Satellite TV vs Cable TV - What's Better for Your Sports Bar TV System?

Whether you own a sports bar, pub, or restaurant, TV service is one thing you want to get right. Navigating the ocean of TV service providers and the sea of bar TV systems can make your sports bar setup more complicated than you’d like. One of the main dilemmas you might face is the choice of satellite vs. cable. Is cable better than satellite? Both choices have advantages and drawbacks based on the nature of the service and the needs of your business. We conduct a satellite vs. cable TV comparison to help you make the smart choice.

Satellite TV: Universal Availability

As its name suggests, satellite TV transmits programming using satellites orbiting the Earth. The signals are delivered to an outdoor satellite dish or antenna installed on the roof of the building. Satellite TV service providers can provide service anywhere to a south-facing dish receiver. If your sports bar is located in a remote or rural area, satellite TV service may be the only option available.

While satellite TV wins over cable in terms of availability and average pricing, it comes with some drawbacks. Wind, rain, snow and other weather conditions can disrupt the signal, resulting in choppy programming or an outright loss of service for an indeterminate period of time. In many cases, your provider won’t be able to restore service until the unfavorable weather subsides. Satellite TV contracts also tend to be longer than those of cable, and bundle options with internet and phone aren’t as readily available. Of course, this varies based on the provider.

Cable TV: Reliable Service

Cable TV delivers programming by sending either (1) radio signals through coaxial cables (COAX) or (2) light pulses through fiber-optic cables. Cable pub TV systems provide a consistent, reliable signal that is generally unaffected by weather. Installation is quick and easy, and contracts are often flexible and scalable to accommodate your restaurant TV needs. While standalone cable TV plans are, on average, slightly more expensive than satellite, you can easily save money by bundling it with internet and/or phone. Service interruptions can usually be fixed quickly, especially if you choose a reliable provider like Cable ONE Business.

Despite its many advantages over satellite, one possible drawback of cable TV is that it may not be available to customers in remote or rural areas. If your bar or restaurant is out of the network provider’s service area, satellite may be your only choice.

Sports Bar Multiple TV Setup

Most bars and restaurants have multiple TVs positioned throughout the establishment. Both cable and satellite TV services provide multiple TV control systems to accommodate your needs. However, some satellite TV providers may charge more for additional control boxes. Both cable and satellite offer HD programming options and digital music solutions to create an enticing atmosphere for customers.

If you have the choice of cable vs satellite, it’s best to compare both the features you need and the reliability of each provider. With trained professionals on call 24/7, Cable ONE Business is dedicated to helping your establishment run smoothly.

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