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Helpful Advice on the Subject of Satellite and Cable

In the hunt for new satellite or cable?† Read here for helpful info before choosing a new TV provider.

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Moved into a new home and need to activate new TV service?† Or do you find yourself unhappy with your current TV provider and want to make a switch?† Read on for helpful tips thatíll help you locate the ideal TV service plan.

In the current era, TV has become 100% digital whether you go with satellite or cable.† Viewers stand to enjoy improved picture and audio, plus access to a wide array of networks and stations, because digital signal runs at a higher bandwidth than analog TV ever did.† With cable and satellite broadcasting digital signal, does that mean both offer equal picture quality?† Not exactly.† Yes, itís a marked improvement over rabbit-ear antennas.† At present, satellite technology provides higher picture resolution.† If youíve researched, you may know both satellite and cable offer numerous channels in HD at a reasonable rate.† So, whatís the difference?† Even cableís most notable providers donít offer picture resolution higher than 720.† Only a satellite service provider like Dish Network can air programming in full 1080 p picture.† If youíre serious about your entertainment experience, this is huge.

Tuning into the best picture is one of many issues to consider before choosing a provider.† Another determining factor should be reliability.† Thankfully, cable and satellite will deliver TV day in and day out with minimal complications.† Outages happen, but do so more frequently with cable.† In a yearís time span, the cable watcher will experience approximately 20 hours of down time.† That number is much smaller for satellite subscribers with service interruption time totaling only a handful of minutes.† In fact, DishNetwork broadcasts a signal with 99.9% reliability.†

If it hasnít entered your mind yet, thoughts about price soon will.† So, whereís the best deal?† Part of that depends on the programming and optional features you include.† As a general rule, your dollar stretches farther with satellite.† Hereís why.† A number of cable providers will offer an entry-level package for less than $20 a month.† These types of packages usually only provide a sparse mix of channels.† Furthermore, cable providers typically apply across-the-board price hikes to all subscription plans at least once a year.† For a long while, satellite providers have kept their rates constant. Right now, DishNetwork provides a $15.00 monthly discount to all new subscribers during the first year of service.†

For many, access to amenities really enhances their entertainment experience.† Luckily, satellite and cable offer plenty.† Choose either and you can easily include features like DVR technology, pay per view moviesFree Web Content, and video on demand at prices most can easily contend with.† Premium Channels are an easy add as well.† Those who enjoy hit shows like Dexter and Entourage can watch Showtime and HBO for free for the first three months following activation of new service.

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Mitchell Crew is a technology content writer who covers the satellite and cable industry.

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