UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 12:32pm
Cable television has certainly come a very long way from its small beginnings.
Seventy years ago cable television was barely a step above having a huge antenna perched atop a roof. Just imagine a world without proximity to cable television and all its entertainment and education programs. For many years cable barely competed against satellite television and was just a few channels. It was only for those in very large metropolitan areas and was very cost prohibitive.
Today, innovation and technology has now brought us access to incredible high definition cable. It can do more than you think.
One of the chief attributes of cable, or broadband, is convenience and reliability. Satellite and antenna reception can be spotty at certain times during bad weather. A snow storm, hard rain or even tree branches can limit reception. This means that subscribers have to pay for a service that they simply cannot rely on at all times.
Cable is different. When you go to turn on the channel, 99 times out of 100 it is going to come on and you do not have poor reception. Your TV is put to full use with a huge line up of shows broadcast in high definition.
As for convenience...cable providers such as Comcast Xfinity have definitely cornered the market. Imagine scheduling your favorite shows through your cellphone or from your work computer. You can set your security alarm for your house and even control the temperature. That saves money and is simply not a service that can be offered through satellite or antenna. It is features such as these that are moving cable and broadband services into the next realm for convenience.
Speed is another huge factor in why so many people are switching their services to cable. Netflix, online gaming and even interactive shows are heavily reliant on fast internet speeds. Many movies, games and interactive features require fast speeds and if you are relying on satellite, you could be out of luck. The ability to download a game or move quickly is really a boon that has changed how people look at their TV services.
Besides convenience and reliability there is also cost to consider. Many people are tightly controlling their budgets in order to save money. The absolute best way to save money is to bundle services. And while some satellite providers do bundle partial services, they are not able to bundle television, internet and a home telephone. People paying for these services separately are paying too much.
Cable television, like that accessed through Comcast Xfinity, have changed how people watch TV and control their lives. It is saving money while having all the benefits of high-end packages that allow fast internet and convenience. Cable has definitely come a long way from its humble beginnings.