... I did find out that DISH is cheaper. Here's why: With either satellite service, you pay $5/month for each additional receiver. With DISH however, you can watch two different TV channels off from 1 receiver. You need a sperate receiver with DirectTV to do this. Therefore, to be able to watch sperate channels in 4 different rooms with DISH, you need 2 receivers, or $5 more per month. With DirectTV, you would require 4 receivers to do the same thing, or an additional $15/month. ($5 for each additional receiver). I confirmed this here in Pittsburgh with Radio shack who sells Dish, and Circuit City who sells DirectTV. As far as I know, this is still the case. Something else I have not seen anyone post is that fact that scrolling through channels with satellite is much slower than cable if you are just pressing the up and down channel button, but I got used to it. ...
DishNetwork's 1-receiver/2 TV rig is nice, but DirecTV has long had dual-tuner receiver/recorder combos, which, while not capable of simultaneously outputting 2 different satellite programs to 2 different TVs will record one program while watching another, allow you to watch one program full screen and another in PIP, switching between the two at will, or watch a prerecorded program while recording 2 different programs, all for a single receiver charge. A couple or 3 of those, and you have a pretty flexible rig, though each additional dual tuner receiver/dvr incurs its own $5 single receiver charge. Its worth it to me. Also, I find the menu and screen navigation characteristics of DirecTV receivers superior to DishNetwork receivers. Apart from that, I find the video and audio quality of DirecTV to be superior to that of DishNetwork, but thats first of all subjective, and secondly, it takes a fairly high-end rig to really reveal the differences; I doubt most folks would notice.
... I am hoping to find some way to watch the NHL. I understand that comcast provides this coverage but are they avliable in Australia. If So were do i find them
The NHL games will be broadcast over Outdoor Life Network
, available in the US both on DirecTV and DishNetwork, as well as many cable sustems. While there may be foreign broadcast arangements, I'm unaware of any. Of course, with the proper hardware - an old-fashioned full-size "Big Ugly Dish" and a 4DTV receiver, you can snag the satellite live-feed C-Band (small dish satellite is KU-Band) backhauls (the live event coverage is beamed from the venue to a satellite, from where it is beamed back to the distribution facillity which then distributes the program material to the various providers - satellite, cable, over-the-air; you snag the downlink to the distribution facillity), though I dunno if the necessary satellites would be visible from Oz ... I sorta doubt they would be, but I could be wrong.