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What you Need to Know Before Buying a Satellite System

Buying a television system can be a complicated business these days, and you need to consider all the options that are available before making your final decision.

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You should write a checklist of things you need to consider before you make the purchase. Your list should contain all of these items, and maybe more, depending on your personal circumstances.
  1. Check that you can get line of sight to a satellite. Your local professional satellite installers will be able to help you with this, but if you want to do it yourself, then most of the larger companies can tell you the elevation and azimuth of the best satellite and you can work out the approximate alignment from your property.
  2. Check out the channel selection that you want, and what is offered by the satellite TV provider. Generally speaking, satellite TV providers offer the largest selection of channels, but if you only watch a few channels, and you can obtain them at a lower cost on another system, then you may be paying for something you don't need.
  3. Compare the total cost of the installation and the monthly charges of satellite TV, cable TV, and terrestrial TV over a given time - maybe three years. This will give you a clear picture of the comparative costs of the three systems. However, you may have to factor in the differences of the systems - for instance, cable TV may not give you the channel selection you need.
  4. Consider other services that can be delivered on the same system. For instance, cable TV often offers telephony, broadband access, and other services, satellite TV may also offer broadband. Look at whether you are likely to need these services, comparative costs and - most importantly - the relative quality of the services.
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