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

called also cable TV

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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 That prompted White House trade adviser Peter Navarro to appear on cable television to try to calm investors. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Trade Rift Within Trump Administration Sends Stocks on Wild Ride," 25 June 2018 Or perhaps Pfeiffer, a regular CNN commentator, is relishing his liberation from the constraints of cable television. John Diaz,, "‘Yes We (Still) Can,’ by Dan Pfeiffer," 15 June 2018 Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was the first person to insinuate this possibility on cable television. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Kanye West and the Question of Freedom," 11 May 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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