The days of satellite dishes the size of your car are long gone but do the newer, smaller dishes have the same advantages over digital cable? The answer might surprise you.
By Craig Friesen
December 31, 1969
When satellite dishes were introduced they opened up a whole new world of television viewing. People readily exchanged their digital cable descrambler for the new satellite receivers. In the years since then digital cable providers have scrambled to catch up. Should you exchange your dish and receiver for a digital cable box?
When is a Digital Cable Descrambler Not Enough?
When it comes to features, there is very little that satellite television can do that digital cable can not. In fact most digital cable providers would make the case that their digital cable box service is far superior to major satellite providers.
You might want to hang on to your dish and receiver for a while yet, however. One of the distinct advantages of satellite television over digital cable is availability. If you live too far from a city you may not be able to hook up with a digital cable company. A digital cable descrambler needs the cable, of course, which is not available at many camping or trailer parks.
Advantages to a Digital Cable Box
To become and remain competitive over satellite television providers, digital cable companies have a list of features in their favor. The following list may not be exactly the same as digital cable box providers in your community but it is probably quite similar:
About the Author
- Service is likely the biggest advantage of digital cable over satellite television.
- Program options are at least equal to satellite television.
- Possibility of additional features such as high speed Internet service.
- Recording television programs is more convenient with digital cable than with satellite.
- One digital cable descrambler can usually provide service to multiple television sets in the same building.
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.
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