Television station

Cerro de Punta, Puerto Rico's highest peak, and its TV transmission towers

Set of equipment managed by a business, organisation or other entity, such as an amateur television operator, that transmits video content and audio content via radio waves directly from a transmitter on the earth's surface to any number of tuned receivers simultaneously.

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Cerro de Punta, Puerto Rico's highest peak, and its TV transmission towers

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Long wave radio broadcasting station, Motala, Sweden

Non-commercial educational station

Long wave radio broadcasting station, Motala, Sweden

A non-commercial educational station (NCE station) is a radio station or television station that does not accept on-air advertisements (TV ads or radio ads), as defined in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and was originally intended to offer educational programming as part, or whole, of its programming.

Fox Business Network's Master Control

Master control

Fox Business Network's Master Control
One of ESPN's new digital master control rooms, MCR-D1, in Bristol, Connecticut.
Fox Business Network's Master Control with lights off
Fox Business Network's Master Control room with lights on.

Master control is the technical hub of a broadcast operation common among most over-the-air television stations and television networks.

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Television channel

Terrestrial frequency or virtual number over which a television station or television network is distributed.

Terrestrial frequency or virtual number over which a television station or television network is distributed.

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Commonly, the term "television channel" is used to mean a television station or its pay television counterpart (both outlined below).

Indoor "rabbit ears" antenna often used for terrestrial television reception. This model also has a loop antenna for UHF reception.

Terrestrial television

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.

Terrestrial television is a type of television broadcasting in which the television signal is transmitted by radio waves from the terrestrial (Earth-based) transmitter of a television station to a TV receiver having an antenna.

Logos of the five major U.S. terrestrial television networks (clockwise from top left: NBC, CBS, ABC, The CW, and Fox.)

Broadcast network

Logos of the five major U.S. terrestrial television networks (clockwise from top left: NBC, CBS, ABC, The CW, and Fox.)
Original major radio broadcasting networks in the United States
The WEAF and WJZ chains

A terrestrial network (or broadcast network in the United States) is a group of radio stations, television stations, or other electronic media outlets, that form an agreement to air, or broadcast, content from a centralized source.

The DuMont Television Network in 1949. DuMont's network of stations stretched from Boston to St. Louis. These stations were linked together via AT&T's coaxial cable feed, allowing the network to broadcast live television programming to all the stations at the same time. Stations not yet connected received kinescope recordings via physical delivery.

Television broadcasting

The DuMont Television Network in 1949. DuMont's network of stations stretched from Boston to St. Louis. These stations were linked together via AT&T's coaxial cable feed, allowing the network to broadcast live television programming to all the stations at the same time. Stations not yet connected received kinescope recordings via physical delivery.

A television network or broadcaster is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, where a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay television providers.

Comparison of frequency band designations

Digital subchannel

Comparison of frequency band designations

In broadcasting, digital subchannels are a method of transmitting more than one independent program stream simultaneously from the same digital radio or television station on the same radio frequency channel.

A broadcasting antenna in Stuttgart

Network affiliate

Local broadcaster, owned by a company other than the owner of the network, which carries some or all of the lineup of television programs or radio programs of a television or radio network.

Local broadcaster, owned by a company other than the owner of the network, which carries some or all of the lineup of television programs or radio programs of a television or radio network.

A broadcasting antenna in Stuttgart

This distinguishes such a television or radio station from an owned-and-operated station (O&O), which is owned by the parent network.

Harris automation system used at the former WWJQ (now WPNW) in 1993.

Broadcast automation

Broadcast automation incorporates the use of broadcast programming technology to automate broadcasting operations.

Broadcast automation incorporates the use of broadcast programming technology to automate broadcasting operations.

Harris automation system used at the former WWJQ (now WPNW) in 1993.
Solidyne GMS200 tape recorder with computer self-adjustment. Argentina 1980-1990
Solidyne 922: The first bit compression card for PC, 1990

Used either at a broadcast network, radio station or a television station, it can run a facility in the absence of a human operator.

A broadcasting antenna in Stuttgart

Sister station

A broadcasting antenna in Stuttgart

In broadcasting, sister stations or sister channels are radio or television stations operated by the same company, either by direct ownership or through a management agreement.