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Pay television or Premium Television refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. Some parts of the world, notably in France and the US, have also offered encrypted analog terrestrial signals, available for subscription. Pay TV is the name of a Swedish trio of girls who make electro music. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... Premium television (sometimes pay television in North America) generally refers to a class of commercial-free television services which are available for subscription through cable and satellite television for fees much higher than traditional, packaged cable networks or specialty services. ... The subscription business model is a business model that has long been used by magazines and record clubs, but the application of this model is spreading. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ...

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Price

Pay television channels come in different price ranges. Many channels carrying advertising combine this income with a lower subscription fee. These are called "mini-pay" channels and are often sold as a part of a package with numerous similarly priced channels. Sometimes, the channels are also sold "à la carte", allowing the consumer to select which channels they subscribe to.


There are also premium television services which have a significantly higher price than the mini-pay channels, but they compensate for their higher price by carrying little or no advertising and also providing a higher quality output.


As advertising sales are sensitive to the business cycle, some broadcasters try to balance them with more stable income from subscriptions. // [edit] Introduction [edit] Definition If we were to take snapshots of an economy at different points in time, no two photos would look alike. ...


Distribution

Pay television has become popular with cable and satellite television. Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ...


There have also been some subscription services on analogue terrestrial television, but free-to-air television dominated and scrambled services were rare. Canal+ has operated a national pay channel in the French terrestrial network since 1984 and will do so until the closedown of analogue television. Spanish Canal+ did also broadcast nationally between 1990-2005. Some US stations launched services such SuperTV, Wometco, Prism, SelecTV and ON-TV in the late '70s, but those services disappeared as they couldn't handle the competition from cable television. Canal+ (Canal Plus, meaning Channel Plus/More in French) is a French premium pay television channel launched in 1984. ... Canal+ is a Spanish pay television channel, launched in September 1990 on terrestrial television frequencies. ... Starting in the summer of 1982, Baltimore City and surrounding areas were treated to one of the earliest forms of cable-style television. ... The Wometco Home Theater (WHT) was an early pay television service in the New York City area. ... Launched in the 70s by Spectacor, PRISM (Philadelphia Regional In-Home Sports and Movies) was a 24-hour premium channel, intended for cable customers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. ... SelecTV was a subscription TV Service established in 1976, using the nighttime hours of Los Angeles UHF station KWHY. In 1983, the service went national via satellite and was later purchased by Starion Entertainment, which eventually dropped the SelecTV branding in the late 1980s and renamed it Starion Premiere Cinema. ... ON-TV was a subscription television service, also known as National Subscription Television. ...


In some countries, the launch of digital terrestrial television has meant that pay television has become increasingly popular in countries with regular antennas. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ...


The major distributors of Pay Television in Australia are Foxtel, Optus Television and Austar, both of which provide Cable services in some Metropolitan areas, and Satellite for regional areas of the country. Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... Optus Television is the cable television division of Australian telecommunications company Optus. ... An Austar Remote Austar is an Australian telecommunications company. ...


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Pay-per-view

Pay-per-view (PPV) services are similar to subscription-based pay TV services in that you must pay to have the broadcast decrypted for viewing, but usually only entail a one-off payment for a single or time-limited viewing. Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ...


Free-to-view

"Free" variants are free-to-air (FTA) and free-to-view (FTV), however FTV services are normally encrypted and decryption cards either come as part of an initial subscription to a pay TV bouquet or can be purchased for a one-off cost. Free-to-air is a phrase used to describe television and radio broadcasts which are available without subscription and without decryption (pay-TV). ... Free-to-view (FTV) is a term used in the United Kingdom for certain television channels on the Sky Digital satellite platform which require a working VideoGuard receiver and viewing card to decrypt the signals, but do not require any form of continual subscription. ...


Selective access of free content

  • FTA and FTV systems may still have selective access. ABC Asia-Pacific is one example. This channel's content is free-to-air but NRL games are encrypted.

The ABC or Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the national, Australia. ... The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. ...

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Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods.
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