DISH Network and AT&T U-Verse are both respected names in the television-provider industry. But which is the right choice for you? The best way to determine the value of a television provider is to look at the number of channels offered, the reliability of the service, and the hardware that is included. DISH Network’s commitment to 24/7 customer service, premium hardware (like the Hopper 3) and superior channel line up make it the best choice for anyone looking for a new television provider.
Let’s start with the primary factor that most people consider when switching television providers—channel lineup. Both DISH and AT&T offer similar channel packages, at similar prices, which is initially not helpful in helping you make a decision. However, when you consider the on-demand content as well as the live TV offerings, DISH seems to have a superior offering. DISH’s on-demand content library is one of their most underrated features, particularly when you realize that most of that on-demand content is available for no extra cost. DISH’s channel lineup combined with their industry-leading Hopper 3 DVR technology makes for an incredible home viewing experience.
While there is an argument to be made for DISH in every category, it’s the technology that really puts DISH Network above and beyond their competition. DVR has become a requisite for any decent television package, but it’s important to remember that not all DVRs are created equal! DISH Network’s Hopper 3 is the best DVR on the market. While we could devote an entire article to the differences between the Hopper 3 and AT&T U-Verse’s DVR, we’ll just go over the main points.
The Hopper 3 allows you to record up to 16 different shows at the same time; you’ll never have to fight over what shows to watch again. Not only that, the Hopper 3 boasts 500 hours of HD recording storage, and includes DISH’s AutopHop technology. With AutoHop, you’ll be able to watch any primetime recorded show (24 hours after it airs) without any commercials! Trust us, once you’ve experienced this feature, it becomes a must have.
DISH Network will also provide you with free access to their mobile app, DISH Anywhere™! This means that you’ll be able to watch live TV, recorded shows, or on-demand content from any of your mobile devices! Fighting over the remote will quickly acquire a nostalgic quality as these arguments become a mere memory of days gone by.
The most important distinction between the two services is the price. DISH will include the Hopper 3 and DVR services at no extra cost the first 24 months. With AT&T U-Verse you’ll be paying for any DVR features and services that you want, and if you want DVRs in more than one room in your house those costs can add up quickly.
Reliability is another major factor to consider that can be directly traced to the quality of technology that your television services are predicated on. AT&T’s marketing mantra for their U-Verse services revolves around their fiber optic network. What AT&T fails to mention, despite the fact that they advertise nationwide, is that their fiber network only benefits people in more urban areas. Rural customers will not have access to the high speed network that they may have been sold on. DISH Network is the best and most reliable service for anyone living in the rural United States. If you live in the continental United States all you need is a clear line of site from your personal satellite dish to the sky.
While the consumer view of DISH Network’s customer service tends to be lower than that of others in the space, it is an antiquated view for 2017. Today, DISH is the provider that offers 24/7 customer service to help you solve any problems you may be having with your service right away.
AT&T is a fantastic cell service provider, but their television services are underwhelming when compared to those of DISH Network. While prices vary based on the services requested, DISH offers superior hardware at a competitive price. Now that the cost of their Joey receivers has dropped, there has never been a better time to invest in DISH Network as your new television provider.