Cable television delivers television programs to subscribers via radio frequency signals transmitted through coaxial cables or light pulses through fiber-optic cables. A cable TV pack usually comes with a cable box and remote, and a technician is needed to install the junction box into your home. Cable TVs are available only in areas close to network providers and usually unavailable in remote or rural areas. Subscription is monthly however, bundle services re usually available where one can pay for up to three or six months.
Satellite television delivers programming via communications satellites and is received by an outdoor antenna, usually a parabolic reflector called a satellite dish. Satellite Tvs usually come with a dish and a box. Much like the cable TV, a technician is needed to install the dish on the roof and subscription is usually done yearly. Satellite TVs are more expensive that cable TVs.
Cable and satellite television operate over very different technological platforms and require different equipment. These material dissimilarities also make for differences in the coverage both services provide, although prices and the content consumers receive.
While you may even get the same channels and content, the way information reaches your television is very different between satellite and cable technology. Satellite data signals are transmitted from powerful antennas to satellites orbiting in space and then down to personal satellite dishes in the homes of consumers who contract the service. Cable television, on the other hand, is transmitted through coaxial cables from the service provider to coaxial outlets in the homes of cable TV viewers.
Satellite television is accessible from any location with a clear view of the southern sky (or the northern sky if installed in the southern hemisphere) and room for a satellite dish. Conversely, cable television requires that a home or office be connected to a coaxial cable network, making cable television inaccessible in many rural and sparsely populated areas.
Finally, Cable television's network, however, is insulated from weather conditions, while satellite television can experience interruptions or loss of signal strength due to storms or cloud cover.