What are the different kinds of cable? This question can be quite confusing, and it can be interpreted in two different ways. First, what are the different kinds of cable that connect things? Second, what are the different kinds of cable that provide television programming and internet service? Knowing the answer to both is actually very helpful towards understanding cable internet, so we're going to go over both questions.
The first question that we're going to answer is what are the different types of connector cables? By knowing the different types of cables, it will be easier for you to connect and use your own devices without a technician to assist you. The main type of cable used in cable internet is coaxial cable. Coaxial cable is fairly durable and can withstand a lot of abuse, but it should be replaced if it looks like the plastic shielding is cracked or broken. This cable has a hex nut on either end which screws into either a jack or television set, with a thin guide wire in the center. The guide wire should be cut flush with the hex nut for the best connection. The only other type of cable used in a cable internet connection is Ethernet cable. Ethernet cable is used to connect the modem to your computer, and can handle the fast transmission speeds of cable internet. It almost looks like a phone cord on either end, but much larger. Aside from Ethernet and coaxial cable, there really aren't any other cables that you need to worry about.
That leaves us with the second question: What are the different types of cable programming? This question is much less technical than the previous one. There are 3 main types of cable programming: basic, premium, and pay-per-view. Basic cable programming still offers at least 30 channels, but often doesn't have movie channels or the smaller niche channels (always ask though, some providers have better packages than others). Premium cable offers movie channels, extra sports channels, and some of the smaller or more specific channels (such as the DIY Network). Lastly, pay-per-view programming tends to fall into 2 categories: major sports events and/or movies. The sports events tend to be much more expensive than movies, and watching a pay-per-view movie is much cheaper than seeing it in theaters.