Best Cable Companies and Satellite TV Providers in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug. 15, 2019, 8:17 p.m.
Finding a good deal on cable and satellite TV isn’t easy. Getting fair prices that last beyond an introductory period is surprisingly challenging, and it’s essential your service includes the channels and features you want. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cable companies and satellite TV providers in West Palm Beach to help get the service you need at an affordable cost.
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Premium channels available like HBO, Starz & Showtime
1401 Northpoint Pkwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
M-Sat: 9am - 9pm
3965 Investment Ln., Ste. A5
West Palm Beach, FL 33404
M-Sun: 8am - 9pm
1941 S. Military Trail, Ste. S2
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Serves residents in
West Palm Beach, FL 33404
M-F: 8:30am - 7pm
Sat: 9am - 2pm
1681 John F Kennedy Causeway
North Bay Village, FL 33141
M-Th: 7am - 11pm
F-Sat: 8am - 11pm
Serves residents in
West Palm Beach, FL
Serves residents in
West Palm Beach, FL
4621 James Rd.
Cocoa, FL 32926
Choosing a cable company or satellite TV provider in West Palm Beach
Even though there are only a handful of cable and satellite TV providers to choose from in West Palm Beach, there’s a practically endless amount of different packages and features to suit your needs. It’s important to consider what you’re looking for before committing to a contract.
If you like channel surfing, you’ll want an extensive satellite or cable TV package that includes many channels. If you only watch a handful of networks, you can focus on less expensive packages with fewer channels — just make sure the company offers the programs you enjoy watching. If you mostly watch movies, you need a service that provides premium movie channels, a video-on-demand library and pay-per-view options.
Compare additional features offered by companies as well. Most statellite and cable TV providers have DVR capability that allows you to record shows to watch later. Some companies offer apps that let you watch TV on the go with compatible smartphones and tablets.
To get the best deal possible, look into the option of bundling different services. Companies that offer television, internet and phone options provide discounts when you sign agreements for all services on the same contract.
Types of cable and satellite TV
While satellite and cable TV services in West Palm Beach have evolved over the years, most still offer key tiers of service.
Basic cable gives you access to local and national broadcast networks. These are generally the same channels you receive by using an antenna.
Extended basic packages add a few of the most popular pay channels, such as ESPN, CNN and MTV.
Premium packages include an extensive variety of channels and specialty networks, such as HISTORY, Syfy and Food Network. These packages may have channels like HBO and SHOWTIME, but you may have to pay a monthly fee to add them to your service.
Some companies also offer packages you can add to any service for an additional cost. These packages usually focus on a specific interest, such as a group of premium movie channels or DIRECTV’s NFL SUNDAY TICKET.
What is internet cable?
Internet-based television services are becoming increasingly popular — a recent study from the Pew Research Center showed that a whopping 61 percent of young adults watch their TV through online streaming sites like Hulu, Sling TV or Netflix. Only 59 percent of all adults say that cable is still their primary means of watching TV.
Despite the commonly used name, these services do not require physical connections and let you access television shows and movies through apps on compatible devices. The type of programming available varies. Some services, such as DIRECTVNOW, Sling TV and YouTube TV, offer live programming. Other companies, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, let users access a library of on-demand shows and movies.
Internet-based services generally offer monthly subscriptions without requiring a long-term commitment, but you must have an internet connection. Companies typically charge for more standalone internet service, however, and choosing a bundled internet and cable deal may cost less than paying for internet as well as internet-based television services.
Many cable and satellite TV providers in West Palm Beach include apps that let you watch TV on your smart devices, giving you both traditional and internet-based services in one package.
Cable vs. satellite TV
Your options for satellite or cable TV service in West Palm Bach vary depending on where you live. Cable companies have specific service areas, while satellite TV providers use a wireless signal with a broad geographic reach. Because satellite TV requires the company to install a southern-facing dish, West Palm Beach residents who rent apartments may not have a suitable installation location.
Cable TV generally has fewer channels and a higher cost per channel, although your total bill may be less expensive. Satellite TV has a wide range of channels and typically has better picture quality, but the signal may suffer from service interruptions and outages during cloudy or severe weather.
Recent innovations have closed the gap between the services, allowing cable companies to offer hundreds of different selections. Satellite TV reception is also less weather-sensitive than it has been, but both types of service still have advantages over the other.
It’s not as much of an issue in West Palm Beach as other locations, but satellite’s wireless signal makes it available nearly everywhere. If you’re in a rural location that isn’t in any cable company’s service area, you can count on satellite service for your entertainment.
How much does cable and satellite TV cost in West Palm Beach?
According to the FCC, the typical satellite or cable TV subscriber pays between $85 and $100 a month for service. Because of the options available, costs widely vary — a basic cable package in West Palm Beach typically runs between $25 and $30, while a premium package with movie channels and DVR can cost more than $150.
Making a direct cost comparison between satellite and cable TV can be tricky. Cable television is often bundled with internet service, so it’s more difficult to gauge price against standalone satellite service. A few things to keep in mind are:
Satellite costs more to install and often requires a 2-year contract. Installation can cost $110 to $250, depending on factors like where the dish must be installed. Since there’s a substantial amount of hardware involved, both DISH and DIRECTV require a long-term commitment.
Cable is easier to connect and often cheaper. Cable companies are also more likely to offer month-to-month contracts, which often makes cable TV a better option for casual viewers.
Satellite generally provides a better variety of national HD channels and content while cable tends to offer a greater variety of local HD channels.
Variety and channel selection ultimately depend on the provider. While there are a few general rules, there are always exceptions as well — in West Palm Beach, cable services from ATT’s U-verse cable service offers a more extensive variety of channels than the top satellite providers. Be sure to compare individual services before committing.
In general, you can expect an entry-level satellite package in West Palm Beach to cost $35 to $59 per month after covering installation costs, while cable can be bundled with internet for less than $100 each month. Be careful to read the fine print of your contract — some companies advertise contracts with low introductory rates that increase dramatically after a few months or a year.
Mediacom Cable focuses on bringing fiber optic speed and the best possible service to West Palm Beach neighborhoods. The company offers TV, phone and internet service and provides discounts for bundling. West Palm Beach reviews praise Mediacom’s technicians, variety and customer service, though some locals take issue with rising rates.
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