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There was a time when Cable TV wasn’t really much different from over-the-air television. You switched on your TV and watched whatever was being broadcast at that moment — and although the picture might have been clearer and the channel choices more plentiful, it otherwise wasn’t all that different from what you would have experienced watching TV with an antenna.

That was the past. But Cable TV in the 21st century comes with more flexibility than viewers a few years ago would ever have expected.

The result? A much more convenient TV experience.

One example is Video on Demand. It used to be that if you wanted to watch a show that you wouldn’t be home for, you had to set your DVR — or, before that, your VCR — and record it as it was broadcasted. But if you forgot to do that, the opportunity was gone.

With Video on Demand, if you forgot to record a show you wanted to watch, you can just pull up your Video on Demand menu and see if it’s one of the thousands of programs that have been stored for you to watch whenever it’s convenient. At D&P Communications, we launched our Video on Demand service in 2014, and in recent months we’ve more than tripled the amount of content that’s available for you to watch.

(A special note to our Tecumseh customers: You may have signed up for service before Video on Demand was available in your area. If you’re in Tecumseh and don’t have Video on Demand yet, just give us a call and we’ll evaluate your options.)

Of course, Video on Demand is great if you miss a show, but what if you want to watch it live — but just don’t happen to be at home? That’s where another part of our advanced residential services comes in: TV Everywhere, which lets you watch your favorite Cable channels no matter where you are.

TV Everywhere is accessible from your computer, tablet or smartphone — anywhere with an Internet connection. And it’s so easy to set up that you can do it right now. Just go to WatchTVEverywhere.com and select D&P Communications from the dropdown menu. You’ll need to give the website your D&P email and account number for a one-time signup process, and then all you need to do is click on the channel you want to watch.

The Cable TV industry is changing fast, and one thing we’ve heard a lot about is “cord-cutting” — people giving up Cable TV entirely and turning to services like Netflix and Hulu for entertainment. Some people have done that, but we’re finding more and more that both Cable TV and streaming services have a part to play. You might watch Netflix for your favorite movies or old TV shows, then turn on the TV (or fire up TV Everywhere) to catch new shows or the next Lions game.

With our high-speed fiber network, we’re equipped to deliver the bandwidth you need for streaming — and the advanced services you need to enjoy a modern Cable TV experience.

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