As opposed to cable I'm sure they have more station options but what about
repair? Can the dish be positioned where the "elements" can't get to it and
what about repair costs?
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They often have more stations, like 23 golf stations in 8 languages.
They often (but not always) do not have local programming. They are
designed to handle the "elements" so that is not a problem, but they must be
placed where they can see the part of the sky where the source is and they
may be effected by bad weather.
All in all, they are not bad, but I am sticking to cable.
You will I am sure get lots of answers.
Comes down to
Need a box in each room to watch different channels
weather can effected
Mount low enough so you can get to it. Try to place so snow will not collect
Local stations not available everywhere cost about 5 bucks more/month
Cable is very competitive as far as cost
Watch out for all the 150 channel claims! Usually 20 or so are music and 10
might be PPV as well as 5 selling you stuff like QVC and HSN!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Roseb441702) wrote in message
What repair did you have in mind?
There is no need to shelter the dish. It's designe to handle the
elements. Do you wear outshoes to protect your rain boots?
I have a big screen TV. The picture quality with cable just plain
sucks. It looks like bad program from 1960. The picture quality from
satelite is comparable to DVD. And you don't have to buy the whole
package to get the very last one program you want to watch.
The only draw back is that you need one receiver for every single TV
set in your household, unless you want play the same program on all
the sets. But most dealers give you additional receiver for free.
Don't forget you have to pay $5 plus for every other TV you have to hook up.
I think this is a rip-off. With cable TV you can hook up as many TV's as you
want. My reception on cable is excellent. I also have cable internet that
just smokes. I get download speeds between 350 and 425.
Our cable system does not have to have a box, unless you subscribe to
digital cable. I subscribe to regular cable and can have as many TV sets
hooked up as I want. I get 70 channels and there's no way I can watch them
all. I get a $10 discount on cable internet since I subscribe. My total bill
with internet and TV run $52 a month. My reception here in ILL is crystal
There's no way I would drop it and go to satellite TV.
That's probably an older system.Newer cable systems encrypt all the
channels so that unauthorized people cannot tap into it,allows for pay-per-
view,can be turned on/off remotely,or new channel packages enabled,not
requiring a visit from the 'cable guy',and it also allows them to 'rent'
extra cable boxes for additional revenue.
Only 70 channels indicates an older system,too.
There's no correlation between scrambling all the channels and new
It depends entirely on how paranoid the cable company is. They were doing
in it southern california in the mid 80's. They've yet to do it most
It is not an older cable system. Our system is a fiber optic system. To
get more than 70 channels I have to go to a digital subscription, and pay a
lot more. Why do I need more channels when I can't watch all that I am
getting now? I get 3 PBS stations and all the sports channels and I do not
need a cable box to get them all and can connect as many sets up as I want.
Not mine,formerly Time-Warner,now called BrightHouse.They have total
scrambled system;no decoder box(addressable),no cable,period.
Not according to the industry cable magazines I subscribed to as part of my
job.Extra cable boxes were said to be very profitable rentals.Authorizing
them these days does not require much labor,no home visit.(just as pay-per-
It cost money to purchase, warehouse, prepare, repair, deploy,
and if one comes back unrepairable, and also the cost of authorizing
it. If anything, the satellite providers are profiting, as they aren't
taking a loss on hardware, the customer.
FWIW, until last year, Canadian satellite providers had no fees for
extra receivers on an account, and the fees they instituted last year
are one fee for all additional receivers, which is waived or reduced
if you subscribe to a premuim package.
They buy those boxes in large volumes,and the monthly rental fees pay for
them quickly.'Authorizing' a box is simple;type it's code number into the
terminal software program and it's done.It's done the same way Direct TV
boxes are done,through the cable signal.Look at how the Direct TV systems
are virtually given away with a subscription for an example of low cost.
This is from cable industry magazines I subscribed to when working for
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