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Broadcast TV includes several networks with terrestrial stations: ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, UPN, WB, PBS, PAX, Telemundo, and Univision. Broadcast TV also includes numerous non-affiliated independent stations, such as Chicago's WCIU, most of which broadcast network programming from years past.


Cable TV usually comes over a coaxial wire into homes, and subscribers pay for the privilege — often dearly — thanks to government deregulation of that mostly monopoly industry. Cable has a lot more networks than broadcast TV, and the programming is more specifically targeted. Cable networks that claim to show news include MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, and CNBC. Comedy Central's The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart, attracts more viewers, and many critics believe that show's self-described "fake news" to be more insightful than the so-called news channels.

Newsworld International (Current TV), owned in part by former Vice President and popular vote winner of the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election Al Gore, is expected to offer high-quality news programming. BBC may also extend its world-famous 24 hour news service to the United States.


Satellite TV gets beamed (directionally broadcast) down from space and picked up by dishes. Dish Network and DirecTV are the two biggest U.S. satellite-TV services.


Internet TV gets transmitted over the Internet. Due to the technical obstacles, such as limited bandwidth, Internet TV is still in its infancy. However, producers of entertainment, including the Motion Picture Association, fear piracy through this relatively new medium despite previous unfounded fears (and a major Supreme Court case) of innovations such as the VCR.


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