Difference Between Cable & Digital TV


Cable and digital TV offer two different ways to experience television, both of which have their advantages and disadvantages. Cable always requires an actual cable that attaches from the outside of the house to your television, but digital TV might only require antennae.


  • There are more channels on cable than on digital TV. Digital TV receives only basic channels such as ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS (among other local stations).

Picture Quality

  • Because of the government-mandated shift to digital broadcasting, picture quality is now just as good with digital antennae as it is with cable.


  • Digital TV is free, but cable costs a certain amount every month depending on the package you get and the cable provider. If you are not an avid TV watcher, there might not be any need to have cable.


  • Digital TV offers many free local channels in city areas, but rural areas do not have much local programming. If you want to get more information and entertainment, regardless of cost, cable is typically the best option.


  • Digital TV functions either by digital antennae or a converter box. If you don't have either, you won't be able to watch your TV. There are different packages of cable, too, from basic cable to premium. Premium offers more channels such as HBO, Showtime and Cinemax.

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