How To Choose Between Cable and Satellite TV

Cable TV may have been around for quite a long time now and is still the most popular choice among households, but you may have also observed that Satellite TV is slowly making its mark in the television industry. Both cable and satellite TV have their own advantages and disadvantages, so deciding on which service to use for your household can be confusing. In this article we’ll discuss pointers that you should consider in order for you to choose between cable and satellite TV.

1. Verify the availability of the service in your area.
Location is a major factor for both cable and satellite TV services. For you to get cable TV service the cable company should have the infrastructure and cables installed in your area. If there aren’t any and you live in the suburbs, cable TV is already out of the question. As for satellite TV service, the signal will be received by a satellite dish that will be installed in your home. The satellite dish needs to be installed facing the south sky without any obstructions. Verify first if the signal is good in your area and that you have obtained permission from your landlord/building owner before you sign up with a satellite TV company.

2. Decide which programming package you would prefer.

Both cable and satellite TV supports hundreds of channels. It should be noted though, that cable TV offers more local channels in every city compared to satellite TV. Satellite TV on the other hand can give you more channel variations. Many sports enthusiasts prefer satellite TV because they feature more sports channels both from the east and west coast. Take a look at the packages that offered by both service. They may have packages that feature loads of channels and are very affordable, but you may end up not watching any of them. Choose a package that will cater to you and your household’s preferences.

3. Look for package deals that you can take advantage of.
Cable TV companies often offer packages with land line and Internet service. Some satellite TV companies may offer Internet service, but their popular offering is the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) capability that allows you to record programs, rewind or fast forward the program that you are currently viewing. Avail of a package deal that you can use and can benefit from because you will be saving more in the long run.

4. Decide if you want to be on a contract.
Satellite TV companies require annual contracts, compared to cable TV companies that will only require for their clients to commit to a shorter length of time.

Consider the points mentioned above before you decide to subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service. It is important that you do your research to find out which service will meet your household’s needs.


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