DBS Satellite Comparison

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Packages and prices current as of 7/18/2001

Source DISH Network DISH Network DISH Network DISH Network DirecTV DirecTV DirecTV DirecTV DirecTV DirecTV
Package America's
Top 150
America's
Top 100
DISH
Latino Dos
America's
Top 50
Platinum Total
Choice
Select
Choice
Limited Para Todos
Extra
Para
Todos
Monthly Cost¹ $39.99 $30.99 $30.99 $21.99 $82.99 $31.99 $21.99 $7.99 $31.99 $19.99
General Interest                    
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
America's Collectibles Yes² Yes² Yes² Yes²            
Animal Planet Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes  
Biography Channel Yes       K K K K K K
Black Entertainment Television Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Comedy Central Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes     Yes  
Court TV Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Discovery Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Discovery Civilization Yes                  
Discovery Health Yes Yes     Yes Yes        
Discovery Home & Leisure Yes                  
Discovery Science Yes                  
Do It Yourself Yes X X X K K K K K K
E! Entertainment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
E! Style Yes                  
TV Food Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes     Yes Yes
fX Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes  
Game Show Network Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Gem Shopping Network Yes Yes   Yes            
The Health Network         Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The History Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
History International Yes                  
Home + Garden Television Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Home Shopping Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iShop Network Yes Yes Yes Yes            
Lifetime Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes     Yes  
NASA Television Yes Yes   Yes Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
National Geographic         Yes Yes        
The National Network Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Oxygen         K K K K K K
Product Information Network Yes Yes Yes Yes            
QVC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sci-Fi Channel Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Shop At Home Yes² Yes² Yes² Yes²            
ShopNBC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
SoapNet Yes       K K K K K K
TNT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
TechTV Yes Yes     Yes Yes        
The Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes     Yes Yes
USA Network Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Western Video Market Yes² Yes² Yes² Yes²            
Women's Entertainment Yes² Yes²     Yes Yes     Yes  
Family/Children's AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
Boomerang Yes       K K K K K K
Cartoon Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Discovery Kids Yes       K K K K K K
Disney Channel Yes³ Yes³ $9.99³ Yes³ Yes³ Yes³ Yes³   Yes³  
Fox Family Channel Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Nickelodeon Yes³ Yes³ Yes³ Yes³ Yes³ Yes³ Yes³   Yes³ Yes³
Nick At Nite's TV Land Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes     Yes  
Nick GAS Yes                  
Noggin Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes  
PBS Kids         K K K K K K
Toon Disney Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes Yes
WAM! Yes       Yes O S S O S
Religious AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
Angel One Yes Yes   Yes            
EWTN Yes Yes Yes Yes            
Family Star Yes Yes   Yes            
Good Samaritan Yes* Yes*   Yes*            
Inspirational Life         Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
Odyssey Yes       K K K K K K
Sky Angel (30 channels) $9.00* $9.00* $9.00* $9.00*            
Trinity Broadcasting Network Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Word Network         Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wisdom Yes                  
Movies AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
AMC Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Bravo Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Cinemax Yes³
Encore Hits Yes H H H Yes³
Encore Action Yes       Yes O S S O S
Encore Love Stories Yes       Yes O S S O S
Encore Mystery Yes       Yes O S S O S
Encore True Stories Yes       Yes O S S O S
Encore Westerns Yes       Yes O S S O S
Erotic Video Clips (ETC) $19.95 $19.95 $19.95 $19.95            
Extasy $24.95 $24.95 $24.95 $24.95            
FLIX G G G G Yes T T T T T
fXM Yes       Yes Yes        
HBO Yes³
HBO Comedy F F F F            
HBO HDTV F* F* F* F* Yes* J* W* W* J* W*
HBO Plus Yes³
HBO Signature F F F F Yes J W W J W
HBO Family F F F F Yes³
Hot Network PPV         $5.99-7.99 ea. $5.99-7.99 ea. $5.99-7.99 ea. $5.99-7.99 ea. $5.99-7.99 ea. $5.99-7.99 ea.
Independent Film Channel Yes² Yes²     Yes O L L Yes L
Lifetime Movie Network Yes Yes     Yes Yes        
MoreMax I I I I Yes M M M M M
Movie Channel Yes G G G Yes³
Movie Channel Xtra Yes G G G            
Playboy TV $12.99 $12.99 $12.99 $12.99 $15.99 $15.99 $15.99 $15.99 $15.99 $15.99
Playboy PPV $6.95 ea. $6.95 ea. $6.95 ea. $6.95 ea. $7.99 ea. $7.99 ea. $7.99 ea. $7.99 ea. $7.99 ea. $7.99 ea.
Pleasure PPV $5.99 ea. $5.99 ea. $5.99 ea. $5.99 ea.            
Showtime Yes³
Showtime Too G G G G Yes T T T T T
Showtime Showcase G G G G Yes T T T T T
Showtime Beyond G G G G            
Showtime Extreme G G G G Yes T T T T T
Showtime HDTV G* G* G* G*            
Starz! (w/Dolby AC-3) Yes³
Starz! BET H H H H Yes O U U O U
Starz! Cinema            
Starz! Family H H H H            
Starz! Theater H H H H Yes O U U O U
Sundance Channel G G G G Yes L L L L L
TeN $19.95 $19.95 $19.95 $19.95            
TeN PPV $8.95 ea. $8.95 ea. $8.95 ea. $8.95 ea.            
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes  
Number of PPV channels 24 24 24 24 50 50 50 50 50 50
PPV Movie cost $2.99-3.99 ea. $2.99-3.99 ea. $2.99-3.99 ea. $2.99-3.99 ea. $3.99 ea. $3.99 ea. $3.99 ea. $3.99 ea. $3.99 ea. $3.99 ea.
Music AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
Country Music Television Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Great American Country Yes                  
MTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
MTV | 2 Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Much Music         Yes Yes Yes      
VH1 Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
VH1 Classic Yes                  
Audio Music Channels (31) Yes (51) Yes   $4.99 Yes Yes $2.95 or (5) $2.95 Yes  
Broadcast / Superstations AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
KABC (ABC) E E E E R R R R R R
KCBS (CBS) E E E E R R R R R R
KNBC (NBC) E E E E R R R R R R
KTLA (WB) C C C C            
KTTV (FOX) E E E E R R R R R R
KWGN (WB) C C C C            
Local Network Affiliates† B* B* B* B* $5.99* $5.99* $5.99* $5.99* $5.99* $5.99*
PAX TV Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes      
PBS (Network) $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 K, R K, R K, R K, R K, R K, R
WABC (ABC) D D D D R R R R R R
WCBS (CBS) D D D D R R R R R R
WGN Yes Yes     Yes Yes        
WNBC (NBC) D D D D R R R R R R
WNYW (FOX) D D D D R R R R R R
WPIX (WB) C C C C            
WSBK (UPN) C C C C            
WTBS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
WWOR (UPN) C C C C            
Educational AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
BYU TV Yes Yes   Yes Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
CCCSAT Yes Yes   Yes            
DELLL Yes Yes   Yes            
Digital Learning Network $39.95* $39.95* $39.95* $39.95*            
Early Childhood Network Yes* Yes*   Yes*            
Free Speech TV Yes Yes   Yes            
HITN Yes Yes   Yes            
The Learning Channel (TLC) Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Maharishi Open University $25.00* $25.00* $25.00* $25.00*            
PAEC Yes* Yes*   Yes*            
PBS You Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research Channel Yes Yes   Yes            
RFD-TV Yes Yes   Yes            
StarNet         Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
UCTV Yes Yes   Yes            
Universityhouse Channel Yes Yes   Yes            
WorldLink TV Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
News and Information AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
All News Channel         Yes Yes Yes      
Bloomberg Yes $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
CNBC Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes      
CNN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
CNNfn/ International Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes      
C-SPAN Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
C-SPAN2 Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
FOX News Channel Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes      
Headline News Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
MSNBC Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
The Weather Channel Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
International AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
Al Jazeera (Qatar) Q* Q* Q* Q*            
Antenna (Greek/Croatian) $14.99 $14.99 $14.99 $14.99            
ART America (Arabic) Q* Q* Q* Q*            
ART Movies Q* Q* Q* Q*            
ART Music Q* Q* Q* Q*            
BBC America Yes Yes     Yes Yes        
Bollywood (India) P* P* P* P*            
BVN (Dutch) $9.99* $9.99*   $9.99*            
El Canal del Tiempo                 Yes* Yes*
Channel J (Japan)         Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
Cine Latino A A Yes A         Yes*  
Claravisión         Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
CNN en Español                 Yes* Yes*
Discovery en Español A A Yes A         Yes*  
Emirates Dubai TV Q* Q* Q* Q*            
ERT (Greek) $12.99* $12.99* $12.99* $12.99*            
ESC-1 (Egypt) Q* Q* Q* Q*            
EWTN en Español         Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
Fox Sports World Español A A Yes A         Yes*  
Future TV (Lebanese) Q* Q* Q* Q*            
Galavision (Spanish) Yes Yes Yes A Yes Yes     Yes Yes
GEMS (Spanish) A A Yes A         Yes*  
Gran Canal Latino (Chile) A A Yes A            
HBO Latino F F F F         Yes*  
HTV (Spanish) A A Yes A            
LBC (Lebanese) Q* Q* Q* Q*            
MEGA (Greek) $14.99* $14.99* $14.99* $14.99*            
MTV-S (Spanish) A A Yes A         Yes* Yes*
Newsworld International         Yes Yes     Yes  
Nile Drama Q* Q* Q* Q*            
NTV Plus (Russian-2 channels) $24.99* $24.99* $24.99* $24.99*            
Phoenix (Chinese)         $19.99* $19.99* $19.99* $19.99* $19.99* $19.99*
Playboy en Español A A Yes A            
Polskie Radio 1/3 $4.99* $4.99* $4.99* $4.99*            
Puma TV (Spanish)                 Yes*  
Radio Maria $4.99* $4.99* $4.99* $4.99*            
RAI (Italian) $9.99 $9.99 $9.99 $9.99            
RFI (French radio) $1.00* $1.00* $1.00* $1.00*            
RTPi (Portuguese) $4.00* $4.00* $4.00* $4.00*            
Sony Entertainment TV (India) P* P* P* P*            
SUR (Spanish) A A Yes A         Yes*  
Telefe International (Spanish)                 Yes*  
Telemundo (Spanish) A A Yes A         Yes³ Yes³
Telemundo Internacional A A Yes A         Yes Yes
Trio (Canada)         Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
TV5 (French) $9.99* $9.99* $9.99* $9.99*            
TV Asia (India) P* P* P* P*            
TV Azteca A A Yes A            
TV Chile A A Yes A         Yes*  
TV Española A A Yes A            
TV GLOBO (Portuguese) $19.99* $19.99* $19.99* $19.99*            
TV Japan $24.99* $24.99* $24.99* $24.99*            
TV Polonia (Polish) $14.99* $14.99* $14.99* $14.99*            
Utilísima (Spanish)                 Yes*  
Univision (Spanish) Yes Yes Yes A Yes Yes     Yes³ Yes³
Zee TV (India) P* P* P* P*            
Zee Gold (India) P* P* P* P*            
Zikra (Arabic radio) Q* Q* Q* Q*            
Spanish Music Channels (#) A (6) A (6) Yes (6) A (6)         Yes* (7) Yes* (7)
Sports AT150 AT100 Latino Dos AT50 Platinum Total Select Limited PT Extra Para Todos
CNNSI Yes X X X Yes Yes        
Discovery Wings Yes X X X            
ESPN Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
ESPN Classic Yes Yes     Yes Yes Yes      
ESPN2 Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
ESPNEWS Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
ESPN Gameplan $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr
ESPN Gameplan PPV $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea. $11.95 ea.
ESPN Full Court $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr $99/yr
Fox Sports World Yes       Yes Y Y Y Y Y
Golf Channel Yes $4.99 $4.99 $4.99 Yes Y Y Y Y Y
MLB Extra Innings         $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr
MLS/ESPN Shootout $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr $69/yr
NBA League Pass         $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr
NBA.com TV         Yes Y Y Y Y Y
NFL Sunday Ticket         $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr $169/yr
NHL Center Ice         $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr $139/yr
Outdoor Channel Yes X X X            
Outdoor Life Yes X X X Yes Yes Y Y Y Y
Primary regional sports network Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes  
All out-of-market RSNs $4.99 $4.99     Yes Y Y Y Y Y
The Racing Network $24.99* $24.99* $24.99* $24.99*            
Speedvision Yes X X X Yes Yes Y Y Y Y
TrackPower Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*            
Turner South Yes Yes     Yes Yes        
TV Games Network Yes Yes Yes Yes            
WNBA Season Pass         $39/yr $39/yr $39/yr $39/yr $39/yr $39/yr
 
1 - Add $4.99 for each additional receiver
2 - Shared channel (broadcast part-time)
3 - Both east and west feeds
* - May require secondary dish antenna (DISH Network) or "Plus" dish and receiver (DirecTV)
† - Available only in select markets.
‡ - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia not available. Fox Sports West 2 on DirecTV only. Subject to regional blackout rules.
A - Spanish Language Package, $19.99
B, C, D, E - Any one complete package, $4.99; any two, $7.99; any three, $9.99; all four, $14.98; single channels $1.50 ea.
F - Complete package, $12.99; $11 w/purchase of G or H; $9 w/purchase of I, $7 w/purchase of G, H and I; $1 w/purchase of G, H, I and Top 150
G, H, I - Any one complete package, $10.99; any two, $19.99; all three, $28.99
J - Complete package, $12.00; or $10.00 w/purchase of M or O
K - Family Pack, $5.00
L - Complete package, $6.00; Sundance free w/purchase of Total Choice and any movie package
M - Complete package, $12.00; or $8.00 w/purchase of J
N - Complete package, $12.00; or $3.00 w/purchase of T
O - Complete package, $10.00
P - Complete package, $49.99; minus Bollywood or Zee Gold, $44.99; minus both, $34.99
Q - Arabic language package, $29.99; minus Nile Drama, EDTV and FutureTV, $22.99
R - Complete package, $6.67; single affiliates $1.17 ea.
S, T, U, V, W - Any one complete package, $12.00
X - Action Pack, $4.99; Outdoor Channel only, $1.99
Y - Sports Pack, $10.00

All packages and prices current as of 7/18/2001. All prices are per month unless otherwise stated.
Assumes purchase of "DISH 500" system for DISH Network. Package content, pricing and availability may vary in Alaska, Hawaii or NRTC areas.
Eligibility to receive distant network affiliates subject to terms of the SHVA or subsequent DTH legislation.
Listings are provided as a courtesy by Geoff Trowbridge. No liability is accepted for errors or omissions.

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