A Background Story about Cable and Satellite TV

Initially, for televisions to function, a signal needed to be transmitted from an antenna (transmitter) positioned at a station or broadcast source to a receiving antenna (receiver) on the television itself, or placed on the roof of a house. That worked well provided that the transmitter and receiver were in close contact. Houses that were too far away from the transmitter were not able to catch the signal. In the 1940’s the earliest cable companies advanced and eliminated that problem. They constructed massive antennas which were able to receive signals from hundreds of miles away. They then laid out coaxial cable starting from the cable reception facility directly to houses; very much like they continue to do today.
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