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 But his propagandistic style also took him to the limits of cable television. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The two guilds shared many financial challenges that spurred the strike, both facing a host of radical changes as the industry has pivoted away from more traditional models of theatrical distribution and network and cable television in favor of streaming., 8 Nov. 2023 For years, streaming services distanced themselves from the trappings of cable television — high bills, a glut of low-quality shows and channels, constant commercials. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 As linear television declines at a rate of close to 10% per year in the U.S., consumers are already choosing streaming more than either broadcast or cable television. Jason Kilar, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 The Million-Air Awards, song of the year, and awards for pop, film, television and cable television music will also be presented throughout the evening. Paul Grein, Billboard, 31 Aug. 2023 But worries about streaming profitability and the decline of cable television have battered Disney’s stock price. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 Between major networks, cable television channels, and streaming services, there’s just too much to watch. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, 25 Dec. 2023 Even during the golden period of cable television, which HBO ushered in with The Wire and The Sopranos, television studios and executives had to be cajoled, convinced, and at times even forced to accept that audiences wanted to watch a radically new form of entertainment. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 26 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cable television was in 1951

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“Cable television.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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cable television

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

called also cable TV

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