Dish Versus Time Warner Cable

DISH Network is one of the most popular satellite TV services across the country, so many people immediately choose Dish if they want satellite TV. Though, other options for TV exist, too. Time Warner Cable is a popular cable TV provider that people also choose over other market competitors. When you’re deciding between the two, however, which is the best choice?

In this short article, we’re going to take a closer look at both services and decide which might be right for you.

Time Warner Cable versus DISH Network

Out of the two providers, DISH definitely wins when it comes to serving the entire country. DISH currently provides services to all the states. Time Warner Cable, in comparison, services 29 states.

Though, we’re not just comparing the two based on the states they happen to service. There’s way more behind choosing one service other the other.

Installation, HD Channels and On Demand Content

DISH Network provides free installation for their subscribing customers. Time Warner Cable, on the other hand, does charge for their cable installation. Their fees generally include at least $50 for a basic installation and $19.99 for additional cable boxes.

Dish provides as much as 110 HD channels for their premium packages, and that also includes HD local channels. Time Warner Cable’s 106 channels also include local channels, though the amount you get might vary based on your local market.

Dish also has as much as 15,000 On Demand titles. Time Warner, on the other hand, offers as much as 18,000 movies and TV shows via their On Demand services, and most of them are free.

Winner: DISH Network. The waived installation fees and HD channels make Dish a better value than Time Warner.

Value Packages, Premium Packages and Service Contracts

DISH Network provides quite a few packages that pack a lot of value into one package. Their cheapest service is priced at $19.99 per month for 12 months, though the normal price is at a still low $29.99. The package includes more than 55 channels. Of course, you won’t get the premium perks found in other packages, but it’s still a good deal.

Time Warner Cable’s cheapest TV package is their basic TV package, which includes over 20 channels and free local HD channels. This package costs $19.99 per month for 12 months.

Premium packages tell a different story. Dish’s main premium package gives people over 290 channels, including HD channels and a free whole-home DISH Hopper DVR upgrade. Not to mention, it includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz. The entire package costs $89.99 for 12 months, and then $119.99 after that.

Time Warner’s premium package offers just a little over 200 channels, in addition to features like TWC TV for mobile devices and PCs, Look Back (72-hour playback service) and Start Over (lets you restart a program). The base price is $49.99, but adding on their whole-home HD-DVR and HD cable box will bump up the price to a little over $92 (before tax).

Winner: DISH Network packs a lot of value in their packages, even if it does get more expensive at first glance. Though, Time Warner’s offerings aren’t bad, either.


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