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

Examples of cable television in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Belle came equipped with cable television and Wi-Fi, and my boyfriend was able to turn on the news and reply to emails, just like his morning routine at home. Tamara Gane, Travel + Leisure, "Tiny Houses Are All the Rage — but What Is It Really Like to Stay in One?," 11 Apr. 2021 The growth in popularity of business news on cable television and the internet in recent decades gave rise to another wave of influential figures. Akane Otani, WSJ, "The New Stock Influencers Have Huge—and Devoted—Followings," 21 Mar. 2021 The hourlong production is available to view on social media and cable television. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'In need of coming back' - San Antonians celebrate Good Friday together, not on a screen," 2 Apr. 2021 In 1982, the court ruled that requiring landlords to allow cable television companies access to their property was a per se taking of property requiring compensation, even if minimal. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Clash Between Union Campaigns and Private Property at Supreme Court," 21 Mar. 2021 Meantime, outrage has become virtually the business mode of some cable television shows. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "The Perpetual Outrage Machine Churns On," 8 Mar. 2021 Rocco Commisso, the billionaire founder of cable television giant Mediacom, ran headlong into Italy’s famed bureaucracy last year. Eric J. Lyman, Fortune, "Despite ‘zero chance to win a championship,’ American business tycoons continue to pile into Italian soccer," 6 Mar. 2021 Which is not to say that all of these newcomers to public opprobrium have stories worth telling beyond cable television news (Hilaria Baldwin, por favor, pay attention). Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "Why the Political Memoir is the Year's Hottest Book Genre," 25 Feb. 2021 Think about how Twitch relates to YouTube relates to Netflix relates to cable television. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?," 16 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cable television

1951, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2021

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“Cable television.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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