Digital Cable vs. Satellite TV
by Jim Teler
you want to get more channels while saving money but not sure
if you should go with digital cable or satellite TV? Then this
article is meant directly for you! The commercials seen on TV
and the ads displayed all over the internet can be overwhelming
at best. Below we will hope to help make your choice simplified
Cost Difference between Digital Cable VS Satellite TV:
Most cable companies include local franchise fees along with
local broadcasting fees on your monthly bill. Digital cable
varies starting at $30-$40 per month and up depending on the
package you choose it can go up as high as $90 per month.
While Satellite packages usually offer betters deals based on
how much money is spent per channel. Some satellite companies
offer a price point between of $25 for over fifty channels.
With most satellite companies pricing may be a little higher
per month unless committing to twelve months of programming
up front. A twelve month satellite commitment will usually ensure
lower cost up front and most even free installation of the satellite
Programming differences between Digital Cable VS Satellite
Most Satellite TV systems can support over 250 channels of programming.
All channels are of digital quality. One downside is satellite
offers less local channels and may not have local channels in
some areas. Most satellite companies also offer HD TV services
that are compatible to your satellite TV service.
Digital cable on the other hand can support over 300 channels
of programming of digital quality. Digital Cable has more local
channels available in most major cities. Most cable companies
now offer Video on Demand (a library of movies and TV shows
that you can order at your leisure). HDTV services are becoming
more popular amongst cable companies now and not just thru satellite
TV as in the past.
Difference of Equipment:
Satellite equipment typically includes a satellite dish that
is installed outside the home that is visible to everyone. A
satellite receiver is also essential per TV. Most satellite
receivers today also come with a PVR (Personal Video Recorder)
which the cable company has not yet been able to offer as of
now. Most satellite companies run specials on free installation
and equipment when you agree to a 12 month contract.
Digital cable also requires one receiver per TV but that is
all the equipment needed. Should you disconnect your service
the receivers will be turned into the cable company where as
with Satellite TV you own the dish.
In the end the prices are comparable but it depends on which
system will best suit your television needs and what you are
more comfortable with. Both Digital TV and Satellite TV both
have their disadvantages and advantages, you make the call!
About the Author
Jim Teler is a avid budgeter who strongly believes that satellite
TV is a savings over cable for most households in America. In
addition to raising his two children with his wife, Jim also
does freelance writing for websites, including those who sell
Dish Network systems like www.bestsatellitetvsystem.com.