Throughout this whole thread I have seen no mention of the 4DTV system. Granted it is by far the most expensive system available, but it has always had significant advantages over cable, Dish and DTV.
First, the programming is always less expensive and you have multiple providers that you can deal with on an ala-carte basis, you do not have to purchase a whole package containing never watched "garbage channels".
Second, you get what you pay for in premium programming - all of the others rip off the consumer in this regard (HBO,CINEMAX-30 feeds, SHO,TMC,FLIX,Sundance-29 feeds, STARZ,ENCORE-38 feeds), how many do you get from cable, Dish or DTV?. Note that you can subscribe to premiums without getting stuck with minimum "tiers".
Third, rain fade does not exist in the 4GHz C-Band spectrum, only in the 11GHz KU-Band spectrum. Note that 4DTV works with both, but the fade margin for 10' dishes using KU-band is far superior to anything Dish or DTV has ever offered. Additionally it is possible to attach a Circular Polarization KU LNB to a C-Band dish to receive either Dish or DTV.
Fourth, picture quality. Cable speaks for itself - there is no valid excuse for every channel NOT to be crystal clear. With Dish and DTV you have pixillization and motion artifacts that are very visible on larger screens, these problems are due to overcompression, both companies would rather cram more "garbage" channels into their "tiers" than provide high quality on premium channels.
Finally, free programming. It is true that there is currently very little free progamming available on analog C-Band, however with the addition of a DVB reciever there are literally hundreds of free channels available.
The major downside to C-Band systems is the equipment and installation cost - well over $1000 for an all new system.
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