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Should You Subscribe To Satellite Or Cable TV Service?

Aug 17, 2007
It used to be that watching TV was a no brainer - you had 7 or 8 channels to choose from and that was it. But in todays high tech world, not only are there hundreds of channels, you also have to choose which type of TV service you want.

We are bombarded with advertisements on Cable TV, and Satellite TV each trying to get us to switch from one to the other, but how do you know which one is right for you? Granted, both have advantages and disadvantages and you need to make that decision based on your lifestyle.

If you choose cable TV such as that which Comcast provides you will get many convenient features. One that I particularly like is the "On Demand" feature. This option allows you to pick from dozens of movies, news programs and sporting events and you can elect to watch them at any time that is convenient to you. An added benefit is that you can pause, fast forward, and rewind while you are watching.

With cable TV you will get hundreds of channels - this differs depending on the service you choose and the area you live in so you will have to check with your cable provider for details. Among the channels are premium services like HBO Showtime, Starz!, The Movie Channel, Cinemax and premium sports channels. These channels provide you with recent movies and sporting events and have an additional cost above the base price.

These days, cable TV is not only about TV, Comcast also offers commercial free music which can be pumped through your stereo. Additionally, you can get great informative channels like The Golf Channel, Biography, E!, and National Geographic. In the on demand section you will also find many exercise videos including yoga, belly dancing, cardio, and stretching.

Satellite TV, on the other had also has a wide range of channels - over 100 at least. Included in that are many premium movie channels. They also have a pay per view option of over 60 movies (again, check with your provider on this for exact number). If you like the music option of Comcast, Directtv has 36 commercial free radio channels. Your satellite dish will also pick up local channels if you are near a major US city and digital sound is included.

If sports is your main reason for watching the tube, then you may find that you want to go with satellite as your television service. Directv has exclusive packages with much of the sporting industries including NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA.

As you can see, one television service is not better than the other. Whether you choose satellite or cable simply depends in what you like to watch and what services you need for your television viewing.
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Lee Dobbins writes for a2z-satellite where you can find more about satellite television as well as other satellite services.
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