Cable TV operators offer a wide range of services, from basic cable to premium service, with add-on packages like high definition and sports and entertainment channels. Many cable operators allow users to bundle cable with other services, like Internet and telephone, for a better overall value. Other costs that must be taken into account are digital cable converters and recorders, which may or may not be included in package prices.
Typical pricing and costs of cable TV operators can be difficult to calculate, since some geographic areas may have only one or two cable service operators and others may have several. Keep in mind, therefore, that cable TV services and their accompanying fees vary depending on the cable providers serving your area and the packages they offer.
When calculating pricing and costs of cable TV operators, consider the following:
1. Investigate different package prices available for cable service.
2. Consider the pricing of cable bundles that include additional services.
3. Factor in costs for a cable converter and other cable service add-ons.
Browse service packages from a range of cable operatorsSeveral national cable operators offer a range of comparable packages that can help you get an idea of the pricing of cable TV services. Because your local area may have different national, regional or local cable providers, the specific package prices will vary by location.
Save on additional services by bundling with cable service operatorsMany cable service operators also offer Internet and telephone services and promote bundling services, which can save you money. Prices on cable TV service bundles, like prices on cable packages, vary by location, as does the availability of bundle packages.
Budget for peripheral costs that aren't included in cable television operators' standard feesSome TVs (older models of cathode-ray tube televisions) require a digital-to-analog converter box to receive cable service. Your cable service operator may include a cable converter box in the cost of service, but if you have to purchase a converter be aware that you should expect to pay between $40 and $75 to purchase one from a retailer. Since many cable packages also offer services like digital recording, you may also need to factor the cost of a digital recording device into the overall pricing of cable service if one is not provided.
- The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 makes a provision for individuals to receive a $40 coupon from the US government applicable toward a digital-to-analog converter box. Customers are limited to one coupon per box, and some restrictions may be applied by manufacturers as to which models a coupon is good towards. Check with your cable service operator for more information about the transition.