You’ve thought about satellite TV for a while now, but you’re not sure whether it’s the right move for you. There are some very cool things about satellite that include variety in TV packages, the ability to buy Internet access through the satellite provider, and the fact that you can buy the same service almost regardless of where you happen to live – so moving to a different part of the country (or going on an extended vacation) doesn’t mean the end of your favorite programming.
Still, satellite companies have their own issues, and they often try to sell you on the “more is better” concept. This isn’t always the best way to buy satellite services though. Here’s what you should keep in mind when considering a service provider.
Satellite service providers are really good at selling you on service packages that include 100+ channels, including movie channels, sports channels, and of course the usual cable channels. Now, it’s not like cable companies don’t do the same thing, but satellite providers almost always have more channel options than any cable provider.
It makes sense if you think about it. The satellite service provider can push channels from all over the world at a very low cost. Cable providers are much more constrained by supply and demand metrics. If there’s no Hispanic community, for example, a cable service provider won’t want to offer Hispanic-centered programming. On the other hand, the satellite service provider can include Hispanic-oriented programming without increasing the overall pricing of its packages.
This is where satellite providers try to sell you on the idea that “more is better.” But is it? Consider that you only have a limited number of hours in the day to watch TV. At some point, you literally run out of time.
So, in most cases, you’re only going to watch a small fraction of the channels you’re paying for. As channel variety increases, you become increasingly desensitized to the price you’re paying. When you have over 1,000 channels to choose from, it almost feels like you’re getting “free” TV, even when you’re paying $100 a month for service.
Assess Your Needs
Before you agree to any service package, sit down and assess your real need for TV. How much TV do you watch now? What channels do you enjoy, and are you willing to commit to watching more channels? Be honest with yourself.
In most cases, it just doesn’t make sense to inflate your TV watching habits just to justify a “good deal” from the satellite service provider. In fact, the service provider is hoping that you’ll take their special promotional offer, watch a few sports or movie channels, and ease into the idea that you must have all of these channels. The reality is you probably don’t.
Upload and Download Speeds For Internet
If satellite service providers only offered TV service, they would have a killer offer and compete very well with cable providers. But TV is only the tip of the iceberg. Most satellite service providers also offer Internet service. How does the service compare with traditional broadband? Well, if you sign up with a company like www.install-direct-tv.com, what you’ll find is that most of these providers can offer you up to 15Mbps download speeds. But download speeds aren’t the whole story.
Ask about upload speeds too. What you’ll find is that upload speeds pale in comparison. That’s OK if you don’t plan on doing a lot of gaming, but if you’re a gamer then you’re probably going to be a bit disappointed with the service. If, however, you’re like most people and you primarily use the Internet for surfing the web, checking email, and watching videos online, you should be fine with the speeds your provider offers.
Leona Powers is a technology enthusiast. She is keen to help people make the best decisions for their everyday technological needs.