Choices: Cox Cable TV vs Satellite TV
Cox Cable TV vs Satellite TV is something you might be looking up if you are in the market for a new TV company. Cox Communications was founded in 1962, with markets primarily in the southern states such as Florida, Louisiana, and even Southern California. So how do they fare when pitted against Satellite TV providers?
Comparing Cox Cable TV vs Satellite TV
What Does Cox Cable Offer?
Cox Cable offers premium cable packages starting as low as $24.99 a month. Their top tier package includes over 330 channels, and all packages include access to HD television channels. Not bad. As a Comcast customer, I’m more than a little irked to pay extra for a special HD box to do that.
Like Comcast, Cox Cable has an On DEMAND feature for free with their subscriptions. Cox On DEMAND works almost exactly like Comcast’s On Demand, with access to a vast media library — some free, some not — as well as network shows available for viewing the day after they air. They also have a free zone which hosts an array of free kids shows, reality TV, concerts, music videos, and more. It’s definitely not a bad feature to have.
Cox Cable also offers wireless phone service, Home Security, High Speed Internet, and landline Home Phone service, all of which can be bundled together in numerous combinations for one easy bill payment per month. One of the more popular bundles at the moment includes Cable Internet and Cable TV service starting at $99.99 a month for the first 24 months, at which point it jumps back up to about $120 a month. Their bundles page also gives you the option to create your own bundle to suit your needs.
What Does Satellite TV Offer?
Satellite TV, such as through Dish Network, has one up on all other TV providers, and that is their ability to be installed and used anywhere. Cable TV doesn’t have this advantage. Both DirecTV and Dish Network offer around 280 channels on their premium packages, and are known for having crisper, more vivid image quality than Cable TV can offer. It also helps that they have a broader selection of HD channels, which is almost a must in this day and age for anyone spending that kind of cash on TV.
DirecTV’s topmost package is about $9o a month and includes “premium” channels, such as HBO, STARZ, and ShowTime, but keep in mind, this doesn’t include Internet. Dish Network is cheaper, with their premium package at under $45 per month, although HBO, Showtime, etc. are not included in this package. Since Satellite Internet is mediocre at best with its limited bandwidth, high latency, and bad monthly data caps, I wouldn’t recommend looking into bundled packages.
What Do the Reviews Say?
Reviews seem to be mixed in the debate of Cox Cable TV vs Satellite TV. A number of people have been displeased with the rising monthly costs of Cox and have switched to DirecTV once they were swayed by the cheap introductory packages. Many of those same people, however, regretted their decision when they realized just how much more they were going to be paying when that introductory promotion price ran out.
Dish Network is more likely to come out even in terms of price. However, it would seem that Dish Network is attempting to become more of a budget Satellite TV service. While this is great for customers’ pocketbooks, it’s not so great for their TV experience. Cheaper equipment means more problems and outages affected by weather and poor satellite alignment, and worse, customer support, when those problems occur.
Cox Cable is commonly referred to as a sister company of Comcast, although the two aren’t affiliated. (Though Cox Cable does seem to license the usage of some terms from Comcast, but they aren’t the first to do this.) The two are often compared thanks to similar terminology (On DEMAND vs. On Demand), their similar prices, and customer service. Seeing as Comcast isn’t exactly known for its stellar customer service, take that as you will. Then again, DirecTV and Dish Network aren’t faring any better in that regard, either.
And the Winner Is…
Both! Depending on what you’re looking for in your TV experience, the Cox TV vs Satellite TV question might already be answered. If you’re searching for more affordable prices, TV and Internet services bundled together, and less downtime, stick with Cox. If you’re more concerned with picture quality or having access in remote areas of the country, Satellite TV might be your better bet. Also, double check your area’s channel lineup when searching for a provider. No service is going to be great if you aren’t even getting the channels and shows you want to watch.
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