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Published on February 26, 2014

Author: DishCostsLess



Dish vs Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Cable is a common way to get television, but that doesn't mean it's the best way. Dish challenges the cable model with satellites. This slideshare goes through similarities and differences, comparing and contrasting Dish Network and Comcast and Time Warner Cable. They compete on hardware, services, and obviously price. At the end we have my personal recommendation.


Technical Differences • Cable companies distribute digital signals via coaxial cables, strung on power lines or buried underground – They pay fees and taxes for the use of local land, and only distribute to locations with cables • Satellite companies send signals via satellite to satellite dishes at each house – Satellites require line-of-sight, so obstructions can mean lack of service

Why Time Warner and Comcast? Subscribers*: Comcast – ~22 million Time Warner – ~12.2 million Verizon – ~4.7 million Cox – ~4.5 million AT&T – ~4.5 million Dish – ~14 million *According to NCTA data from 2012

Hardware Hopper X1 Whole House HD DVR • Skip commercials entirely with Autohop* • 2000 hour capacity • Up to 6 recordings at a time • Hopper costs $12/mo to lease** • Fast forward through commercials • 1000 hour capacity • Up to 6 recordings at a time • DVR service costs $20/mo after promotions end*** • Fast forward through commercials • 200 hour capacity • Up to 2 recordings at a time • DVR service costs $19.99/mo**** *AutoHop features must be enabled by customer and are subject to availability **Via ***Via ****Via

Services • Higher customer satisfaction than any cable company* • Free install in up to 6 rooms • Better performance and reliability than Comcast and Time Warner in all regions* • Higher customer satisfaction than Time Warner* • Installation fee (varies by service provider) • Better performance and reliability than Time Warner in North, East, and West* • Bottom-ranked customer satisfaction by J.D. Power* • Free install in up to 4 rooms • Performance and reliability equivalent to Comcast in the South* •*According to a J.D. Power study: •

Price • Most affordable – $19.99/mo* – 55+ channels • Most affordable – $29.95/mo – 45+ channels • Most affordable – $19.99/mo – 20+ channels • Midrange package – $39.99/mo – 220+ channels • Midrange package – $39.99/mo – 80+ channels • Midrange package – $39.99/mo – 70+ channels • High-end package – $44.99/mo – 260+ channels • High-end package – $69.99/mo – 200+ channels • High-end package – $79.99/mo – 200+ channels Offers require 24 month commitment and credit qualification. Local-only packages not included in comparison. *12-month pricing

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