Analog programming has been the US standard for over 50 years. Signals travel over assigned frequencies (channel). Each Analog broadcast uses the entire channel (frequency) that is assigned. Basic analog programming usually include: Local Network Channels & Basic Channels (ABC, NBC, Fox, etc) (number of channels and actual channels may vary by provider and market). Standard Analog programming usually includes all channels in basic and additional channels such as The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, etc. (number of channels and actual channels may vary by provider and market). Analog programming does not require additional equipment.Basic Cable
Programming package that usually includes local network channel and basic channels like PAX and C-Span.Digital Phone
Telephone service that uses Voice over IP technology, but does not require a broadband connection. A cable modem is necessary for this service. The modem is placed near a phone jack so that the signal can be pushed into the phone lines.Digital Programming
Digital programming is a newer technology. One channel (frequency) can carry multiple "sub-channels" making it more flexible and efficient. Digital programming is needed to receive premium channels. Key benefits to digital programming include:
Superior picture and sound
Premium channels available
Digital music channels
Interactive program guide
Multiplexed premium channels
Pay per view
Digital programming requires a receiver. Most companies provide one receiver to the customer as part of the package price. It must be returned when the service is disconnected. Receivers come in many sizes, shapes and colors. The basic function of the receiver is to unscramble the signal for a particular channel and send the signal to the customer's television. Additional or upgraded receivers incur an additional monthly fee.Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
A DVR allows the customer to record programs, pause live TV, rewind programs, skip through commercials during playback, and much more.
Note: this DVR receiver will not work with HD TV. Please order an HD/DVR receiver type if you want DVR capabilities for your HDTV. HD/DVR receivers are not available for all cable service plans, if you do not have an option to select HD/DVR receivers your provider may not offer it.
A dual receiver (available through Dish Network only) can service up to two rooms. The receiver is placed in one room, yet it controls the programming for two televisions. Each room can independently choose programming.
An HD/DVR receiver combines the features of a DVR and HD Receiver. A DVR (Digital Video Recorder) allows the customer to record programs, pause live TV, rewind programs, skip through commercials during playback, and much more. An HD receiver can unscramble digital and high definition data, providing a "real life" picture.HDTV
A high-definition television with capability of a 720 or 1080 lines of resolution; HDTV ready may also be referred to as "HD Ready," "HD Compatible," "HDTV Display," or "HDTV Monitor"High Definition (HDTV) Receivers
An HD, or "high-definition" receiver can unscramble digital and high definition data, providing a "real life" picture.
Note: this HD receiver does not have DVR functions. Please order an HD/DVR receiver type if you want DVR capabilities for your HDTV. HD/DVR receivers are not available for all cable service plans, if you do not have an option to select HD/DVR receivers your provider may not offer it.
The infrared remote's signal is confined to the room. The infrared remote controls the Satellite receiver TV and other equipment in the room with the receiver.Interactive Program Guide
The interactive menu guide offers four main functions: Channel Lineups- Customers can browse channel content more quickly than searching channel-by-channel or waiting for the TV guide to cycle through again.
Reminders- Customers can set reminders for shows a day in advance, ensuring that they will not miss favorite programming.
Information- One touch of a button on the Universal Remote can give a brief description of the program including the rating.
Parental Control - Allow parents to lock out programs by channel, rating or time of day to ensure that their children cannot watch inappropriate programming. Usually these controls are password or PIN protected.
Multiplexing offers multiple versions of a channel (for example, HBO, HBO East, HBO West, HBO Latino, and HBO Signature). Each channel offers different viewing options.On Demand
On Demand allows customer the convenience of watching programming at their leisure. Customers can choose from movies, TV shows and sporting events located in the On Demand catalog. Once ordered, a selection from the On Demand catalog can be viewed for up to 24 hours. Depending on the provider, this service may be included. Note: For Premium Channels On Demand the subscriber will also need to have a subscription to the premium channel. (Example: In order to watch HBO comedy channel, the customer must subscribe to HBO).Outlet Installation
Outlet Installation is required when there are no pre-existing cable outlets.Outlet Rewiring
Outlet Rewiring is required when pre-existing outlets are not receptive to cable transmissions. The installation fee typically includes the rewiring of 2-3 outlets.Pay Per View
Digital customers have the option to purchase additional programming. Pay-per view channels offer a variety of programming. Customers can select a specific program using their remote to order the programming. Charges for the service appear on the cable bill.Premium Channels
Also known as "Movie Channels," they include HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Starz, and Encore.Pre-Wired
Residence is wired for video programmingReceivers Included
The receivers included with the monthly plan are standard digital receivers. HDTV receivers and DVRs can be added to your plan for an additional fee.Routing Number
A nine-digit number that is used to identify the customer's financial institution (for example, for a wire or direct deposit). This number is located between the start and stop characters (I: and I:) in the bottom left-hand corner of the check and begins with 0, 1, 2, or 3.
This device wirelessly receives programming data from the orbiting satellite. A cable connects the satellite dish to the receiver. The satellite dish is mounted to a stationary object (house, fence, wall etc). Installation of the satellite dish incurs no additional cost. The installation site must have a clear view of the southern sky.Satellite Receiver
The Satellite receiver connects to the television set. This receiver is necessary for all programming channels. Receiver upgrades are available to include the following technologies: High Definition (HD), Digital Video Recorder (DVR)Showtime Multiplex
Showtime primarily shows motion pictures as well as some original programming and boxing matches. Showtime operates eight multiplex channels and a high definition channel.Standard Digital Receivers
Digital programming requires a receiver to transmit the television signal. A standard digital receiver is included with the monthly service price and must be returned when the service is disconnected. Additional receivers and upgrades may be purchased for an additional cost.UHF Remote
The UHF remote's signal can pass through walls and floors. This signal controls the TV satellite receiver for the TV in the room without the receiver. Available with Dish Network only.Universal Remote
When a customer's digital service is installed, the provider sets up a receiver and a remote. The remote can be used to control other equipment such as:
Stereo or surround sound systems
VCR, DVD or DVD/VHS combo units
DVR (Digital Video Recorder)
Residence is not wired for video programming.Wall Fishing
Wall fishing is another way of saying "running wires through walls. It is a procedure performed by a cable technician to install a new cable jack in a residence. It usually occurs when the customer has a Television in an interior room (no outside walls) and the only way to get cable to the room is to fish through the wall. The wall fish procedures require a small hole to be cut in the drywall and a long wire (with a hook) is inserted. The hook drags the cable to the place where the installer can then wire a cable jack. Customers will pay extra for this service.