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Digital cable on other hand can support over 300 channels of programming of digital quality. Digital Cable has more local channels available in most major cities. Most cable companies now offer Video on Demand (a library of movies and TV shows that you can order at your leisure). HDTV services are becoming more popular amongst cable companies now and not just thru satellite TV as in past.
Difference of Equipment:
Satellite equipment typically includes a satellite dish that is installed outside home that is visible to everyone. A satellite receiver is also essential per TV. Most satellite receivers today also come with a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) which cable company has not yet been able to offer as of now. Most satellite companies run specials on free installation and equipment when you agree to a 12 month contract.
Digital cable also requires one receiver per TV but that is all equipment needed. Should you disconnect your service receivers will be turned into cable company where as with Satellite TV you own dish.
In closing: In end prices are comparable but it depends on which system will best suit your television needs and what you are more comfortable with. Both Digital TV and Satellite TV both have their disadvantages and advantages, you make call!
Jim Teler is a avid budgeter who strongly believes that satellite TV is a savings over cable for most households in America. In addition to raising his two children with his wife, Jim also does freelance writing for websites, including those who sell Dish Network systems like www.bestsatellitetvsystem.com.