I don't know of any place the has both side by side.
Dish has way more HD than direct does, at least at this time. Direct says they will be add more some time this year. Here is a link that may be helpfull. John
Currently i am a direct tv subscriber for 10yrs. Two month ago I purchased a Samsung LCD tv and I knew i had to upgrade my receiver to an HD. I called them up and a week later i had a new HD receiver but i notice i only have 7 HD channels: Discovery HD,HD Net,HD Net Movies,ESPN and ESPN2 HD,Universal HD and I have only three local channel that are in HD.
Picture wise in HD is clear but the rest of channel doesn't look that great. I went back to the store that i purchased my t.v to buy a hdmi cable thinking that will resolve the problem and i notice the samsung i bought in display. The picture look beautiful and crystal clear in the store. I found out they have Dish Network as there HD subscriber. I bought the RCA Not Monster hdmi(it was $50 only compare to $150 Monster) i plug it in to my tv and i still don't see any different in picture quality.
My question is does Dish Network have a better picture quality than Direct tv?