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DirecTV versus DISH comparison: Satellite TV

Read below for our DirecTV versus DISH comparison to see which is the best for soccer fans.

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 the NBC Sports App, 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.

Last updated: August 11, 2020.


Is DirecTV or DISH better for soccer fans?

AdvantagesOffers GolTV.Offers beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.
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.
DisadvantagesbeIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español not available.
Cost can be more expensive than DISH.
Allows access to NBC Sports AppYesYes
Allows access to beIN SPORTS ConnectNoYes
Allows access to FOX Sports GOYesYes
Latest special offerSee offersSee offers
Toll-free phone numberUnavailable855-389-9730


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

Sports networkDirecTVDISH
Altitude Sports681 HD360 HD
Comcast SportsNet (regional)630, 642, 665, 696, 698 HD412, 419, 424, 429, 438 HD
ESPN206 HD140 HD
ESPN 2209 HD143 HD
ESPN Deportes466 HD854 HD
FOXVaries on location2-70 HD
FOX Deportes465 HD855 HD
FOX Sports 1219 HD150 HD
FOX Sports 2618 HD149 HD
FOX Soccer Plus621, 621-1 HD391
FSN (regional)646, 654, 660, 661, 663, 668, 671, 676, 686, 692, 694 HD418, 423, 425, 427, 436
Galavision404 HD273 HD
GolTV468Not available
MLS Direct Kick471-477456-467
NBCVaries on location2-70 HD
NBC Universo410 HD838 HD
Premiere FC (PFC)2135 SD9801 SD
ROOT Sports (regional)659, 674, 683, 687 HD426 HD
Telemundo406835 SD
Time Warner SportsNet691 HDNot available
TyC Sports469Not available
UniMas408 HD830 HD
Univision402 HD827 HD
Univision Deportes464 HD869 HD
USA242 HD105 HD
YES631 HDNot available


Toll-free sign-upUnavailable855-389-9730


Have any feedback or questions about our DirecTV versus DISH comparison? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Zirb

    September 26, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I have Dish and am looking to change. Not happy with lots of things one being the loss of multiple channels, most recently local channels 11 and 13.


    April 17, 2019 at 11:49 am

    The Univision Channels are back on Dish now.

  3. Yashanis

    August 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Do any of these networks cover Argentina’s First Division Games, now that it has changed format for 2017-2018? (Superliga)

    • Christopher Harris

      August 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      You can watch the Primera Division from Argentina on TyC Sports on DirecTV.


    July 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Actually DishLATINO, with English and Spanish channels, prices start at $34.99 with 2 year price guarantee and have all the Soccer that Dish offers. For the Soccer fan this might be the best bet.

  5. dstorm

    May 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Long time DirectTV subscriber and recently switched to Dish with the new Hopper 3: A few add’l points:

    – as mentioned by GW, Fox Sports 2 is definitely available in HD on dish.
    – The Extra Time overflow channels are NOT availalble in HD on dish – they are in HD on direct
    – The Hopper 3 picture quality is equal to if not better than my previous Directv receiver.
    – Directv has a nice ‘latin’ sports package for just $5 that includes GOL, TYC, Fox Deportes, ESPN Deportes, etc. which is a nice soccer add-on.
    – Dish anywhere ap is great and allows you to record programs (such as MOTD) and watch remote from anywhere. Great portability feature to watch programming on demand when and where you want.
    – The Sports Bar mode on the Dish Hopper 3 for me gives it the edge over directv. You can simultaneously watch 4 matches at once from any set of channels – all in great HD quality.

    • Christopher Harris

      May 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ve updated the comparison guide accordingly!

  6. GW

    May 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Contrary to the information listed in the table above, Fox Sports 2 IS available in HD on Dish Network. We watch it regularly.

  7. thyname

    April 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I can confirm that Directv DOES offer access to beIN Connect. Your list is wrong. Also, beIN Spanish on ch 467 IS in HD

    • Christopher Harris

      April 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Awesome feedback. The comparison guide has been updated accordingly. Thank you!

  8. Jack

    April 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Shouldn’t you clarify that you are earning a commission on signups? I don’t think anyone would care that you are, but it is standard disclosure to do so.

    • Christopher Harris

      April 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Jack, great question. The answer is yes. We’re currently in the middle of a redesign where we have some exciting announcements to make — one of which touches on commissions.

      Thanks for bringing it up.

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