Cable television is the primary form of video entertainment for most Americans today, and it is rapidly spreading throughout the world as consumers demand more programming and higher-quality images. From modest beginnings in the post-World War II years to today, cable television has grown from simple delivery of existing television signals to include video on demand services, digital music stations, cable-only programming content, and even interactive services such as paying bills or ordering programming.
Cable television hardware starts with a standard television. Virtually every television in the United States is sold “cable ready” with a jack for a coaxial cable. Additional hardware may be requested ...