Satellite TV vs. Cable TV -- Which is Best?

The move is on. Last year millions of Americans switched from cable TV to satellite TV.

Why? When you compare satellite TV to cable TV you'll discover the main reasons are cost, picture quality, program choices, and customer satisfaction.

Let's check out the differences ...

Cable vs. Satellite TV Fees

Cable TV fees across the country average $39.99 per month. In our area the cost for cable TV is $37.30 a month for 64 channels, plus $10.95 a month to add digital channels. Installation in one room is $39.95, plus $9.95 for each additional room.

Satellite TV fees from Dish Network are $31.99 per month for 60 channels, while DirecTV charges $41.99 per month for 115 channels. Both satellite TV providers currently offer free satellite TV equipment and free installation in up to four rooms.

Cable vs. Satellite TV Programming

Cable TV in most areas offers almost as many channels as satellite TV, and is broadcast in analog (over-the-air) format. If you want to have digital picture and sound you'll have to pay an additional fee, usually $10 to $15 a month.

Satellite TV offers more channels than cable TV (more than 250 channels), and more HDTV (high definition TV) programming. All satellite TV channels are broadcast in digital format for the highest quality picture and sound.

Cable vs. Satellite TV Equipment

With cable you only need cable boxes that connect the incoming cable line to your televisions. There is usually no charge or rental fees for cable boxes, however, If you want a digital video recorder, you'll have to pay an extra fee.

With satellite TV you need a satellite TV dish and TV receivers. Both Dish Network and DirecTV offer that equipment, plus installation, for free. Dish Network will give you a DVR (digital video recording) receiver or an HDTV receiver at no charge, while DirecTV charges $49.99 for DVR receivers and $299 for HDTV receivers.

Cable and Satellite TV Reliability and Customer Satisfaction

Cable TV outages average 3% to 5% per year. J.D. Powers and Associates ranks cable companies as good to poor in customer satisfaction.

Satellite TV outages average about 1%. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the two satellite TV providers -- Dish Network and DirecTV -- higher in customer satisfaction than any of the cable TV companies for the last five years

The Bottom Line

If you only watch a couple of shows a week, and you live in an area where you can't get over-the-air TV and cable TV costs less than $20 per month, then cable may be your best option.

If, on the other hand, you want the biggest variety of shows, movies, sports, and news for the least amount of money ... you want to watch your all your shows in digital video and sound ... and you want the option of watching them in HD format and recording them on a DVR receiver, then satellite TV is what you're looking for.

Brian Stevens is a professional freelance writer and webmaster who has written extensively on cable TV and satellite TV. Click the following link for more information on satellite TV vs. cable TV.

In The News:

Goodbye, TV?  Morningstar.ca
Diminishing relevance of film censorship (Column: B-Town)  Siliconeer – World's First South Asian Digital Daily
SES readies to divide company |  Advanced Television
Ukraine finds sat TV solution  Broadband TV News
ATVA Seeks To Secure STELAR 'For Consumers'  Radio & Television Business Report

How to Select a Video Display for Your Home Theater

First of all, don't assume you need a huge video... Read More

Guide to Mounting Your Satellite Dish

The Dish Network satellite dish is only about 2 feet... Read More

Dish Network vs DirecTV: Which Satellite Broadcast Provider Offers the Better Deal?

Whenever someone mentions about satellite TV in United States, Dish... Read More

The Path of United States HDTV World

The history of High definition television, HDTV in United States... Read More

Selecting a Satellite TV Network from the Audiences Perspective

The numbers of those who just connect their TV to... Read More

Analog TV Digital Transmission

Remember the old days of analog TV, radio, etc. Most... Read More

The Benefits of Satellite Television!

Most teenagers today won't remember what the entertainment world was... Read More

Satellite TV vs. Cable TV -- Which is Best?

The move is on. Last year millions of Americans switched... Read More

Cable Vs Satellite TV - 7 Benefits To The Real Deal About Satellite TV Offer

In the United States, the two big satellite providers are... Read More

No More DirecWay? I Believe the writing is on the wall...

As one who has been directly involved in selling DirecWay... Read More

Direct TV Receiver

When a customer receives Direct TV programming, he or she... Read More

Digital Cable VS Satellite TV

Do you want to get more channels while saving money... Read More

How Satellite TV Works

Have you ever wondered how satellite TV works? With over... Read More

LCD vs. DLP TVs

Two new technologies in the world of TV, DLP and... Read More

DirecTV and DISH Network ? How Do The Two Leading Satellite TV Providers Stack Up?

DirecTV and DISH Network ? How... Read More

Entertainment Technology: What to Consider Before Buying HDTV

HDTV ? or, High Definition Television ? is the new... Read More

Insiders Review on Satellite TV Deals: Must Read For Those Who Are Looking For Free Satellite TV

Nowadays, I am sure that you are seeing ads for... Read More

Cable TV And Satellite TV - Which Is The Better System?

Cable TV and satellite TV - which is the better... Read More

Home Theater Control ? Its The Remote, Stupid!

It's the one piece of equipment that can really make... Read More

Learning from Voom

Voom was thought to be the company that would be... Read More

Why Satellite TV is better than Cable TV

Satellite TV is Making the Cable Companies Run ScaredSatellite TV... Read More

The Potential Conundrum of Regulating Pay-TV

In last week's column, I argued the merits (or rather... Read More

Satellite TV Comparison Shopping Made Easy!

DirecTV vs. Dish Network and Satellite TV vs. Cable TVWith... Read More

DirecTV vs. Dish Network -- Which Is Better?

The satellite TV systems and services offered by DirecTV and... Read More

In the know: Dish Network DVR

What's a DVR system and what else can it brings... Read More