Let’s admit it, we’re a nation of TV addicts. Pretty much every one of us watches TV every day – and with the improved quality of transmission, plus the extraordinary number of channels we can receive, the choice of cable TV or satellite TV service we make is crucial.
When you’re choosing satellite TV providers the first thing you need to be concerned with is budget. There’s no point in buying the best, most expensive package (you can pay a couple of hundred pounds or dollars for a top package every month) if you’re not going to be able to make the payments. So start by setting yourself a budget.
Now comes the hard part. Budget in hand, it’s time to trawl the various satellite TV providers’ offerings and see which ones make your viewing mouth water.
Be aware that some providers offer certain channels in HD, while others don’t – so in other words, you could have your favourite shows in high definition if you go with supplier a but if you choose supplier b instead you may end up having to settle for those channels in normal quality. Also, of course, there are satellite channels that are proprietary to the company supplying you with the signal – so think about whether proprietary programming from a given satellite TV provider is something you can’t do without.
The type of subscription that you select dictates the type of satellite decoder you receive – and you can also find some pretty good deals for viewing equipment as well. If you’re looking to drag your viewing experience into the future, then shopping around to see if you can get cut prices on new TV sets at the same time as hooking your home up to your new satellite service can be a very good idea.
It’s not just the viewing equipment that could entice you into a more wide ranging entertainment choice, either. Plenty of satellite TV providers are now delivering full communications packages, offering you phone and internet as well.
The advantages to getting all of your communications through your satellite TV provider are twofold, based in cost and end user experience. The convenience of having a single monthly bill for everything is pretty obvious – and you’ll probably save money too, by consolidating your service provision into that one payment. If your three communications services come from three different suppliers, you end up paying the hidden charges (the extra cost in each bill that goes towards general maintenance of that company’s transmission equipment, for example) three times over.
The second advantage is all about convenience. The three services – TV, phone and internet – are all delivered using identical technology. Which means, when you have all three coming to you from the same satellite TV provider, that the ways in which you consume that technology change. A triple play package gets your TV talking to your phone and your internet talking to both of them.
So if you fancy enjoying not just satellite TV stations, but all your streamed online content on a new HDTV, then shopping for the right satellite TV package is crucial. Make sure you take the time to compare packages before signing yourself in to one.