DISH keeps things simple: an affordable entry-level plan, a value-packed mid-tier option, and a top-tier plan with all the goodies. DISH offers a three-year price guarantee, which is a big perk and a stark contrast to DIRECTV’s substantial price increase after the first year.
The one oddball is America’s Top 120+, which is identical to America’s Top 120 but adds regional sports channels for an extra ten bucks. If you’re thinking about going with this plan, don't. We’d honestly skip it and just get an OTA antenna to grab your RSNs for free. Or for about $15 more, you can jump to America’s Top 200 and still get the regional sports channels plus a bunch of other cool channels too.
Another major perk of DISH’s packages is the price is locked in for the full three years, covering your 2-year contract and then some. With DIRECTV, the advertised price is locked in for only one year, and then goes up for the whole second year of your contract, so there’s no bailing when the paying gets tough.
DISH is less expensive than DIRECTV, which makes it attractive to many viewers as well. Remember that DIRECTV does give you more national sports, so it’s worth the extra cost if you want to catch NFL or NBA games. But if you’re into college sports, DISH and DIRECTV are about even as far as content goes—DIRECTV just has higher prices the second year.