Sunday, October 04, 2009
It is hard to remember what we did for entertainment before we had cable TV channels to keep us occupied. They help us keep up with our soaps and nighttime dramas or the local news, weather and sports. Cable has certainly advanced in programming, too, with the addition of up to two hundred and fifty channels to choose from. Programming alternatives have come in with the cable packages companies have put together to meet the needs of almost any budget. It is much different than when cable was originally made available to the public.
Now, there is something on for everyone, with kids’ shows, aired by Disney and Animal Planet, or ABCFamily. In addition, Mom and Dad have a lot more to choose from than just the original HBO and Cinemax channels that came with cable when it first came out. Or the adults have several sports channels now that keep them current on favorite teams, big games and scores.
Now, the entire family can be entertained with the touch of a button. For the families that choose options like the DVR, or Digital Video Recorder, they never have to worry about missing anything, because while they are watching one show, the DVR can record another one, to view later.
The biggest, most popular addition was the Pay Per View option that cable companies were able to offer through digital feed. With Pay Per View, companies like Time Warner were able to bring “real time” championship fights and games to the comfort of the family living room. Used with the DVR function, the Pay Per View option gets even better, because DVR makes it possible to fast forward through commercials or pause live television to restock on snacks. Pay Per View also offers newly released movies to save time and money at the movie store.
Digital feed also allowed cable companies to promote better products that were more reliable. Remember the days when the cable would go out if it stormed too hard? Now, the feed is stronger and more durable, able to withstand bad weather. It is there as a useful tool for forecasts and emergency weather bulletins.
Digital feed has given the cable industry a make over. With new advances in technology and performance, we can only imagine what may be right around the corner for home entertainment in the future. Whatever it may be, local companies like Time Warner Cable are sure to be at the forefront for providing their customers with the latest in cable programming products and services.