Making the Most of Cable Set-top Boxes
How to understand the different types of cable set-top boxesAre you confused about cable set-top boxes? You hear about regular cable, digital cable, and then digital cable/DVR boxes. You’re new to the cable industry. However, your boss wants you to understand it, to be sure you're making the most of cable set-top boxes.
Sure, you can take some courses, but you can find plenty of information on cable set-top boxes on the Internet. For example, you can go to the website of manufacturers of cable set-top boxes and learn about their products and how best to use them. To make the most of cable set-top boxes, you want to do the following:
1. Get information on digital cable set top boxes.
2. Find out about digital cable set top boxes that integrate DVR technology in them.
3. Understand the CableCARD alternative to digital cable set-top boxes.
Read about digital cable set top boxes
Learn about digital cable set top boxes that offer DVR technologyA digital cable set top box that has DVR (digital video recorder) technology will allow customers to record television programs for later review and discussion. The program storage is on a hard drive and in digital format, such as MPEG-1 or MPEG-2. Like the VCR, you can fast forward, rewind, or playback. However, the main advantage with DVR is that customers can instantly skip to the section they want to view, without having to rewind and wait. This is especially useful in the entertainment industry.
Discover how the CableCARD will replace cable TV boxesCableCARD does not support pay-per-view. Yet this new technology has other features that cable carriers like. For one thing, it cuts costs for the cable carrier. Secondly, it prevents thieves from stealing cable TV. The CableCARD looks like a credit card and goes into a slot on your HDTV. The CableCARD works like a cable set-top box in that it stores customers' information and allows customers to unlock and see scrambled digital-cable signals.
- Pay attention to legislation that government passes in regards to cable set-top boxes. Since the cable industry has to abide by government regulations, you'll want to research government websites, such as the FCC, to be sure you're using the proper equipment.
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