Dueling Press Conferences - EchoStar vs DirecTV

You've probably already seen our article about DirecTV's announcement of the Sat-Go.I attended back to back conferences by EchoStar and DirecTV and itseemed that DirecTV one-upped DISH on everything that Dish announced with the exception of the DVR.

For example, EchoStar announced a partnership with Nascar whileDirecTV announced the Nascar HotPass where five various drivers havetheir own channel each week starting at Daytona in a month. Eachchannel will include 2 announcers and 25-30 cameras so fans can followtheir favorite drivers.

EchoStar mentioned that they are the HD leaderwith the current largest HD lineup of 30 national channels whileDirecTV's HD capacity will reach 150 national channels and 1500 localchannels by the end of 2007.

Next, EchoStar announced MobileDISH, which through a partnershipwith RaySat, provides more than 100 channels through a car roof-mountedDISH antenna. DirecTV of course announced their Sat-Go for a trulyportable solution.

Nascar on DirecTVTheone area where EchoStar clearly has an advantage is through their DVR.For an all inclusive fee of $49.99 DVR users get the DVR service and200 channels with a standard dual-tuner DVR. The ViP622 DVR is thefirst HD DVR in the industry offered for free with no rebates, noupgrade fees and no upfront costs. While DISH has better value, theyalso have a more advanced DVR in the ViP receivers offering HD usingMPEG-4 and MPEG-2, iPTV-capable and digital OTA. The EchoStar DVRprovides DVR services in two rooms using one receiver which saves moneyfor customers and EchoStar (easier installation) and allows users toshare DVR content in other rooms. Additional storage on the DVRs isavailable through USB.