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How Home Theater and HDTV Work by Michael Troller, Michael Miller

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Chapter 2. How Cable Television Works

How Cable Television Works

Cable television was first developed for entirely practical reasons. Many rural viewers were located too far away from the big–city transmitting antennas and couldn’t receive the signals of many (if any) major television stations. Cable was used to transmit these far–away television stations to rural customers.

The first cable network was established in 1948, when remote Pennsylvanians solved their reception problems by putting antennas on hills and running cables to their houses in the valleys. In the 1950s, rural cable systems began using microwave transmitting and receiving towers to capture even more distant ...

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