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

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Examples of cable television in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jackson and Neil Martin take home top network television series for their main theme for NCIS, while John Sereda wins top cable television series for the music featured in the historical drama When Calls the Heart. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 2 May 2022 Our goals were straightforward: escape the rising costs of paying for cable television. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 It was originally developed by James Gosling and others at Sun to allow interactive applications to be downloaded to digital cable television boxes. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Larry King appeared as a primetime cable television host from June 3, 1985, to December 16, 2010. Abigail Adams,, 21 Apr. 2022 Now that being a cable television cord cutter is no longer outlier territory, the streaming audience has matured into the next phase: optimization. Adario Strange, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2022 Early this month, federal prosecutors charged a U.S. citizen, John Hanick, with helping a Russian oligarch set up and operate a cable television news network in Russia. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2022 The Dodgers’ program is an example of how teams are developing loyalty in and making money from fans in ways that go far beyond selling tickets, T-shirts and cable television subscriptions. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 On Tuesday, the cable television distributor DirecTV cut ties with the network. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cable television

1951, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Cable television.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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