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Top 10 Things to Consider When You Buy Cable TV

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Before you buy cable TV, take a look at all the venues available on the market today. Cable is a traditional choice when considering television service, but there are other exciting options available too. Even if you walk away with a cable contract in your hand, knowing what the competition in your area has to offer may help you land a great deal for less than you expect.

10 Points to Ponder Before You Buy Cable TV Service

  1. Cable may be an economical choice for service, particularly now. Increased competition for your dollar with satellite services has dropped prices for cable service in some areas and increased the number of features available at the same cost, like free high definition programming.
  2. When you're pricing the cable options, evaluate bundled and special services. If your cable provider offers a free DVR with a two year contract, or a reduced rate on TV service if you use cable as your internet service provider, you'll save money and consolidate your bills at the end of the month.
  3. In some areas, you can receive basic telephone service through your cable company too. This is another way to bundle services through a single provider.
  4. Cable isn't the only player out there for good television service. Satellite providers have competitive packages, and you may even be able to get "cable" related television services through your phone company.
  5. Evaluate your entertainment needs carefully before you sign up. Depending on the cable service you use, you may be able to get lines run to all the televisions in your home at no extra charge.
  6. Using a DVR, either purchased separately or as part of your cable contract, will allow you to freeze live programming and watch one program while recording another that's playing at the same time. DVRs are changing the viewing habits of a whole generation of television fans. If you want a DVR with your cable service, make sure to get the straight scoop on what types of units are available through your cable provider and how much the additional rental (or purchase) and programming updates will cost. There are also third party DVRs available on the market. If you have one in mind, make sure it's compatible with cable service through your proposed provider.
  7. Some cable providers will match or offer additional benefits if they know you're shopping satellite service too.
  8. Traditional basic cable channels are now available on the internet. If you're interested in cable programming because you want access to a few specific channels, you may be able to view them free. You may have to wait a week or more for the latest shows, and you might also have to accept a smaller picture if you plan on viewing a show on your laptop, but free is a bargain worth considering.
  9. Over the air television is now digital, which means that you'll have a dynamic viewing experience on your flat screen using an antenna or using an old analog set outfitted with a converter box. If you live in a cosmopolitan area, you may be able to get quite a few channels absolutely free.
  10. If you buy cable TV, remember that cable service contracts can vary, even in a single service area. Signing a contract for a longer term may net you additional benefits, like premium channels, free equipment, or free installation. Do your homework to get the best deal.

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