Originally posted by Lee KWow. If they got rid of CBS, I would be pissed.
Cant you get ALL the local HD channels through satellite? PLUS all of the other available ones?
Is it just me or does cable have no real benefits over satellite?
You CAN NOT get any of the local HD channels over satellite because there simply is not enough bandwidth for even a small number of major U.S. markets. Echostar carries the east coast CBS HD feed, so I suppose technically one could state there is *1* local feed being carried in the ehtire nation. I'm not an Echostar customer but I think even on the west coast they just have the CBS east feed.
Cable has lots of benefits over satellite like more bandwidth (assuming you're on modern cable system), more bandwidth potential, no interruption to signal during heavy cloud cover, no fixed requirement to have a box and pay a feed for every connection, no wife acceptance factor, the ability to receive local emergency broadcast/severe weather alerts no matter how bad the weather is, etc. There are also lots of negatives that I won't rehash here.
I would gladly dump satellite and return to cable. As it stands I rarely watch SHO HD, HBO HD, and HDNet because I have no way to record them. I frequently watch the local HD broadcasts because I can record them with my HiPix. Sometimes I even switch to the digital but non-HD broadcasts to improve picture quality over the soft satellite signal (especially when stretched for my widescreen TV).
Satellite and cable can not compete equally IMHO. I think most people switch to satellite out of distaste with the local cable company but would be willing to switch back if their issues were addressed. (For sokme this is poor service, poor picture quality, or in my case lack of HD channels.)
There are pros and cons to both systems. Neither is perfect, especially when you factor in HD availbility and potential of HD availbility.