Television Program


A television program is a segment of content intended for broadcast on over-the-air, cable television, or Internet television, other than a commercial, trailer, or any other segment of content not serving as attraction for viewership.

Internet television is the digital distribution of television content, such as TV shows, via the public Internet, as opposed to dedicated terrestrial television via an over the air aerial system, cable television, and/or satellite television systems.

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.

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It may be a single production, or more commonly, a series of related productions.

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A limited number of episodes of a television show may be called a miniseries or a serial or limited series.

An episode is a coherent narrative unit within a larger dramatic work such as a film or television series.


Series without a fixed length are usually divided into seasons or series, yearly or semiannual sets of new episodes.


While there is no defined length, U.S. industry practice has traditionally favored longer television seasons than those of other countries.


A one-time broadcast may be called a "special", or particularly in the UK a "special episode".


A television film is a film that is initially broadcast on television rather than released in theaters or direct-to-video.

A television film is a feature-length motion picture that is produced for, and originally distributed by or to, a television network, in contrast to theatrical films, which are made explicitly for initial showing in movie theaters.

Direct-to-video or straight-to-video refers to the release of a film to the public immediately on home video formats rather than a theatrical release or television broadcast.


A program can be either recorded, as on video tape, other various electronic media forms, played with an on-demand player or viewed on live television.

Live television refers to a television production broadcast in real-time, as events happen, in the present.

Electronic media are media that use electronics or electromechanical audience to access the content.

Videotape is magnetic tape used for storing video and usually sound in addition.


a television program can be recorded if needed

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