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Is Satellite Television Really a Better Deal Than Cable Television?

Aug 17, 2007
This is one of those hard questions to answer. It is not as straightforward as it may seem. Which option is best for you depends on what is offered in your area as well as your own needs.

Cable television certainly has a lot of advantages, especially now that digital options are available. Lots of channels and a wonderful range of packages to choose from. Many companies will give you the option to have service on multiple televisions as well.

Cable television is also available in most areas now. Not all, certainly, but it is extremely widely available. However, in many areas you will still only have one company to choose from. If you don't like the service you are receiving it's not so easy to just go over to the competition, unless you switch to satellite.

There aren't a lot of satellite companies to choose from either, but you do at least have a choice. And the channel selection is simply wonderful. Many people get marvelous reception, although some do complain of weather related issues.

Choosing based on cost may not be as easy at it first appears. Most cable companies don't particularly care how many televisions you hook up, although if you get digital cable you will need a box or card for each so that your television can understand the signal.

Similarly with satellite you will need a receiver for each television. Unlike cable, the costs may go up when you add more televisions.

You will also want to consider who is offering the best options for what you watch. Sports lovers will want to consider which sports channels they can order and the costs associated with that. It will be similar for movie lovers.

Many cable customers suffer from regular price increases. This is one of the biggest problems with the lack of competition. But on the other side of things, most satellite providers insist on a contract, so you have to be prepared to stick with it for a time.

Equipment can be something of an issue. Depending on your cable provider, you may have to pay rent for the digital receiver if you go with digital cable. On the other hand, many satellite providers offer at least some equipment for free, then have you purchase anything above and beyond what they offer for free. In both cases you may well need equipment for every television you hook up.

As you can see, there is no definitive way to declare one is better than the other for every home. It depends on your own needs and preferences. Don't be afraid to contact both a cable provider and a satellite television company to get the numbers for your situation. It will help you make the right choice.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster helps you compare satellite and cable television at her site. She finds that each has advantages and disadvantages, and hopes to provide a good resource for you to make the right choice at http://www.comparesatellite.info/
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