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4 Factors When Considering Cable and Satellite TV

Jul 2, 2008
So should you go with satellite or cable TV? Many have been confused over this question across America as the debate continues to rage. For many years, there was only one choice, the old cable TV company. But starting in the early 90's, the new kid on the block came along, satellite TV.

With that, the debate started, and rightly so. Why? Considering Americans usually watch several hours of television each and every day, they want the most for there money. While I'm not here to make any comments on how people spend so much time in front of the TV, the figures are interesting. Numbers from other parts of the world aren't that much different, but Americans usually lead the way in television viewing so it makes sense to get to the bottom of the debate between cable and satellite.

Competition has certainly made the market more consumer friendly. Cable TV operators have had to respond the low prices and good service offered by DirecTV and Dish Network. As a consumer, you really need to research your choices so as to make a good decision about your family's primary entertainment venue. Knowledge is power, so here are a few things you should look out for when shopping for either a cable or satellite television company.

Price- If you're wondering whether cable or satellite companies have higher costs, the answer is easy. Cable television companies support a hard line network that has to reach to every location they serve. That means they have to recoup those costs to make a profit. Cable has done a good job in adding high speed internet to their service, so they can make more money off each customer. But if you're just looking at television service, satellite is usually lower priced.

Programming- Here you will find that both cable and satellite TV have similar channel lineups. Both realize they have to have most networks to make their customers happy. Sometimes you will find some channels on one and not the other, such as the NFL Network currently. Right now, this channel is on satellite, but not on Comcast or Time Warner because of programming disputes.

Equipment-This can be an issue when it comes to satellite TV services. Satellite TV requires a dish to be mounted. While these are fairly small, some people just don't like the idea of a satellite dish hanging off the side or on top of their house. Cable TV lines do not require additional equipment like this and run on underground or aerial lines.

Availability- Different issues apply here, and it really depends on where you live. Cable TV depends on hard line cables, so some rural areas just aren't served, because the cable company can't make any money because there aren't enough people. Also there are regulations governing cable TV companies, so they have to have a franchise in the area
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Jeff Buckley reviews the latest offers including Dish Latino, NFL Sunday Ticket and other Direct TV news.
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