13 Facts About Cable Television


Cable television is a system of delivering television programming to paying subscribers via radio frequency signals transmitted through coaxial cables or, in the 2010s, light pulses through fiber-optic cables.

Radio frequency is any of the electromagnetic wave frequencies that lie in the range extending from around 7003300000000000000♠3 kHz to 7011300000000000000♠300 GHz, which include those frequencies used for communications or radar signals.

Broadcast programming is the practice of organizing and or ordering of broadcast media programs in a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or season-long schedule.

Coaxial cable, or coax, is a type of cable that has an inner conductor surrounded by a tubular insulating layer, surrounded by a tubular conducting shield.

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This contrasts with broadcast television, in which the television signal is transmitted over the air by radio waves and received by a television antenna attached to the television.

A television antenna, or TV aerial, is an antenna specifically designed for the reception of over-the-air broadcast television signals, which are transmitted at frequencies from about 41 to 250 MHz in the VHF band, and 470 to 960 MHz in the UHF band in different countries.

Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum longer than infrared light.

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FM radio programming, high-speed Internet, telephone services, and similar non-television services may also be provided through these cables.

Internet access is the process that enables individuals and organisations to connect to the Internet using computer terminals, computers, mobile devices, sometimes via computer networks.


Analog television was standard in the 20th century, but since the 2000s, cable systems have been upgraded to digital cable operation.

Analog television or analogue television is the original television technology that uses analog signals to transmit video and audio.


A "cable channel" is a television network available via cable television.


When available through satellite television, including direct broadcast satellite providers such as DirecTV, Dish Network and BSkyB, as well as via IPTV providers such as Verizon FIOS and AT&T U-verse is referred to as a "satellite channel".

Verizon FiOS, is a bundled Internet access, telephone, and television service that operates over a fiber-optic communications network to over 5 million people in nine states.

DirecTV is an American direct broadcast satellite service provider and broadcaster based in El Segundo, California.

AT&T U-verse, commonly called U-verse, is an AT&T brand of triple-play telecommunications services.


Alternative terms include "non-broadcast channel" or "programming service", the latter being mainly used in legal contexts.


Examples of cablecable networks available in many countries are HBO, MTV, Cartoon Network, E!

Home Box Office is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Time Warner through its respective flagship company Home Box Office, Inc. Programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with made-for-cable movies and documentaries, boxing matches, and occasional stand-up comedy and concert specials.

MTV is an American cable and satellite television channel, owned by Viacom through Viacom Media Networks and based in New York City.

Cartoon Network is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that operates daily from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.


, Eurosport and CNN International.

CNN International, simply referred to on the channel as CNN, is an international English language cable, satellite, IPTV and digital terrestrial television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner.

Eurosport is a pan-European television sports network, owned and operated by Discovery Communications.


The abbreviation CATV is often used for cable television.


It originally stood for Community Access Television or Community Antenna Television, from cable television's origins in 1948.


In areas where over-the-air TV reception was limited by distance from transmitters or mountainous terrain, large "community antennas" were constructed, and cable was run from them to individual homes.


The origins of cable broadcasting for radio are even older as radio programming was distributed by cable in some European cities as far back as 1924.

Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video content or other messages to a dispersed audience via any electronic mass communications medium, but typically one using the electromagnetic spectrum, in a one-to-many model.

Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.

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