How to Choose between Digital Cable
The Benefits of Cable Television:
With the switch from analog to digital
signals coming up, many television viewers who were hold outs for their rabbit
ears are now considering cable television
for the very first time. Antennas are fast
becoming obsolete, so the best way to
get digital programming is by subscribing
to either cable of satellite television.
For many viewers, cable television is the
most convenient choice for them. They
may just want to get local channels and
basic programming, and they can get that
from cable for a relatively low fee. If they
choose to have extra programming, cable
providers usually have a menu that is flexible enough for them to add channels as
they see fit. But if they just want to watch
local programming, cable is probably the
best route to go, as satellite television
requires a lot of extra equipment and is
really not cost effective if a customer just
wants local programming. Satellite television is more appealing to a viewer who
wants the choice of hundreds of channels, where cable may be the choice for
people that need only seventeen to twenty channels to keep them occupied.
Cable television is also cheaper for people
who have multiple television sets in their
household. Usually cable does not charge
an additional fee for multiple television
sets whereas satellite TV requires one
receiver for each TV set. Each receiver will
require a monthly charge, so if you have
multiple sets, satellite can end up being
an expensive option.
In addition to television programming,
another thing to consider is high-speed
Internet access. Both satellite and cable
television providers offer some form of
high-speed Internet access. Cable televisions providers will usually include this in
their package and cable Internet can be
faster than standard DSL. Satellite providers offer high-speed DSL, so if a customer
is looking for a faster Internet connection, cable may be the better option.
Cable television also offers customers free
local channels with their subscription,
where with satellite television there is an
additional monthly charge for local television. People who only want a basic
cable connection for local television do
not have to pay anything extra for local
People may also prefer cable if they want
consistent service. Satellite signals can
become garbled with cloudy or rainy
weather, and although they may clear up
fast, people may lose patience quickly.
Cable television experiences very few outages due to cloudiness or rain and
requires no positioning of satellite dishes
which can be toppled by a gust of wind.
In the end, it really comes down to the
preference of the customer. Satellite television has a lot to offer a television
enthusiast who wants a lot of options
and extras that a limited viewer just does
not need. Cable can provide customers
with high definition programming and
their local channels without having to
purchase extra equipment for extra television sets around the house. For those
customers who want an easy, uncomplicated and affordable television option,
cable television is the best bet. Plus, there
are a lot of options available and cable
television prices have become quite competitive. There will probably be special
packages being offered this spring for
those first time customers who will be
making the switch from analog to digital.
The entry price will be attractive and
affordable enough to make cable the
obvious choice for viewers who don't
want to miss out on their local programming.
When deciding between Digital
Cable and satellite, be sure to
consider the following:
• If you buy satellite equipment, will it
become out of date before your contract ends, and what is the cancellation
• Do you get Video on Demand – the
ability to select a movie or a show and
to start, pause, rewind or fast forward
whenever you want?
• Will the picture be affected by rain,
wind, snow, passing jets and leaves on
• Can you purchase other services such
as Digital Telephone and High-Speed
Internet bundled together at a discounted price –on one bill from one
• Do you have to pay a monthly fee
for repair service?
• Can you get local channels and local
channels in High Definition for FREE?
HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AND DSL?
• Is the modem included in the
• Compare price and download speed
together. Which offers the best speed
at the best price?
• Do you get a free suite of Security
software with your subscription? Does
it include Parental Controls?
• Is the service speed affected by how
close the customer resides to the
• Can you purchase other services such
as Digital Telephone and Digital Cable
bundled together at a discounted price
–on one bill from one