Friday, March 12, 2010
Today, while channels are still limited, the channel selection has grown to include over two hundred and seventy-five channels, with a wide variety of regular channels, digital channels and HD channels. Cable programming providers also have the capacity to offer other digital services like Video On Demand, a digital library that offers over 10,000 viewing selections other than those available on the programming package. These selections include network programming, additional childrenís programming, music videos and newly released movies. These selections can be watched and saved for up to 24 hours after watching them. Some selections are offered for longer periods of time. Cable TV providers can also offer Pay Per View selections. These selections can include live sporting events and music events, helping viewers stay current with what their favorite athletes and musicians. Both the Video On Demand and Pay Per View selections can be watched with the DVR, or digital video recorder. The DVR enables the viewer to rewind, fast forward and pause the viewing selections, even if they are live events. Most cable TV providers even offer Parental Controls to keep young minds away from adult content and themes. The Parental Controls can block entire channels or individual programs, for as long as the parents think it is necessary.
Cable TV providers are also able to offer broadband high-speed internet services. These services are faster than dial up and DSL, offering incredibly fast speeds that are able to download large files like movies, music, videos and games. These speeds offer a faster, better way to surf, getting rid of the slow downloads and dropped transfers. A broadband connection never closes down or gets lost, so the internet is always on and ready for use. Cable TV providers also offer free online security software that helps to protect the family and computer from popups, viruses, spyware and identity theft. Some cable TV providers also offer Parental Controls for their online services, as well. These Parental Controls, combined with the free security software and incredibly fast speeds help parents create a safer, faster online experience the entire family can benefit from.
Another service now offered by cable TV providers is the digital phone service, superior to traditional analog service for sound quality and service reliability. These phone services come with unlimited local and long distance calling plans that allow subscribers to call anywhere, at any time with no additional charges. Most cable TV providers list the United States and Canada as their calling areas, with some offering Puerto Rico, as well. These calling plans include important calling features like call waiting, call forwarding, three way calling and more. These providers can offer between 10-12 calling features and voicemail, with some companies offering instant online email notifications when a new voicemail is received. With this feature, a subscriber can check the voicemail from any location in the world, with internet access.
Cable TV providers offer a wide array of digital products that enhance any cable TV package. With the inclusion of broadband internet and digital phone services, cable TV providers can meet all of the basic entertainment and communication needs the family has.