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What services can you expect from cable television?


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2004-12-10 18:00:12
2004-12-10 18:00:12
Cable television companies offer a horde of services to suit individual preferences. They offer local, national, and international programs and channels. Although each cable company has its own set of packages and services, they differ only slightly, and fall broadly under the same categories. These categories can be classified as: * Basic Cable Services: As the name implies, this is the most basic level of services. Basic services include all the off-air broadcast television channels as well as all the mandatory franchise related channels, and the government public and education channels. These also include the free to air channels. With almost all cable companies, it is necessary to subscribe to the basic service to be able to receive any of the other available services. Basic service programs can change at any time. * Second Tier Services: This level of service is the one that most people subscribe to as it offers most of the popular channels. It includes national super stations such as WGN as well as other programs such as the Sports channel

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