Make Your Cable Work for You

There is nothing quite like plopping down on the couch after a long day at work or school and unwinding while watching some TV. There are a few main options when it comes to television providers including satellite, cable and streaming.

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Keep reading to find out the benefits of each type of television provider to determine which one meets your television needs the best.

Satellite

Satellite television is a very common way of receiving quality picture television and sound. There a lot of programming offerings on satellite TV including channels dedicated to sports, movies, music, comedy, news and more. Satellite TV also gives access to many different radio stations dedicated to all different types of music including dance, rock, classical, kid’s, talk, top 40 hits and more. Subscription based satellite providers allow for viewers to access many premium channels with high definition picture, quality sound and the latest in program offerings. Satellite can also allow for the viewer to record the programming that they want if they are not available to watch it while it airs, or use time shifting program to watch the program when it airs at a later time. Satellite is a popular option in rural areas where cable is not available. The most popular satellite providers in the US are DISH and DIRECTV. They offer 300 channels, the latest programs and movies, recording capabilities and HD picture.

Cable

Cable television is a very popular way of getting the programming that you want. There are different types of cable packages available to meet different needs and price points. Basic cable networks are usually transmitted without any encryption meaning that anyone who is connected to the cable system can get the channel. Premium cable networks refer to ones that encrypt their signal making it so that only subscribers can access the content. Some of the most popular premium cable networks in the United States include HBO, Disney Channel, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz. These premium networks need to be paid for via a subscription in order to be viewed. Many of these networks will offer a free trial or preview period that allows non premium cable subscribers to access this content for a limited time. Many cable networks will now allow for viewers to pick and choose many of the channels that they receive allowing them access to certain sports networks, home living channels, movie channels and more. Cable television allows customers to pay monthly for their bill based upon the package that they have chosen. Cable TV is always changing the programs and features it offers in order to stay competitive. There are many different cable providers including Time Warner Cable, XFINITY, Comcast and more.

Streaming

Streaming has quickly become one of the most popular ways to view new television shows and movies. Streaming has a lot of built in advantages. One of the main advantages of streaming is that it can be viewed on many different devices. A person does not have to just rely on their TV to watch their favorite programming because they can also watch it on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. This can make video streaming portable and convenient. Streaming also allows viewers to pause, rewind and fast-forward programming. If you are looking to get into a new show but are a few seasons behind, don’t worry.  Streaming often gives you access to past seasons of shows so that you can get caught up. There are many different streaming companies to choose from including Netflix, Sling Television, HULU, Amazon Instant Video, Starz and more. Streaming offers lots of programming options at your demand. The content is constantly being updated to include not only new seasons of your favorite shows but classics as well.  You will be able to search their growing video library which includes direct to video releases, entire television series, documentaries, children’s programming, movies and more. Streaming is also an affordable option compared to cable and satellite, with most streaming networks costing under $20 a month.

There are many different TV providers to choose from. Make sure to do your research of each provider to determine which one is the best fit for your TV viewing needs. Compare prices, subscription terms, set-up fees, program offerings and contracts of each provider to feel confident that you are getting the best value for your dollar.

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