Cable or Satellite TV – Which One to Choose?

TV services used to be plain and simple years before the advent of satellite and cable TV. They were normally aired through high rise towers, and homes had antennas that captured signals and displayed them on the screen. Today, however a plethora of options are available like the cable and satellite, each vying with the other for a greater share of the enormously large household subscribers. Sales figures run into billions of dollars with multiple companies operating on both the segments.

Subscribers' preference for either of the mode of transmission; satellite or cable, is a combination of convenience, price factor and easy accessibility. Both modes of transmission have their problems to deal with; satellite transmission can be cumbersome to receive during snowstorm or when there is substantial disturbance to the atmosphere but scores high when it comes to easy accessibility, while cable TV has to make do with the trouble laying cables all the way to the subscribers home, making it a more expensive proposition for the subscribers, but has the advantage of combining telephone and internet alongside.

The case in support for satellite TV is the transportability and the easy accessibility. However, the competition between the various subscribers is so intense that it is a no holds barred situation for most of the companies. They will go to any length to sell their services, and customers often fall prey to the high pitch selling that the companies resort to. But TV service is a basic requirement that households can not do without, remember. But not all is lost either, customers can still choose the right kind of satellite TV they want for their homes if only they will take a little more care to read the offers, and especially those that are in fine prints kept secluded in an innocuous corner of their selling brochures or websites.

The first and most important part to reading an offer is to check the number of channels that they will offer for a basic subscription; the more the better. The second one is to see the number of channels they have in all; anything 200+ digital channels should be wonderful and satisfying for most homes. They will usually be a combination of several specialized channels for: Sports, Music, Education, Wildlife, News, Movies, Sitcoms … etc.

The better satellite TV companies will have HD (High Definition) transmission in their offers and often they come only if you are willing to pay something more than the basic subscription fee. Only the best of satellite TV can provide more than 80 channels and that the subscribers can count as a good reason to fall for it. But, to view HD transmission, the subscriber will also need to have an HD ready TV.

In their quest for a greater share of the growing market for satellite TV, companies normally dish out some freebies, usually premium channels that may last for a few months, of course after that it's going to be pay and get it, do not forget . Nevertheless, it will let the customer have enough time to finally make a fair assessment of his requirements and choose the right ones for his or her pleasure.

And finally do not forget to check if the operator will provide with DVR (Digital Video Recorder) for the convenience it offers. Having a DVR has many advantages; you can program the set-top box to record while you are away, or when someone else in your household is watching a different channel. It means you will never again miss another program.

Source by Nathan T Bronson

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