15 Facts About Basic cable


Since then, Basic cable subscriptions have been in slow decline, dropping to 54.

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Basic cable found that with a large antenna he could receive KRSC's signal on the roof of the Hotel Astoria and from there he ran coaxial cable across the street to his apartment.

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Basic cable prepared a report for the Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce against CATV and supporting the FCC policy of a television station in every community.

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Basic cable was one of the first female executives in cable, described as the "principal attorney for cable television interests during the industry's formative years".

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Basic cable networks are generally those with wide carriage on the lowest service tiers of multichannel television providers.

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Basic cable networks depend on a mix of per-subscriber carriage fees paid by the provider, and revenue from advertising sold on the service, as their sources of revenue.

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In more recent years, premium Basic cable refers to networks–such as Home Box Office, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix, Starz, MoviePlex, and Epix–that scramble or encrypt their signals so that only those paying additional monthly fees to their Basic cable system can legally view them.

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Each change an analog Basic cable customer made in their subscription would then require an additional home visit to reprogram their set-top box.

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Digital Basic cable television provides many more television channels over the same available bandwidth, by converting Basic cable channels to a digital signal and then compressing the signal.

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Digital Basic cable channels are touted as being able to offer a higher quality picture than their analog counterparts.

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Under US regulations, the price of basic cable can be regulated by local authorities as part of their franchise agreements.

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Finally, most Basic cable systems offer pay-per-view channels where users can watch individual movies, live events, sports and other programs for an additional fee for single viewing at a scheduled time.

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Some Basic cable systems have begun to offer on-demand programming, where customers can select programs from a list of offerings including recent releases of movies, concerts, sports, first-run television shows and specials and start the program whenever they wish, as if they were watching a DVD or a VHS tape.

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Many Basic cable systems operate as de facto monopolies in the United States.

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The fee that the cable service provider must pay to a cable television channel can vary depending on whether it is a basic or premium channel and the perceived popularity of that channel.

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