Cable vs Satellite TV Systems


If you had your TV system installed decades ago, then what you probably have today is a cable line system. Your home is lined with cables, mostly copper wires, in order to transmit the signal from the outside source to your TV. Nowadays, if you read tech blogs, the main topic would be satellite TV systems. What are the main differences between the two? What are its advantages? What are their disadvantages?


Cable TV Systems

I have had cable TV systems for the longest time. This is because we lived in the city where a cable TV provider is easy to find. You did not have to build a website in order to get someone to go to your house and install the cable lines for you. All you have to do is call their hotline, pay the registration and installation fees, and schedule a date with their technician.

The cable guy then connects to the nearest source available. The line will then be connected and installed inside your house until it reaches your home entertainment area. After setup, you can just sit back, relax, and watch your favorite channels at the convenience of your home.

They have less equipment to use and easy to install. But if you are far from the city where a cable provider is available, then a cable system is not a choice for you.


Satellite TV Systems

Satellite TV systems work the same way as cable TV systems. The main difference lies in the devices that you need to get for your home. Cable TV systems only need, well, cables. Satellite TV systems get more complicated devices. These include the satellite dish and the receiver. Good quality dishes and receivers can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars. You have to search for promo codes in order to save money on electronics.

First, you have to find a good spot for your satellite dish. It must not be covered by a building, a shade, or anything that can disrupt the signal. Once installed, you then have to connect the receiver which converts the signal received by the satellite dish into usable types that allow your TV to show visuals, videos, and movies from the channel signals that you receive.

Satellite TV systems are great for those who want to have a hassle-free digital signal for their home. You can even move from place to place without cutting direct-to-home packages because you are just bringing your devices with you anywhere you go.