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  1. 1. ==== ====Do you like to watch Satellite Tv on your PC ? Here is the right Software ====With the move to Digital TV, right around the corner, many are making a decision regardingupgrading their TV service. The question now is what. Satellite or Cable. We here at DigitalLanding try and answer some common question for those ready to make the leapQ: What is satellite TV service? How much does it cost?Satellite TV service gets its TV signals from satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Because they stayin the same position relative to the earths surface at all times, once a satellite antenna (usually, adish of some kind) is properly aimed, it can be left as-is thereafter. Satellite signals are broadcastfrom a ground station to multiple satellites, which then broadcast those signals back to the earthacross huge expanses of territory. Anybody with a satellite dish (the antenna), plus the propersignal processing gear (a set-top box of some kind, usually called a satellite receiver, is requiredfor each TV set on which you want to watch the providers programming) that can "see" a satellitecan pick up the signal. A single antenna can feed multiple satellite receivers, but a physical cableis routed from the antenna to each receiver (inside the house, both cable and satellite TV requirecables for each TV set).Satellite providers control access to their networks by including special encryption and encoding intheir signals, and tightly controlling the equipment that can read and play back those signals, toprevent unauthorized users from tuning in and obtaining free TV service.Satellite TV service costs vary, primarily according to the channels that subscribers elect to payfor. That said, both DirecTV and Dish Network (the two primary satellite providers in NorthAmerica) offer basic packages for $20 to $25 per month. Add-on options for HDTV, sportschannels, movie channels, and so forth usually cost anywhere from $8 to $25 per month each (orcome in season-long subscriptions for sports such as NFL football, NBA basketball and so forth).Lots of bundles are available in the $30 to $55 a month range, but its easy to spend $100 a monthor more on satellite TV services, especially if you like sports or movies, or both.Dish Network offers equipment to subscribers at no charge, including DVR (digital video recording)or HDTV (high-definition television) receivers. DirecTV charges $99 for SDTV DVR receivers, and$299 for HDTV DVR receivers (check for rebates).Q: What is cable TV service? How much does it cost?Cable TV service basically entails running a physical broadband cable into your household,usually some kind of high-bandwidth coaxial cable (though some fiber-optic-based offerings arestarting to become available in some markets). Cable TV companies operate various types ofbroadcast equipment that essentially combine hundreds of analog and digital TV channels into asingle cable that can be decoded and interpreted when passed into the right kind of set-top box.Cable companies monitor the hardware attached to their networks very closely, and permit only
  2. 2. devices with known physical hardware addresses to access their signals. Though you can buyyour own cable equipment in some markets, you cant use that equipment until the provider readsits hardware address and enables it to work with their signals. As with satellite TV, a set-top box isgenerally required for each TV set on which you want to watch cable TV signals, and a physicalcable hook-up for each such box is also required. Most cable providers also have to ensure thatindividual hook-ups are "digital ready" before they can accommodate digital set-top boxes andHDTV signals.Basic cable TV costs are generally in the same league as basic satellite TV costs--again $20 to$25 a month--but cable TV providers are subject to local fees and taxes (satellite providers arenot), and you must generally rent set-top boxes from cable providers for anywhere from $3 amonth per device (more for those with digital, HDTV or DVR capabilities). In general, the cablecompany not only controls but also owns the equipment you use to watch their programming. So,basic cable generally costs anywhere from $5 to $10 a month more than satellite for similarservice, plus $3 a month and up for each set-top box you have installed. You can omit the set-topboxes on the additional TVs, but you will probably not be able to receive all the cable channels youpay for on those sets.Q: How do the costs for cable and satellite TV service compare?Most experts generally rule the cost equation slightly in favor of satellite, even when you have tobuy the equipment you use to receive (and sometimes, to record) TV, be it standard television orHDTV. Thats because the costs of renting cable equipment generally exceed those for buyingsatellite equipment over time, and because the regular monthly fees and taxes that get tackedonto cable TV charges also add to the overall cost. That confers only a slight edge, however, andshouldnt be the only factor involved in your selection.Q: How do costs of equipment purchase compare to rental costs?When satellite providers offer equipment at no charge, they generally require at least a one-yearsubscription commitment or a contract of similar duration. When they charge for the equipment, itusually costs anywhere from $49 for a basic standard TV set-top box, to as much as $299 for aset-top box that can record HDTV signals.Cable operators generally charge $3 per set-top box per month ($36 a year) for basic standard TVdevices, and up to $10 a month ($120 per year) for set-top boxes that can record HDTV signals. Ifyou stay with either provider longer than two or three years, the satellite service costs come outsomewhat lower than the cable service costs because youll typically pay off that equipmentsomewhere in the second or third year of ownership, as compared with cable TV costs. But suchequipment generally needs to be replaced every five to seven years (if not more often for realequipment aficionados), so equipment costs do continue to factor into the overall burden for eithertype of service.Q: What kinds of equipment are required for cable service? For satellite service?For both services, each TV set on which you want to watch provider programming requires a set-top box of some kind, which may or may not include any or all of the following: analog TV signals(satellite is all-digital, so this applies only to cable), digital TV signals, HDTV signals, plus digitalvideo recording for standard TV (less expensive, more hours of TV recording per device) andHDTV (more expensive, less hours of TV recording per device). Note that all HDTV programmingis digital, and an increasing number of standard television channels are also digital; the FCC
  3. 3. mandates that all U.S. TV broadcasts will be digital by February 9, 2009.Q: What are the primary differences between cable and satellite TV services?Thats tough to say, because the hundreds of cable TV providers that exist all have somewhatdifferent offerings, and because even the offerings from the two primary satellite providers alsodiffer substantially. Conventional wisdom is that satellite TV offers more and better for-a-fee sportsand entertainment packages, and a broader selection of HDTV channels, while cable TV offersmore and better local stations (they will often rebroadcast all of the OTA channels in a viewingarea on cable, and usually operate one or more stations of their own including news, weather, andpublic access programming).Look closely at the stations included in their packages, and weigh the importance of the availabilityof local channels when choosing between the two offerings.Q: How many channels are typical for cable offerings? For satellite offerings?Basic satellite offerings typically include 40 to 50 channels, and premium offerings usually include140 to as many as 250 channels. Cable offerings typically include at least 20 basic channels, andanother 50-60 standard channels, with as many as 200-300 more channels available in family,lifestyle, news and entertainment bundles, plus additional channels for HDTV, movies, sports andmore.Q: What offerings differentiate cable and satellite services? What kinds of advantages result oneach side?Satellite usually takes the edge when it comes to entertainment (movies, live concert simulcasts,and special programming) and sports (especially for "season pass" offerings for all games insports such as football, basketball, hockey and NASCAR). Cable takes the edge in on-demandprogramming because the providers equipment infrastructure makes it easy to deliver rebroadcastof free and for-a-fee programming on demand, and to deliver pay-per-view services for moviesand other premium programming.Q: What kinds of bundled services are available from cable providers? Satellite providers? Whoelse gets involved?When it comes to channel lineups, both satellite and cable providers apparently compete on thesame playing field. Both offer all kinds of family channels, lifestyle channels, sport channels, newschannels, movie channels and HDTV packages. Generally, cable takes the edge on local channelofferings and on-demand services, and satellite takes the edge on sports and movie packages, aswell as for high-ticket pay-per-view and entertainment offerings.These days, both cable and satellite providers offer bundles of a different kind as well. Cablecompanies invented the so-called "triple play" terminology, wherein they deliver television,telephone and Internet access to households on a single bill, usually at a discount from individualitems on this list. Satellite companies will gladly provide the same combinations to their customers,though they must usually partner up with communications carriers for Internet and telephoneservices. You can get a true "triple play" from cable companies such as Time Warner or Cox, forexample. If you turn to Dish Network or DirecTV for triple play, a company such as AT&T orSprint/Nextel is also likely to be involved in delivering those services to you.Q: Do satellite or cable providers require service contracts or commitments?Sometimes. Satellite companies require commitments, and cable companies sometimes do. If you
  4. 4. are simply signing up for cable TV, you most likely will not need to sign a contract. But if youbundle another service into the deal, such as phone or Internet hookup, then the company willlikely have you sign a contract.However, even for satellite where a commitment is required, youcan often talk your way out of contractual commitments if you can make a substantial case thatyoure not getting the services you paid for, or you have legitimate reasons to be profoundlydissatisfied with those services.Q: What happens to the provider equipment when you cancel your service?Generally, you will be held responsible for the safe return of equipment in situations where theprovider has furnished you with set-top boxes, remote controls, and so forth that it owns and youdo not. That usually means you must return the equipment to them yourself, or pay for a servicecall to have their field service personnel come and pick the equipment up at your house.Otherwise, you will receive a bill from the provider for that equipment, and it generally includesenough zeroes to command serious attention and swift action (Authors note: I moved recently andhad to return the equipment from the old house, although I stayed with the same provider. Thirtydays after the move, a bill for $700 for a digital and an analog set-top box and remotes showed up,and spurred immediate action to avoid potential credit problems that might have otherwiseresulted).Q: How does service availability differ for cable and satellite? What effects does this have on myTV signal?The biggest difference between cable and satellite is availability. Cable is available only inneighborhoods where the provider can run a cable into your home. Satellite is available anywhereyou can put an antenna that can "see" one of the satellite providers satellites in orbit (this doesrequire a line of sight to that satellite). In most metro areas, cable is a viable option and worthcomparing to satellite. In most rural areas, satellite is the only option, because cable isntavailable.Whether you set up your satellite dish in an urban, suburban or rural setting, a clear line of site tothe satellite from the dish is an absolute must. In some cases, trees or other buildings maypartially obscure that line of sight, and will have a negative effect on signal quality. That can beparticularly vexing when the weather gets bad, and high winds move trees into the line of sightwhen theyre not ordinarily a problem. Be sure to get the dish situated with the clearest possibleline of sight to the satellite, to minimize the effects of weather or obstructions, occasional orotherwise.Q: How do high-definition TV (HDTV) offerings from satellite and cable providers compare? Whosgot the edge?For both types of providers, you must usually obtain HD-capable set-top boxes to permit you toview HDTV signals in the first place. This will usually add to your recurring monthly equipmentcosts (cable or satellite) or equivalent purchase costs (satellite). Then, you must sign up for one ormore HDTV packages so you will have some HD programming to watch. From both types ofproviders, you can sign up for various types of HD programming (basic HDTV package, HDmovies, HD sports, on-demand or pay-per-view HD programming). Generally, most cable stationstop out on HD channels somewhere between 80 and 120 stations; both major satellite providersoffer 140 HD stations or more. Note that these stations are split among various channel packages,so there will be extra fees to obtain most or all of them). Therefore, satellite has the HD edge rightnow.
  5. 5. Q: How does installation compare for cable versus satellite?When it comes to cable, installation generally comes as part of initial account set-up. The cablecompany generally sends an installer out to make sure the cable is hooked up and workingproperly at all outlets when you establish your account. Generally, there is no extra charge for thatservice. You can return to a local cable provider office to swap out equipment after the initial set-up.Satellite can be a different matter. Though most account set-ups have an option for professionalinstallation, charges can be associated with that service. Still, it is strongly recommended to haveantennas, cables and set-top boxes professionally installed, charges or not. Sometimes, satelliteproviders waive installation fees as part of promotional campaigns, or in return for longer-termaccount commitments. Check the terms and conditions carefully, and ask about installation andset-up as part of your overall background research before making any account commitments. Ifanything, installation is even more important for satellite than for cable; proper antenna positioningand aiming is key to obtaining the best possible signal.Q: How do service and support compare for satellite vs. cable? Which of the two experiencesmore outages?According to JD Power and Associates, satellite customers consistently rank both major satelliteproviders as among the best of all companies when it comes to service and support. Cableproviders fare worse, typically receiving grades in the fair to poor range from the majority ofcustomers. Also, cable operators report outage rates of 3 percent nationwide, while satelliteproviders report outage rates of less than 1 percent. Most experts agree that satellite beats cablewhen it comes to customer support and service and in terms of overall uptime and availability.Q: Does digital TV matter more for cable or satellite service?Because satellite TV is all digital, and cable can deliver both digital and analog TV across itsbroadband infrastructure, you might say that digital TV matters more for satellite. Also, FCCrequirements that all broadcast signals be digital by February 9, 2009, dont apply to cablebecause cable signals arent broadcast over the air in a conventional sense. Most cablecompanies are converting aggressively anyway because of the higher quality and easiermanageability of digital as opposed to analog technologies. Because HD is digital by definition andmost of the growth and innovation is occurring in this area, the marketplace is driving cablecompanies to be as capable and competitive in digital programming as the satellite companies.Q: How does local channel access compare for satellite versus cable?Normally, cable companies make arrangements with all local broadcast television stations to carrytheir signals on cable wherever they offer cable services to their customers. Local access onsatellite varies to a great extent, so that you can expect access to local channels in mostmetropolitan areas, but station availability in rural areas will depend on what stations are active inthe broadcast area, and whether or not the satellite company has made arrangements to pick upand include the signal feed from those stations in the satellite feed available through your antenna.Often, local channel access will be same for both systems; in some cases, cable may carry moreor all of the local channels, whereas satellite may carry only a few or some of those samechannels.Q: What does it cost to add sets for cable TV service? For satellite TV service?
  6. 6. Most cable TV service offerings add an additional charge for each set-top box you use, andadditional costs apply for digital signals (including for HDTV channels) and for DVR capability.Costs start at $3 a month or so for set-top boxes, and go up as you add features and digitalsupport. Most satellite TV service offerings include up to four hook-ups in the basic service cost.Often, thats because you must purchase your own set-top boxes and/or DVRs (see question #2).Q: What if I want to use a digital video recorder with cable service? With satellite service?Generally, you can either rent a DVR from your cable provider or purchase a standard or HDTVDVR from a third-party company such as TiVo. Purchasing can be expensive: Standard TV TiVomodels start at approximately $300 and HDTV models at roughly $800 and also come withmonthly service commitments.With satellite service, you can often buy your own DVR right from the provider instead of going toa third party. Third-party offerings such as TiVo are also available at the same prices as their cablecounterparts. Given the relatively high cost of such equipment, its often less costly to rent ratherthan buy in this case.Q: Overall, which type of service has the edge: cable or satellite?Because of more and better HDTV offerings, more sports and interesting entertainment offerings,and a better record for service and support, most experts give an edge to satellite over cable. Butfor those to whom "triple-play" packages (TV, phone, and Internet service) are appealing, or forwhom access to local channels or on-demand services is important, cable pulls ahead of satellite.Both will certainly do the job, and neither has an absolute edge over the other.You deserve to get the most out of your services, whether its high-speed Internet, phone, cable,or HDTV. Digital Landing is here to help, making it easy to find out everything you need to knowabout digital services for your home.Article Source: ====Do you like to watch Satellite Tv on your PC ? Here is the right Software ====