DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and Cablevision Systems (NYSE:CVC) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for DISH Network Corporation and Cablevision Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DISH Network Corporation 2 8 8 1 2.42
Cablevision Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

DISH Network Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $71.59, suggesting a potential upside of 8.48%. Given DISH Network Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe DISH Network Corporation is more favorable than Cablevision Systems.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares DISH Network Corporation and Cablevision Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DISH Network Corporation $14.95 billion 2.06 $3.17 billion $2.98 22.15
Cablevision Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

DISH Network Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Cablevision Systems.


This table compares DISH Network Corporation and Cablevision Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DISH Network Corporation 9.59% 32.65% 5.25%
Cablevision Systems 5.75% N/A 5.59%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.9% of DISH Network Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 49.3% of DISH Network Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


DISH Network Corporation beats Cablevision Systems on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

DISH Network Corporation Company Profile

DISH Network Corporation is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Pay-TV and Broadband, and Wireless. It offers pay-TV services under the DISH brand and the Sling brand (collectively Pay-TV services). The DISH branded pay-TV service consists of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses authorizing it to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, its owned and leased satellites, receiver systems, third-party broadcast operations, customer service facilities, a leased fiber optic network, in-home service and call center operations, and certain other assets utilized in its operations. The Sling branded pay-TV services consist of live, linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programing services. The Company markets broadband services under the dishNET brand. The Company makes investments in the research and development, wireless testing and wireless network infrastructure.

Cablevision Systems Company Profile

Cablevision Systems Corporation (Cablevision), through its subsidiary, CSC Holdings, LLC (CSC Holdings), operates cable operations business in the United States. The Company operates in three segments: Cable, Lightpath and Other. The Company’s Cable segment offers Cable television service, which delivers multiple channels of video programming to subscribers who pay a monthly fee for the services they receive. The Company operates Lightpath segmeny, through its subsidiary, Cablevision Lightpath, Inc. (Lightpath), which provides Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice and video transport and managed services to the business market in the New York metropolitan area. Lightpath also provides managed information technology services to businesses, including hosted voice services, managed wireless fidelity, managed desktop and server backup, and managed collaboration services. The Other segment operations consist of the operations of Newsday, News 12 Networks and Cablevision Media Sales.

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