lundi 21 octobre 2013

Satellite Versus Cable TV - Which One Is Best?

By Brian Stevens

The Actual Differences Between Cable TV And Satellite Television Aren't All That Great Nowadays. Yet There Are A Couple Of Differences You Need To Be Mindful Of If You're Thinking Of Getting Cable Or Satellite TV Service. Here They Are In A Nutshell .

Cable TV vs Satellite TV Price Comparison

On average, cable costs $10 to $25 a month more when compared with satellite TV due in part to the fact that cable TV providers have to pay local taxes and fees which satellite TV companies do not have to pay.

To give an example, in my neck of the woods cable TV costs $57 monthly for satellite television channels, while I can get Dish Network service for $24.99 a month for 190 channels, as well as three months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz.

Another difference is the rate increases. Cable TV service has increased by more than 40% since 1998, while satellite TV service has increased by a mere 8% in that exact same time period.

Equipment Comparison

With cable TV you get a receiver that gets a TV signal from a cable TV company through an underground coaxial or fiber optic cable. This cable box receiver decodes the incoming TV signal and sends it to your television.

With satellite TV you get a dish which captures the signal from a satellite, along with a receiver which translates that signal and sends it to your television.

For both systems you will need a receiver for each TV in your house that you want to view satellite or cable TV programming on. With cable TV you must pay between $3 to $5 a month for each cable box receiver you'd like hooked up to your TVs. With Dish Network and DirecTV your recievers are free of charge.

DVR Recorders

Digital video recorders, or DVRs, permit you to record your favorite shows. In addition, they make it possible for you to pause the show you are viewing so you could get a snack, answer your phone, or whatever else you need to do, then continue watching your show when you're ready.

Cable television DVRs allow you to record as much as 100 hours of your favorite shows. Additionally they offer the option of recording 2 TV shows at the same time. The drawback with this is if you have 3 shows that come on at the same time you can view one show and record one, record two shows, however, you won't be able to view the third show.`

DirecTV will allow you to record as many as 4 TV shows at once plus record as many as 1.000 hours of programs, and Dish Network lets you record up to 6 shows at one time plus record up to 2,000 hours of programming.

Each of their DVRs will let you see a show in one room in your home, and finish watching it in a second room.

System Set Up

Due to the rivalry involving cable and satellite TV companies, equipment installation for either one is provided for free. To ensure you do not have any equipment problems down the line, you need to make certain the company who sets up your components uses professional installers.


Cable TV black outs average 3% to 5% depending on the company that sets up the particular cable television system, while Dish Network and DirecTV outages average 1%.

Consumer Rankings

Dish Network is ranked number one in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index among the top cable TV providers as well as satellite television companies, while DirecTV is ranked number two.

Consumer Support

The two satellite TV companies give you 24/7 customer service so you will not be left hanging in the event that anything should go wrong with your satellite TV system and you need help.


There is no doubt about it. Satellite TV stands out as the ultimate winner with regards to price, variety of programming, number of channels, recording time, as well as customer satisfaction.

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