Which is the Best? Satellite, Cable, or Fiber-Optic?

By | March 1, 2011

For the last few decades, there’ve only been two options to get cable TV programming to your house – your local cable company or satellite.  It’s easy to distinguish consumers between these two options – ones that are willing to put a satellite dish on their house, and ones that are not.  Those who were willing to put up with the aesthetics of the dish, as well as weather-related issues, generally were able to experience better picture quality and more channels.  For everyone else there was the local cable company.

However, in past years, even this line has blurred.  Cable companies, with mergers and acquisitions, as well as a migration to digital cable, are able to offer more channels than ever before.  In addition, satellite dish providers have come down in price and moved up in reliability.  Then to add another stick to the fire, fiber-optic providers have grown exponentially in the last five years to be a more than viable third option to many consumers.

so which one is best for you between cable, satellite and fiber optic providers?  Unfortunately, unlike a product that works the same for everyone everywhere, cable, satellite and fiber-optic TV all operate differently with different features based on what locality you’re in.

First off, start with a search on the form to your right to find out exactly which services are available to your address.  the salty narrow the choices down him and him. Shoppers are happiest when they know they’re getting their best bang for the buck, so make sure all the features are available in the package you’re ordering.

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Once you’ve got a good idea of the options, start asking your neighbors about their experience with their current provider, be it satellite, cable, or fiber-optic.  It’s a bit old school but this is by far the best way to get an accurate depiction of how the service will work for you at your house.  If you’re still uncertain about your selection, make sure to select a package or plan with no contract terms. This way, if you’re unhappy with your TV service, you still have an option to try another provider.  Most cable or fiber-optic providers offer six-month promotional prices with no contract.

While having more options than before can seem daunting at times, having options means that there is more price competition in the market which inevitably leads to better values for the consumer.  Enjoy your bargain hunting!


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Monica on March 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm.

I really enjoy my employee subscription to DISH Network. The dish is in an inconspicuous area on my house and is very reliable even with snow on it. DISH offers more choices and more HD channels than any pay-TV provider for the lowest prices; no cable company can say that.


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