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Encyclopedia > Premium television

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. 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. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed optical... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... A specialty service or specialty channel is a television service, generally not available through conventional broadcast television, which consists of programming focused on a single type or targeted at a specific demographic. ...


Historically, premium services consisted of single feeds distributed on encrypted analog channels. Modern premium services, such as HBO and Showtime in the United States, The Movie Network, Movie Central and Super Écran in Canada, Sky Movies in the United Kingdom, Movie Network and Showtime Australia in Australia, Globo's Telecine in Brazil and Televisa's Cinecanal in Mexico have grown to include several "multiplex" channels, and in some cases a video-on-demand service, and are distributed via digital means. In most cases they show movies throughout the day, with occasional original series, sports events, and other specials. Analog television encodes picture information by varying the voltages and/or frequency of the signal. ... HBO logo HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... The Movie Network (TMN) is a general-interest pay TV service available in Canada, specifically east of the Ontario-Manitoba border, excluding the territories. ... Movie Central is a Canadian movie channel which broadcasts only to Western Canada. ... Super Écran is a Canadian French language television network that broadcasts the French version of popular movies 24 hours a day on four different channels. ... The current Sky Movies logo Sky Movies is the collective name for the British subscription television movie channels operated by Sky Television, later British Sky Broadcasting. ... MOVIE NETWORK, was created as Optus Visions 24 hour movie channel. ... Showtime Australia is a pay-TV movie service, available on the Foxtel, Austar and Optus subscription TV services in Australia and produced by the Premium Movie Partnership (PMP). ... Contents // Categories: Television stubs | Companies of Brazil | Television networks ... Telecine (pronounced teli-SINI) is the process of transferring motion picture film into electronic form, or the machine used in this process. ... Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, and a major player in the international entertainment business. ... Cinecanal is a Latin American panregional cable television network launched in April 1993. ... In telecommunications, multiplexing (also muxing or MUXing) is the combining of two or more information channels onto a common transmission medium using hardware called a multiplexer or (MUX). ... Video on demand (VOD) systems are systems which allow users to select and watch video content over a network as part of an interactive television system. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ...


Unlike other cable networks, premium services are almost always subscribed to individually, meaning that one can subscribe to HBO without subscribing to Showtime. (In Canada, there are slight modifications, as most providers include U.S. superstations with their main premium package by default.) However, subscribing to an "individual" service automatically includes access to all of that service's available multiplex channels and, in some cases, access to content via video-on-demand. Superstation in United States television can have several meanings. ...


Due to their high subscription fees, premium television services are generally the most profitable services in their respective territories.


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Optimum amplitude and frequency of jamming carrier in interdiction program denial system - Patent 5142574 (11582 words)
The cable television premium channel interdiction apparatus of claim 1 wherein the amplitude of the jamming signal is within the range of approximately -2.5 dB to +5.0 dB.
Television program source 101 may be a satellite television receiver output, a program produced by a television studio, program material received over a microwave or broadcase television link, a cable television link output, or any other source of television programming consistent with the present invention.
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A television series that is intended to air a finite number of episodes is usually called a miniseries.
A television movie is a movie that is initially aired on television rather than being released in cinemas or direct-to-video, although many successful television movies are later released on video.
While television series appearing in TV networks are usually commissioned by the networks themselves, the real revenue for the producers is typically when the product is sold into syndication.
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