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5 Ways Tech Has Changed Cable TV for the Better

Jimmy Rohampton, @jimmyrohampton
09.09.16
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Technology has made major inroads into every industry in the last ten years. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the world of cable TV. Although some bold critics have predicted the death of cable TV, it continues to post huge numbers every single year. Cable has had to change with the times in order to meet the demands of its customers.

Here are just some of the ways technology has changed cable TV for the better.

We Have More Channels
Go back to the early days of TV and you could only get the channels in your region or state. It was why many industries had territories that competed just within their chosen areas. They never crossed the boundaries. The main change is a more sophisticated network, which was only possible due to technology.

Add in satellite technology and we are now watching channels from all over the world. None of this was possible thirty years ago. It means customers have more choices over what they watch.

Cable TV is More Interactive than Ever
Cable TV used to be about sitting down in front of the TV at a specific time to get the content you wanted. Today you can sit down in front of your TV and get the content you want at any time you want. The fact is that technology has enabled people to control the content that comes through their TV sets.

For a start, you can now choose from a range of different packages to suit you. If you only want to watch the sports channels you don't also have to get the nature and science channels. You get to choose what you consume.

Another aspect of cable TV is the ability to order on-demand. At the click of a button you can order a movie or you can listen to a specific music track. Many of these options don't incur any additional fees, so you're getting far more for your money.

It's a Hub for Everything
A TV is no longer just a TV. Cable TV providers once had a vision that your phone, your Internet connection, and your TV reception could all be controlled from a single small box. That wasn't possible for a long time. They had to be kept separate due to the ways in which they worked.

But improvements in technology means that you can now get a reliable high speed Internet service provider that gives you your home telephone connection and your favorite TV shows.

This is a far more convenient option for customers because they pay one bill, they have one provider, and they can often get huge discounts for signing up for these full-service packages.

Control TV in Real-Time
Perhaps the biggest cable TV advancement is the ability to control TV in real-time. When cable TV first came into being the idea of controlling live TV with your remote seemed like something from a sci-fi movie. But today that's a reality, and it's come to be expected.

You can pause and rewind live TV, so now you never need to miss a minute of your favorite shows again. It's also become an easy way to avoid the commercials because people would just pause for a bathroom break in the middle of the show and return to live TV, thus skipping the commercials.

Record and Save Your Favorite Shows
Recording your favorite shows usually meant you had to pair your TV watching habits with a VHS tape. This was cumbersome and rarely led to a high-quality picture. That's a thing of the past because you can easily select a show from your cable TV set and click a button to have it record for later.

The best thing is most providers let you save these shows for as long as you want. If you love a show you can save it and keep coming back to it. You don't have to buy the DVD and you don't have to wait until they broadcast it again.

Conclusion – Cable TV is Alive and Well
Cable TV still provides a high-quality experience for anyone who wants to watch their favorite TV shows. There may be competitors to cable TV, but the fact is that you have all the flexibility and all the power you need, with just one remote.

How many cable sets do you have in your home?

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