: a service providing noncommercial television programming (such as recent movies and entertainment specials) by means of a scrambled signal to subscribers who are provided with a decoder

called also pay television

compare pay-cable, subscription tv

Examples of pay-TV in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Disney is attempting to walk a fine line by preserving the lucrative pay-TV bundle while separately offering products with fewer channels to sports fans who don’t want to pay more than $100 a month. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Since day one, Showmax has leaned on its local know-how and production capacity as an advantage over its global competitors, offering a wide range of African content from across the MultiChoice bouquet of pay-TV channels, as well as its slate of Showmax originals. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 29 Jan. 2024 Comcast lost 389,000 pay-TV subscribers in the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of 440,000 in the year-ago period. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 Disney’s market leadership through the Star pay-TV operation and the Disney+ Hotstar streaming platform are under challenge from Amazon’s Prime Video and Reliance Industries’ Jio, a fast-expanding phones-broadband-entertainment behemoth. Patrick Frater, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 Paying roughly $3 billion each, Jio took the streaming rights, while Disney secured only the pay-TV rights. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Jan. 2024 Paramount Global does have agreements with some large pay-TV providers that allow Showtime cable subscribers to also access the Paramount+ With Showtime streaming service. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 Dec. 2023 While pay-TV player Dish is building out its own 5G network, Comcast CMCSA -0.5% has also been doubling down on the space via the mobile virtual network operator route, adding 294,000 phone lines during Q3, taking its total wireless base to 6.3 million subscribers. Trefis Team, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Cord-cutting amid the rise of streaming services and the high price of the TV bundle has significantly reduced pay-TV penetration in the U.S. in recent years, while Asia-Pacific and Europe have continued to experience growth. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pay-TV was in 1954

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“Pay-TV.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pay-TV. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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