Do you want to know an interesting fun fact? Most modern people watching TV have no idea how are they getting loads of shows and programs delivered to their TVs: via cable or satellite TV.
But that’s kind of obvious: why would they care? As long as they are getting their share of daily entertainment, everybody is happy right?
However, it would be wise to get familiar with the major differences between cable and satellite TV in order to get yourself the best viewing experience possible.
So what’s the difference between satellite and cable TV after all? You probably think that the difference lies in the receiving signal, but that’s not the case. For starters, it’s important to understand that cable TV is basically a company that provides your regional area with TV shows and programs. Such companies have their own offices with equipment and various receiving antennas.
Let’s see how do such companies provide you with TV shows and programs step by step:
- All the signals such companies receive are transmitted through a special station;
- The station then releases the analog signal with arranged TV channels;
- The digital signal from satellite antennas turns into the analog signal;
- The signal is then transmitted along the wires into houses (you’ve probably seen such wires between the house);
- In the houses, each staircase is equipped with the so-called coupling units that are connected to customers.
So in short: there is no significant difference between the signal from satellite and cable TV. The only difference is that cable TV antennas can be located a few miles away and are delivered to customers via wires.
The drawback of cable TV is that various electromagnetic noises affect the coaxial cable due to large distances, while the signal sometimes fades out due to wave resistance, which is why it has to be amplified.
Let’s repeat the same thing in plain English: it all negatively affects the viewing experience, because the signal’s quality is poorer. However, there are also houses that are capable of receiving not just cable signal but also digital signal and the number of such houses increases by the year.
The quality of the digital signal is significantly better than the cable one, but you gotta pay for it more. Sounds quite reasonable, right? But here’s the rub: your TV must have a digital tuner in order to receive the digital signal.
As for individual satellite antenna, the digital signal is transmitted without any transformations and delays straight to the satellite receiver, where it is decoded and sent straight to the TVs.
Now, can it be said that satellite TV is better than cable TV? Well, it’s not that simple, but there are many indications that indeed it is better. Due to the relatively short length of the cable as well as the high-frequency signal, which is pretty much not subject to any noises, you get the maximum pleasure from the viewing experience on your TV.
So if you want to watch all the Bills games on TV in the highest possible quality and enjoy every second of it: hook up with a reliable company that provides satellite TV services.
So let’s summarize: unlike cable TV, satellite TV does not require any intermediary things like cables, amplifiers, coupling units and other equipment that reduces the quality of viewing experience.