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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What’s down are the Nielsen ratings on the big events on broadcast networks and on cable television. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 Its social media channels have been dormant for months, and the company’s domain name has been taken over by a scam effort purporting to be Time Warner Cable, a cable television service that no longer exists. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mark Cuban’s hoverboard company has gone up in smoke," 26 Sep. 2018 The 47-year-old Newport Beach, Calif., lawyer represents Daniels in her lawsuits against Cohen and Trump and has become a ubiquitous face on cable television news. USA TODAY, "A porn star, an oligarch and corporate CEOs: Who's who in the Stormy Daniels-Michael Cohen saga," 10 May 2018 But for cable television, cord-cutting has reached epidemic levels. Chad Finn,, "Go ahead, cut the cord. You can still watch baseball plenty of ways," 23 Mar. 2018 DuPage County this week entered into a new franchise agreement with Comcast for the company to continue providing cable television service in unincorporated areas. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "DuPage County, Comcast agree to 10-year deal," 29 June 2018 Now that the ruling has come to pass, the group plans a flood of social media, mail, email, cable television ads, op-eds and phone calls to spread the news about employees’ opportunity to cease paying union fees. Bloomberg,, "Group funded by conservative billionaires launches anti-union campaign following Supreme Court ruling," 28 June 2018 The media landscape has changed enormously in the past 35 years, starting in the 1980s when cable television with its accompanying 24/7 news cycle started making its way into living rooms across the country, Chiara said. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "STEAM/PASS Program Hosts Media Presentation," 27 June 2018 Commisso, who made his fortune as founder of Mediacom, one of the largest cable television companies in America, has been tipped to now walk away altogether., "AC Milan Takeover Falls Through After Owner Li Yonghong Reportedly Changes Terms of €500m Deal," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of cable television

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cable television was in 1951

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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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