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    Did You Know There Is Only One Cable Provider In Your Area?

    Local governments license the ability to provide cable service in their areas; each region only allows one provider.

    By entering your zip code, we are able to pinpoint exactly who services your area. Once we have your information, we'll help you find your local cable provider and give you all the information you need to select the right package. Our availability map will help you quickly and easily find what cable companies are available in your area. It's a useful tool if you're moving and want to see if your current provider is available in your new location or just to see a visual representation of what cable television availability is like in your zip code.

    Encryption Of Basic Cable Tier Starts Today

    steal cableAccording to recent regulation approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), cable TV providers can now start encrypting their basic service tiers as of today. However, some MSOs may have problems taking advantage of the new rule, since their networks may not be completely updated from analog to digital. MSOs with fully digitized networks can remotely encrypt their service tier, while MSOs with analog systems must send a technician to terminate unauthorized service.

    This new rule could help stem losses from service theft, which has contributed to billions of dollars in annual losses for most pay TV providers. However, there may be a few drawbacks for some loyal pay TV subscribers. For instance, if a home has cable TV in 3 rooms, with set-top boxes in 2 rooms and basic service in the 3rd room, the customer may be required to pay for another box just to restore service to the 3rd room.

    Small cable providers are opposed to basic service encryption for this reason, because they think it could affect their ability to offer comparatively lower rates and hurt their competitiveness with the large pay TV providers.

    It’s unlikely that widespread encryption will happen overnight, since even the large cable companies still have parts of their network in analog. There are no formal announcements as of yet from any major MSO about encrypting basic service, though it’s possible that compliance with the new regulation will be done in a piecemeal fashion, with certain regions being targeted first.

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