If you plan to switch to cable from another type of service that you are presently using, then it is high time that you understand the technology that goes into delivering TV into your home directly. There are many reasons that make cable TV a more convenient entertainment source, and the most important of all is the quality of the programs delivered, and of course the vast array of channels (and growing at an astonishing rate), you can choose from. The only other TV delivery technology that competes with cable as of now is the DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite); more popularly known as Satellite TV. Besides, cable TV also has the ability to deliver local TV broadcasts produced by schools, local bodies, and those that originate locally.
The other advantage of the cable TV is the ability to club other services like basic telephone (home phone) and internet along, in a single compact subscription to make it financially more attractive for users, and at the same time making it is a better business proposition for the communication companies to bring in more revenues. In marketing parlance clubbing all the three services is known as "Triple Play".
Cable TV for most part is digital, although analog is expected to continue for many years until a smooth transition is completed. The advantage of cable TV is the ability to deliver HD (High Definition) transmission, as more and more channels shift to this mode of service. The other features that you can expect from cable TV service are the VOD (Video on Demand) and the Digital Video Recorder (also known as personal video recorder). The DVR which is part of the set-top box uses the hard disk as the recording device in which you will store the programs for playing it in future, and do check up the storage capacity when you actually subscribe to a cable TV. Some DVRs will permit you to add an additional hard disk, but that depends on the set-top box the service provider will give you.
Having a pay-per-view option from the service provider is something that you must consider seriously rather than subscribing to a boutique to keep your monthly bills within the limits of your budget. When you estimate what you will be spending on your cable TV, make a holistic appraisal of everything that you may want to use; the telephone bill and internet usage included.
Before you call your cable company, decide where you want the set-top box installed and how you will want the cable to run inside your household. If you have more than one TV, computers and phones you want, then it is better you make all the arrangements yourself rather leaving that to the cable company. That way there are lots of dollars to save.
Nathan T Bronson is an independent freelance writer, and his focus topic is home improvement & security, entertainment including TV watching and browsing the internet for information to share with his readers. He likes to recommend TV service from an independent point of view without any obligation on the reader's part. He subscribes to Verizon FiOS TV.
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