Cable TV or Satellite TV: Which One to Choose?


If you had to choose between cable TV and satellite TV, which one would you choose? Unless you are biased and already have a favorite, you would not know which one to favor more. Both are good options, indeed, but they are starkly different from each other in some areas. In order to pick the best one or both, if you want, you need to understand the difference between the two. Here are some points to help make up your mind :

Round #1: Cost

In general, you do not have to pay to obtain equipment, as providers offer you the dish and/or receivers free of cost. They then charge you a monthly rental fee. At times, even the installation is free. Basic promotional pricing is roughly the same for both types of service. However, satellite TV becomes costly when you order packages that offer you more channels. Always compare the costs between different providers after the promotion ends to choose the best one.

For instance, Comcast, a leading cable provider, offers eighty channels for $44.99 per month whereas Dish Network, a leading satellite provider, offers you more than 120 channels for $29.99 per month. These prices will almost double after the deal is up.


Round #2: Sign a Service Contract

In order to attract more customers, some cable providers have begun to offer people a no-contract option. However, the downside to the no-contract option is the promotions, gift cards, and free premium channels associated with the contract option will no longer be available. This does give people a choice between the two. On the other hand, satellite TV providers always require their customers to sign a service contract to commit them to using their service for twelve to twenty-four months.

Round #3: Service Availability

Cable TV is only provided in neighborhoods where the cable technician can install the cable in the house. Satellite TV is available almost anywhere. If you can place an antenna on it, you can have satellite TV. The downside to satellite TV is that inclement weather, trees, and buildings blocking the signal can easily disrupt the reception.