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Choosing Between Satellite TV and Cable TV

Jun 21, 2008
Making the choice between satellite and cable TV has created a problem for many customers these days. Most are familiar with the old-school cable TV, but have become intrigued by the offers coming from satellite TV companies. What has made some people switch are the many benefits of satellite TV, such as a DVR. These extras are something they haven't been able to enjoy with their traditional cable television operator.

In fact, customer satisfaction surveys now say that satellite television is better overall. One of many points to consider is the often lower cost of satellite TV, in some cases being much lower that the cable alternative. Many who have even had an HD connection with cable TV have found more choice with satellite.

The quality of the picture is just as good, if not better than cable. Of course a satellite dish will need to be attached to either the side or top of your home, and this requires a clear, unblocked view of the southern sky. The nice thing is the satellite company will send out a trained contractor to point the dish correctly, then install the system to the various rooms in your home where you have TV's.

Now at time it has been noted that the quality of the picture can get fuzzy during a heavy rain or snow storm. While this is annoying of course, vast improvements in technology have minimized this situation significantly. Part of this problem has been resolved by using larger satellite dishes, which are better at capturing the signal coming from the satellites above the earth.

What other reasons are there to go with satellite TV? Satellite operators continue to offer top packages including standard and HD. These are all digital signals with great picture and sound. Providers also have their promotional offers to get customers in the door. Dish Network offers 3 months free programming and Direct TV offers a discount every month for the first year.

As mentioned earlier, these satellite providers also offer free installation. This will cover up to 4 rooms where you have television sets in you home. Deals for free movie channels are also available. Usually you can get 3 months free of HBO, Cinemax, and Starz. Obviously the companies give you the chance to see what they offer in the hope that you will keep the service after the three months is up.

With so much to offer, no wonder you see so many satellite dishes on people's houses these days. While cable TV continues to play catch up, consumers continue to enjoy their satellite TV connections.
About the Author
Jeff Buckley reviews the latest product news from Dish Network including the DTVPal and the Echostar TR-40 as well as the latest satellite television news
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