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pay television

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noun
  1. a commercial service that broadcasts or provides television programs to viewers who pay a monthly charge or a per-program fee.
  2. the programming provided.
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Origin of pay television

First recorded in 1955–60
Also called pay-TV [pey-tee-vee] /ˈpeɪˌtiˈvi/, subscription television.
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cablepay-per-view

British Dictionary definitions for pay tv

pay television

noun
  1. a system by which television programmes are transmitted in scrambled form, unintelligible except to those who have paid for descrambling equipmentAlso called: subscription television Compare free-to-air, pay-per-view
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