Please note that access to television channels using the cable TV system is supposed to pay the subscription fee and monthly payment that is used to keep the system running. This is a challenge for many, simply because they have low incomes who can not attend these monthly expenses. Therefore, one reason why the cable TV system is not common in third world countries is actually the lack of sufficient funds to pay the subscription fee.
Many people in the developing countries are low income earners. This means that they do not even meet their basic needs simply because they earn low incomes. In this connection, they may term cable TV as a secondary need which is actually not a must to satisfy it. Therefore, they do away with this since they cannot manage the subscription fee together with the fee for maintaining the running of the programmes. It is also worth to note that many people in the developing countries are marginalised in that they live in the rural and remote countries whereby current information cannot reach them. Updates about the cable television cannot reach them and this becomes one of the barriers for the advancement in these countries in terms of technology.
Also note that cable television may not be able to function well in many areas in developing countries. This is simply due to the nature of the landscape in these countries. Existence of mountains and valleys in many countries, for example, in Africa may actually impede the transmission of cable television systems to the respective homes. This is due to the loss of waves in the air on televisions that can pick up all channels well. An alternative in these countries remains cables or wireless microwave based systems. If there were no obstacles in the landscape, cable TV system might actually work very well in these countries.
Another problem with cable television in developing countries is, in fact, the dispersion of housing. We found that the houses are scattered there are some miles between houses, and this may not work well with the cable TV system. The system works well in places where houses are close to each other, so that all waves are trapped within the same area that allows all channels to get well.
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