Summary of the Best Satellite Internet Providers
While there are a lot of internet providers out there, satellite internet requires specialized technology that only a couple of providers have. If you’re looking for internet via satellite, Viasat—formerly Exede Internet—and HughesNet are your two best (and only) choices.
Go with Viasat if you want the newest technology, fastest speeds, and most data, even if you have to pay more for it.
Viasat offers a wide range of speeds and prices. While its smallest package has less speed than HughesNet’s standard packages, it still comes with a large data allowance. The rest of its packages are as fast as or faster than HughesNet packages with even larger data allowances.
HughesNet has the lowest satellite prices. While its smallest package costs about the same as Viasat’s, it comes with faster download speeds. All HughesNet packages come with 25 Mbps, and although that’s slower than most of Viasat’s offerings, it’s still a reliable rate.
Choose HughesNet if you want affordable, high-speed satellite internet and don’t need much data.
Both providers technically offer unlimited satellite internet, but after you reach your allotted data for the month, your download speeds will drop. With Viasat’s higher data allowances, you won’t run into a slowed internet experience as quickly as with a HughesNet plan. But if you don’t use the internet a lot, HughesNet’s low prices may be too good to pass up.
Summary of the Best Satellite TV Providers
When you need satellite TV to go with your satellite internet, your choices are DISH and DIRECTV.
DISH’s Hopper 3 DVR comes with plenty of storage, so you can record the shows you want without wasting data on streaming TV from your satellite internet provider.
DISH offers four TV packages. That’s not as many as DIRECTV, but they all come with a two-year price lock guarantee, which means your price won’t jump after the first year of service.
DIRECTV has a reputation for great sports offerings, like NFL SUNDAY TICKET. Every plan comes with an included Genie DVR, which isn’t as powerful as the Hopper 3, but still gets the job done.
Although DIRECTV’s prices are lower at first, they rise after one year, so they can be more expensive than DISH plans over a two-year contract.