Choosing Between Cable TV and PC Satellite TV


Nowadays you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where you intend to obtain your TV programs from. Needless to say, cable TV is still one of the most popular ports of call, however of late more and more people are switching to PC satellite TV for various reasons. As much as this new source of TV programs is on the rise – it is not without problems however.

Basically, cable TV has been around for ages and it is stable and well established. By providing special hardware it is able to bring entertainment right into your living room and hook up directly to your TV. On the other hand, PC satellite TV requires no special hardware and simply utilizes your existing internet connection to source TV programs. It too can be hooked up to the TV, but the process is slightly more complicated.

One of the main reasons why many people are opting for PC satellite TV as an alternative to cable TV is the issue of cost. Generally speaking, most cable networks require you to pay a monthly fee that can range from anything between $20 to $40. On the other hand, PC satellite TV is completely free or, at very most, requires a $50 lifetime fee! At the end of the day, this means that you’re going to be saving quite a considerable sum on your TV bills! Unfortunately, PC satellite TV is far from perfect. Because it relies on internet connections, it needs something fairly fast (i.e. broadband or better) otherwise the video will appear ‘choppy’. Although most people nowadays use broadband, this problem can still arise due to other factors that are generally beyond your control.

That being said, another winning point of PC satellite TV is the sheer mass of channels that it has to offer. Many PC satellite TV services offer anything from 2,000 to 5,000 over channels, and that is no laughing matter. Some of their channels come from foreign countries, providing an interesting mix that you can pick and choose from. In this area, cable TV really cannot compare except to note that its channels tend to be a lot more stable, whereas PC satellite TV channels can ‘disappear’ from time to time.

All things said and done, cable TV still holds a slight edge over PC satellite TV in terms of quality and stability. In the long run, perhaps PC satellite TV will eventually surpass cable TV – but not right now. For the time being, if you’re looking for something cheap and diverse, then PC satellite TV is your first port of call. Otherwise, it is still worth investing in cable and enjoying its quality and stability!

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