Satellite TV is versatile, allowing for remote viewing where cable may not be available. Anyone can have a satellite apparatus attached, even homes that are located in the mountains, across wide rivers, and in desert locations. It can be mounted on a building or pole separate from the home, where there is no interference with reception, and have multiple viewing sites within the home.
A video recorder, digitally based, comes with the installment of the satellite, for recording of programming for later viewing. The viewer can record programs to DVD disks for home use as well. A high volume of storage allows recording of movies or other programs lasting hours in a small amount of time. Monthly plans include free installation with time contracts.
Some communities and homeowner associations keep satellite apparatus from being mounted within their communities due to personal beliefs that the equipment is unsightly. It is wise to check before deciding which to choose. Cable companies may offer similar programming that is available through the satellite, without having to be concerned about the added equipment.
Programming through cable companies may be controlled locally. The dishes for satellite reception are located on company property. Viewer desires or habits are taken into consideration with prepackaged programming. A network of fiber-optic wires brings the programming to each home, with boxes that contain the appropriate wiring for the package purchased. These are connected to the television, with multiple room set up available like with satellite.
Some local stations still offer analog services along with digital services. Digital brings more options, including more channels, menu options, an interactive screen, pay per view, and other amenities. Digital signals are noise free, and have sharper image resolution. Note that not all cable is high definition (HD). There may be programs that are specifically HD and those that are not. In order to view with HD, it is necessary to have an HD television. 3D is also becoming available for additional fees.
The viewing cost with satellite is determined through station packages as well. These focus more on the number than the type, with sixty being basic. Doubled to 120 is the next level, with 250 or 300 possible, each with a different price for the number of channels. Other package deals offer different types of programming. Access to HD television may be offered at no charge, as well as access to local channels.
Who is best, Dish Network or cable, may not be the question, rather the personal preference of the viewer. With new programming of higher quality, and equipment to match, it may just depend upon what happens to be the on the home when it is purchased.
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