cable television


Definition of cable television

: a system of television reception in which signals from distant stations are picked up by a master antenna and sent by cable to the individual receivers of paying subscribers

called also cable TV

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Barrasso said their calls, usually about 10 minutes or so, span several topics and sometimes are prompted by a Barrasso appearance on cable television or a Sunday political talk show. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "‘He just picks up’: Trump and the lawmakers he loves to talk to on the phone," 20 Feb. 2019 Disney+ is part of Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger’s broader strategy to adapt to changes in the media landscape, as people increasingly eschew traditional cable television packages and expect more films available in the home. Meg James, The Seattle Times, "Disney announces Disney+ will launch November 12, at $6.99 a month," 11 Apr. 2019 Lindquist’s campaign has spent about $150,000, including a $40,000 advertising buy in late July aimed at cable television and online platforms. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Superheated race for Pierce County prosecutor, pitting boss against former chief deputy, is most expensive county-level contest in state," 5 Aug. 2018 The company has defended the merger as a necessity in a changing media landscape in which broadcasters now face competition not just with each other but with cable television and online news and entertainment sources. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Senators ask FCC chairman to pause Sinclair/Tribune merger," 26 Apr. 2018 All this will unleash a spiral of demoralization on cable television and beyond. Dennis Kneale, WSJ, "A Guide to TV’s ‘Fall’ Season," 25 Mar. 2018 The first game was held in 1951, well before the current nightly saturation available through cable television and NBA League Pass, the league’s subscription service. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Why was Pistons C Andre Drummond left off 2018 All-Star Game roster?," 24 Jan. 2018 What the ad says: The 30-second ad that airs on broadcast and cable television opens with images of Brochin talking with people. Pamela Wood,, "Ad watch: Brochin TV ad defends gun record, attacks Almond in Baltimore County executive race," 19 June 2018 If there is to be more realignment—and that isn’t guaranteed now that cable television isn’t driving the train anymore—then talks would begin to heat up near 2022. Andy Staples,, "After Its NFL Draft Bounceback, the Big 12 Sees an Encouraging Path Forward," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cable television

1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cable television

: a system in which television signals are sent through cables rather than through the air

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Kids Definition of cable television

: a television system in which paying customers receive the television signals over electrical wires

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