The outcome of this competitive battle between satellite TV and cable companies has created many benefits for all home services. The cable companies have been forced to improve their services in order to compete with DIRECTV and Dish Network, which have included adding more than just equal or better television programming (e.g., bundled television, high speed internet and telephone). Add to that the competition between DIRECTV and Dish Network for the market share of satellite TV subscribers, and the technology improvements like digital video recording (DVR) and High Definition Television (HDTV), have been even further advanced.
In the most recent years even the traditional telephone companies have entered the paid television programming and bundled home services market. Verizon launched FiOS® in 2004 and is the first company to deliver television programming (and other services) by means of fiber optics all the way to the house! AT&T followed and is now offering television programming as part of their U-verse fiber optic service.
Today, these cable, satellite and telephone providers offer pretty much the same televison programming. Sure their channel capacity claims differ, but the fact is the programming is pretty much the same for each. They also each offer additional services like Digital Video Recording (DVR), On Demand Movies and Pay-Per-View Movies, for instance.
One thing separating the cable and telephone companies from the satellite tv providers today is how bundled services are delivered. With their hard-wired networks that connect straight to the home, cable and telephone companies have added broadband Internet and telephone services, making the triple play bundle a very affordable choice for many:
While the satellite tv providers (DIRECTV and Dish Network) also offer some levels of bundled services, those additional services (high speed internet and telephone) are not carried over the satellite tv network, but rather are typically partner deals with other broadband internet or telephone providers. For instance, DIRECTV and AT&T have partnered to provide a "bundled service" triple play.
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