A free cable and satellite TV market allows competition between several service providers starting from the kind of packages they offer to their users. A comparison of cable and satellite TV offers always starts from the premium services and the special room system configurations that first subscribers take advantage of. But for cable networks, television would have looked different these days: in the cable early days all those who didn’t get good signal from local affiliates subscribed to the cable network and thus made a difference in its becoming part of the television landscape. At the moment, cable systems have turned into highly complex structures, as they are now organized in business conglomerates and associations with satellite companies too.
Depending on the taxes payed by television providers and under the influence of local taxes, the monthly fees for cable and satellite TV could increase. Thus, satellite options are more advantageous in terms of price because their taxes are not set by local governments and usually include less complex infrastructures. Cable networks on the other hand have millions of miles of underground cables that need to be converted to digital technologies, which will surely prove expensive. Therefore, the costs for cable services remain superior to those for satellite; yet the structure of the discounted packages have a certain influence in the matter too.
Cable and satellite TV providers offer almost the same kind of programs at the national level, but there are good bits and bad bits about each of the variants. Satellite solutions for instance give the viewer the choice of programs by means of extensive feeds and alternate packages: this means that an average user could dispose of about five hundred programs at will. On the other hand, cable networks remain the right choice for one who isn’t interested such diversity, but would rather pay for good network reception only. The expectations of such users are met by local programming created by cable companies competing with satellite providers.
Equipment is one other difference between cable and satellite TV options; when you go for cable, the TV set is all the gear necessary, while with satellite you’ll need a lot more for digital programming. Converters, compatible television and a dish remote control are necessary under the circumstances, with the mention that satellite requires a permanent and unobstructed open view to the southern sky for signal reception. Unfortunately, if you live in an area with stormy weather, then, the satellite is not that advantageous because of the gaps in the signal reception.