Television show

A live television show set and cameras
Tamvisio's camera operators film a television program at Frenckell's studio on January 2, 1965, in Tampere, Finland.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Any content produced for viewing on a television set which can be broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, or cable, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.

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Home video

Prerecorded media sold or rented for home viewing.

Some home video users have a collection of prerecorded media, such as movies, on DVDs. DVDs are only one of a number of ways of viewing home video.
Movie boxes on display at a video rental store
By the 2000s, home video purchasers moved away from videotapes, increasingly preferring DVDs. Pictured is a cart of used videotape movies on sale at a used-goods market.
Early 4K Blu-ray release at Best Buy: A 4K Blu-ray disc player was also released.

The home-video business distributes films, television series, telefilms and other audiovisual media in the form of videos in various formats to the public.


Film premieres can be elaborate media events, such as this 2012 exhibition of Celebration Day with promotional artwork on the Hammersmith Apollo

Direct-to-video or straight-to-video refers to the release of a film, TV series, short or special to the public immediately on home video formats rather than a theatrical release.

Terrestrial television

Type of television broadcasting in which the television signal is transmitted by radio waves from the terrestrial transmitter of a television station to a TV receiver having an antenna.

Indoor "rabbit ears" antenna often used for terrestrial television reception. This model also has a loop antenna for UHF reception.
Rooftop television antennas like these are required to receive terrestrial television in fringe reception areas far from the television station.

The BBC began broadcasting in 1929 and by 1930 many radio stations had a regular schedule of experimental television programmes.

Live television

A live television show set and cameras

Live television is a television production broadcast in real-time, as events happen, in the present.

Drama (film and television)

Gone with the Wind is a popular romance drama.
Salah Zulfikar and Naglaa Fathi in My Husband's Wife (1970)

In film and television, drama is a category or genre of narrative fiction (or semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humorous in tone.

Television documentary

Documentary television rose to prominence during the 1940s, spawning from earlier cinematic documentary filmmaking ventures.

A man and woman watching televised documentary footage of the Vietnam War.
The commemorative plaque of the BBC's high-definition public television service.
A coaxial television network cable with an F-type connector
Recording with an Éclair 16mm film camera.
Sony Betacam SP Camcorder
David Attenborough in 2019.

Television documentary series, sometimes called docuseries, are television series screened within an ordered collection of two or more televised episodes.

Reality television

The Loud family, subjects of the pioneering PBS series An American Family. During filming, the parents decided to divorce and son Lance (top left) came out as gay.
Dutch media tycoon John de Mol Jr., who created the reality television franchises Big Brother, Fear Factor and The Voice, among others
Duncan Laurence, who competed on the fifth season of singing competition show The Voice of Holland in 2014, with the trophy for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian
Chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri won the second season of Food Network's Food Network Star in 2006, and by 2010 had become "the face of the network".
The English-Irish boy band One Direction formed during the seventh series of the British singing competition The X Factor in 2010, and later became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.

Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations, often starring unfamiliar people rather than professional actors.

Educational television

A live television show set and cameras

Educational television or learning television is the use of television programs in the field of distance education.

Video on demand

Media distribution system that allows users to access videos without a traditional video playback device and the constraints of a typical static broadcasting schedule.

An example of an in-flight entertainment system using VOD technology
Some VOD services require the viewer to have a TV set-top box. This photo shows the set-top box for the Jazzbox VOD service and its accompanying remote control.
A screenshot of "The Great Courses Plus", a subscription video on-demand service offered by The Teaching Company that offers instructional videos.

Until then, it was not thought possible that a television programme could be squeezed into the limited telecommunication bandwidth of a copper telephone cable to provide a VOD service of acceptable quality as the required bandwidth of a digital television signal is around 200Mbps, which is 2,000 times greater than the bandwidth of a speech signal over a copper telephone wire.


Any creative work, chiefly any narrative work, portraying individuals, events, or places in ways that are imaginary or inconsistent with history, fact, or plausibility.

An illustration from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

More broadly, however, fiction encompasses imaginary narratives expressed in any medium, including not just writings but also live theatrical performances, films, television programs, radio dramas, comics, role-playing games, and video games.