Why fiber optics is far better than coax cable for TV viewing

The term Cable TV has been used since the late 1970’s and still brings to mind coaxial cables connected to the back of your 95-pound, 21-inch television that you paid over 500 bucks for. Now, the term “cable” in Cable TV includes fiber optics cabling, the far superior transport medium. While coaxial cable is still used to deliver television programming throughout the country, it simply can’t provide all the benefits of fiber. That’s why if you live in area served by MetroNet’s 100% all fiber network, which delivers high-speed Internet, HDTV, and phone and WAN service, consider yourself lucky. Fiber optics offer speeds up to 1 Gbps, which puts you in the minority when compared to the rest of the country. The FCC estimates that slightly over 10% of the U.S. population has access to fiber optic networks that offer speeds of 1 Gig.

Coaxial cable, which is comprised primarily of copper, transmits content through an electrical current. As a result, it can be subject to inference from nearby electrical devices and appliances; you probably have a few of those.

As you’ve probably heard, fiber optics is much faster than coaxial cable, as much as hundreds of times. Internet Service Providers that still deliver connectivity via coaxial cable rarely offer more than 500 Mbps connections. While slower speeds can certainly affect your internet experience, consider what that means to your television viewing. See how guests respond to a fuzzy picture during your Super Bowl party.

Even though fiber optics are thin, hair-like strands of flexible glass, they are incredibly durable and reliable. They don’t corrode or short-out due to moisture, and deliver high-speed connectivity regardless of weather conditions. And without any electrical current, fiber optics doesn’t present a fire hazard.

Coaxial cable is subject to high attenuation at higher frequencies, which basically means it loses power over distances and becomes less reliable. As a result, companies using coaxial cable require that amplifiers be installed on their network. If an amplifier goes down, your TV watching experience will, as well.

If nothing else, remember this―fiber optics delivers greater signal speed, far superior reliability, and a much better and higher quality TV viewing experience. When it comes to TV viewing, that really says it all.

Order MetroNet HDTV and Music Streaming Service for your business today. Your guests will thank you and so will your employees watching in the breakroom. And, like all MetroNet services, our Business Television and Music Streaming Service is delivered on our 100% all fiber network. You’ll enjoy a crystal-clear signal with no buffering, lag time, or pixilation. And your connection isn’t shared, so you’ll always get the same lightning fast speeds you’re expecting.