But, does Google Fiber TV offer more? How much are you really getting for that price?
Google Fiber TV is new to the market and claiming to revolutionize the TV industry. There are several factors to assess when comparing TV providers, and those are ultimately decided by the consumer. A good point of comparison is: number of channels per package, and cost per month. Let's look at some examples.
Example (1): Two popular packages. Every day prices--no promotions.
- DISH's America's Top 200 channel package includes 240+ channels and costs $69.99 per month.
- Google Fiber TV's only package includes 150+ channels and costs $120.00 per month. (It must be paired with Internet service)
Since Google Fiber only offers one TV option, the examples hold true for virtually every side-by-side comparison. DISH offers you more channels overall for less money per month, especially when you factor in the equipment fees. (Google Fiber charges anywhere from $30-$300 for a one time equipment fee.)
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How does DISH HD and HD-DVR receiver upgrades compare to Google Fiber TV's?
Above we talked about package pricing. DISH and Google Fiber TV have similar package pricing with Google Fiber TV offering slightly more channels but for more money each month. But when you start comparing the HD receiver upgrades, HD service, and the different HD-DVR offers, like the Hopper or the Google Fiber TV HD-DVR, then the argument is becomes very one-sided. In this section we will show you how superior the Hopper is and let you determine which offer is best for you.
Both DISH and Google Fiber TV have several HD, HD-DVR, and equipment upgrades:
HD Service: DISH's offer versus Google Fiber TV's offer.
DISH's offer: HD service is free for 24 months. Agree to the contract, and AutoPay billing, and that's it. Any HD receiver will work and most of the most popular programming packages qualify for this.
Google Fiber TV's offer: HD service is included with your TV subscription. Essentially, they charge you for the HD service through your monthly bill.HD service is free with Google Fiber TV. But, they charge a premium for Whole-Home DVR functionality.
FREE HD Receiver upgrades (non DVRs): DISH versus Google Fiber TV
DISH offers up to three non-DVR, HD receiver upgrades free (more on DVR offers below). The HD free for 24 months promotion with DISH does not require that you order an HD-DVR.
Google Fiber TV does not offer a non-DVR, HD receiver. HD service is not free with Google Fiber TV but is rolled into your monthly price. They only have the one TV box and it does offer an HD picture with cloud storage or a separate storage box is included.
DVR and HD-DVR Receiver upgrades (this deserves its own section).
... Google Fiber TV charges extra for a Whole-Home DVR experience.
... DISH charges $12 per month for a Hopper HD-DVR.
Introduction to DVR offers
DISH has two types of Digital Video Recorder (a.k.a., DVR) receivers: a regular HD-DVR, and Whole-Home HD-DVR. Google Fiber TV only offers one HD-DVR receiver model. The difference is exactly what it sounds like. The regular DVRs are designed to deliver DVR to a limited number of TVs in the home while the Whole-Home DVRs are designed to deliver DVR to all of the TVs in the home. Only DISH gives you offers for each type of DVR.
Regular HD-DVR Receivers and Upgrades: DISH vs Google Fiber TV
DISH offers one free HD-DVR receiver upgrade. The DVR service is $7 per month and the HD service is free for 24 months. DISH has two different HD-DVR receivers. One is the ViP 722k, which is a two-room HD-DVR, the other is the ViP 612, which is a single-room HD-DVR. You can use this receiver upgrade and still get two additional non-DVR HD receiver upgrades for free.
Google Fiber TV charges a standard price for service which includes the HD-DVR box. This receiver only operates one TV. To experience the Multi-room functionality that DISH you must purchase additional TV boxes that are $5/mo.
Whole home HD-DVR promotions. DISH's Hopper and Joey vs. Google Fiber TV's HD-DVR Box
This comparison is quite difficult due to the limited specs on Google's TV boxes, but we will describe the two offers for you briefly and cut right to the chase.
DISH offers one Hopper and three Joey's as free receiver upgrades. Hopper DVR service is $12 per month. HD service is free for 24 months. The Hopper receiver fee is included in your channel package price, and each Joey is $7 per month and has full HD-DVR access via the Hopper. This free upgrade will service up to four TVs and can record up to six HD channels simultaneously. If you want service on six TVs you will need one additional Hopper ($49) and one additional Joey ($99), totalling an upgrade fee of $148. With two Hoppers you can record up to nine HD channels simultaneously. All six TVs can watch separate channels at the same time.
Google Fiber TV offers an HD-DVR that also has "Whole Home" capabilities. The DVR service fee is included in the TV package price. However, if you want service on six TV's you will need one multi-room DVR, and add compatible boxes in every other room which carry additional fees of $5/mo (per box) and cause your monthly bill to grow rapidly.
DVR service fees and promotions
DISH charges $7 per month for regular HD-DVR service, or $12 per month for the Hopper HD-DVR service. In both cases, HD service is free for 24 months. It's as simple as that.
Google Fiber TV combines their DVR fee with their packages. You can experience Whole Home DVR functions, but with far less capabilities than the Hopper gives and you will end up paying lots of money extra per month to get service 6 rooms of your home.
Promotions that you could consider "exclusive."
DISH offers a lot of promotions for new customers. If monthly price, or the equipment promotions aren't enough to decide one way or another, sometimes the exclusive promotions can. That's what we'll discuss here.
DISH offers a few exclusives that Google Fiber TV cannot offer. One is DISH's TV Anywhere features, which use Sling functionality. Sling--built into the Hopper for free--allows you to watch recorded or live TV content anywhere you want with devices such as: mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. Google Fiber TV's streaming of live TV is extremely limited, covering only 50 channels; of which the local networks--like ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX--are not included. Another is Dish Movie Pack. Dish Movie Pack includes streaming video to your TV or PC, and adds 20+ premium HD channels to your programming package.
Google Fiber TV, currently offers no promotions or discounts, like because the technology and service is so new.
Promotions both DISH and Google Fiber TV do well
As we stated in the beginning of this guide: Both DISH and Google Fiber TV are very popular TV services. They both deliver a high quality product. Some of the differences are stark, like the monthly price being lower with DISH, and the superior technology you get with DISH. Other differences are more nuanced. But both companies have similarities in their offers that they both do well.
As stated above, Google Fiber TV does not offer any promotions to new customers.
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All Google Fiber TV pricing and policy information sourced from www.Google.com/fiber.