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Bandwidth is a calculation of the frequencies used by whichever medium they are being consumed. When it comes to broadcast, especially when compressed, digital TV streams are more powerful than analog ones. This tends to work even though, says UFC, many people on a common cable TV distribution viewing the same show at the same time. On one frequency category also known as a channel, the provider will transmit and all the subscription receivers on that node are tuned to the center frequency of the channel. One source, numerous receivers.

Speaking of cables predominantly, bandwidth is usually referred to as the selection of frequencies that are used for transferring the information over data cables. The wide-ranging the bandwidth the more amount of data it can carry. The standard parameter for measuring bandwidth is cycles per second or Hertz (Hz). Some top-notch cable TV service providers in the US including spectrum TV assure their bandwidth remains intact irrespective of the number of people using it simultaneously.

If you only want to know “You having broadband access and cable television, my access is impacted by utilizing TV,” the answer would be: No. Although some cable TV’s capacity in your home is potentially used, the bandwidth is not the restraining factor for your internet access thus far. Cable TV does consume a part of your bandwidth, but then again it could be deemed as a comparatively smaller share of the bandwidth. For the reason that this is broadcast, and the cable signal for every station is transmitted once and for all the consumers to get it.

If you particularly want to know, “Does cable television broadcast use space that would only be reserved by the internet,” when you searched for ‘Does cable TV use bandwidth?’ the answer is going to be: yes. Cable TV does consume a majority of the bandwidth of the network but should be reckoned as a comparatively smaller part of the bandwidth. The cable signals for every channel is only pushed once when it is transmitted, and all viewers access it simultaneously. However, if both viewers simultaneously were viewing the same TV programs on a streaming service i.e. Netflix, the degree would be greater with the overall bandwidth accessed on the network.

However, on the cable TV system, they do consume the bandwidth. But content providers such as Netflix do have not the same advantage. And if you and your neighbor are watching the same thing from the same internet service provider at the same time, you’re both still having your own Netflix data stream. Fortunately, modern internet service provider’s mechanisms are so fast that much of the time the link is possibly idle, facilitating reuse of the frequency. This ensures that the same data stream from your ISP is processed from both your neighbor’s modem and your modem (i.e. cable, not DSL). Your modem only receives packages sent to it and disregards everything for your neighbors. Moreover, Wi-Fi also functions (simplistically speaking) in a similar manner.

Thus, the frequency of bandwidth that is needed to transfer one analog audio-video one-track stream will provide many consumers with a high speed of the internet. This depends, of course, on the high-speed broadband requirements along with the physical state of the networks. One of the many benefits of modern broadcasting (not the web) is that it transmits the material that is being viewed. If nobody is actually watching MTV on your delivery node, so it may not be passed on, and will not be until anyone updates the station and demands the particular video & audio streaming from their device. When the station is changed again, it no longer needs the content stream down the node, and the sending finishes. It means that a TV network like the cable system will sell thousands of channels which includes names like ABC, central comedy, NBC, but at any given time there will usually only be a few hundred participating subscriber recipients on the node.

Conclusive Notes

The aforementioned discussion specifies that cable TV at its maximum uses a few hundred channels to transmit the stations needed by such receivers. For other forms of data, internet-based data often needs validation, which means there must also be an upstream link. The simplest reply to the title is yes, cable TV does consume a small portion of bandwidth.


If you are thinking about getting a new TV services package or TV and internet bundle (and you can see some great impartial reviews of DIRECTV internet here), you may be wondering whether it is worth including the premium cable channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz in your bundle, or getting the sports networks that cover the sports you love, when you can usually find a way to see these things online. Here we take a look at some of the pros and cons of subscribing to premium channels.

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Why You May Not Actually Need Those Paid Channels

If your intention is just to be able to see things, like your favorite football, baseball, hockey or basketball team playing live or the newest episode of Game of Thrones, then you can usually find ways to stream these things. While not always completely legal, streams do tend to exist, which is how people from outside of the US who want to watch US sports events not televised outside of the States or see American shows before they are aired in their own countries manage to watch these things. The quality will not be great in most cases, and unless you have the hardware to run your computer’s images through your TV you will have to watch them on your laptop or tablet, but you will be able to get the gist of what is going on. If you want to watch the shows on premium cable but don’t care about seeing them as soon as they are aired, you can also just wait for a much cheaper service like Netflix to carry them and marathon watch the whole season or series sometime in the future.

Why It Can Be Worth the Money to Keep Premium Cable

If you use all of the features and watch a lot of live sport or high end drama, then cable can be well worth the money for the enhancement it gives to your home entertainment options. If simply ‘seeing’ something is not enough, and you want the best possible experience (which can make a lot of difference when it comes to lavishly designed TV shows or sports games where you want to truly be able to spot whether you agree with a referee’s decisions), you want to watch it in glorious HD or 3D on your TV. For many, this quality alone is worth the subscription, as is getting the shows the moment they air, helping avoid those pesky Twitter and Facebook friends who post spoilers! By using interactive features that give shows more depth, DVR features that ensure you never miss anything, on demand services that let you catch up and discover new shows, and the facility to watch shows from these networks on the go on your phone or tablet, you can actually get a lot out of your cable package.

In short, whether cable is worth it or not depends on what matters to you with your TV viewing. Do you simply need to see it and know what happened, or do you want it beautifully presented with interactive features, and available instantly at a time to suit you?


The Walking Dead Season 5 opener has been watched by 17.3 million people, breaking cable viewing records.

It marks the biggest cable audience for a non-sports program in the US, according to television viewing figures tracking company Nielsen.

The Walking Dead, which stars British actor Andrew Lincoln, held the previous record of 16.1 million for its fourth season debut last year.

The end of the series also set a new benchmark for a finale with 15.7 million.

The Walking Dead Season 5 opener has been watched by 17.3 million people, breaking cable viewing records

The Walking Dead Season 5 opener has been watched by 17.3 million people, breaking cable viewing records

Sunday’s return to the air also triumphed in the valuable 18-49 age range with 11 million viewers. Its nearest scripted rival was popular comedy The Big Bang Theory, which pulled in 6.9 million people in that key demographic.

Variety reported that the AMC show also reached record levels for the number of people obtaining the show illegally, with piracy tracking firm Excipio logging 1.27 million downloads in the first 24 hours after transmission.

But the level of piracy for TV series Game of Thrones pushes The Walking Dead into second place, with its fourth series premiere registering 1.86 million illicit downloads.

It added that Fox has rushed the show to some 125 markets around the world in a bid to thwart piracy.

The hit show tracks the fortunes of sheriff Rick Grimes – played by Andrew Lincoln – as he attempts to survive flesh-eating zombies.