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DirecTV vs DISH Network Signal Reliability

As I’ve talked about in many other instances here on this site, reception is one of the most important issues people concern themselves with when it comes to satellite television and a lot of people want to know about DirecTV vs DISH Network signal reliability. You’ll want to know how reliable the service will be before you sign up for your favorite programming bundle.

That’s pretty understandable since getting your TV programming directly from a satellite orbiting some 22,000 miles above the earth is a departure from sticking a “rabbit ears” antenna on top of your TV set or installing one of those attractive TV antennas on the roof of your house, which was the way so many people were able to watch TV for so many years.

Satellite antennas look quite futuristic in comparison and it’s natural that people would wonder how well all this newer-technology TV works in comparison to the old tried-and-true over-the-air broadcast television that’s been around for decades.

Are Cable Companies Truthful About The Weather?

Rumors and downright false advertising by cable TV companies cast further doubt with regard to the reliability of satellite TV signals. For years cable companies have marketed their services by doing their best to make satellite television look bad. They did this by making it sound like satellite TV viewers lose their reception whenever it rains, snows, sleets, hails or when a rainbow shows up in the sky.

Yeah, that is certainly an element of exaggeration on my part, but I think you know where I am trying to go with this. The cable companies want people to believe that satellite TV is unreliable and is easily disrupted even by minor weather events like light rant, and that’s simply not true.

I can speak with some authority about the reliability of DISH Network in all kinds of weather since I was a subscriber for about 16 years. Yes, it’s true that bad weather can knock out satellite TV reception during bad weather but it is nowhere near as common as cable television advertising would like you to believe.

In my experience, satellite TV is disrupted by weather events only when they are extreme. I saw signal loss during extremely heavy downpours during summer thunderstorms and that was probably the event that happened more frequently than others. I also saw it disrupted by powerful weather fronts moving through the area that probably caused weird things to happen in the atmosphere.

What most people want to know is how often those kinds of things happen. The vast majority of the time I was subscribed to DISH was when I was livistorm-reception[194]ng in southern New Hampshire. The weather in other areas of the country is bound to be different and you may have more or less trouble with signal loss depending on where you live.

If I had to estimate, I would say we lost the DISH Network signal due to weather events about five or six times per year. I certainly never watched television for 24 hours a day so it is certainly possible that signal loss happened during times when nobody in my home was watching television, so those five or six outages are the ones I was aware of because I happened to be watching television when they occurred.

Another thing people want to know is how long these types of outages last. They did vary in duration quite a bit with some lasting just five minutes and others lasting as long as 45 minutes or so. On average I would say outages lasted about 20 to 30 minutes and yes, they are frustrating when you are trying to watch something.

There’s no point denying that and that’s just part of the deal. On the other hand, I have been a cable TV subscriber in the past and there were times when that service went out as well, and there were times when it was out for days due to weather events like ice storms, so no matter how you choose to watch television, you are bound to experience outages at one time or another.

One of the big benefits of DISH Network for me is that I have never experienced an outage that lasted for days or weeks like I had experienced a number of times with cable TV in the past.

DirecTV vs DISH Network Signal Reliability: So Who Wins?

People who are thinking about signing up for satellite television service may also be interested in how signal reliability compares from one provider to another. Since DISH Network and DirecTV are the two big players in the satellite TV industry, comparisons between them are quite common. Another thing people seem to like to compare with the two services is picture quality.

Information on the internet about which service is better will vary a lot and some promoters tend to bend the truth a bit in an effort to get people to sign up for the service they are promoting. The information here is based only on my experience and I always keep the type to a minimum.

With regard to DirecTV vs DISH Network Signal Reliability, I can definitely speak from experience because I was a DISH subscriber for about 16 years and a DirecTV subscriber for almost two years. My conclusion with regard to this comparison is probably going to be disappointing to some since I am not going to declare a clear winner.

But I did notice some differences when it comes to DirecTV vs DISH Network Signal Reliability. When I moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina back in 2012, we quickly signed up to have DISH Network installed here since were were subscribers and wanted to continue our service here at our new home. We kept DISH until early 2015 when we switched to DirecTV for reasons that are explained here.

My experience with DISH with regard to signal reliability really didn’t change much when we moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina. We have noticed that very heavy downpours are more common here in North Carolina compared to New Hampshire so we probably experience a few more signal outages here than we did up north. Still, it seemed to be the same weather events that knocked out the reception here that gave us trouble in New Hampshire, so I’d say reliability was about the same.

When we switched to DirecTV we did experience a few more signal outages than we did with DISH. There certainly is not a big difference but from my experience, but I do think DirecTV may be a little more prone to weather-related outages. That could be due to how the system was installed and might not have anything to do with one service actually being more prone to outages than the other.

Perhaps my DirecTV system simply wasn’t installed perfectly and that has affected reception. I have no reason to believe it was installed improperly but I want to be fair and consider all possibilities. Maybe there are differences in the signal strength between DirecTV and DISH that I am not aware of. The bottom line is, that for whatever reason, DISH Network seems a bit more reliable at my location than DirecTV does.

It does not differ enough to make me choose one service over another if I were making my choice based on that comparison, so my conclusion is that DirecTV vs DISH Network signal reliability is not really worth worrying about.

It’s important to realize that a satellite television system, whether it is from DISH or DirecTV, has to be installed properly in order to ensure signal reliability. If there are obstructions in the line-of-sight between the satellite dish antenna and the broadcast satellites, it’s likely that there will be significant reception problems.

Even a few branches from a tree can disrupt a satellite signal if they happen to get in between the dish and the satellite. It’s very important to keep trees and other growth trimmed and away from the satellite dish in order to enjoy the best possibly signal reliability.

The bottom line where DirecTV vs DISH Network signal reliability is concerned is that there probably is no significant difference between the two.