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cable television

alt. television received through coaxial cables. n. television received through coaxial cables.

cable television
  1. n: television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver [syn: cable]

  2. a television system transmitted over cables [syn: cable, cable system, cable television service]

Cable television

Cable television is a system of delivering television programming to paying subscribers via radio frequency (RF) signals transmitted through coaxial cables or light pulses through fiber-optic cables. This contrasts with broadcast television, in which the television signal is transmitted over the air by radio waves and received by a television antenna attached to the television. FM radio programming, high-speed Internet, telephone service, and similar non-television services may also be provided through these cables. Analog television was standard in the 20th century, but since then cable systems have been upgraded to digital cable operation.

A "cable channel" (sometimes known as a "cable network") is a television network available via cable television. When available through satellite television, including direct broadcast satellite providers such as DirecTV, Dish Network and BSkyB, as well as via IPTV providers such as Verizon FIOS and AT&T U-verse is referred to as a "satellite channel". Alternative terms include "non-broadcast channel" or "programming service", the latter being mainly used in legal contexts. Examples of cable/satellite channels/cable networks available in many countries are HBO, MTV, Cartoon Network, E!, Eurosport and CNN International.

The abbreviation CATV is often used for cable television. It originally stood for Community Access Television or Community Antenna Television, from cable television's origins in 1948. In areas where over-the-air TV reception was limited by distance from transmitters or mountainous terrain, large "community antennas" were constructed, and cable was run from them to individual homes. The origins of cable broadcasting for radio are even older as radio programming was distributed by cable in some European cities as far back as 1924.

Usage examples of "cable television".

This is what happened with the advent of cable television : contents are sold for subscription or per usage (Pay Per View - PPV) fees.

They generally don't know that it's a vanity project, financed by the Dentist, and that it will be aired only on cable television in the middle of the night.

There are a number of less complicated networks in other colors, which might represent coaxial lines, such as they used to use for cable television, or even voice phone lines.

But it was comfortable enough, with a spacious work area, multiline phone, cable television, broadband Internet connection and a small, round conference table and four maroon leather chairs.

And I'll betcha Marty's making a fat deal for 'Champagne Flight' with cable television-'The story continues uncensored .

He'd hammered away in the Library on occasion, when absolutely sick of cable television, but the way he figured it, the big heap of electric text was way overrated.

Within two weeks most of his cable television licenses were reĀ­.

Within two weeks most of his cable television licenses were rescinded.

She was a white woman, one of innumerable blondes with long straight hair who proliferated on American cable television like amoebae in a petri dish.

While there was no in-room cable television, no pay-for-view satellite service, no complimentary paper outside the door every morning, there was air conditioning, running water, and the room-service menu was six pages long, supplemented by ten full pages of wine listings.

They went immediately to bed except for two men, who stayed awake watching cable television, already amazed at what they saw of life in the United States.