Cable TV versus satellite television is an old rivalry that can be seen discussed on TV at all hours of the day. The comparison seems to end however when it comes to satellite internet and cable internet access. This seems strange as cable and satellite companies are pushing packaged services over anything else. So, which is the superior Internet service provider, cable or satellite? Here we will examine both and see if we can answer the question.
Cable modems allow Internet access through the same lines that over 60 million Americans now receive cable TV. The infrastructure is proven and sound and more importantly already paid for. The coaxial cable allows dual band transmission, one for uploads the other for downloads. Cable Internet offers about as much bandwidth as any consumer customer would ever need boasting downloads of up to 30Mbps and uploads passing 512Kbps in some areas.
Cable also offers a high degree of reliability as it has been in service in many markets for over a decade, and of course the cable companies date back to the early 1970′s. Generally 99% uptime can be expected.
Bundled together, cable TV and cable Internet will cost around $90.00 per month, or around $55.00 for Internet-only. This is comparable cheap for a broadband Internet service, with DSL being a slightly less expensive option in most areas.
Internet over satellite, or IoS Service, is the technology that provides Internet access via a low, geosynchronous orbiting satellite. This means that the static position of the satellite relative to Earth allows customers to maintain connections any time of day.
One serious drawback to satellite Internet access is signal latency. Every data packet sent and received must travel from the consumer’s computer, through the Internet, through a transmitter, into orbital space, then return. The round trip is around 45,000 miles, and can create a great deal of lag. Although satellite ISPs offer up to 1.5 Mbps downloads speeds, the average signal speeds are closer to 512Kbps. Add latency to this and you can see how the connection can be very slow compared to cable or DSL.
Satellite internet access is also far from affordable. The service typically costs around $50.00 to $120 per month. This doesn’t include the equipment investment which can cost around $300.00 to $600.00 or more, and this is most often an upfront cost. This additional cost does not bring any additional reliability. Many customers complain about slow or even no Internet access during inclement weather, and though these interruptions are generally brief they certainly don’t help justify the cost.
It appears as if there is no competition between cable and satellite Internet access. Cable is superior in performance and pricing, as well as reliability. If this is truly the case, then how can satellite companies intend on competing with cable Internet? The answer is they don’t. Satellite has one thing cable does not, and that is the ability to send access to any dish anywhere in the country. Rural America may for the first time have a broadband solution in satellite Internet.
If you can get cable, get it. If you can’t, then at least satellite provides you with a viable (but expensive) alternative to your old 56Kbps dial up Internet service.
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If you have a mail box, and most people do, you have undoubtedly received an advertisement for free satellite TV. This is not a misleading statement, in most cases. Most satellite TV providers offer free satellite TV, however, you should read the fine print. As you may have heard before, Nothing in life is free, and that still holds true but you can get free satellite TV, at least at first.
When you see an advertisement for free satellite TV, the carrier is most likely first talking about installation. When you sign up for satellite TV, a technician will come out to install your satellite dish absolutely free.
That means that you get to watch all the satellite TV you want for nothing up front. Thats what they mean by free satellite TV. Once the dish is installed, youre free to roam the many channels you can only receive with satellite TV.
The dish the technician will install is probably ten inches to a foot in circumference and can be placed on your roof or even in your yard. If you live in an apartment, or another type of rental unit, ask your landlord what their procedures are regarding the placement of satellite dishes. Some apartment complexes require an extra deposit if you wish to have a satellite installed for your apartment, so make sure you are within the rules of the complex.
Some carriers may also offer a month free on top of the free installation. They do this because many people are used to cable. When they think of TV, they automatically think of cable. They hear the horror stories regarding satellite TV, usually that they arent very reliable, which is for the most part untrue, and they fear getting rid of their cable only to feel regretful afterwards.
The satellite carriers offer free satellite TV to entice those who would normally not have thought about getting satellite TV. Sometimes, the carriers will provide free satellite TV for a certain length of time and will allow you to try out, just to see how you like it. If you dont, you can return the dish and the equipment and there is no obligation to sign up for service. This is a great way to see if satellite TV is for you and you should take advantage of it if you ever do run into a deal of this type.
For those with satellite TV, they love it and would get it even if it werent free. For those who have never had satellite and are curious, seek out a company that offers free satellite TV and try it out free of charge. If you like it, you can sign up and if you dont, you can turn it back in and you havent wasted a penny.
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The point to using a PC to TV scan converter is to be able to source PC video output from the desktop computer itself then deliver it via the PC to TV scan converter to a functional television set. Usually, before you opt for a PC to TV scan converter, you would opt for a basic PC to TV cable first to do the same thing as the PC to TV scan converter does (which is deliver that valuable PC video output to be displayed on the functional television set.)
You should always bear in mind that, regardless of which of these two options you choose, you shouldn’t expect that your TV set will display the same type of image clarity and resolution that you have come to expect from computer monitors. Yes, the TV set is bigger than your basic desktop computer monitor but the technology behind them is rather different which basically boils down to the fact that your TV set has less advanced image display technology than a computer monitor. Once you can accept this fact, you may be satisfied anyway with the fact that your TV can still be a pretty good alternative type of computer monitor and can show you video images like those from movies and PC games anyway.
Now when do you use a PC to TV scan converter and when do you use a basic PC to TV cable? The advantage with the latter (which is the more common choice of people techies and consumers alike) is that it is a fairly simple piece of electronic equipment. It falls under the term Plug and Play – which means you look for the video VGA port of the desktop PC and plug in your basic PC to TV cable. The other end of the PC to TV cable should then be linked to your functional TV set. With a few minor tweaking, you then have a fully functional PC to TV video display system and can start watching DVDs or playing video games using your TV set as a monitor. Its simple right?
A PC to TV scan converter, on the other hand, can be a bit more expensive than the above option, but you might be able to get a great deal for them at online direct merchants than real-world retailers. If you are relying on an external scan converter, this too is a Plug and Play option and will not require that you probe into the internal workings of your desktop PC (especially not the CPU which hold the brains and internal organs of your PC system.) This too requires just looking for that VGA cable that should be attached at one end to the PC and at the other end to the converter itself. You then link the converter to the TV unit.
A last bit of advice about PC to TV scan converters there are now wireless PC to TV scan converters which allow you to place your PC in your den maybe then the TV in the adjacent room. Once you start up the whole convoluted system, you find the wireless system gives you a bit more freedom than the Plug and Play version. But both are acceptable options for you.
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Are you confused with satellite choices? There is no doubt, that satellite is better than cable, and the choice comes down to Directv or Dish Network. Are you ready to find out which service is better? Are you ready to watch the exact selection, of the networks you so earnestly desire? Get ready to make the choice of a lifetime!
When it comes down to choosing between Directv or Dishnetwork, you need to focus on what you watch the most! Are you a sports fanatic? Are you a person that likes watching movies, with non-stop action? Do you want programming that is safe for your children? Do you like sexy movies?
Whatever your choice may be, Directv seems to be the sports dominator! If you cannot not live without sports, then Directv is the clear winner! Hands Down! Imagine watching the football game with crystal clear clarity! Picture what your friends will say, when you have Directv, and they come over every sunday!
One impressive point about Dish Network, is the “new” Dish Family! If you are concerned about, what influences your children, then Dish Network will bring “joy” and “fun” to your home. Just think, your children can watch all their favorite shows and you can rest assured, that they will not see any type of violence or bad language.
“Let’s face it, kids get curious and this will be one powerful way, you can control what goes into their minds and ears. This is the finest, in satellite tv control!”
The pricing for Directv or Dish Network is outstanding, considering the basic packages. You can go with the basic package and pay a small amount every month. Directv offers more, when it comes to sports, with NFL Sunday!
People get afraid of the prices, but when you look at what you really want, it is very easy. Look at how much people pay for cable! Do you want to pay for cheap cable and then six months later, watch as your spending money disappears! This is the satellite tv age, not the cable age.
As both companies get more competitve, you will see more deals and amazing rebates. Both Directv and Dish Network give free products and outstanding rebates. When you compare both networks you will see Directv is the winner! With all the deals, which ever you choose, it will only get better!
You will see a lot of Directv dishes, wherever you live and the reason is customer service! Even more of a reason, is Directv’s rebates! You get a free DVR after rebate and Tivo! The DVR allows you to record your favorite shows and movies, while Tivo gives you the ultimate control!
Tivo will automatically find and record programming that you request for later viewing. Imagine a search that can record the show by title, channel, actor, and keword! You can literally watch what you want when you like. Say good bye to the tape-based recorders and hello to watching a program that gives you the option of not recording reruns. Also, you do not have to reprogram every week. Directv gives you the dream and it is for your convenience.
People, the search is over and it is Directv! I love movies and I love being able to watch, what I want, when I want! Directv, combined with Tivo, is a miracle for the lover of movies and sports. You have the selections you want and the price is very affordable.
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The technology of television has changed over the years, from the days where black and white pictures were all you could get, to the new technologies of the present day, where sharper, clearer pictures are brought to your television screen. Just as televisions have changed, so have the methods of delivering programming to your home, from the simple antenna of the past to satellites today. Of these methods, direct satellite TV has caught on due to the small size of the dishes needed to intercept signals and because of the quality and variety of programming. If you’ve only used standard cable as an option in the past, there are some features of direct satellite TV that might cause you to consider a switch.
One of the biggest advantages to direct satellite TV is the quality of the picture, which can far surpass the quality found on standard cable. The reason for this is the digital reception of images and sounds which are then reconstructed by the receiver. With standard cable, an analogue signal is subject to interference and can break down along the way if wiring is bad. The difference between the two can be as dramatic as the difference between VCR quality video and DVD quality. For a direct satellite TV signal to be interrupted, generally the entire signal must be lost, which is a rare thing to happen.
One of the biggest selling points of direct satellite TV is the variety of channels offered, from educational to sports, and even channels that serve to provide music. Direct satellite TV often gives the customer well over 100 channels to choose from, which often appeals to the customer who wants to experience a wide variety of channels or has channels they want to see that their local cable provider does not show. Direct satellite TV is also at the forefront of the HDTV revolution, with many channels provided in high-definition television.
A more recent offering from the major direct satellite TV providers is the option to rent a digital video recorder (DVR) as part of the monthly service. This brings the convenience of recording and viewing television using a DVR into the household at a small monthly fee. This can often be much more affordable than the initial cost of purchasing a DVR, which can range from more than $200 to more than $700. This new angle on providing service has made watching direct satellite TV something that not only adds variety to the programming itself, but gives the consumer greater flexibility in when and how they watch television. With the emphasis on giving the customer the best of everything in watching television at prices that often match that of cable services, direct satellite TV is something that you may wish to consider giving a try.
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Have you ever wondered if it was possible to get satellite TV for PC?
Well, I have heard plenty of talk about Satellite TV for PC that perfectly turned your PC into a satellite TV for free. Growing up, I have always thought how amazing it would be to watch all of my favorite Satellite TV channels for free, but I used to think it was too good to be true so I ended up never wanting it or trying it.
However, recently I was talking to a relative of mine, Carl; he told me he found a website that was selling the satellite TV for PC service for a one time payment of $49.95. He was currently paying $90.00 or sometimes more per month for his Satellite TV service so he decided to try and give this a try.
To his surprise and mine (when he let me know) it was true! The best part of all there were no hidden fees and only a one time charge.
1. Spyware and Adware software was ran after installation and nothing was found on his PC after this program was installed.
2. There was no extra hardware required such has satellite dishes, TV cards, or paying for someone to come out and install your Dish.
3. It is 100% legal guaranteed. You are not breaking any laws whatsoever by buying this program to view these stations. The program makes sure the networks shown have given them permission to show their programs via the Satellite TVs network.
4. It truly was just a one time payment of only $49.95 for a lifetime subscription. I was very astounded that for only $50 you can view so many channels without a subscription.
Carl now can watch over 3000 channels for free with no extra payments required and canceled his monthly Satellite TV the next day.
Because Carl had a great experience and him being a family member was enough to convince me to by my own Satellite TV for my PC. I now have over 3000 Satellite channels that I can watch for free forever and watch them anywhere in the World. I love going to my local coffee shop and watching countless hours of TV. I am very hard to impress, but I was beyond doubt that the whole process worked and was so easy to set up.
If any of you are questioning whether or not to get Satellite TV for PC for yourself, I can only give you positive feedback on my experience with it and it has my 100% recommendation.
It makes a great gift also for the holidays which are right around the corner!
Id definitely consider Satellite TV to be at the top of my list for any movie, sports, news, or avid TV viewer. I mean, how sweet would it be for them to be able to simply sit in their computer chair and view entertainment from all over the world via their computer? The Satellite TV program will honestly be my gift to many of my relatives, aunts, and uncles this holiday season.
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