Summary of the Best Satellite TV Providers
When you need satellite TV to go with your satellite internet, your choices are DISH, DIRECTV, or Orby TV.
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.
Orby TV is sort of satellite TV on a budget. There are no price hikes and low prices, but this means a limited channel selection. Still, Orby gives you 44+ channels to choose from, plus all local stations (which are free), so if you mostly watch major networks and don’t watch sports programming, Orby TV might save you some money.
If you buy your Orby TV receiver up front ($100 to $200), then you don’t have a contract to worry about, which is another bonus. No NFL SUNDAY TICKET, of course, but if you move around a lot or you don’t watch sports much you can check it out.