Words at Play : Top 10 New Words for Old Things

#8: Broadcast TV

What It Used to Be Called:

TV

What changed:

Starting in the 1970s, new TV channels started pouring into American homes via new technologies.

Broadcast TV – i.e. the old-fashioned kind, transmitted over the airwaves – became distinct from the cable and satellite options.

An early use:

"The kind of television most of us watch is broadcast TV. Television stations beam signals over the air, and anyone in the area with a TV set can pick up the signals." — Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Sept. 1979

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