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 Like most scripted cable television shows, The Good Doctor has aired on an annual cycle, with each season having a fall premiere, a brief hiatus in December, and a mid-season return at the start of the following calendar year. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Will 'The Good Doctor' Season 4 Happen? Here's What We Know so Far," 24 Sep. 2019 That angered Hannity, cable television’s most fervent supporter of the Republican president. Washington Post, "Hannity vows to bash Kimmel until he apologizes to 1st lady," 7 Apr. 2018 Officials in Washington and Kiev were increasingly alarmed by developments that were out in the open, including the mysterious suspension of aid and Giuliani's penchant for revealing his schemes in appearances on cable television. Anchorage Daily News, "Texts show push to strong-arm Ukraine," 5 Oct. 2019 The lawsuit contends that Maddow's comment on her July 22 MSNBC show were retaliation after OAN President Charles Herring accused cable television giant Comcast of censorship. CBS News, "Rachel Maddow sued for $10 million by One America News in defamation case," 10 Sep. 2019 The lawsuit contends that Maddow’s comment on her July 22 MSNBC show were retaliation after OAN President Charles Herring accused cable television giant Comcast of censorship. Washington Post, "One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10 million," 9 Sep. 2019 The 69-year-old Commisso is chairman of cable television provider Mediacom group, and owns New York Cosmos soccer club., "US billionaire Commisso buys Italian club Fiorentina," 6 June 2019 As cable television became increasingly popular and audiences grew more niche, candidates began to go on a wider range of non-political shows, touting their authenticity and marketing themselves as not only solid politicians, but genuine people. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "YouTube shows have become a secret weapon for rising politicians," 20 Aug. 2019 Episodes of his program landed among the Nielsen company’s list of Top 20 shows last week for both broadcast and cable television. Washington Post, "Fox’s Carlson calls white supremacy ‘a hoax.’," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cable television

1951, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Cable television.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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