Yes,fiber systems use fewer amplifiers in the distribution chain,whcih
means less added noise,hence a better signal/noise ratio.Also,fiber is
immune to many external noise sources common to pure metallic cable
Even a loose or corroded F-connector can add significant noise to a cable
system.It's one of the most common problems.
Well,with an ordinary NTSC TV(not hi-definition),even a digital cable
source has to be converted BACK into NTSC video modulated on CH3/4 to be
displayed on a TV,unless you go thru the S-video inputs,which many TV's do
not have.And then you are limited to the max resolution that NTSC can
provide.So,it's entirely possible for him to have 'crystal clear' analog
signals;his system does a good job on signal/noise ratio.Since he says its
a fiber system,that's very probable.
The bottom line here is that everyone considering satellite vs. cable has to
look at what is available in their own local area. Every geographic area is
different. Where I am its a no-brainer to use satellite. Similar
programming (with local channels, an extra set-top box is at least $5
cheaper per month than is the cable service. The only two reasons not to do
satellite are 1. Local sports team fans have to have cable to get the cable
feed of those teams games
2. You don't want to ruin the line of your abode by a dish sticking out from
your chimney or roof or whatever.
The funky thing is that I have also subscribed to basic cable TV service but
told them not to hook it up. That little deal ends saving me another $3 on
my cable internet bill.
You've got to look at what's available in your area. Take advanatage of the
best deal for you. Don;t pay attention to people comparing non digital
cable pictures todigital satellite pictures. That's just apples and oranges
and not fair.
The weather concerns stated here come in to forms
1: Very TALL clouds (not all rain or snow clouds necessarily) will knock out
your picture from anywhere between a few sends to a few minutes depending on
how fast the cloud is moving. Out of 100 storms I've had here only 3-5 of
them come with tall enough clouds to knowck out the picture and then only
for a few minutes at most.
2. Snow. If the dish is placed in a place that it will collect snow, if
enough falls on the right parts of the dish, you'll suffer some or complete
signal loss. I've taken a broom to my dish one or twice each winter.
Different areas of the CONUS have different satellite signal strength
levels.I belive 'just clouds' knocking out the signal is fairly rare.
Rain fade is very possible,though.Snowstorm would be worse,I suspect.
The snow-in-dish problem is why someone created a system to mount the dish
indoors,looking out a window.
Seems like you still could get snow/ice buildup even with a cover,although
the vertical angle of the dish and it's shallow parabola would seem to
preclude it filling with snow.
A cover would also increase the wind loading.
I have cable internet AND a dish. I looked at scrapping the dish when I got
broadband, but it just didn't make sense -- I pay $36 a month (tax included)
for A LOT more channels than even digital cable at $50/month.
Cable is a pretty vague term! What you get for cable may not even be close
to what I get. Some cable companies give crappy reception and very limited
We have digital cable in our area and it competes well with satellite. I am
on cable now, have had Dish Network also. Dish had a couple more channels,
but no local/network in our area. I get internet off cable also, so there
can be pros and cons for each depending on your area.
One consideration with satellite, if you are in an area that gets heavy rain
often, you may loose signal 'till the rain lets up.
As far as protecting the dish, there is no need to! It is designed to be
email@example.com (Roseb441702) wrote in
I've had a Direct TV system for about 5 years without any problems. We
moved, decided to switch to DishNetwork and had it for 3 years. Also
with no problems. The dishes hold up pretty well. We had a hail storm
with quite a bit of damage, enough to re-roof a 3 year old house. The
dish withstood it and still worked well. I think in the total of 8 years
of having a dish, we only experienced a few outages. Storms didn't seem
to affect it.
As far as repair, if something does get dammaged, I'm sure you can find a
replacement dish at a garage sale or even on e-bay pretty cheap.
This is assuming you are looking at the 13 inch dish systems. I think
the full size dishes are still around but not as popular.
As far as what is better, cable or a dish, check to see what is available
with the cable in your area and compare it to the programming / pricing
of a dish. We just switched to cable because of the internet service.
We only got a handful of channels without upgrading to digital service.
With digital, the minimum cost was over 50/month with a $8.00 box rental
fee. Most of the local and analog stations on cable were fuzzy. I was
able to pick up a better signal with my antenna that I used when I had a
dish. I saved $10.00 off of the Internet service, but what's the use if
you end up watching TV off of the Antenna instead. Several phone calls
to the cable company ended up with "As long as the digital is coming
through clear, we can't do anything about the analog channels." We ended
up canceling the Television part of Cable and keeping the internet. It
wasn't worth it. DishNetwork and Direct TV start at about 35.00 a month
Also ask your neighbors if they have cable and if they are happy with it.
Just because I had a bad cable experience doesn't mean all cable
companies provide bad service.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Roseb441702) wrote in message
In the dish itself, there is very little to go wrong. The dish is
painted metal, and the only electronics is the LNB which is the part
that sticks out. Those are the items that actually pick up the signal
and send them to your box. It's pretty simple to install and align,
so don't be afraid about that. In fact, when I moved, I was able to
align the dish without a compass!
These things are solid state, and I would be surprised if you ever had
a box that went bad. It's all digital, however, as with cable, you
can have a lousy digital picture because of the amount of compression
used on a particular channel. I think DirecTV changes the amount of
compression on each channel based on how popular it is.
If you're into sports, DirecTV offers the NFL package, which enables
you to watch EVERY NFL game played. It's a football fan's paradise.
From what I understand, they're offering a few more options this year
with the NFL package as well.
You don't necessarily need a box in each room. You can split the
video signal AFTER it exits the box, and run it to each room if you
want. Obviously, the same picture would be on each TV, but think
about how you are going to use it. For example, do you have a TV in
your bedroom that's only used when you're going to bed? Well, maybe
you don't need a separate box for that one. You can buy a wireless
remote control extender which allows you to use your remote in that
room, even though the box is located elsewhere. Some boxes also have
RF remotes which allow you to use it throughout the house.
DirecTV also offers additiona HDTV channels, if you ever get into
that. If you haven't experienced HDTV, go to your local outlet and
have them put on the PBS Demo loop, HDNET, or the HD-Discovery
Channel. You'll be blown away.
Yes, the dish is affected by weather occasionally, but in my
experience, only when there's a massive downpour do I lose signal.
Usually in a minute or two the signal is back up. I would have to go
through monsoon after monsoon to add up to the time I was down the two
years I rented cable, that's for sure. Something breaks with your
cable, and you're down a week or two waiting for their crews to come
out to check the line, plus you have to be home!!!
Hope this helps. Obviously I'm biased towards a dish, but I think
it's an objective comparision since I've had both. I don't work for
any of the companies, so I'm not biased there.
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