Cable Satellite TV vs. Cable TV

Over the course of the last decade, the cable television industry has been somewhat shaken up by the fact that close to thirty million cable customers have cut off their cable service and have switched to a cable satellite TV service instead.

There are a number of reasons why so many folks across the country have decided to make this change and the executives at the cable TV companies are still scrambling to try to hang on to their market share.

As well as those who switched from cable to satellite, there are millions more who were never able to have cable access to programming because they lived in country areas. However, with the addition of a satellite dish antenna and a satellite receiver, those in country areas now can also enjoy the same entertainment programming as folks who live in metropolitan areas.

One main reason why so many customers have left the old, hard-wired cable TV services behind is that the cable satellite TV system simply costs less. In virtually all markets of the country, folks pay quite a bit less to get their entertainment via one of the networks that use a dish antenna than they do through those old-fashioned and dated cable systems.

In order to have cable TV satellite service in your home, you need to have a complete satellite TV system. The first component is the satellite dish antenna that is positioned outside of the premises. You will often see the mini dish antenna units on rooftops, the sides of buildings, on fences or mounted to a pole, in order to provide the proper positioning. The satellite dish antenna must have a clear and unobstructed view of a certain area of the southern sky and trained technicians must precisely position them.

The second component to a cable satellite TV system is the receiver with takes the signal from the dish antenna and sends it to the television. The receivers have programming that affects the programming guides, providing detailed information about each show you wish to watch.

One of the most interesting innovations that was recently introduced and has quickly become very popular in the DVR, or digital video recorder, that is integrated into some models of cable TV satellite receivers. These DVR receivers allow you to pause live broadcasts and to record your favorite programs without the need to fuss with videotapes. Some of these devices are dual receivers, which allow you to watch one show while recording a second, or record two shows at the same time.

The various cable satellite TV programming providers continue to enjoy a great deal of popularity, and not just because they tend to deliver more value less expensively. They also have a tradition of introducing innovative services and benefits to their customers. One example of their innovations is the DVR, or Digital Video Recorder, and the dish on demand service. Even though most of the cable companies have stepped up to match these newer features that the TV satellite dish companies provide, the trend has been for the satellite companies to introduce these new technologies first, with the cable services catching up later.