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Cable Service vs. Satellite Service: Which one is Right for You?

If you have recently moved into a new apartment or home, you might be wondering which type of television service you should choose.Cable television service and satellite television service are two common connections.

Satellite television service gets its signal from a dish that communicates with various satellites in the sky, while cable television receives its signals from a coaxial cable that is directly connected to the home.

Both types of services can provide high quality television. However, a few differences exist.

The Cost
If you are looking for high quality service on a tight budget, then satellite would probably be your best option. Popular satellite providers have current promotions that offer television service for as little as $19.99 a month. This package includes 33 channels such as Nickelodeon, the Food Channel, CBS Sports Network, and the Hallmark Movie Channel. Cable specials start at much higher prices, but they include at least 140 channels.

Availability
The best service for availability is satellite service. A person who lives in the United States can receive dish service anywhere in the country. Cable service is only available in areas that are closest to the service providers. Therefore, satellite service wins in this category.

Reliability
Cable and satellite television can both have some reliability challenges. Situations such as poor weather can destroy a satellite signal, but it can equally knock out a cable signal. In fact, cable service can frequently go out in areas that have heavy rains and winds. Furthermore, the quality of a person’s cable signal depends on the distance that person is from the provider’s station. The best way for you to gauge which type of service is best in this aspect is to speak with people in your area. Asks current customers about service outages and their overall opinion on the provider’s quality.

The Benefits
Cable companies offer some amazing packages for their customers. A new customer can purchase a cable package that includes television service, Internet service and phone service for less than $100 a month. Satellite companies are less generous. They do offer bundled packages, but not as frequently as cable providers offer them.

Deciding what is best for you includes looking at the whole picture before you choose. Comparison tools, company employees, friends and family members can help you with your choice. You should be sure to ask the prospective provider if it is offering you a contract or non-contact service. Also, you should inquire about early termination fees if you are not happy with the service.

“Desperate Housewives” Finale Makes for Distraught People

You have undoubtedly heard the phrase, “appointment television” referring to television shows in which people make it a point to watch at whatever appointed time that program is going to be aired.  These are shows that their fans cannot, and will not miss; “Hey Bob, can you make it to my son’s bar mitzvah on Sunday?”  “Sorry Steve I gotta watch {insert favorite show here}.”  That is appointment television, and yes, there are some people out there who will turn down, or reschedule events based upon when, and what time their favorite program comes on.

Well, yesterday, Sunday, the 13th of May, 2012, one such program exited ABC’s broadcasting schedule forever; and apparently has left many a viewer so distraught to where their lives have lost meaning.  That television show was, “Desperate Housewives.”  I myself have never watched an episode, though I have friends who absolutely loved it (at least the first season) and they did try and persuade me to give it a shot; but I held fast.

I have a television, and there is satellite service connected to it, which gives me access to more channels than I know what to do with.  I also have some shows that I like more than others, but there are none in which I must drop everything to watch.  I guess I am too cynical to become that invested in fictional characters and their fictional lives.  I have my own life, boring as it may be, which tends to keep me preoccupied with reality.

I realize that television can be, and is a form of escapism from the drudgery of our daily existence, but seriously when the ending of your favorite television show prompts you to take to your Twitter account and broadcast such messages as these:

“just watched the last episode of desperate housewives.. so.. what do i do with my life now?”  https://twitter.com/#!/emmamclean_x

“So that’s it. No more Desperate Housewives. I’m not unhappy or happy with the way it ended. Gutted it’s over.”  https://twitter.com/#!/gridon

“Desperate Housewives.. I cried. I religiously watched that show… I feel like I just lost a bunch of girl friends.”  https://twitter.com/#!/AlexisDiNatale

Then maybe, just maybe, you might have a problem.  Trust me, everything will be just fine, and the world will go on without “Desperate Housewives” and so can you.  Besides, you can bet that somewhere out there will be another television show you will be able to become too emotionally attached to, and then “Desperate Housewives” will simply be a faded memory.