Wednesday, October 07, 2009
For customers, this means digital quality and more reliable service at more affordable rates. For cable TV providers, this means a more efficient way to bring the needs and desires of the public to the home, on an individual basis. With the original cable lineup, that first became available for home use, there were limited channels with limited cable and a standard bill. Now the average customer has several choices over which programming package they want, and the monthly rate can be negotiated at sign up, with special pricing and deals the cable TV providers offer.
There have been additions of other products and services to monthly cable service that the original cable subscribers never thought of. Features such as Pay Per View channels, VOD, or Video on Demand and DVR units, or Digital Video Recorders are now available to all but the most basic monthly plan. The inclusion of these extra features has brought even more choices, options and luxuries to the table for the average household on a budget.
However, emerging technologies from other companies demanded even more, so to stay competitive, cable TV providers also developed additional products to add to their monthly services. Products like Broadband internet access, with increased speeds for surfing, streaming and downloading, have become extremely popular, because the internet connection is always on. Broadband is always connected, due to digital feed, which allows it to bring internet into the home, 24/7, at speeds that are faster than DSL, by three to eight Mbps, depending on the company. The outdated method of dial up, that dropped connections and literally took hours to download large files, simply cannot keep up with Broadband competition. People find that using Broadband, not only allows for quicker surfing times, but delivers more options for downloads, products and quality and clarity of videos, music and web cams.
Cable TV providers also grew to include digital phone services, with the inclusion of features like call waiting, which the phone companies are still charging for. Cable TV providers are able to bring digital clarity and reliable services, with the additional features added (ten to 12, depending on provider), for more affordable service and better connections. Many times, these providers can also add unlimited local and long-distance calling to predetermined areas or regions, for no additional charges. This allows them to stay competitive with the phone companies and the cellular carriers, allowing for cheaper monthly plans in the home, negating the need for expensive cell phone bills.
With the advancement of digital technologies and more cost-effective ways to produce quality products and services to the home, cable TV providers have answered several of the needs todayís family have. Today, families can get their basic communication and entertainment needs met through the local cable TV provider.