What is the Difference Between Satellite and Cable TV?

List: Posted: 12/10/10

When you're ready to purchase a new television service for a new home or apartment, you have two basic choices.  Dish satellite and cable television are the most popular means of getting a television signal, beyond basic broadcast programming for your local area.  Today, we will take a look at the difference between cable and satellite and which is right for you.


Let’s start with cable television.  With this form of television, your signal comes through wires buried in the ground.  It is often easily affordable, but is not available in many rural areas.  When you choose cable service, you can often get a 'bundle' package that includes phone and high speed Internet service, and the service is rarely affected by weather.  Unfortunately, problems usually require digging up the cables to be fixed, which can be difficult in winter months and can result in prolonged outages.  These days of course, that rarely happens.


With satellite service, your signal is beamed in from a satellite in space.  The best companies have dozens of satellites in orbit, broadcasting hundreds of channels and OnDemand programs.  This offers many options, and problems can usually be fixed remotely.  Unfortunately, weather and other natural conditions can affect signal and quality.  The digital signal may break up, resulting in a weak signal or in occasional picture or sound disturbances.  Satellite is typically available in any home with a clear view of the sky, making it great for rural areas.


In summery, both services have their pros and cons, and these days prices can be quite similar.  The main deciding factor will probably be where you live, or which service is currently slightly cheaper (there's not much difference).  Both cable and satellite offer great service, and finding the best package for you can make your entertainment experience richer knowing you made the right choice.

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