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The Amazing Rise In Popularity Of Satellite TV Services

Nov 28, 2007
Many senior citizens alive in the 1930's remember their first television vividly, but the majority of people didn't own televisions until later on when they became more affordable after the 1950's. Even then they were not as common in some areas of the United States as they were in others, particularly in rural versus urban communities.

Most people do not know it, but cable television came on the scene not much later than the television set itself did. It first became available in 1948 and with cable subscription service offered in 1949.

It grew in popularity for years and at its current level, it can be said that about 85% of homes in the United States have access to cable television.

These days, though, the thing that continues to rise in popularity is satellite TV service. A large number of people are noticing the additional conveniences and perks of having a satellite subscription instead of a subscription to cable TV and the number of people who are switching to satellite service is skyrocketing.

People now not only wish to control what channels they allow to be broadcast in their homes, but they also want to be able to set certain hours that the television can be watched in certain rooms and control which shows can be watched at all. Cable TV services do not offer these options or the other options available to satellite subscribers.

Satellite service also offers the convenience of service beyond populated areas where cable TV service does not. Most cable TV services only extend so far outside the city limits as they can find subscribers, but if you have a cabin in the mountains, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to acquire cable there.

Fortunately for you, satellite service can be maintained almost anywhere in the world where there is a clear sky. The weather can have an effect on your satellite service just as it can have an effect on cable service.

Storms or excessively cloudy skies can cause the signal to be lost for a short period of time, but this is typically the extent of your service interruption due to the weather.

In addition, some satellite TV services offer satellite radio stations, as well, such as XM and Sirius and will offer you more of these stations depending on what size channel package you choose.

Pay per view channels are also popular with satellite subscribers and can be an economical alternative to going to the theater for entertainment.
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