There's a lot of debate over whether satellite
television providers or cable television providers offer
superior service, value, and program selection. But when
you compare cable television with a satellite television
provider like Dish Network, there really is no
comparison. Dish Network is able to offer more
programming in more different areas than cable
television, and all of it with the high quality of a
completely digital signal.
example, Dish Network Offers programming packages
starting at about $20 while cable packages start at
around $70. Dish Network can also deliver well over 200
channels, while cable providers top out at around 100.
Dish Network can deliver special seasonal sports
subscriptions like MLB Extra Innings, ESPN Gameday, NHL
on the Ice, and NBA League Pass, while cable just
provides your local sports programming. Dish Network
also lets you hook up extra televisions for no
additional charge while cable bills you at upwards of an
extra $5 per television. Dish Network offers free
equipment upgrades to help you get a digital video
recorder or HDTV. Cable doesn't bother.
how is Dish Network able to deliver so much more while
charging so much less money? The answer is simple: Dish
Network doesn't rely on cables to deliver it's
programming. Dish Network's digital television signals
are sent from a broadcasting station on the Earth's
surface up to satellites orbiting 25,000 miles above the
equator. The satellites bounce the signals back to the
Earth where they can be picked up by anyone who has a
satellite dish and receiver capable of decoding them.
The electromagnetic waves that carry the signals are
essentially free and don't have any inherent limit on
the amount of data they can carry. Cables on the other
hand cost money to buy and install, and will always be
limited in the amount of data they can carry. In other
words, while cable companies struggle to improve their
infrastructure to meet the constantly growing demand for
more data intensive TV technology, Dish Network can
simply concentrate on finding better ways to deliver
that technology to it's customers.
Another advantage that Dish Network has is that it
operates on a greater scale. Most cable companies are
local affairs which means that each company operates in
a limited area with limited customers. Those limited
customers have to bear the brunt of all of the costs
associated with running the business. Dish Network on
the other hand is a nationwide company that spreads it's
administrative costs out over it's 12 million customers.
This means that Dish Network costs less to run for each
customer than cable and the savings can be passed on to
the customers and used to improve programming and
technology. Also because of the fact that Dish Network's
satellites are broadcasting their signals everywhere,
there's no limit on the number of people who can sign up
for the service. All you need to get Dish Network
service is a place where you can set up a dish and aim
it at a patch of sky to the south. But if you want cable
TV service and you're too far out of town, you're simply
out of luck.
give credit where credit is due, cable providers are
trying to catch up, but considering the disadvantages of
their technology and their business model they're simply
too far behind. Satellite TV companies like Dish Network
will continue to move forward in meeting the high
demands of television enthusiasts everywhere.
W. King writes articles for
consumers who want to find the best Dish Network offers
currently available. She has written for many major
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