Comparing Cable and Satellite Television and Internet
geographical location, for example whether the
subscriber lives in a rural or urban area, they may have
no choice but to subscribe to satellite television or
cable television. Each has a peculiar set of advantages
and disadvantages when it comes to offering quality
programming, but for most subscribers, all they want is
decent television programming with reasonably good
picture and audio quality along with high-speed Internet
access. Both cable and satellite providers can do this
for their customers, but there are still differences
between them. This article will explore these two
methods of content delivery and examine them in detail.
Satellite communications first came into its own with
the launch of Telstar, the first privately owned and
launched telecommunications satellite, in July of 1962.
Since then, satellite telecommunications technology has
advanced considerably, to the point where satellites can
deliver hundreds of digital cable channels including
high-definition programming and even broadband Internet
The advantages of
satellite television and Internet access are that these
two services can be accessed from anywhere in the world,
and all programming is digital and of much higher
quality than cable. Major providers of satellite
services offer Internet and television bundles, where
both services are included for a reduced price. The one
big disadvantage is that signal reception is severely
hampered by cloud cover and by storms. In addition, the
satellite receiving dish must have an unobstructed view
of the southern hemisphere in order to work.
Satellite television and Internet can also be expensive
if the consumer does not watch out for unusual fees and
charges on their monthly bill. It is up to them to
determine if the service they are paying for is worth
the cost. Calling the satellite provider and negotiating
their price down is often the best way to rectify the
When it comes to cable television and Internet, quality
comparison immediately reveals a large difference.
Depending on whether or not the consumer subscribes to
digital or analog signal broadcasts, the reception
quality can be very different. However, in the United
States, all television broadcasting has been changed to
digital as of June 12, 2009. Therefore, cable can now
compete with satellite television broadcasting in terms
of program quality.
Since cable television and Internet use the same
transmission medium, radio frequency signals transmitted
through fixed fiber-optic or coaxial cables, cable
companies can offer cheaper service with less
susceptibility to weather interference in rural areas.
Often the only discriminating factor between cable and
satellite service is geography. This makes choosing
between the two a matter of choice and satisfaction.
For instance, providers of cable and satellite
television and Internet are forced to compete not in
terms of service quality but in terms of the type of
service offered. Satellite television providers are
famous for providing sports channel packages, while
cable companies can offer tiers of channels each tied by
a specific charge rate.
In the final analysis, the transition from analog to
digital broadcasting has made quality comparisons
between cable and satellite largely irrelevant. The
major source of improvement is now providing different
programming for better prices.
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