Why Choose Comcast over Satellite?

Apr 10, 2013 cable tv, clear satellite signal, comcast, 0 Comments

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which is better, Cable TV or Satellite TV? These are age-old questions which have stumped even the most brilliant of couch potatoes.

While the answer to the first question may get lost in the cyber void and remains a mystery. The answer to the second question for many — is Comcast Cable.


In terms of reception, not to be confused with quality, Comcast cable seems to be the more reliable choice. Let’s face it. When a strong winter storm comes rolling in, there’s really nothing better to do than sit around and watch TV. Unfortunately, you can’t necessarily do that if you have Satellite TV.

Strong winds and heavy rainclouds, lightning and thunder are not conducive to a clear satellite signal, if you are getting one at all. Weather can play a large part in your television reception. Cable TV, on the other hand, is run through wires that will consistently send you a clear signal, and only catastrophic failure such as a downed line will interrupt your TV viewing.

Installation Availability

Not everyone is a homeowner, and even if you are, many homeowners associations have regulations on what can and cannot be attached to your home. Many people live in apartments or town homes and in most of those, cable is the only option, as there is no way for you to secure a satellite receiver. Further on that, if you happen to be surrounded by trees, mountains or large buildings, a dish installation really would not be practical as it needs a clear line of sight to receive a signal.

Comcast installation, on the other hand, is exceptionally easy and is not dependent upon physical surroundings. A simple phone call, in many cases, can get an installer at your door within 24-48 hours. It only takes a few minutes of your time, as they verify equipment operation, and then leave you to enjoy your favorite shows.

Comcast Cost vs. Satellite TV Cost

In terms of cost, the installation of basic Cable TV programming can be much less expensive, and is generally completed in about half the time of it’s satellite counterpart. When it comes to the digital programming and higher end channels, it may be a bit more expensive per month, but it’s reliability tips the scales. Summer time may be fine, but what happens when the weather turns? How many storms are going to interfere with the big games, or that premier episode you’ve been waiting for? Why pay for something you can’t watch because of the weather?

Less Is More

Satellite TV may offer more channels than most people can conceivably watch, however, they may not offer you any local channels. It may be easy to find the weather in London, England, but is it going to rain or shine right where you live?

If you have the low end package and you want to find out about the fire downtown, you are going to have to turn on the radio because none of your stations will cover the local news. Many satellite providers have limited channel packages and, frequently, if you want local channels you are forced into buying their higher end package or getting an HD antenna.

Whereas the low-end cable packages typically start with the local channels, then increase their price as they add more of the premium and international channels into the package.


At it’s very worst, Cable TV needs the occasional quick adjustment. This generally amounts to squeezing behind the entertainment center and tightening the wire onto the cable box or having the head office run a line check.

Satellite TV, on the other hand, can be a bit more demanding, especially in the winter. One of the problems with Satellite TV, as previously mentioned, is the discontinuity of service. A stiff wind can knock a dish out of place, impairing your TV reception. Most dishes are on the roof, and unless you plan to miss the last few plays of the next big game, you’ll be up on the roof with it, shimmying it back into place. Do you really want to be on your roof during a storm? If your dish is on the ground, you need to keep landscaping and large objects from impairing the line of sight.

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Ultimately, the answer lies somewhere in the realm of convenience. Even couch potatoes deserve a good provider and Comcast XFINITY TV is one of the best out there. Satellite TV actually does make much more sense for a lot of people, especially those in rural areas or interested in certain packages that Comcast doesn’t have.

Enter your street address in the form on the top-right of this page to see if Cocmast is offered in your area. You can also check our Deals page to see what current deals you can get on XFINITY TV, or Satellite TV, or any other digital services in your area.

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A lost Canadian that woke up one morning and found herself in the U.S. with a husband, child and a mortgage. April is a gear head and a geek that loves tinkering with cars and computers; but strangely the two never meet as she likes to keep her 1940 Oldsmobile in its all original state and her computer updated and running sweet.

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