Cable VS satellite Internet

Cable vs. Satellite TV Service | In-depth Comparison
January 11, 2023 – 07:14 am
Cable vs
DISH Time Warner Cable
Number of US States where Service is Offered 50 29
Cost of Installation Free with two-year agreement $50 + $19.99/cable box in select locations*
High Definition Channels 200+ 100+
On Demand Titles 15, 000+ 18, 000+
Contract Duration 2 years**
Number of US States where Service is Offered
Cost of Installation
Free with two-year agreement
High Definition Channels
On Demand Titles
15, 000+
Contract Duration
2 years**
Number of US States where Service is Offered
Cost of Installation
$50 + $19.99/cable box in select locations*
High Definition Channels
On Demand Titles
18, 000+
Contract Duration

Cable vs. Satellite TV: Which is Better?

If both cable TV and satellite TV are available in your neighborhood, congratulations: you have the luxury of choosing between two great options. Of course, that means you do have to choose, and often the differences between cable television and satellite television service get downright confusing. Plus, depending on your needs, one may be a better option than the other.
We’ve broken down the best of the two per category, so whether price is top priority or it’s all about the customer support, we’ve got you covered.

High Definition


High definition is where it’s at. You didn’t stand in line for twelve hours on Black Friday to score a discounted 60” UHD 4K TV set just to watch some fuzzy reruns of Friends. You have standards: high definition standards.
Satellite generally has a better selection of national HD channels, while cable has a better selection of local HD programming, so if you want the best channels in the best quality, go with satellite.
Some HD channels are usually included in even the very basic package offerings. However, desirable movie channels like HBO and Showtime are typically included in more expensive service bundles or are offered as an extra. When you call to set up satellite TV service, see if you can wrangle in some HD movie channels along with your bundle.



Cable television requires wiring inside the house from a wireless router to the set-top boxes adjacent to the television sets. Cable also requires a wired connection that begins at a trunk line in a neighborhood (within a mile of a subscriber’s home) and goes into a connection point to your home, typically a small exterior box. The bottom line is this: if you have cable, no one can tell.
With satellite, however, your home will need a dish attached to the roof or side of your home. While dishes can be positioned unobtrusively, they’re still somewhat unsightly. And, because they’re exposed to the elements, you can bet they’re much more likely to be damaged in poor weather (or from a stray baseball).

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King KING VQ4500 Tailgater Portable/Roof Mountable Satellite TV Antenna (for use with DISH)
Automotive Parts and Accessories (King)
  • Portable satellite TV antenna for DISH service. Sign up for pay-as-you-go or add to your home DISH service
  • Use as either portable antenna or roof mounted (mounting feet included)
  • Supports multiple TV viewing
  • Fully automatic satellite acquisition
  • Powered through receiver with no separate remote or power source
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