With cable and satellite now the leading options for TV service, you may ask yourself, which should I choose? Home entertainment systems have grown increasingly affordable. Still they represent a significant investment. Doing your research and knowing your options will help bring more enjoyment out of your TV service. In any case, here’s a look at how cable and satellite compare.
In the present era, both cable and satellite air all digital TV. Digital TV is a high bandwidth service. For TV watchers, this means more available channels, and better picture and sound quality than analog power could deliver. Your cable or satellite provider will offer digital programming in two modes: standard definition television (SDTV) and High Definition Television (HDTV). SDTV airs programming in 480i picture resolution. A TV equipped for HDTV viewing will display picture resolution ranging from 720 I to 1080 P. If you’re serious about HDTV viewing, you’ll want to know who does a better job: cable or satellite. Generally speaking, both offer a wide assortment of channels in HD at affordable rates, but only a provider like Dish Network Satellite can display full 1080 p resolution. To date, cable providers can only air programming in 720.
If you’re like a lot of entertainment enthusiasts, you love the perks. Again, both satellite and cable excel when it comes to amenities. Once you activate service, access to features like on demand video, pay per movies and DVR technology become easy. They’re all readily available and the price is usually easy to live with. DVR is great for the busy family or on-the-go individual. You can record hours of your favorite shows and movies and view them at your convenience. With the recent release of the Sling Box receiver from DishNetwork, it now appears that DVR technology has evolved to a new level. The Sling Box lets you program your DVR outside the home and view your recordings wherever you go. Just configure your Sling Box with any PC, Mac, or iPhone with a broadband-ready connection and get ready to enjoy TV everywhere.
The best picture means little without reliable service. Thankfully, cable and satellite provide home entertainment day in and day out without hassle. Picture, sound, and color irregularities common during the analog era have become nonexistent thanks to satellite and cable. That said, a majority of satellite customers who’ve switched over from cable report fewer outages. And, the outages that do occur with satellite last for less time than cable.
Okay, picture quality and access to superior technology represent priorities, but what about price? It’s a fair question and an important one. If you find yourself leaning towards cable, you’ll want to consider the following before making your final decision. A number of cable providers offer basic packages for less than $20 a month. The mix of channels in basic cable packages are typically scant. To view a significant number of channels you’ll need to opt for a premium package. Furthermore, cable TV providers typically hike rates on an annual basis. Satellite TV providers have maintained the same affordable rates for a number of years. In fact, DishNetwork now offers more than 120 channels at a price of $24.99 per month to first-time subscribers for a full year.