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How do costs compare between cable and satellite?
While channels and features are important, the bottom line is often the deciding factor in a programming provider. How much are you going to pay each month?

While the costs of programming with satellite providers is often slightly lower, that isn't the only cost. Often you need to purchase equipment in order to use the service. However, there are often rebates for standard equipment that can make it all but free. In addition, the satellite providers are increasingly expanding options for leasing equipment like their cable counterparts. Of course, there is usually at least a one year commitment to the service, unlike cable which let's you cancel at any time.

Cable programming pricing is sometimes a bit higher, but the equipment rental is included in the cost. This makes for an easy way to get into a multichannel provider with little upfront cost. Over time, though, that extra cost can be more than buying equipment with a satellite provider. The advantage, though, is the cable company is responsible for the upkeep of these devices, so, if it fails, you get a new box. Also, when technology changes, you often get the latest gear.

All these factors will play a role in the cost of TV service, so be sure to consider them when choosing a provider.

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