Cable channels vary by provider. For instance, some cable providers offer channels that are exclusive to their service. Also, a cable channel lineup may vary based upon the region in which it is offered or through a tiered system of subscription costs.
Basic cable service usually includes local TV stations, which vary by region, plus public, educational or government channels. Additional service may be provided for additional cost, and varies by cable provider. While the majority of cable channels are available through multiple cable service providers, some cable are exclusive to a particular service provider. For example, Time Warner offers a channel called NY1 available only available through its service.