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Satellite TV service providers

Practically all of the US residential satellite TV market is shared between two giant service providers, DirecTV and Dish Network. Although very similar in their gross offerings, there are differences in their programming packages in regard to the price, number of channels and contents offered. You may want to consider it more closely before deciding which one suits better your particular needs. The fallowing is a brief recap of who the two service provider are. Follow the links for more detailed information.

Dish Network commercial TV broadcast begun in 1996, under the ownership of EchoStar Communications Corporation. It started out with a single TV satellite. Today, its fleet consists of 13 satellites, 9 of which emit programming to the US territories, to over 12 million subscribers. It serves all of the US, offering local channels in over 90% of the territory. Targeting primarily rural US areas, it had faster subscriber base expansion in recent years.

Great variety of channels includes sports, movies, music, art and culture, local channels, adult programming and a number of international channels. They are offered both, as packages and a la carte (a piece). Dish Network offers up to a two dozen  high-definition (HD) channels. Voom, a separate division within Dish Network, broadcasts exclusively HD programming.

DirecTV is the oldest and still the largest satellite TV service provider in the US. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is in business since 1994, owned by DirecTV Group, controlled by News Corporation.

Fleet of 11 DirecTV satellites serves over 15 million subscribers. In all, DirecTV offers over 250 channels. Serving all the US, states, it provides local channels to 93% of the territory. Unlike Dish Network, in its quest for subscribers base expansion it is more oriented toward large cities and metropolitan areas.

DirecTV's contents offer, while about as abundant as that of Dish Network's, isn't quite as liberal. At present, it offers somewhat fewer HD channels than Dish Network. However, things are changing quickly here, and no one can tell what it is going to look like in as little as a few months. One is certain: HDTV is a major trend, and it is the two satellite TV providers who are running the show.

DirecTV's big exclusive is the NFL Sunday Ticket.

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