When cable TV first arrived on the scene in the early 1990s, it was expensive and had a limited number of channels, which made it difficult for consumers to find content.
Today, the same basic cable service is available for as little as $10 per month.
But that hasn’t always been the case.
In some cases, consumers can pay $15 to watch a wide variety of TV programming, with some channels offering multiple channels and others only one.
In other cases, the cost can be as high as $60 per month, which is why the majority of consumers have switched to wireless TV antennas.
The advent of satellite TV has opened up a whole new realm of entertainment, and cable companies are scrambling to keep up.
As satellite TV continues to grow in popularity, cable companies have responded by creating new packages of channels that are available in the same way they are for traditional television.
And as cable companies push to add new channels, some are adding new antennas.
These antennas, called distributed antenna systems (DAS), are now being used by consumers and businesses alike.
The cable companies can pay customers to subscribe to a DAS, and then pay for a channel to be added to the system for free, which usually involves a monthly fee.
DAS are also becoming a way for cable companies to sell a service that they are offering without having to invest in a physical installation.
For example, in January, Dish Network announced it would start selling its DAS service through a new customer acquisition model called DishLink.
A customers package that includes a DishLink DAS and an Internet connection costs $20 per month and comes with a DishNetwork account, according to Dish.
Customers can also pay $25 a month for access to DishLink on a separate DishLink-enabled device, but that will include an additional fee of $20.
Another Dish Network-branded dishlink service, DishLink Live, is also available, and can cost as much as $70 per month for unlimited access to all channels.
There are also many DAS providers that offer a wide array of channels including HBO, CNN, MTV, ESPN, Food Network, and more.
Even more, the new DISH dashery service allows customers to purchase a package of channels for a flat fee.
This service includes channels like Food Network and Food Network Live, but also includes a DTS-HDTV channel for a reduced price.
Other DDS providers include Hulu, Hulu Plus, Sling TV, Amazon Prime Video, and Spot.tv.
“We think it’s important to point out that these packages are just the beginning of a cable company’s cable package, and that the consumer can choose the content and service they want to receive from these companies,” Dishes General Manager David Tully told The Wall Street Journal.
In other words, customers don’t need to be a cable subscriber to get DAS.
And they can also opt out of being billed, as well.
Cable companies are trying to create a new model that’s more attractive to consumers.
“If a consumer wants to buy an antenna, it’s not really a cost, and we don’t have a hard cap on what a consumer can pay,” MTV Chief Content Officer Paul Mulvey said.
So, the fact that cable companies, with their new distributed antennas, are now able to offer a more affordable service to their customers has some people feeling very optimistic about the future of cable.
That’s because the industry is on the cusp of making a significant change to the way it sells TV channels, with the new “satellite TV” model.
This new model allows cable companies to sell the same channels they already offer on the Internet via DASs, and to bundle these channels into packages that are also available via traditional cable.
“The DAS market is exploding,” Gail Johnson, a TV industry analyst at Comcast, told NBC News.
“[The DDS] is going to bring cable television to a whole other level, and it’s going to change how consumers get their TV.”
In fact, Munsell and Bates said they believe that the future is looking bright for cable TV, even if the cost of it is high.
They noted that DDS companies are already making significant strides in their technology.
Munssell said that DAS companys like Dish and HBO are moving quickly to build out the infrastructure that will allow DAS companies to deliver their channels to the end user.
He said that Dish is even working on building a DDS-enabled satellite TV box.
BATES also said that Das