Should you get satellite TV?

With all the talk about cord-cutting, it’s hard to remember that every day there are people who decide for the first time to get satellite TV. This articles for you folks, the ones who are just thinking about going from antenna or cable to a satellite TV experience. Is it right for you?

There was a time when satellite TV was quite a bit cheaper than cable, but that’s not always true today. You might find it more expensive compared to the “triple-play” rates you get through the cable company, but if you look at the real costs it’s not really as much more expensive as you thought. Yes, cable does give you those nice bundle rates, but they charge as much as $30 a month for a DVR and $15 a month for a receiver. The costs for satellite are lower and most of the extra fees are waived for the first two years, making the experience comparable in price to cable bundles.

When it comes to programming, satellite generally delivers more channels. Cable systems are dependent on fiber or copper to get programs to your home and that limits the number of channels available. DIRECTV’s channel capacity isn’t unlimited, that’s true, but it’s only really limited by the number of satellites in the sky. There is a firm limitation on the number of channels based on the frequencies in use but it’s much, much higher than cable.

The other common thing you hear is that satellite gives you a better picture and that happens to be true. Cable companies, even ones that use fiber optics, often compress their pictures to fit in less space because they have no choice. DIRECTV and DISH provide the consistently highest quality picture and sound, hands down, and again it’s because they have a lot more capacity to work with.

If you’re interested in something outside the norm, satellite really is the way to go. Both DIRECTV and DISH have compelling international packages with much more foreign language programming than cable companies could hope to provide. It’s not just Spanish either, there are packages for many different nationalities.

And then, there are those two terrifying words: rain fade. Cable companies love to talk about rain fade like it’s this awful thing that’s going to strike you down dead. Yes, let’s clear the air: when it rains hard you might lose picture and sound for a short while. Unless you live in a really bad weather area this is not going to happen more than once or twice a year if your dish is aimed right. The best part about rain fade, though, is that it fixes itself. Problems with cable TV require someone to drive out and fix a broken cable, and that usually means that cable-related outages last much longer than satellite outages.

Finally, there’s sports. DIRECTV specifically is the real leader in sports, and they’re the only ones who offer every single major league subscription sports. No one offers more regional sports networks and very soon DIRECTV will finally catch up in the streaming sports department as well.

At Solid Signal, we’re all about choice. Some folks like to go antenna only, others just enjoy streaming. Some want cable TV — and we respect that — but as DIRECTV and DISH dealers, of course we’re hoping that you’ll give satellite a chance. Give us a call at 877.312.4547 and we’ll get you all set up!