Screening Your TV Options

By June Kim

Programming and extras. Cable and satellite customers see virtually the same programming options, says Adi Kashore, a senior analyst at Yankee Group. That may change over time, but for now, the key differences are in the bells and whistles available. For example, sports fanatics and those interested in international programming might choose satellite services for their special packages that have a richer range of offerings than a local cable company could provide, Heim says.

Digital cable also offers video-on-demand and other extras that satellite cannot, as well as data and voice services. Often these bundles of video, high-speed Internet access, and voice services save consumers money as well as giving them the convenience of a single bill. Cable also provides better local programming than satellite services, experts

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