Satellite TV is Making Cable Companies Run Scared
Satellite TV holds a great advantage over cable TV companies. Not only is picture and sound quality superior, but thereís more choice in what to watch. If you said to yourself Ďthereís nothing on TVí, switch to satellite. The differences couldnít be more obvious.
Cable quality vs. Satellite quality
With limited bandwidth that cable offers, itís no wonder quality is poor. First, cable wire comes from a hub transmission system somewhere near your home. At source, signal is passable, but by time it runs through your community, splitting to each house, signal has degraded. As cable is RF (radio frequency) based, it has converted from an audio/video signal (at source) to RF and then needs to re-convert back into audio/video for your television. Along way, anything broadcasting through air has tried to get into cable line and will appear as noise on your TV screen.
Unfortunately, we are our worst enemy as well. Look at your cables and splitters inside your house. Poor quality RG6 or RF cable can cause great loss of signal too. Turn on your TV and have someone bend your cable in half and watch for ghosting on your picture. If it is ghosting, you have unshielded cables! Replace them with something better like Monster Cable. RF cable has a tough time producing stereo sound too, so donít expect great audio. Another culprit of poor cable quality is cable splitter. Most splitters have just a positive and negative wire inside (itís a noise box). Throw it out and again replace with a good splitter (Monster Cable makes quality ones).
Satellite signals stay digital until receiver. That means better picture and audio. The picture can be 2-3 times better resolution from your cable picture. The sound from satellite receiver is true stereo and can be Dolby Digital surround depending on program you are watching. Plus there are many more channels to choose from.