There a large number of cable television companies out there, but they don't all offer the same thing and they may not even offer their services in certain areas. It is wise to understand which channels and features you may want to have, then find out what each cable television company offers the things that you want. Do you want to be able to record shows so you can watch them later? Maybe you want to have many more channels including the premium movie channels. These are all things to do research on before you sign a contract with a cable television company so you know what it is you will be getting with them. This way, you wind up with everything you want and you know the amount you will have to pay before even getting it.