As a consumer, making a decision between all of these programming choices can be overwhelming. That is why I put together this comparison of DirecTV and DISH Network so you can hopefully make a sound decision on choosing a satellite provider or to use this as a comparison against your other local non-satellite providers.
Availability: You can receive programming from both satellite companies as long as you have a clear view of the southern sky. This is something both companies state explicitly in their advertising literature and something you should consider before committing to this type of programming.
This means that if you live in a downtown area with many large structures blocking your view of the sky then you might not be able to receive satellite. When in doubt, ask the provider if they can test your location prior to signing up.