Despite the growing trend to part with the TV, there is still no better way than a cable or satellite subscription to enjoy everything TV has to offer - from live sports and news to first-run shows and movies on demand. Among the many factors to consider are programming options, price, and customer service. Both satellite and cable television have distinct advantages and disadvantages, leaving some potential customers unsure which option best meets their needs. This article compares the two services side-by-side to help those who try to make informed decisions between them.Many of the LTE internet  providers are offering Live TV streaming but here we will be discussing Cable and Satelite TV.

Price

Satellite

In general, customers get more for their money with satellite TV. Satellite packages typically offer a more comprehensive selection of channels, and monthly fees are generally less expensive relative to the number of channels than cable. However, most satellite providers require a contract that makes it difficult for customers to change their minds if their financial or viewing needs change in the next year or two. Consumers should also watch for promotional rates that expire after a certain number of months, regardless of how long the contract runs. After the promotional period expires, the monthly cost will automatically increase, and early termination of the contract can be even more expensive. However, it is easier to decide on a service type and provider than to do so. Customers who subscribe are often loyal to their choice. Still, overall quality and satisfaction depend on different factors Another price consideration is equipment - satellite dishes and other equipment’s are usually more expensive to purchase or lease.

Cable TV

 Cable TV is usually costlier per month, but there are also more options without a contract.  Basic cable packages can get under $30 a month to get started. As more options and channels are added, the price increases. Some extensive cable packages can cost up to $100 per month. Prices depend on which providers are available in a particular geographic area and what technology is used. Cable providers also offer special prices that may expire after a certain period of time, but customers can take advantage of these deals without being locked into a contract that automatically increases after six months or a year. Furthermore, cable systems are often self-installed, and monthly rental fees are reasonable. Offers and promotions vary by location.

Contracts

Satellite

A subscription for satellite television is usually associated with a contract. Most contracts run for 12 to 24 months and often start with an introductory price that increases after the first six months, up to a year. Sometimes a credit check is also required. Satellite contracts sometimes include early termination fee provisions, so subscribers should be aware before terminating an agreement before the end of the term. Depending on the provider, additional offers such as sports, movies, or Spanish language packages may also be available for shorter contract terms.

 

Cable

Most cable providers offer month-to-month subscriptions, but certain offers are only available to customers who opt for a contract. Cable contracts typically run for one year and usually include a discounted rate or introductory price that increases after the contract expires. Customers can renegotiate their subscription by contacting their provider before the contract or initial period expires. Some cable services also offer limited-term add-on contracts, such as sports packages that last for the duration of a particular sports season.

Installation

Satellite

Satellite as far as installation and equipment are concerned, Satellite TV usually requires more hardware and higher costs. A satellite dish needs to be installed sideways or on the abonnements dome to receive a satellite signal and has an unimpeded view of the South Sky. At the same time, a subscriber can install his or her own satellite dish. According to Home Advisor, the average consumer spends about $170 on installation, although some companies offer special deals where this cost is greatly reduced or waived. Cable TV

CAA qualified engineers can faster and less risk install and set it up. The cost depends on the device and the location. When the consumer opts for a professional installation, cable TV can also require professional installation, but subscribers can set up their own cabling depending on the provider and location.  Users rarely purchase cable television equipment outright. Providers charge for a receiver and another machine such as a DVR or cable modem on a monthly basis. Er-device fees vary by service and location, but monthly rental costs are usually less than $10. Some cable operators offer discounts for additional boxes. Installation costs are usually charged per hour, and extra charges may apply if the house or area for cable service is established. Overall, the initial cost for cable television is generally less than for satellite television.