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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As most people with cable television have seen by now, former The Apprentice villainess and ousted White House staffer of unclear responsibilities Omarosa Manigault Newman is on a media blitz promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Omarosa May Be Ridiculous, But She’s Not a “Terror”," 13 Aug. 2018 Devon Patterson’s furnished apartment in a luxury Manhattan building came with mid-20th-century furniture, champagne flutes and a cocktail mixer along with dishes, sheets, towels and cable television. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Demand Rises for Furnished Rental Apartments," 26 June 2018 The Rauner and Pritzker ads are airing on both broadcast and cable television. Rick Pearson,, "Rauner hits Pritzker over Blagojevich, Pritzker hits Rauner over 'failed leadership' in early TV ads," 5 June 2018 The luxury yurts have Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, heating, bathroom and cable television. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Glamping USA: Stay in a Hobbit hut, a covered wagon or a caboose," 25 May 2018 Lemon Grove staff is recommending a 4 percent UUT on electricity, gas, water, telephone (including cell phones and long distance services), and cable television. Karen Pearlman,, "Lemon Grove to consider various ways to make money," 26 June 2018 Lamont founded a business of his own, cable television company Lamont Digital Systems, in the 1980s. Rebecca Lurye,, "Four Gubernatorial Candidates Pitch Their Business Plans To Tech Leaders," 13 June 2018 YouTube TV offers about 60 channels of broadcast and cable television. Martyn Williams, PCWorld, "Verizon could provide the first 5G home Internet service in the United States, coming in October," 12 Sep. 2018 Those who believe an international getaway will free them from the hamster wheel of Sunday morning Twitter storms and blustery cable television pundits will be disappointed when their plane touches down. Christopher Muther,, "This summer, there will be no vacation from Trump talk," 18 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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