The above compares the regular, non-promotional pricing for DISH and Time Warner Cable. Packages for Time Warner Cable includes DVR and equipment with pricing shown based off company model. *WH-DVR: Whole home HD-DVR system.
What you get with DISH that you don't with Time Warner Cable:
- More channels with a lower monthly bill
- Free Hopper HD-DVR upgrade
- The ability to watch live or recorded TV anywhere on all your favorite channels.
DISH wins versus Time Warner Cable in the price category. As you can see (pictured right), Time Warner Cable's pricing is much higher per month in nearly every package. DISH's most popular package, America's Top 200 is $69.99 per month. Time Warner Cable's Preferred HD, a popular package is $96.50 per month with a similar channel lineup when you factor in matching the free equipment you get with DISH.
But, does Time Warner Cable offer more? Is that why they're more expensive?
Time Warner Cable promotes the argument that they offer you more value than DISH does and that's why they're more expensive. There are several ways to grade value, and that will be different based upon each person, but a good point of reference 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 120 channel package includes 190+ channels and costs $54.99 per month.
- Time Warner Cable's Preferred TV package includes 200+ channels and costs up to $69.99 per month.
Example (2): Same packages as above, but this time with a two-room HD-DVR system. Everyday prices--no promotions.
- DISH's America's Top 120 channel package includes 190+ channels and costs $78.99 per month.
- Time Warner Cable's Preferred TV package includes 200+ channels and costs $96.50 per month.
The examples like this are true across the board for virtually every side-by-side comparison. DISH offers you more channels for less money per month.
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How does DISH HD and HD-DVR receiver upgrades compare to Time Warner Cable's?
Above we talked about package pricing. That argument is straight forward: DISH costs less than Time Warner Cable. Even when you start comparing the HD receiver upgrades, HD service, and the different HD-DVR offers, like the Hopper or the Time Warner Cable HD-DVR, then the argument becomes even more one sided. In this section we will show you how much better DISH's DVR equipment really is.
Both DISH and Time Warner Cable have several HD, HD-DVR, and equipment upgrades:
HD Service: DISH's offer versus Time Warner Cable'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.
Time Warner Cable's offer: HD service is never free. If you want HD service, it costs $11.25 per month from day one. If you wish to have both HD service and DVR capabilities, that is also $11.25 extra per month, depending on the package you choose.HD service is not free with Time Warner Cable. Plus, there's an additional fee to add DVR functionality.
FREE HD Receiver upgrades (non DVRs): DISH versus Time Warner Cable
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.
Time Warner Cable offers a non-DVR, HD receiver upgrade for a monthly fee. HD service is not free with Time Warner Cable when ordering non-DVR HD equipment. If you order an HD-DVR as one of your receivers, you will pay the $11.25 per month charge and if you just want a standard HD receiver, that could be $15.25 extra per month, depending on the package/equipment you choose.
DVR and HD-DVR Receiver upgrades (this deserves its own section).
... Time Warner Cable charges $17 per month for HD-DVR service.
... 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. Time Warner Cable also offers two HD-DVR receiver model. 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.
Regular HD-DVR Receivers and Upgrades: DISH vs Time Warner Cable
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.
Time Warner Cable does not charge an upfront fee when ordering the regular HD-DVR. However, the traditional receiver only operates one TV. You will need to purchase an additional box, a whole- home version, that carries an extra monthly fee to watch tv in other rooms of your home.
Whole home HD-DVR promotions. DISH's Hopper and Joey vs. Time Warner Cable's Whole home HD-DVR
This comparison probably deserves its own webpage, but for now, we will describe the two offers for you briefly and get right to the point.
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.
Time Warner Cable offers an HD-DVR which also has "Whole-Home" capabilities. The DVR service fee is $33.54 per month. That fee also includes the HD service. However, you only get 75 hours of recording time, as opposed to 2000 hours with the Hopper. If you want service on six TV's you will need one multi-room DVR, and add HD compatible boxes in every other room that carry additional fees ($15.25) per box, per month.
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.
Time Warner Cable combines their DVR fee with their HD fee and they charge $11.25 per month per regular HD-DVR receiver or $33.54 for a Whole Home DVR. You can experience limited Whole Home DVR functions compared to what the Hopper gives and you will pay hundreds of dollars per month to get service 6 rooms of your home.
Promotions that you could consider "exclusive."
Both DISH and Time Warner Cable offer 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 Time Warner Cable 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. Time Warner Cable'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.
Time Warner Cable, like many others, offers you more discounts when you bundle your services. They offer you a $100 gift card when you sign up for a Bundle. They offer very little for customers looking for just TV services. Time Warner Cable can simply not match the perks of getting DISH satellite TV.
Promotions both DISH and Time Warner Cable do well
We said it in the beginning of this guide: Both DISH and Time Warner Cable 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.
Both companies will offer free promotions and gift cards to provide incentives for signing up. Both also offer tons of HD programming and On Demand content. You can also receive premium movie channels (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz) free for 3 months with DISH and Time Warner Cable.
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