Dish Network vs. Cable TV: Which One is Better?ReceptionDish Network has good reception if there are no obstructions, like trees or buildings blocking the signal to the dish. At times, even a slight movement of your dish may affect the signal. However, a properly installed dish with decent exposure towards the southern part of the sky will rarely lose its signal. Cable TV is very unlikely to lose reception, except when the whole network goes out, or when your cable lines are detached from your home.CostsAlthough all the packages for cable TV will be different with respect to pricing, a basic package will cost you around $30 each month. In general, Dish Network television provides you with almost 200 channels, which equals the average premium package of cable TV, at a price equal to the basic cable TV package.AvailabilityYou will be able to access cable TV only inside the coverage areas of your cable company, which does not include rural areas. On the other hand, Dish TV service can be installed anywhere irrespective of your location. The only caveat is that you must have a clear view of the southern sky. Value for MoneyWhile satellite & cable often provide similar types of channels, the channels you receive with basic satellite TV can be compared to those you get with premium cable service. As a result, Dish TV offers better value for your money.International ChannelsCable provides only a few international channels, while Dish Network service lets you view almost any international channel that your dish is able to pick up. InstallationTo set up a cable TV system, you need an expert. In case you want any additional cable boxes, apart from a basic cable installation, you must lease those extra cable boxes as well as remotes from your cable company.Dish Network requires you to install a dish at the side or roof of your home. Installation of your dish, DVR/receivers, and wiring is done by a professional installer and is absolutely free of charge in up to 5 rooms of your home.Contracts The majority of the cable service companies provide users with month to month contract. As a result, you are able to cancel your service any time you want. With satellite companies, you are required to sign up for a plan which may last up to a year. But considering the overall value for the money, satellite TV is preferred by most users.Dish Network’s HistoryHere’s a bit of history about Dish Network from the Wikipedia website. A mere 10 years old, this company has more than 34.000 employees, and has launched 9 Echostar satellites in that same amount of time.Dish Network (branded as "Dish") is an American direct-broadcast satellite service provider. The company provides satellite television, satellite internet, audio programming, and interactive television services to commercial and residential customers in the United States. As of November 2013, the company provided services to over fourteen million subscribers and has approximately 34,000 employees (with more than 25,000 employees located within the United States). The company is headquartered in Meridian, Colorado, though the postal designation of nearby Englewood is used in the corporate mailing address.In January 2008, Dish Network was spun off from EchoStar, its former parent company, which was founded by Charlie Ergen as a satellite television equipment distributor in 1980. The company began using Dish Network as its consumer brand in March 1996, after the successful launch of its first satellite, EchoStar I, in December 1995. That launch marked the beginning of its subscription television services, and EchoStar has since launched numerous satellites, with nine owned and leased satellites in its fleet as of January 2013. EchoStar continues to be the primary technology partner to Dish Network.Dish Network is the second largest satellite TV provider with more than 14 million customers world wide, and revenues totalling more than 13 billion dollars. It’s also the fastest growing satellite TV company.