Soccer fans, before making a decision whether to sign up with DirecTV or DISH as your satellite provider, read through the following comparison to see which service is a better fit for you.

Both satellite providers offer a wide range of networks that carry soccer, as well as access to streaming services such as NBC Sports Live Extra, beIN SPORTS Connect and FOX Sports GO. Plus there are overflow channels available if you’re interested in watching games that may not be available on regular channels.


Is DirecTV or DISH better for soccer fans?

Advantages Picture quality is rated better than DISH by World Soccer Talk readers. Can be less expensive than DirecTV.
  Offers UEFA overflow channels to show more Champions League and Europa League games. Hopper DVR available from DISH.
  Offers GolTV. Hopper 3 DVR picture quality is equal to if not better than DirecTV receiver.
    DISH’s GameFinder App helps you schedule recordings and reminders for your favorite teams/leagues, as well as track scores.
    DISH’s Multi-View lets you watch up to 4 channels at once, splitting the screen into 4 quadrants.
    Pricing for DISH’s Multi-Sport Pack starts at $13 per month.
    Only DISH lets you watch 100% of your live and recorded shows anywhere on your phone, tablet or laptop.
Disadvantages Cost can be more expensive than DISH. UEFA Champions League and Europa League overflow channels not available.
  Premier League Extra Time channels not available in HD.
Allows access to NBC Sports Live Extra Yes Yes
Are Premier League Extra Time overflow channels from NBC Sports available? Yes Yes
Allows access to beIN SPORTS Connect Yes Yes
Allows access to FOX Sports GO Yes Yes
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Plus, we’ve compiled a listing of what soccer-related channels are carried by each satellite company, as well as which ones are in HD (High-Definition) or SD (Standard-Definition).

Soccer networks available on DirecTV and DISH

Sports network DirecTV DISH
Altitude Sports 681 HD 413 HD
Azteca America 441 825 SD
beIN SPORTS 620 HD 392, 871 HD
beIN SPORTS Español 467 HD 873 HD
CBSSN 221 HD 158 HD
Comcast SportsNet (regional) 630, 642, 665, 696, 698 HD 412, 419, 424, 429, 438
ESPN 206 HD 140 HD
ESPN 2 209 HD 143 HD
ESPN Deportes 466 854 HD
ESPNU 208 HD 141 HD
FOX 398 5737, 8103, 8203, 8303, 8493
FOX Deportes 465 855 HD
FOX Sports 1 219 HD 150 HD
FOX Sports 2 618 HD 397 HD
FOX Soccer Plus 621-1 HD 406 HD
FSN (regional) 646, 654, 660, 661, 663, 668, 671, 676, 686, 692, 694 HD 418, 423, 425, 427, 436
Galavision 404 HD 273 HD
GolTV 468 Not available
MLS Direct Kick 471-477 566-570
NBC 392 5731, 5732, 8002, 8102, 8402, 8492
NBCSN 220 HD 159 HD
NBC Universo 410 HD 838 SD
Premiere FC (PFC) 2135 SD 9801 SD
Premier League Extra Time 491-495 HD 875-880 SD
ROOT Sports (regional) 659, 674, 683, 687 HD 414
Telemundo 406 835 SD
Time Warner SportsNet 691 HD Not available
TyC Sports 469 Not available
UniMas 408 HD Not available
Univision 402 HD Not available
Univision Deportes 464 HD Not available
USA 242 HD 105 HD
YES 631 HD Not available


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