Cable TV Options in Palm Desert, CA

The abundance of beautiful outdoor options, the dry climate that eliminates your allergies, and plenty of attractions make Palm Desert, CA a great place to visit and an even greater place to live. You can’t always be out of the house, though, so if you live in Palm Desert you’ll want to find the best cable TV package for your buck. In some places in the Palm Desert area, there are up to four TV providers available, so how do you make the choice?

TV options in Palm Desert include DIRECTV and DISH Network for satellite TV and Spectrum and Frontier FiOS for cable TV. DIRECTV is the more-preferred satellite TV option, as DIRECTV comes with NFL SUNDAY TICKET, allowing Palm Desert residents access to every NFL game every Sunday. Out of the two cable TV options, Spectrum cable TV in Palm Desert provides more HD channel options at a better price than does Frontier.

That leaves your decision between DIRECTV satellite TV and Spectrum cable TV. This decision comes down to whether or not you want to watch out of market NFL games on Sundays. If you’re a fan of a team that isn’t often shown on TV in Palm Desert, DIRECTV might be worth it for NFL SUNDAY TICKET alone. But if not, DIRECTV’s more expensive monthly price, for fewer HD channels, makes Spectrum in Palm Desert the right choice for most homes.

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Where to Watch the Dodgers and Angels in Burbank, CA

Baseball season has just begun, and while the best way to watch America’s Pastime is playing hooky on a sunny day, with peanuts, hot dogs, and if it’s your preference, a few cold beers at the stadium, you can still catch every game for your favorite southern California team on cable TV. Burbank residents can catch the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the most widely available cable provider in the Los Angeles area, Spectrum Cable TV.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, the team located closest to Burbank, play their games on SportsNet LA, formerly known as Time-Warner SportsNet, which is also the home of the most popular team in the region, the Los Angeles Lakers. Spanish language broadcasts are available on SNLA Spanish, and both channels are available with affordable packages from Spectrum in Burbank, CA. View the schedule here.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, formerly known as both the Anaheim Angels and the California Angels, have their home in Orange County, but still have many fans in Burbank. The Angels primarily play on Fox Sports West, sometimes listed as FS West, also available with most Spectrum cable TV packages. View the schedule here.

SportsNet LA is available as channel 789 in high definition and 44 in standard definition. FS West, formerly known as Prime Ticket, is on channel 42.

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Watching the St. Louis Cardinals on Cable TV

One of the most storied franchises in all of baseball, and the winner of the most World Series in National League history, the St. Louis Cardinals are an institution in the St. Louis area. While some games for the 2018 season will appear on broadcast networks, the majority of this year’s Cardinals baseball schedule will appear on cable TV on the regional network Fox Sports Midwest. This cable channel is available in the St. Louis market and some surrounding markets, and the best way to get Fox Sports Midwest in St. Louis is with the most widely available cable TV company in the area, Spectrum cable TV in St. Louis.

In homes in the St. Louis metro area, Fox Sports Midwest, sometimes listed as FS Midwest, appears on channels 37 and 824, with HD available on the higher channel for most programming, when you have Spectrum cable TV.

FS Midwest is also the home cable TV channel for St. Louis Blues hockey in the St. Louis area, with every regionally broadcast Blues game appearing on the network. When Blues and Cardinals games air at the same time, one team appears on FS Midwest and the other on the sister network, FS Midwest Plus, available at 75 and 826. The schedule for the 2018 season is available here.

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TV + Internet Bundles Available in San Antonio, TX

If you’re a San Antonio resident looking for cable TV and high-speed internet service for your home, what is available to you depends on the part of town where you reside. There are four main providers for TV and internet in San Antonio offering bundles combining the two services. Two of these are satellite providers available just about everywhere. The other two are not, and limited to certain parts of town—and in the case of AT&T U-Verse Internet & TV, what internet speed you get is even more up for grabs.

There are benefits to each of the four services available. DIRECTV combined with AT&T Internet gives you exclusive access to NFL Sunday Ticket and more than 300 channels, but the internet is much slower than the other options at only 6 Mbps for downloads. DISH TV pairs with Frontier Internet to also bring you more than 300 channels, with slightly faster internet speeds of 24 Mbps.

AT&T U-Verse is limited to certain areas—and its best package, which offers 1 Gbps fiber internet, is limited even further. Still, speeds are 100 Mbps otherwise, and AT&T U-Verse almost doubles the channel options of the satellite providers.

More widely available is Spectrum TV and Internet. Its advertised channel amount is smaller, but Spectrum has more than 200 channels in HD available, which is actually more than the competition—and since nearly everyone is watching exclusively in HD, those 400 non-HD channels other providers offer don’t count for much. Spectrum’s Internet has been upgraded to 100 Mbps in most areas, and its highest-tier TV package is more affordable than U-Verse’s.

Still, your choice is somewhat limited by where you live if you want to avoid the pitfalls of satellite and go with either AT&T U-Verse or Spectrum.

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5 Ways to Cut Your Cable Bill

With cable rates rising each year and many more options now available to the consumer, including streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and internet-based skinny bundle plans from providers like Dish Network’s Sling TV, it is easier than ever to cut your cable bill. But say you want to stick with your cable TV provider. Are there ways you can still lower your bill without switching to another service or cutting the cord altogether? There sure are. Read on below for three ways you can lower your monthly cable bill without leaving your cable TV provider.

  1. Buy a bundle. When you purchase cable TV as part of a two or three service bundle with a provider like Charter Spectrum, you save on the monthly price of each service and only have one bill to remember. Consider a three-service bundle for the most savings and consolidate your internet, TV and phone onto one monthly bill. Or if you don’t need a landline, bundle TV and internet and you can still save.
  2. Trim the Fat. Take a look at your channel lineup and see what it is you really watch. If you don’t watch extra sports or premium channels, cut those from your package and see how much you can save by moving to a basic package from a mid-level or gold tier package.
  3. Avoid Contracts. While contracts can lock you in to a lower rate they also keep you locked up for a certain period of time, usually two years. With technology and the industry quickly changing, you might find yourself looking at a cheaper option and unable to switch in the middle of your contract. Find a service, like Charter Spectrum, that does not lock you in to a contract

In addition, you can always negotiate with your provider if you find your bills too high to handle. You’d be surprised how much you can get knocked off your bill by just threatening to cancel. If you pay your bills on time, they’ll definitely work with you for a more reasonable rate in order to keep your business.

T-Mobile to Launch New Cable TV Service in 2018

As the wireless industry grew, one of the most successful upstarts was T-Mobile, who attacked larger cell phone providers with acumen in order to take a place at the top end of the market. Now, the company which has predominantly only operated in the mobile space is looking to conquer a new market: cable TV.

According to Fortune, T-Mobile has acquired a Denver startup called Layer3 TV, and will use some of that company’s technology and relationship with TV programmers to launch its own nationwide cable TV provider. While it is not entirely clear how the service will work, the Fortune article surmises it will be a hybrid between traditional providers like Charter Spectrum and internet-based services like Sling TV:

T-Mobile says it wants to offer something like Layer3 TV’s current 256 channel service, and not a so-called skinny bundle that features fewer channels like plans from the Internet players. T-Mobile’s service will also integrate popular Internet streaming services like Netflix (NFLX, -0.43%)and Hulu. T-Mobile (TMUS, +0.64%) also plans to offer multiple options to add channels, instead of just one or two packages. But just like the streaming services, T-Mobile’s will also be delivered online, not through dedicated cable wires.

T-Mobile says that by relying on Internet-based delivery, it won’t need to wire millions of homes with new connections. Customers will be able to use whatever provider they have. “It will work on your Comcast Internet connection,” chief operating officer Mike Sievert says. The carrier also plans to leverage its base of 71 million wireless subscribers and 16,000 retail stores to help attract customers. And in addition to the usual service fees, T-Mobile sees the possibility of selling TV ads using targeting technology that is more precise than what is possible through cable networks. Whatever the cost of rolling out the new TV service, the carrier said it is not changing its three-year forecast for increasing its free cash flow by 45% to 48% annually.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will be a success, or whether new net neutrality rules will have an effect on companies competing with the major internet providers who also have cable TV service. But a new big company on the market with the spending power to compete with the industry leaders should be a good thing for consumers, if only to force the big boys to lower their prices to compete.

Streaming Gaining Steam over Cable TV

A survey reported on by eMarketer shows that 31% of internet users, nearly a third of all users, use streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu for their primary mode of TV watching. That’s behind only traditional cable TV providers at 35%, and up from 24% just a year ago. Satellite TV comes next at 17%.

More findings from the survey:

Among the top reasons given by those who retained cable packages for traditional TV service were access to broadcast TV channels, sports content and premium channels.

On the other end, streaming’s success can pretty much be summed up in one word—Netflix. Over three-quarters (76%) of respondents named Netflix as one of the services they would pay for if they had to choose just three, based on their current budget.

Netflix’s strategy of picking up the back catalogs of content studios at cut-rate prices is long gone, now that it’s demonstrated that even decades-old content can still have value in the digital era.

But the company’s pivot to creating its own original content appears to be working. According to data from RBC Capital Markets, 58% of Netflix subscribers surveyed in November said the company’s original content influenced their decision to sign up.

Netflix appears to be doubling down on its originals strategy. In its Q3 earnings call, the company said it planned to spend $8 billion on content in 2018, hoping to increase the share of that type of material to half of its overall content library.

Surveys like these showing the growth of streaming and the shrinking of cable subscriptions abound, and the findings show that the convenience of watching what you want, when you want to beats live TV every time, except for live sporting events and the odd other live popular events, like the Academy Awards. They also show that cable TV companies aren’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon, because they’re usually also the major internet provider for a given area.

Still, cable companies will need to improve the convenience and selection of their On Demand options and continue to offer content that no one else can get, making sure that some popular shows stay on cable and off of Hulu, if they want people to continue to get cable along with their internet.