Finding the Best Cable and Satellite TV Deal For You
Is the contract for your cable TV service about to expire? You’re moving into a new place, and you want to start decorating with a nice satellite dish system? No matter the reason, if you’re in the market for a cable or satellite TV package, this article will help you find the best cable TV service or satellite TV package for your individual needs.
The common Cable vs. Satellite Question
Many buyers make the mistake of simply comparing satellite TV to cable TV services without asking the important questions. Once they’ve decided which of the two types they prefer – that is, cable or satellite – they’re convinced that their research has ended, but this could not be farther from the truth. These people don’t examine the details of the specific deals and packages offered by cable and satellite TV providers. Instead, they get an idea into their head and stick with it. You’ll hear people saying things like “A cable TV service is the only way to go with your programming” or, “A satellite dish system is the best”.
The truth is that there is no “best TV package” out there. Be it satellite TV or cable TV, the important thing to look out for is the specific package that will suit your needs. Sometimes it seems as if everyone has an opinion about the “big” question – which is the best – cable or satellite TV?. But many forget that the real question you should be asking yourself is “what am I getting for the money that I’m paying?”
Finding a TV Package within Your Price Range
The first issue you must carefully consider is your price range. TV plays a big part of our everyday life, but that doesn’t mean good TV has to be expensive or take up a big part of your budget. Each household dedicates a different portion of their budget to satellite/cable services, according to their needs. The first step to finding the best satellite TV deal or best cable TV service is to decide on a price range and take a look at the packages available by the different providers.
Finding the best satellite/cable TV deal For You
Now that you know how much money you want to spend, take a look at the different packages available out there. Cable and satellite TV companies offer many different services and packages, ranging from basic, through specialized packages such as sports, movies, family, news, local, international and premium packages. To learn more about the packages offered through DISH Network® deals, for example, take a look at our page ‘DISH Network Channel Listings’. You should consider which package is best suited for you and your family. A family with young children will be looking for very different programming to what a college frat house will be ordering. This extreme example proves our previous point – there is no ‘best satellite TV deal’ or ‘best cable package’ out there. Rather, it depends on your specific needs. Though, we can say that when making comparisons, DISH Network consistently offers the lowest priced channel packages with the widest selection of programming and the most HD channels in the business.
A clear advantage a satellite dish system has over cable TV services is the price of the basic TV packages it offers. Even the best cable TV providers can’t offer deals that are as cheap as satellite TV basics, which are the best in terms of price. Other factors are HD programming, and the local channels carried by each provider. Some satellite dish systems will offer all the local channels in your area, but sometimes going with cable will be your best option for local. This depends on your specific area. Click here to check which channels are available via DISH Network in your zip code.
In order to find the best deal for you, you must compare between the different providers and the packages they offer. Take a look at our comparison between DISH Network and DIRECTV® to get a better idea of the questions you should be asking yourself (and your TV providers) while searching for the perfect TV programming package for you.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 07/24/2009.