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What is Cable television?


Cable Television is a system of delivering television programming via radio frequency signals by means of coaxial or fibre-optic cables. John Walson was said to be the creator of cable television in 1948 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania to improve reception of commercial network broadcasts in remote hilly areas. It was introduced in numerous large metropolitan areas during the 1960s to improve local television reception which was degraded by the reflection of signals from tall buildings.


Commonly known as Community Antenna Television (CATV), it uses a community antenna to receive broadcast signals, which they then retransmit via cables to homes and establishments in the local area subscribing to the service. Subscribers pay a specified monthly service charge in addition to an initial installation fee. Besides providing high-quality signals to subscribers, it also gives additional television channels to its subscribers. Cable Television has become an indispensable household need for the American community.


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