Community Antenna Television Was The First Name For Cable

August 19th, 2014 by admin

In the early 1940′s John and Margaret Walson had a dream — well, not really a dream, but they did have a vision. They owned an electric appliance store that specialized in repairing and installing appliances. In 1948, John and Margaret invented community antenna television.

Initially, customers had trouble receiving signal for the three television stations in Philadelphia because of the mountains. John installed an antenna on a utility pole in mountains to help his customers receive signal. He also attached his store’s televisions to this antenna to show the three Philadelphia stations from his store’s display Read the rest of this entry »

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The National Cable and Telecommunications Association Was Created

June 13th, 2013 by admin

The broadcasting agencies and telecommunications organisations that are tasked with regulating and structuring the industry have a vast degree of influence in determining what shows and broadcasts audiences are able to enjoy. Learning more about such institutions, and the role they have played in shaping and creating the industry over the years can be a very rewarding undertaking. Industry professionals, students and anyone who has an interest in the media and entertainment that has been responsible for creating popular Read the rest of this entry »

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Selling Subscriptions For Early Cable By Phone Soliciting

April 18th, 2013 by admin

The earliest days of TV already had a need for cable television. As early as 1952, viewers residing in remote areas of states such as Pennsylvania and Arkansas had difficulty receiving television signals because of geographical restrictions like mountains and trees. The first versions of cable TV were large antennas placed on top of a mountain or other high points. Homes would then connect to these antennas to receive signal.

It was soon discovered that these large antennas were picking up signals from cities far away, so much larger Read the rest of this entry »

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The Face Of The Cable Industry Changes With Satellite

June 12th, 2012 by admin

Traditional cable television provided a fairly small range of programming. The original innovation was the ability to provide a reliable and clear picture to the viewer regardless of how far they were from the station that they wanted to view. Satellite, however, promised to bring a much wider range of programming reliably to the viewer. Satellite offers the following advancements:

- The ability to view television programming from multiple time slots
- The ability to order “on demand” programming Read the rest of this entry »

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Small Cable Systems Spring Up In Communities

August 17th, 2011 by admin

For many years, smaller, more rural communities have had to do without luxuries such as having a local post office, a good retail market for residents and until recently, even a decent cable television provider. A lack of development in these smaller communities have really hindered the modern way of life for citizens. Now, there is a new type of development reaching these communities and it’s not being done by major corporations. Indeed, small cable systems providers Read the rest of this entry »

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Telephone Companies and Cable Television Work Together

August 16th, 2011 by admin

Telephone companies and cable television can work together to bring an enjoyable experience to any home or office. By bundling together these two great services, often times the consumer can save significant money. The pleasant mix of telephone and cable is a great service for any home.

Most households have both a telephone and cable television. For this reason, it made a great deal of sense for the two companies to work together to provide a more affordable service. Some households felt they were overpaying for the telephone and cable. By combining these services, the consumer Read the rest of this entry »

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Baby Boomers and Cable Television, They Grew Together

August 14th, 2011 by admin

If you’re a baby boomer, you might remember spending evenings with the family watching the oversized console radio. In 1951 we bought our first television set with a 12-inch picture tube. The only programming being broadcast then was on three channels.

However, a lot of Americans weren’t able to receive even these stations. Large rural areas were too far away to receive any signals and when UHF started up, people were finally fed up. This brought about the birth of a simple cable system called CATV, or Community Antenna Television, a group of ultra high towers linked together with retransmission Read the rest of this entry »

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Great Shows About Shows

July 27th, 2011 by

You already know all there is to know about how cable has evolved over the years, now’s the time to look back on some of the best shows and movies about TV out there. That’s right, surf your DIRECT channels for some of these great programs featuring a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be on cable…
Murphy Brown: This old school classic stars Candice Bergen Read the rest of this entry »

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The FCC Steps In With Regulations

June 17th, 2011 by admin

The FCC stands for the Federal Communication Commission and is an independent agency of the government. This agency was formed back in 1934 and its headquarters are currently in Washington DC. The FCC has many responsibilities and one of them is to regulate obscenity and profanity on television and on the internet. During the 60′s and 70′s, television shows were innocent and people could set down and enjoy them with their families without covering eyes and ears. During the late 80′s and early 90′s television became increasingly Read the rest of this entry »

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The 1984 Cable Act And Its Affect

May 24th, 2011 by admin

October 30, 1984 the Cable Communications Policy Act was passed by Congress to promote completion and deregulate the cable industry. This act is also known as Public Law 98-549, and established a national regulation policy by federal, state and local authorities. It came about due to the need for determination of who would hold regulatory authority for cable communications.

The cable industry had dramatic growth once the act went into effect, although it mostly remained in the control of a few local monopolies. Airtime could then be sold to the highest bidder. Thus the long, Read the rest of this entry »

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