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 Joyce Sanz recently called Comcast hoping to reduce the $164 each month her family pays for cable television and internet. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "No Live Sports on TV? Consumers Want a Refund," 2 Apr. 2020 Hannity's program often rates No. 1 on cable television, but not on television overall. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump is self-isolating at his safe space: Fox News," 30 Mar. 2020 But now, instead of watching the president create drama on cable television from a faraway capital, millions are living it themselves. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "Out of Touch," 12 Mar. 2020 The officials would not say whether the team will include firebrand House Republicans who have defended Trump in hearings and on cable television, an idea that appeals to the president. Chris Strohm,, "Parnas Says Trump Lied About What He Knew: Impeachment Update," 10 Mar. 2020 Even worse is the candidate who runs to build a private brand, whether for an existing business or a crack at a job as a talking head on cable television. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The GOP has almost no chance in Maryland’s 7th District. But these candidates want to try.," 24 Jan. 2020 Fifteen years later, traditional cable television is rapidly declining and tech giants are pouring massive resources into creating their own content. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Bob Iger was more than Steve Jobs' friend: He was legacy media's most tech-savvy CEO," 27 Feb. 2020 Benson worked in banking, real estate, cable television, restaurants and politics, having been the Republican nominee for Colorado governor in 1994. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Nearly 81, Bruce Benson ends decade-plus tenure at CU’s helm by looking forward: “My life is working”," 23 June 2019 Cable – Cable internet service comes from the same coaxial cable network that is used with cable television. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Best internet deals to save money and maximize speed," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of cable television

1951, in the meaning defined above

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16 Apr 2020

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“Cable television.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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