Do you want to sign up for cable TV and are ready to get it done? If so, it will help to ask yourself these questions so that you are prepared to answer them when signing up for new service.
How Many TVs Will Be Connected?
Cable TV these days is quite different than how it was many years ago. You can no longer just connect a coax cable to the back of the TV and use the built in tuner. You need to have a cable box connected to each television to use the service. You'll want to decide on how many TVs you want to have connected, since there will likely be an equipment cost for each cable box.
However, there are some ways around needing multiple cable boxes. It is possible to split the output of a single cable box and have it on two TVs. This is a great idea if you want television in a small TV in the kitchen or even the garage, but don't want to pay for a cable box.
Do You Need A DVR?
One of the huge benefits of having a DVR is to time shift your recordings. You can watch your shows when you want, rather than tuning in at a specific time and watching commercials. Decide if you want DVR service, and which TVs will have the DVR. There may be an additional DVR fee in order to activate the DVR on each receiver, or the potential for a whole home DVR option.
What Channels Must You Have?
It's important to make a list of channels and sort them by wants and needs, and which shows you watch on each channel. This will help decide which tier of programming you want to subscribe to. For example, you may find it is not worth upgrading to a higher tier of programming just to watch a single show you do not care for that much.
Do You Want 4K Programming?
If you have a 4K television, it is worth asking what channels you will get in 4K. Sometimes you need special equipment to view the 4K signal, or subscribe to a certain tier of programming. You may even need 4K equipment to watch video on demand content that is in 4K, such as the latest movies that just came from the theater.
Knowing the answers to these 4 questions will help the sign up process for cable TV services to go smoothly.