If you’re looking for a cable provider, you have a few choices, depending on where you live. Cable TV uses coaxial cables or fiber optics to transmit television service to its consumers. Since it is the physical use of such technology, areas of availability are restricted due to where the cables are routed. There is typically only one main cable provider available in your area. Depending on where you live, you may opt for satellite television, which is available everywhere. This is especially true for those who live in remote, rural areas like the mountains and country, where cable doesn’t reach. Here are some of the biggest cable providers, see which service your state.
Unlike cable, satellite television like DIRECTV does not use cables to transmit the signals to your address. You have a personal satellite dish, which receives signals from various satellites orbiting in space. The main problem with cable television is the restricted range, but with satellite television, the consumer is not limited by range. Because there is virtually no limitation in the range of the satellite signals, anyone, who has a view of the southern sky, can get DIRECT TV. Even those who have access to cable often choose DIRECTV over cable for its reliability and exceptional features, resulting in millions of consumers nationwide. You also get your local channels with DIRECT TV. DIRECTV has coverage in the continental United States, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Much like AT&T U-verse, Comcast is a cable television, internet and home phone provider with limited distribution. It is available in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin- 40 total states and territories.
DISH Network is a satellite television provider that uses similar technology to DIRECTV. There are various satellites broadcasting the signals, so it is available almost everywhere in the United States.
Here’s a quick synopsis of how satellite programming works:
- The network or programming sources send signals with their programming to their satellites.
- Those satellites then send the data to the DBS (direct broadcasting) provider’s broadcast center.
- The broadcast center then compiles the signals and sends it to their larger satellites in space.
- Those signals are then rebroadcasted to earth and sent to your home satellite dish.
- The signals travel through cables to your receiver.
- Your receiver processes the signal and transmits it to your TV.
Time Warner Cable provides television, phone and internet services to 29 states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Cox Communications is another cable company with service available in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia; 17 states total.
It’s all dependent on your residence.
Cable TV availability and coverage varies from state to state and neighborhood to neighborhood, where as satellite television is available in most of the country. In some cases, cable services may be available in your state, but not in your city, this is especially true for mountainous or remote areas. Some cable providers may be available around your residence, but you may not be able to receive them for various reasons, cable and bandwidth related. Find a television provider that services your area by calling today.