pay television


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pay one's respects,
  2. pay one's way,
  3. pay out,
  4. pay phone,
  5. pay stub,
  6. pay the piper,
  7. pay through the nose,
  8. pay up,
  9. pay your money and take your choice,
  10. pay-and-display

Origin of pay television

First recorded in 1955–60

Also called pay-TV [pey-tee-vee] /ˈpeɪˌtiˈvi/, subscription television.

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British Dictionary definitions for pay television

pay television

noun

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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