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Which Is Better – Satellite Television Or Cable?

By Brian Stevens

Cable Has Just About Caught Up To Satellite Television With Regards To Level Of Quality, Customer Care, And Cost, But There Are Differences Between The Two That You Need To Bear In Mind If You Are Considering Getting Cable Or Satellite TV. Here They Are In A Nutshell .

cable TV vs satellite TV Price

Cable could cost as much as $25 a month more than satellite television for the same service. That is $300 a year more. This difference is due in part because cable television providers must pay local fees and taxes

Where I reside in Arizona if I were to order cable TV it would cost me just about $60 a month for 140 program channels. If I were to decide to purchase Dish Network service it would cost me $24.99 for 190 TV channels.

One other difference is the price increases. Cable TV service has increased by more than 40% since 1998, while satellite TV service has increased by a mere 8% within that same length of time.

Equipment Evaluation

With cable television you get a receiver that gets a TV signal coming from a cable TV company through an underground coaxial or fiber optic cable. The receiver translates that signal and sends it to your TV set.

With satellite TV you get a satellite dish that captures the signal originating from a satellite, and a receiver that converts the signal and sends it to your television.

With cable television you will need to pay anywhere from $3 to $5 per month for each cable box receiver you want connected to your Televisions. With Dish Network and DirecTV your recievers cost nothing.


Digital video recorders, or DVRs, allow you to record your favorite shows. In addition, they allow you to pause the show you are watching so you could get a snack, answer the telephone, or whatever else you need to do, then resume viewing your show whenever you are ready.

Cable TV DVRs will let you record as much as 100 hours of your favorite shows. In addition, they give you the option of recording 2 TV shows simultaneously. So when you have 3 TV shows which come on at the same time you can record one and watch one, or record the two shows, but you’ll miss the third show.`

DirecTV lets you record 4 television shows at one time plus record as many as 1.000 hours of programs, and Dish Network lets you record as many as 6 shows simultaneously plus record up to 2,000 hours of programming.

System Set Up

Due to the competition among cable and satellite TV providers, equipment installation for either one is free. To be sure you will not have equipment breakdowns down the line, you’ll want to make sure the company that installs your system uses authorized technicians.


Cable television blackouts average 3% to 5% depending on the company that sets up the actual cable system, while Dish Network as well as DirecTV blackouts average 1%.

Customer Ratings

Dish Network is ranked number one in consumer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index among the leading cable television providers and satellite television companies, while DirecTV is ranked number two.

Customer Service

The two satellite TV companies provide 24/7 customer service so you will not be left hanging in case something should go wrong with your satellite TV system and you require assistance.


There is no doubt about it. Satellite television stands out as the ultimate winner with regards to value, variety of programming, number of channels, recording time, as well as customer satisfaction.

Check out this online video to see a comparison of cable TV vs. satellite TV to see which has the best service.

Click on the following website link to compare cable TV vs satellite TV and to discover where you’ll get the cheapest price on satellite TV service. Click the link that follows to view a short article which compares cable vs satellite TV.

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