Compare DISH Network and DIRECTV HD channels, packages, and prices side-by-side.

In this guide we're going to compare DISH Network and DirecTV's HD channels, packages, and pricing. This guide is only going to list channels offered in HD. Below is a chart: on the left you will see the HD channel. On the right you will see the least expensive package offering that channel by DISH and DirecTV. All prices are for regular everyday pricing, and for a two room system. If you'd like to see a similar comparison for standard definition channels, click here.

See our comprehensive DISH versus DirecTV comparison guide.

Local channels, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, My Network TV, PBS, and more can be added to any package, where available.
ABC (Local)
Altitude Sports and Entertainment
*Regionally based channel only
AMC (American Movie Classics)
Animal Planet
Azteca (Local)
BBC America
beIN Sports
beIN Sports en Espanol
BET (Black Entertainment TV)
Big Ten Network
*Regionally based channel only
Bloomberg HD
Cartoon Network
CBS (Local)
CBS Sports Network
Cinemax (East & West)
Cinemax - 5 Star Max
Cinemax - ActionMax
CMT (Country Music Television)
Comcast Sports Net Bay-Area
*Regionally based channel only
Comcast Sports Net Chicago
*Regionally based channel only
Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic
*Regionally based channel only
Comedy Central
CW, the (Local)
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery Family (formerly The Hub Network)
Disney Channel (East & West)
Do it Yourself (DIY Network)
E! Entertainment Television
ESPN Alternate
ESPN Bases Loaded
ESPN Buzzer Beater
ESPN Goal Line
ESPN2 Alternate
Food Network
FOX (Local)
FOX Business News
FOX News
FOX Sports (FSN) Arizona
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) Detroit
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) Florida
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) Midwest
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) North
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) Ohio
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) Prime Ticket
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) South
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports (FSN) Southwest
*Regionally based channel only
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
FOX Sports San Diego
*Regionally based channel only
FreeForm (formerly ABC Family)
Golf Channel
GSN (Gameshow Network)
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO (East & West)
HBO 2 (East & West)
HBO Comedy
HBO Family
HBO Latino
HBO Signature
HBO Zone
HGTV (Home & Garden Television)
HLN (CNN Headline News)
ID (Investigation Discovery)
IFC (Independent Film Channel)
ION (Local)
Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (w/ Alt Ch.)
*Regionally based channel only
MLB Network
My Network TV (Local)
NatGeo (National Geographic)
NatGeo WILD (National Geographic)
NBC (Local)
NBC Sports Network
New England Sports Network (NESN)
*Regionally based channel only
NFL Network (National Football League)
NHL Network (National Hockey League)
Nickelodeon / Nick @ Nite (East & West)
Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
Pac-12 Network
*Regionally based channel only
PBS (Local)
ROOT SPORTS™ | Northwest Region
*Regionally based channel only
ROOT SPORTS™ | Pittsburgh Region
*Regionally based channel only
ROOT SPORTS™ | Rocky Mountain Region
*Regionally based channel only
Science Channel
Showtime (East & West)
Showtime 2
Showtime Beyond
Showtime Showcase
Sportsman Channel
*Regionally based channel only
SportsTime Ohio
*Regionally based channel only
Starz (East & West)
Starz Comedy
Starz Edge
Starz Encore (East & West)
Starz Kids and Family
Sun Sports
*Regionally based channel only
Sundance Channel
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
Telefutura (Local)
Telemundo (Local)
Tennis Channel
TLC (The Learning Channel)
Travel Channel
Tru TV
Univision (East & West)
Univision (Local)
Univision Deportes
WE (Woman's Entertainment)
Weather Channel
WGN America

Price for both DISH and DirecTV are calculated as follows: channel package + DVR service + HD fee + cost of TV two = price shown.

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I thought DirecTV had more HD channels than DISH? At least, that is what their commercials say ...

We've seen the commercials too. You can look at the list for yourself. DISH Network carries more channels in HD than DIRECTV and these are not obscure channels that you might never watch, these are extremely popular channels like E! Entertainment, G4, Lifetime Movie Network, HLN, and more. Check out the list above and you'll see all of the gaps in DIRECTV's HD coverage then for the channels they do carry in HD, take a look at the price.

DISH Network is consistently less expensive while delivering the same channels and channels that DIRECTV doesn't carry.

The side-by-side list of HD channels carried by both DISH Network and DIRECTV will not only show you what's missing from DIRECTV's lineup, but also how big the price difference is. Every single HD channel in that list can be found in a DISH Network package that is less expensive than DIRECTV. There is no way to beat around this bush, so we've displayed the evidence for you here. DIRECTV would prefer that you did not know this, so they create TV commercials to try and convince you that they are the leaders in HD ... They are not.

DISH Network has more HD channels than DIRECTV and offers every single HD channel we have in a package that is less expensive than one you can find with DIRECTV.

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