Advantages and Disadvantages of Cable TV

Cable TV has been facing increasing competition from other communications types like satellite television and even such computer sites as Netflix. With all of these options now available, it is a good opportunity to look at the pros and cons of cable television. In this article, I will examine three positive and three negative points about cable television, to help you make an informed decision.

Advantage #1: Stability

Cable television is especially stable in its service. Both traditional air-wave broadcasts and modern satellite television can and will cut out on you during any serious storm (and often during some not-so-serious storms). Cable, on the other hand, will only go out if there is some flaw in the overall system, like a broken cable or router. This will happen far less often than rainstorms, so cable television will provide far more consistent service.

Advantage #2: Bundling

Often specials are available by bundling your cable television with other services in a single package, usually internet and phone, but sometimes services like cellular phones. These bundles can actually save you quite a bit of money, especially if you bundle all three typical services together. It also provides the convenience of having a single bill.

Advantage #3: Price

Cable television can actually be fairly inexpensive, if you don’t add too many options. The initial hardware costs are fairly inexpensive when compared to satellite, and the FCC requires that all cable companies provide a basic cable package consisting of broadcast channels and a few local channels. As a result, cable television can be the cheapest form of television aside from buying an antenna.

Disadvantage #1: Annoying Monopolies

Many areas only have a single cable television provider, and this creates a monopoly. While the competition from satellite is increasing, the corporate culture of these monopolies is especially poor. Customer service can be terrible, if not non-existent in many cases, and consumer satisfaction with cable TV companies is consistently some of the worst among any companies in the United States.

Disadvantage #2: Confusing Price Packages

Many cable companies are very confusing when it comes to how much their service will actually cost in the long run. Many require you to sign up for two years in order to get a one-year introductory deal. However, you have to really dig on their websites to find out how much the second year will cost. In other cases, there are hidden fees, rental charges and taxes.

Disadvantage #3: Privacy

If you are bundling your cable television with your internet (and many people do), you will have less privacy on the internet. Cable internet works with a stable IP address that doesn’t change, so people will be able to easily track your visits to their sites. Compare this with DSL, where you can easily reset your IP by turning your modem on and off.

With these advantages and disadvantages in mind, you will be in a better position to make a decision about whether to choose cable television.


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How to Use a Portable Car Battery Charger

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If your car battery is dead, your can safely connect it to a charger and get your car running again.

Step 1: Protect yourself
Wear protective clothing and eye protection. Remove any jewelry, never put your face near the battery, and keep the charger as far away from the battery as the cables permit.

Step 2: Determine battery voltage
Consult your owner’s manual to determine your battery’s voltage and make sure it matches the charger’s DC output voltage.

Step 3: Identify the battery posts
Identify the positive and negative terminals on your car’s battery. The positive terminal with be marked with a plus sign, the letter P, or the abbreviation POS. The negative terminal will be marked with a minus sign, N, or NEG.

Step 4: Connect positive clip
Make sure the charger is unplugged and turned off. If the car has a negative ground, as most do, connect the positive charger clip to the positive battery post. Consult your owner’s manual to determine whether your car has a remote positive terminal located away from the battery — if it does, use the remote terminal for charging.

The positive charger clip will be red and the negative charger clip will be black. Be sure to connect the positive clip first.

Step 5: Connect the negative clip
Connect the negative charger clip to the car’s frame or engine block as far away from battery as the clip’s cable will allow. Always connect the negative clip to a heavy-gauge metal part of the frame or engine block — never the carburetor, fuel lines, or sheet-metal body parts.

Step 6: Connect to a positive ground
Connect the negative charger clip to the negative, ungrounded battery post in the unlikely event that your car has a positive ground. Then connect the positive clip to the car’s frame or engine block as far away from the battery as the clip’s cable will allow.

Step 7: Charge a battery outside of the car
Charge a battery outside of a car by determining the post polarities. Attach a jumper cable or a 6-gauge, insulated battery cable that is at least 2 feet long to the negative battery post. Connect the positive clip to the positive post. Connect the negative clip to the free end of the cable.

Do not face the battery when you make the final connection.

Step 8: Turn the charger on
Set the voltage switch to 6 or 12 volts, depending on the battery. Then set the rate switch to your desired charge rate, either 2, 6, 12, or 30 amps. If your charger is equipped with an automatic/manual charge mode switch, set it to accommodate your battery and set the timer. Then plug the cord into a grounded outlet and turn it on.

Do not touch the charger clips while the charger is turned on.

Step 9: Turn the charger off
Turn the charger off when your battery’s done charging by unplugging the AC cord, switching the unit off, and removing the charger clip connected to your car’s frame. Then remove the clip connected to battery post, put the charger away, and start your car.

Did You Know?
During his 2008 presidential campaign, Arizona Senator John McCain proposed offering a national prize of $300 million for anyone who could develop a better, more efficient car battery.


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