In today’s world people are looking to maximize their entertainment dollar. Increasing gas prices, a slowing economy, and higher food prices are putting the squeeze on Americans. Luckily, one of the great buys in entertainment is your cable or satellite television service.
If you take a moment and think about it, anyone can get a package including over 100 channels including premium movie channels like Cinemax and Starz for about $80 dollars a month. That is less than you usually will drop for dinner and a movie. The latest technology in the pay television market is HD, or high definition programming. What should you consider when hooking up that new Hi-def TV you just bought?
Don’t forget that your basic cable television or satellite TV service is not in hi-def. You must specifically purchase a programming package that includes this type of programming. So where do you start?
Make a call to your current provider and investigate exactly what they offer as far as HD service. Satellite TV companies DISH Network and Direct TV have been leading the pack as far as providing the most HD when you examine channel counts. Cable TV providers like Cox also have some nice offerings, such as HD on-demand. Find out exactly how much upgrading to hi-def will be, and if you need to buy additional equipment.
If what they are offering is not what you need, do a little comparison shopping. The latest deals include an all HD package from DISH Network called Turbo HD. Direct TV sells HD service for only $9.99 per month. Charges per month vary with cable television companies across America, so you will have to call your cable company to see what the price is for HD service.
Another factor to consider is that many telecom companies now offer TV service. AT&T now offers their U-verse TV service in some areas they cover along with voice and internet. Verizon is also in the game, offering their fiber to the home service FiOS in some neighborhoods. It is advisable that you compare different services side-by-side, such as Time Warner vs Direct TV. These developments are a benefit to the consumer, as more competition encourages lower costs in the end.