Satellite TV Programming – What's On and Who Has the Best Deals

Tired of paying for high-priced cable TV? Bored with the same old shows on over-the-air TV? With more than 350 channels to choose from and with prices starting at just $19.99 a month, satellite TV may be just what the doctor ordered.

Satellite TV Programming

Here’s an overview of the types or programming on satellite TV …

Networks – Satellite TV gives you access to all the major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. In most areas of the country your favorite network shows are broadcast in high definition.

Movies – Both DISH Network and DIRECTV offer a huge variety of movies. You can order movies packages like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax, or you can order a movie and see it the same day with their pay-per-view service.

Sports – Love sports? No problem. In additon to the regular sports channels like ESPN, and Fox Sports, you can order sports packages so you can watch most of the games for any sport including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and cricket.

Family – Due to popular demand, DISH Network and DIRECTV offer a ton of family channels. You can get cartoons and kid’s shows on The Family Channel, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and a host of other channels.

News and weather – You can get the latest news and weather updates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on such channels as The Weather Channel and and CNN.

Adult – DISH Network and DIRECTV offer adult programs from Playboy TV, Adult Showcase, Spice Ultimate, and others, but you must be 18 or older to order these channels.

Nature – Nature channels include National Geographic, The Outdoor Channel, Animal Planet, and Discovery.

Special Interest – There are special interest channels for just about everything under the sun – shopping channels, history channels, health channels, home improvement channels, religious channels, science fiction channels, do-it-yourself channels, mens’ channels, women’s channels, and even a channel for babies.

Music – DIRECTV offers 73 XM satellite radio channels, and DISH Network offers 53 music channels and 60 Sirius satellite radio channels. All channels are commercial free and are broadcast in digital audio.

Who Has the Best Deals

If you’re looking for the most variety and the most international channels, DISH Network has the edge over DIRECTV, with more than 355 channels and more than 20 International channels, including numerous Spanish channels. Prices start at $19.99 a month for their 40-channel package. Local channels are $5 a month extra.

If you’re a sports fanatic and want the most HD channels, DIRECTV is your best bet. They currently have the most HD channels and the most sports channels, including the ever popular NFL Sunday Ticket and Mega March Madness packages. Prices start at $29.99, and your local channels are free.