Cable contract Berlin
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Signing up for a cable contract is quite easy in Berlin. Only thing you need to keep in mind is that sometimes the Hausverwaltung (the guys maintaining your house) might have signed an exclusive contract with one of the cable providers in Berlin. In this case your choice is limited to exactly this provider, but other than that you can choose from several options.
Vodafone recently acquired Kabel Deutschland and completely rebranded their services. So don’t get confused when you still see Kabel Deutschland, all services are now integrated with Vodafone.
Your best choice is always to sign up for Cable and Internet at the same time. This way you only have to deal with one company and it is cheaper than having two different contracts.
If you move to Berlin and have no Internet contract as well, it is well worth considering signing up for a complete package of TV, Internet and landline phone. Internet via cable is generally faster than DSL, so if you are a speed junkie signing up with Vodafone also for Internet is a very good choice. Almost no other company in Germany can offer download rates of up to 200Mbit/s right now.
Deutsche Telekom offers a full service when it comes to Cable TV, internet, mobile and landline phones. The same rule applies here as well: when signing up for all services together with Deutsche Telekom, instead of different companies for each different service, you will save a lot of money.
Why should you sign up with Deutsche Telekom you might ask yourself now. The answer is simple, no other German internet/cable/phone provider offers better quality than Deutsche Telekom. So if you are willing to pay a bit more than others you can be sure that you get the best service and quality for your money with Deutsche Telekom.
Another cable provider that also offers Internet and landline phone services. If your letting agent has signed an exclusivity contract with Primacom, you have no other choice than to sign up with them for German cable TV. But don’t worry, Primacom is a good choice, as they also have shops throughout Berlin in case there are any problems with your cable TV or internet. If DSL is not available at your place, then Primacom is an even better choice, as the internet signal will be transported through cable and is especially fast (many times faster than normal DSL). And again if you sign up for internet, cable TV and landline phone with Primacom, you will save a lot more money than if you signed up with different providers individually.
Cable contract vs TV via Internet
How do you know if you should sign up for a cable contract and when it would be better to get TV via your internet provider (IPTV)?
If you are a TV junkie and your priority is having more channels and the best quality possible then you should definitely go for a cable contract. TV via cable is very stable and is not affected by bad weather or when your internet is slower than it should be.
Unless you go for a TV, internet and phone all together contract e.g. from Kabel Deuschland, then IPTV could be a cheaper option for you. Companies like Vodafone offer IPTV on top of their standard internet contracts.
Personally I would always go for TV via cable as once you saw TV in HD you don’t want to go back or be disturbed by slow internet and therefore time-lags. Ask your landlord or check your rental agreement if you have to sign up with a certain provider though. Continue reading if you want to go for TV via internet.