If you pay for cable or satellite TV, then you clearly take all your shows, sports games, and news stations seriously. Get your TV ready to go so you don’t miss a single episode or day of coverage.
Unlike cable’s early days when you could just hook your TV up to a coaxial outlet in your wall, cable requires a slightly more complex apparatus now. You need to connect a digital cable box (from your cable provider) to the wall outlet, and from there, you need a separate cable to connect the cable box to your TV.
Here are the three types of cords that work and what they do best:
- HDMI cable—Best picture quality
- Coaxial cable—Quickest setup
- S-Video cable or composite-video cable—Best for older TVs
If you want a more detailed walkthrough of cable installation using any of these different cords, hop over to our guide about installing cable yourself.
If you’ve never had cable but you’ve always wanted it, your move is the perfect time to start your cable subscription. There are a lot of cable providers to choose from, though, so it can be hard to determine which one is best.
To tell the difference between different providers and select the one that’s best for you, here’s what you should look for:
- Providers that service your new area
- Providers with good reviews
- Providers that your new neighbors like
- Providers that offer the channels you want
- Providers that offer the best prices
If you take all of these factors into account, you’ll be able to determine which cable provider is best for you. For more tips and a few provider recommendations, read our guide to choosing a cable provider.
When choosing a TV service, it can be hard to decide if satellite or cable is better.
It ultimately comes down to which providers offer service in your area and carry the channels you want, but we consider cable to be the better service generally. It’s a bit more reliable than satellite (which can be affected by weather), and you can often bundle it with your internet or phone service, thereby saving you money.
That said, satellite TV can be a bit cheaper.
If you want a more detailed comparison before you make a decision, read our guide to the differences between cable and satellite TV.
If the guides above leave you with some unanswered questions about cable and satellite TV, check out these other guides to find what you’re looking for: