from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A television distribution system in which station signals, picked up by elevated antennas, are delivered by cable to the receivers of subscribers. Also called cable TV, community antenna television.
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- n. Television received through coaxial cables.
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- n. television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver
- n. a television system that transmits over cables
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Originally known as CATV community antenna television, cable television debuted in the late 1940s in a mountainous region of Pennsylvania when a local TV salesman became frustrated that he couldn’t sell sets because customers could not receive a signal.
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