As of 2015, Reviews.com and MoneySavingPro.com rated AT&T U-Verse and Comcast Xfinity as some of the top cable services. Both websites claim AT&T provides customers with reasonable prices to fit any budget. The company also uses fiber optic cable for its service, which provides clear and high-quality video. Comcast Xfinity offers customers a large variety of programming packages and channels. The service provides lower prices for its first contract year, but raises its price after 12 months.
Time Warner Cable is another top cable service that provides reasonably priced TV packages. The service provides special features that allow customers to restart a show in progress or watch previously aired programming up to 72 hours after airing. Downsides to the service include its DVR rental fees and customer service reviews.
Customers are encouraged to take several factors into consideration before choosing a cable company, such as available programming and service contracts. It is important to check if a cable provider offers package bundles with Internet and home phone service for additional savings. Overall, cable companies have fewer reception issues than most satellite companies. Satellites are greatly affected by physical obstructions and weather conditions, while cable reception is mainly affected by equipment failures.