Cable TV vs. Satellite TV
[From a discussion I recently engaged.]
Q: What are the pros and cons of cable versus satellite in terms of cost, features, and quality of service?
Television’s Best Deal (CC: dsasso.)
A: This isn’t for everyone, but here is the deal I am on right now:
$14/mo for Netflix $12/mo for DSL
This lets me watch a few movies each week, and when I really want to watch TV I can download the “Daily Show” with the commercials already edited out from BitTorrent. Since adopting this plan I have gotten more into the “shopping for my own food and cooking it myself” channel, the “tidying up and arranging my own apartment” channel, the low-key reality show “can dannyman take care of these flowers” and some call-in shows featuring friends and family. I’m considering some plus packages like “my new pet” and maybe “learn a musical instrument” but I haven’t even gotten in to the last one I tried: “Mandarin Chinese”
One of the big drawbacks to this approach is that there’s not much of a channel guide to help me keep track of all the possibilities, and good luck finding a universal remote! On the other hand, the commercials are pretty rare and innocuous, so you don’t need a DVR.