June 28, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Since I have both services, satellite for TV and cable for Internet, setting up the services inside the home has been fairly simple, taking the technicians usually no more than an hour to get me all set up. However, my nightmare starts with running cable through the house. If you're like me and live in a 50-year-old-plus home, you don't have the luxury of preinstalled cable wires as in newer homes. Since I have no attic and a very small crawl space under my house, satellite and cable companies refuse (for liability reasons) to send installation technicians under the house to run the wires, leaving me no choice but to have them run the maze of wires outside the entire perimeter of the house to each room. After a year of cringing at the unsightly cables and losing enough weight to fit myself under the house's crawl space, I decided to run the wires myself. After a weekend of dirt, spiders, and cable fishing, my cables are now out of sight--no thanks to the cable or satellite companies. So there's my story. Do you have a cable or satellite installation story to share? What about the services themselves; is one better than the other? Tell us what you've experienced. I know you have a lot to say about satellite vs. cable, but before you take on TalkBack to tell us what you've experienced, read editor Tom Merritt's article "Is satellite TV harder to install than cable?" and check out what others have to say about it. Maybe both services are equally as good, and it all boils down to cost. Tell us what you think.
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Satellite vs. Cable
Is it easier to get satellite or cable television installed? That's the question Tom Merritt posed in his latest Real Deal column, and several of you offered your stories as well as some simple tips on how to choose the right service for you.
DIY Satellite signals
A majority of you agreed that getting your satellite service installed was pretty painless, and the service made it well worth it. CNET member DAL takes it one step further by providing a step-by-step guide to installing satellite yourself.
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CNET member ChuckP77 has been a longtime satellite user, but trying to upgrade to HDTV-based service has posed some problems for him. While he praises the customer service, he's run into several hardware issues.
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Keeping the cable
When it comes to HDTV programming, CNET member RustySly is a big fan of his cable service. Upgrading to HDTV took little equipment and simple installation.
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Is satellite TV harder to install than cable? Got a cable or satellite install story to share? Tell us what you've experienced. Check out "Is satellite TV harder to install than cable?" Then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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