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Choosing Directv or Dish Network
Plus Other Decisions for High Definition Hookup


I put together this web page to share in what I learned about

  • Choosing Directv or Dish
  • Connecting multiple TV's
  • Web resources for help and information

However, please realize that this is just what I came across in my quest for information. If you have any suggestions, please .

bullet Dish versus Directv
At first I thought that Dish had fewer HD channels than Directv. However, in reviewing their web sites, both Directv and Dish offer the same selection. Note, I only considered the main entertainment channels and did not review sports channels.


  • Each service provides output at 1080i (not 1080p) plus lower resolutions.
  • Directv's HD DVR allows recording two channels simultaneously at 1080i. Dish's HD DVR only allows recording of one channel at 1080i and the other at standard definition.
  • Both offer remotes that work on radio frequency so they can be used to control the satellite receivers from different rooms.
  • Dish receivers allow a second TV hooked up to the receiver to view a different channel than the first TV. This means you can use one receiver to watch diff shows at the same time. However, the second TV will only display a standard definition picture.
  • Dish pricing is less expensive that Directv.

bullet Connecting Different TVs to One Satellite Receiver.

I was confused on what cables I could use to hookup a second TV to a receiver.

  • The best way to send high definition video between rooms is with ethernet (Cat5) cable. You will need what is called an extender. A good one at a good price manufactured by CE Labs. At the same time, you will need a component video amplifier (StarTech) connected to the satellite box to provide multiple component video and audio connections.
  • Coaxial cable (RG6) can be used to carry standard definition video, however it cannot carry high definition video.
  • HDMI cables cannot be used for long runs between rooms as the signal degrades.
  • Cables comprised of the component video (three wire) and RCA stereo audio (two wires) can be used for long runs and will carry the HD signal.


bullet Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to actually see High Definition Video on my HDTV?

How to connect your HDTV

HDMI versus Component Video--Which is Better?


bullet Web sites with good information

How To for Hookups at RAM Electronics

How To for Hookups at BigPictureBigSound

FAQ for buying a first HDTV, sound system, cabling, etc

Calibrating your HDTV [Turns out that not all TVs ship with good settings]

AV Science Forum [A form that lets you search for answers]

How to for Cables [With helpful information]

Sound and Vision [Reviews]









- 02/03/2013


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