have near-monopolies in their cities/counties so they have very little motivation to invest in R&D. That's not to say a few cable companies won't attempt to the push the envelope in the coming years, we just haven't seen proof of that materializing anytime soon.


"After moving to the west coast (Oregon), we weren't sure how best to approach TV programming. My preference was going with DIRECT TV but was MOST interested in saving as much as possible. After just a few minutes on your site (and contacting you guys), my decision was made and I saved over 50%....can't thank you enough!!"
 -Jared Perzle - Portland, OR

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