Compare DISH vs. Streaming TV Services

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With the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, you might wonder how they compare to traditional television. Streaming services are popping up everywhere, some independent like Netflix and others associated with specific channels, like Disney Plus. Some people talk about “cutting the cord,” or getting all their entertainment from the Internet rather than traditional television. But is it worth it?

Traditional channels and streaming channels actually complement one another in a lot of ways. DISH Anywhere lets you stream all your content, including what’s on your Hopper DVR. Hopper with Sling gives you access to Sling services. MyDISH allows you to connect your Netflix or Amazon Prime accounts. Having the Internet connected to your DISH account can also let you use Google Voice Remote and other DISH services. So you don’t have to choose between traditional television and streaming. With DISH, you can have the best of streaming without having to give up the television channels you love.

But when it comes to choosing one or the other, DISH has so many advantages over streaming that if you’re forced to choose, DISH is the clear winner.

Programming
What does streaming have that cable and satellite don’t? The only thing streaming channels such as Netflix and Hulu have is their own original programming. However, to view their originals, you have to have a subscription. This means having several subscriptions if you want to catch everything on the streaming networks. Plus, their libraries are subject to changes that may make the content you want disappear. Licensing fees change, removing shows from streaming services, and even their original shows might get canceled without notice and in the midst of climactic cliffhangers. With DISH, you get access to hundreds of channels and on-demand content, all in one place for one low price!
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Internet Required
To watch streaming networks, you have to have an Internet connection. Having service also enhances your DISH experience, giving you access to DISH’s streaming content, your Amazon Prime and Netflix accounts, and even Voice Remote. The difference is, with DISH, the Internet isn’t required to watch your favorite shows and movies.
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Signal Reliability
Thanks to updated technology, satellite TV uses strong Ku-bands, which can pierce through all but the kinds of storms that would knock out your power anyway. This means your satellite TV signal isn’t subject to disturbances such as accidents, worn wiring, construction, or other ground hazards. Cable has to go through hubs, and streaming services typically rely on these same ground hubs, which can service multiple households and slow down during peak times. WiFi on devices, such as from mobile hot spots, can supplement this but most plans have a data limit and you’re stuck watching on a device other than your television. With DISH, your satellite and ours are the only hubs.
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Video Quality
Satellite television’s biggest advantage over cable and streaming is 4k signals that are standard on a lot of DISH content. Lower resolution shows on DISH are still in high definition, which is 1080p. Streaming can be done at those resolutions, but consumes more data, needs fast reliable Internet, and needs more time to buffer. Even HD streaming shows are still mostly viewed in 720p because of Internet speeds and devices, but DISH gives you HD and 4k as our standard.
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*DISH Network received the highest score in the Nation in the J.D. Power 2018-2020 (tied in 2020) U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction with their current television provider. Visit jdpower.com/awards.
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Devices
What devices you can watch on is another huge advantage cable and satellite have over streaming. Cable and satellite go both ways – you can watch on your devices, such as laptops, cell phones, and computers, as well as on your TV. Streaming services usually need extra technology to be watched on TV. If your TV can’t get on the Internet, you are left watching on your devices. DISH Anywhere lets you watch on any of your devices, and since you can watch up to 16 different channels simultaneously, everyone in the family can watch what they want to watch on whatever they want to watch it on.
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Contracts
Streaming has no contracts, it’s true. This means you can cancel your service at any time. It also means that as long as you keep your service, you will always be charged, even when you’re not expecting it. Prices have been raised often as more services have joined the streaming market. Sometimes cancellations take months. So having no contracts isn’t always an advantage. DISH’s 2-year contract leases the dish, the receivers, all the perks and services the equipment provides, and hundreds of popular channels and on-demand content, and the price is guaranteed not to change the entire time.
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Customizability
DISH is a satellite television service, which means if you move, your service can move with you. Cable doesn’t have that advantage because cable companies don’t always service every area. Streaming does service every area that has Internet access, but that’s where the customizability ends. Streaming channels deliver the content they want to deliver and add and remove shows at will. Satellite companies have packages, which deliver specific groups of channels, and some people are skeptical of this setup, but the truth is that these packages are often inclusive of all the basic channels most people order. DISH has lots of add-on packages too, which means you can have the specialty content you want all the time. There are even Flex packs that allow users to choose their channels. Ultimately, between the flexibility of location and the variety of packages, satellite beats out streaming for customizability.
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Price
America’s Top 120 is $59.99/mo, plus equipment rentals for any extra equipment you might get, such as extra receivers. For that, you get over 190 channels, plus access to services like Voice Remote and DISH Anywhere. Streaming services might charge less, but you only get one “channel.” Getting Netflix and Amazon Prime means spending around $30 to have access to both services, which is like paying that much for two channels of television. The more streaming services you subscribe to, the higher this cost can add up. DISH simply gives you more entertainment for your money.
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All offers require credit qualification, 2-Year commitment with early termination fee and eAutoPay. Prices include Hopper Duo for qualifying customers. Hopper, Hopper w/Sling or Hopper 3 $5/mo. more. Upfront fees may apply based on credit qualification. Fees apply for additional TVs: Hopper $15/mo., Joey $5/mo., Super Joey $10/mo. DISH voice remote, Amazon Alexa devices and Google Assistant devices require internet-connected Hopper, Joey, or Wally. Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant not included with offer. *DISH Network received the highest score in the Nation in the J.D. Power 2018-2020 (tied in 2020) U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction with their current television provider. Visit jdpower.com/awards

All offers require credit qualification, 2-Year commitment with early termination fee and eAutoPay. Prices include Hopper Duo for qualifying customers. Hopper, Hopper w/Sling or Hopper 3 $5/mo. more. Upfront fees may apply based on credit qualification. Fees apply for additional TVs: Hopper $15/mo., Joey $5/mo., Super Joey $10/mo. DISH voice remote, Amazon Alexa devices and Google Assistant devices require internet-connected Hopper, Joey, or Wally. Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant not included with offer.*DISH Network received the highest score in the Nation in the J.D. Power 2018-2020 (tied in 2020) U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction with their current television provider. Visit jdpower.com/awards

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