When deciding whether you want to cut the cord and go with streaming services or purchase TV through a traditional satellite TV company, it can seem overwhelming because there are so many different options. Streaming services like Hulu Live and YouTube TV provide on-demand and live TV through the internet, whereas Netflix the only option is on-demand TV. Satellite services like DISH Network, however, offer the best of both worlds. With the DISH Anywhere app, you can have both on-demand streaming platforms and live TV broadcasted straight to your home. Let’s take a closer look and compare satellite TV vs streaming TV services.
When you sign up with DISH Network, you aren’t forced to choose between streaming or satellite, you get it all! Watch hundreds of live TV channels and stream Netflix and Amazon Prime Video directly through the mighty Hopper 3 DVR. With streaming services your TV options are limited and the contracts with some shows sometimes cause them to be removed. You could be in the middle of watching a new show and the following month it’s removed forcing you to either purchase a different streaming subscription or not finish the show at all. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video produce original content that can only be viewed on their streaming platforms, which means you have to purchase an additional subscription to watch a specific show. But with DISH, you can access all of the original content from your favorite streaming platforms while still keeping access to all of the entertainment satellite TV has to offer. It’s worth noting, that if you’d like to access these streaming platforms, you’ll need your own subscription to watch! Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu is not included with your DISH TV package.
Fast Internet Needed
In order to stream, the internet is a must. And if you’ve got an internet provider that doesn’t provide enough data without costing an arm and a leg or constantly dealing with buffering, streaming as your main source of entertainment is going to be tough. But with a satellite provider such as DISH, you can always watch TV without the Internet. However, if you want to use any of DISH’s internet-based applications such as the Google voice feature you will need an internet connection.
DISH Network has a 99% signal reliability and outages are very rare. The only reason your signal may become disrupted is during a truly torrential storm and even if it does go out, once the storm passes your TV is immediately restored. Depending on how you’re getting your internet, connections may not always be reliable and can experience outages or breakdowns in performance depending on how many devices are streaming at once. Satellite-powered TV is extremely reliable with a strong connection that is beamed directly to your home.
Streaming services typically require a fast internet connection with large amounts of data allotment per month- and that can be expensive. Even more so, if you want to stream in HD you’ll require an even faster internet connection (plus more data) so you can get the appropriate bandwidth to stream in HD. When you subscribe with DISH, you get free HD for life! So watch all of your favorite shows and movies with the highest quality available.
Award-Winning Customer Service
Most streaming services only offer email-only customer service and response time can take several days. DISH is ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power for the second year in a row and our customer service team is here to help seven days a week by phone, email or chat. You get to speak with an actual person that is ready to assist you when you need it most.
Streaming services don’t have contracts because they aren’t leasing any equipment out to their subscribers. So yes, cable companies do have contracts but that is because we lease equipment in both the actual dish itself and receiver boxes. TV companies can’t afford to provide their customer’s equipment for free, therefore a contract is needed!
Watch TV Anywhere
You might be surprised to learn that you can watch on-demand content and live TV through satellite on your phone, TV, tablet or computer. However, you can do the same with streaming services, but some require a smart TV or a Firestick to work.
Contrary to popular belief, satellite TV is way more customizable than you think. At DISH, you have multiple packages to choose from and get hundreds of channels with the option to add-on sports, family, entertainment, or premium channels. You can truly build your perfect TV experience and get everything you want. With streaming, some platforms often set up their packages and channels exactly like a TV provider.
You may think that streaming is the cheaper route, but that’s only if you choose to stream from one platform. Most people opt into streaming from multiple streaming services, which can easily add up. When you choose DISH network you get live TV plus Netflix and Amazon Prime Video through the Hopper 3 DVR. Why just have one option, when you can have more value and even more options with DISH Network!