you are looking for a TV service, chances are, you'll end up with the notorious
dilemma: good old cable, or "free satellite TV" deal?
So let's talk a little about cable vs. satellite contest.
those whose only choice is DBS television service ("Direct Broadcast Satellite", better
known as "satellite TV", the answer is simple and obvious. They only need to
decide which one of the two giant satellite TV providers -
Dish Network or
DirecTV - comes up with a better flavor. Then, they can seat back and enjoy it.
For the rest of us, life doesn't get to be that
easy. Having to choose between satellite and
cable TV providers inevitably finds you
entangled in a comparison of the pros and cons of two different
broadcasting technologies - something too complicated for a pleasant shopping
experience. A piece of apple here vs. piece of orange there, and a piece of
mango elsewhere. Even if you succeed in coming to a meaningful conclusion, don't
hold your breath - things here can change almost overnight. In fact, there is an
ongoing war for your humble opinion.
As millions went for more programming and better
image offered by satellite TV, cable television had to cough out $billions to
digitalize unaccounted miles of wiring. Still unable to catch up with the
satellite, it figured out a new game: why not to lure in both,
satellite TV and telephone companies' customers offering attractive bundled packages - voice
(phone), Web and video (TV) together. DBS industry answered with its own bundled
deals, at present not quite as attractive.
As for the phone companies, they are
just about to invest billions to replace their old copper wiring, so that they
can add Web and video to their present voice offering. Big single-service
we knew just yesterday are about to become extinct. Pretty soon, everything will be
it is so, then why choose satellite TV over cable? One reason could be
programming. In general, satellite TV offers more when it comes to sports,
international, national and specialty channels. On the other hand, cable
probably has generally better movies offer, and more local channels.
for the number of HDTV channels, satellite TV is also ahead, working hard
to stay there.
Also, its cost
per channel is still lower. It is
not by accident, nor because the cable guys are more greedy. They'd be just
happy to take this card out of the competitor's hand. The problem is that ground based TV operation
simply costs more to run, especially for smaller providers. However, the
difference in pricing vs. satellite TV is becoming fairly insignificant, due to
ongoing digital cable channel expansion, particularly with large cable TV providers.
consideration is quite reassuring, steady record
of both satellite TV providers in overall customer satisfaction. While
most cable companies vary
significantly from one to another, and from year to year in this respect, the
satellite TV provider duo is
routinely among the top three or four companies, since their first year. In other words, with satellite TV
you are getting consistent top quality industry service standard.
In all, neither
cable nor satellite TV can be pronounced a clear winner. There are pros and cons
to consider with either, and same things matter differently to different people.
But this "big picture" should help you to take the right direction in getting
what is best home TV package for you.
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