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Streaming, Satellite, and Cable...OH MY!

July 8, 2020



2020 has been an interesting year thus far and in-home entertainment has seen an uptick in usage since we've been staying home more often. So, if you are in the midst of a move, a very important necessity to inquire about before you arrive at your new home is: should you choose streaming services, satellite or cable? 


When it comes to entertainment, you now have a lot of choices with streaming services. This includes

  1. Streaming Services – using an HD Antenna, and streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+)

  2. Cable – some providers may carry local news channels and “pay” networks (like MTV, Food Network, and History) as well as paid movie channels

  3. Satellite – again, some local channels in specified areas, “pay” networks and movie channels as well.

If you are looking to shop between streaming, cable, and satellite options are available in your new town, it can be confusing. There are some key differences that would make it easier for you to decide in terms of which service is a better choice that’s right for you. While ONIT Concierge can help you find the best deal and lowest rates, we wanted to share some relevant information about both our Cable and Satellite partners that may help you learn more about what makes the most sense for you and your family.


Streaming Services: Generations of cable TV viewers have complained about paying for channels they didn’t want. And to make things worse, most consumers didn’t have a choice among providers in their neighborhoods. But, now choice, is the top priority when it comes to streaming shows, movies, podcasts, and music. At a fraction of the cost, consumers can now purchase specific plans that satisfy their in-home entertainment needs.


Cable TV: Contrary to popular belief, cable launched way back in 1948 in the United States. Over time, cable has become one of the most popular ways to consume TV. In fact, more than half of the American families and commercial organizations benefit from this service as of today.


Satellite TV: This technology can be traced back to 1962, and was actually developed to transmit satellite services from the US over to Japan. After decades of development, and inception of a recurring revenue model (by replicating the “cable” payor subscription), satellite saw a major boom in the 1980’s and 90’s with the inception of DISH and DirectTV. In the past 20+ years, both companies now have an enormous market share when it comes to customer base. Direct TV has a client base of approximately 19.2 million, whereas Dish Network has about 14.3 million customers using its satellite TV services. Another important thing to note here is that recent trends suggest that these satellite television service providers are becoming prominent by the day.


COMPARISON: Comparing streaming services to satellite and cable is difficult. It is its own beast due to it's low cost, seamless setup and easy of transfer during a move and so with that said, if you are interested in only streaming, we can provide the best deals in your town for your internet/streaming needs.


As for cable vs. satellite, both services offer almost the same number of channels. The only difference in channels could be that cable gives access to a variety of local channels which you may not get if you go for satellite . In the same way, satellite has much more to offer when it comes to international programs as opposed to the cable service.


In terms of price, satellite deals, start at a lower price and go up according on the packages you choose. Overall satellite deals are a lot better than those offered by cable providers. Cable subscription charges normally vary from one service provider to another. With so many service providers in your area, it can be a bit tricky to come to a specific conclusion. Be sure to connect with ONIT Concierge to see what plans make the most sense for your home. We want to help ease the stress of moving!


Call us today at (800) 610-2139.

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