Thursday, March 31, 2011
These conversations can get expensive, depending on the length of the call and the number of times the call is made. In a situation like the earthquake, there is a real need to communicate, no matter how expensive it can be. However, due to the generosity of Charter Cable these people are now talking for free.
Between the dates of March 11 through April 30, all direct calls made to Japan will be free for Charter Cable phone subscribers. Any calls made through an operator, or by directory assistance, will be charged the same fee that Charter Cable phone subscribers are used to paying. Even with the normal charges for directory assistance and operator-assisted calls, the free direct calling will take much of the financial burden out of the process.
These free phone calls can be made to cell phones and landlines. According to Charter Cable, calls made between the dates of March 11 through March 14 will show up on the monthly bill, but a credit will be given for them. Any calls made between the dates of March 14 through April 30 will not show up on the monthly bill at all. With such a large financial burden lifted, family and friends are able to communicate freely and concentrate on the situation at hand.
This is great news for those that have friends and family in Japan. With free direct calling, families and friends in the United States can communicate as frequently as they feel necessary with their friends and family in Japan.
Charter Cable reports that, although call volumes have dropped since the earthquake, they are still higher now than the normal amount. Even before the calls were given free of charge, call volumes were still higher than they are normally. Charter Cable also reports that approximately half of the calls being made from the States are being answered.
Charter Cable has offered a way to help concerned individuals stay informed without spending a fortune in phone calls. With free calling to Japan until April 30, 2011, communications can continue, as needed, so that loved ones can stay in touch.
Charter Cable has more than 14 million customers nationwide. They offer quality digital programming, with features like HD, On Demand and Pay Per View. Charter Cable also provides DVRs and HD-DVRs for their customers to use.
The Charter Cable high-speed broadband internet offers features like WiFi, free security software and Parental Controls. These services can support up to ten wireless devices at once.
The digital home phone services that Charter Cable offers provides unlimited local and long distance calling to any location in the United States. These services also come with up to ten digital calling features that are included in the monthly rate.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
As the range and use of the technology has expanded, so have the services that Cable TV providers can give.
Cable TV providers started out offering up to 80 channels, provided by buried cable. This could produce poor picture quality and outages. When coupled with a limited range of channels, many customers were not satisfied with their services.
Now, through cutting edge platform technologies and better cable, customers can enjoy a broader selection of channels and more personalized services. More channels and services can cater to a wider range of viewers, offering more for the entire family.
Today, Cable TV providers can give their customers more than 250 channels, on average, with digital image and sound quality that surpasses anything traditional Cable TV could provide.
Time-shifting technologies have made it more convenient for families to get the shows they want to see, at a convenient point in their daily routines. Time-shifting technologies include the use of the DVR, a digital video recorder that can record and store hours of programming to be viewed later. DVRs typically record on multiple channels at one time, with the ability to play back recorded programming while recording more.
Some providers are even offering online access to their DVRs, allowing viewers to program their DVRs, or to watch recorded programming remotely.
All of these services come with the protection that Parental Controls can offer. This means that the content stored to the DVR and the viewable content on the channel package can be blocked to keep children away from violent or adult scenes.
Cable TV providers also incorporate the use of On Demand programming. This feature makes a wide array of programming available for all age groups. This programming typically comes through a popular networks, music channels, On Demand channel premiums and popular children’s shows.
On Demand also offers new movie releases that are available 24/7. These new movie releases can be rented for two to three days at a time and watched repeatedly, all without leaving the home to rent the movie or turn it back in.
These channels and viewing selections come in standard and high definition programming. Many Cable TV providers offer large numbers of HD channels absolutely free. Some Cable TV providers are also looking into 3D programming.
Another area of expansion for Cable TV is the large online programming selection that providers now offer. With the ability to provide wireless internet, Cable TV providers can give their customers hours of fresh online content to view, on a traditional desktop, or a portable device. This service can be accessed anywhere the viewer has internet, to be viewed on a daily commute, while at a public WiFi access or on lunch at work.
With current technologies, some providers even offer cross-platform services that allow viewers to find what they want to watch online and transfer it to their TV sets.
All of these services make programming more accessible at convenient times for the family. This means that customers get the full benefit of the programming packages they are paying for, without the hassle of VHS tapes, programming VCRs and finding storage. Everything the customer needs is conveniently found on one remote control.