DISH and DIRECTV each excel in different areas. Let’s run down some of the pros and cons of each.
For sports fans, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than DIRECTV. The provider has a large number of dedicated sports channels, and customers can also subscribe to NFL SUNDAY TICKET, a DIRECTV exclusive package that gets you live access to every out-of-market game in the league plus other bonus features for football fans.
Just know that you might miss games that are broadcast on local channels, depending on where your boat is located. Local channels on satellite TV operate using spot beams to the intended area and can be picked up only if you’re within a few hundred miles of the target area.
DIRECTV also offers a great package selection, with everything from budget plans that start at $44.99 per month† up to top-tier packages that include premium channels like HBO®.
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DISH has a solid number of channels to choose from and the top-tier packages are reasonably priced at just $94.99 per month.*
It does require a two-year contract, but the upshot of that is the prices are locked for two years, whereas with DIRECTV you’ll see a price hike after one year of service. DISH also scores well in customer service and customer satisfaction surveys.
The best part of DISH, though, is the DVR. We think the Hopper 3 is the best on the market by far. It has tons of storage space and the ability to record up to 16 shows at once, so you can load it up with content to watch while you’re out enjoying the high seas.