DISH vs. Charter TV- How do they stack up?

The DISH vs. Charter TV Comparison Guide

We show you: you'll get a lower monthly bill and more channels with DISH, than with Charter TV.

If we've answered your questions about DISH vs. Charter TV, order from us by calling 1-800-970-9509, , or Ordering DISH Online. We offer all of DISH's current promotions plus a free $100 Gift Card. DISH and Charter TV are both popular TV services. This guide will show you the differences between the services. As a DISH retailer, we lean towards DISH but in this guide we will do our best to give you objective facts to help you make your decision. And of course, we have live reps available to talk with you. In almost every case, we've found DISH is the better deal.

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Compare: price of channel packages
Two Year Pricing vs. First Year Pricing


America's Top 120+

190+ channels


Spectrum Select TV

125+ channels


America's Top 200

240+ channels


Spectrum Silver TV

150+ channels


America's Top 250

290+ channels


Spectrum Gold TV

175+ channels


America's Everything Pack

320+ channels


No Comparable Package

The above compares DISH's two year pricing offer to Charter's 12 month advertised price.

What you get with DISH that you don't with Charter Spectrum TV:

DISH wins versus Charter TV in the price category. As you can see (pictured right), Charter TV's pricing is higher per month in nearly every package for the first two years of service, despite offering you less channels. DISH's most popular package, America's Top 200 is $69.99 per month. Charter's Gold TV, a popular package is $99.99 per month with a similar channel lineup.

But, does Charter TV offer more? Is that why they're more expensive?

Charter TV claims that they give you all the great features like the major competitors but doesn't explain why they charge you more. There are many aspects to assessing a good deal, 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. Your cost during the first year of service.

Example (2): Same packages as above, but this time with a two-room HD-DVR system. Your cost during the first year of service.

The examples like this hold true 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 Charter TV's?

Above we talked about package pricing. That argument is straight forward: DISH costs less than Charter TV. Even when you start comparing the HD receiver upgrades, HD service, and the different HD-DVR offers, like the Hopper or the Charter TV HD-DVR, then the argument is very black and white. In this section we will show you how much better the Hopper really is and let you determine which offer is best for you.

Some quick facts about DISH's Hopper and Charter TV's HD-DVR to show you the difference between our technology and what you get with Charter TV:

Charter TV offers a multi-room DVR service but with vastly inferior features compared to DISH's Hopper. You can only record 2 shows at once with Charter TV and up to 60 hours of HD programming. DISH gives you the power to record 16 shows at once and store 500 hours of your favorite shows in HD.

Both DISH and Charter TV have several HD, HD-DVR, and equipment upgrades:

HD Service: DISH's offer versus Charter TV's offer.
DISH's offer: HD service is free for life. 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.

Charter TV's offer: HD service is free. They roll it into their monthly fee for service. But to add DVR capabilities, it will be $11.99 per month for one receiver, and $19.99 per month for up to 4 receivers.

HD service is free with Charter TV, but there's an additional fee to add DVR functionality.

FREE HD Receiver upgrades (non DVRs): DISH versus Charter TV
DISH offers
up to three non-DVR, HD receiver upgrades free (more on DVR offers below). The HD free for life promotion with DISH does not require that you order an HD-DVR.

Charter TV offers a non-DVR, HD receiver upgrade for a monthly fee. HD service is not free with Charter TV when ordering non-DVR HD equipment. If you order an HD-DVR as one of your receivers, you will pay the $20.00 per month charge and if you just want a standard HD receiver, that will run you $7.00 extra per month.

DVR and HD-DVR Receiver upgrades (this deserves its own section).

... Charter TV charges $20 per month for HD-DVR service.

... DISH charges $15 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. Charter 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 Charter TV
DISH offers one free HD-DVR receiver upgrade. The DVR service is $7 per month and the HD service is free. 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.

Charter TV charges you a monthly fee when ordering the regular HD-DVR. However, this receiver only operates one TV. You will need to purchase an additional box that carries an extra monthly fee ($7/box) to watch TV in another room.

Whole home HD-DVR promotions. DISH's Hopper and Joey vs. Charter TV's Standard HD-DVR
This comparison probably deserves its own webpage, but for now, 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 $15 per month. HD service is free. 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 sixteen 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 twenty-four HD channels simultaneously. All six TVs can watch separate channels at the same time.

Charter TV offers only one type of HD-DVR which has very limited "Whole Home" capabilities. The DVR service fee is $20 per month. That fee includes the HD service itself. However, you can only get functionality with their HD-DVR on up to four TV's. You then pay $7 for compatible boxes in every other room which can quickly raise your monthly bill.

DVR service fees and promotions
DISH charges $7 per month for regular HD-DVR service, or $15 per month for the Hopper HD-DVR service. In both cases, HD service is free. It's as simple as that.

Charter TV combines their DVR fee with their HD fee and they charge $20 per month. You cannot experience the Whole Home DVR functions that the Hopper gives with their HD-DVR's and will pay extra per month to get service in only 4 rooms of your home.

Skip commercials during primetime
Record up to 16 shows at once
2TB of DVR storage
Watch live TV anywhere

Promotions that you could consider "exclusive."

Both DISH and Charter TV 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 Charter 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. Charter 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 the Flex Pack. Flex Pack allows you to pay for only the channels you watch.

Charter TV, like many others, offers you more discounts when you bundle your services. They offer you a lower monthly bill when you sign up for a Phone, Internet and TV. They offer very little for customers looking for just TV services. Charter TV simply can't match the perks of getting DISH satellite TV.

Promotions both DISH and Charter TV do well

We said it in the beginning of this guide: Both DISH and Charter 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.

Both companies will offer free promotions. Both Charter and DISH also offer tons of HD programming and On Demand content. You can also receive premium movie channels with Charter's Silver and Gold TV packages. With DISH, you get those same premium channels free for 3 months with Top 120 and above.

We hope you enjoyed our DISH versus Charter TV guide! If you still have questions, or would like to order, please call 1-800-970-9509, , or customize your package.


All Charter TV pricing and policy information sourced from and/or live Charter TV associates. Data collected on or about 3/22/2017.