Talk:Television in the United States

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Overall Quality of the Article[edit]

This article could learn a lot from other articles on Television in other countries. It cites very few sources and is written as if the audience was someone who didn't know TV even existed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:46, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

"Standards and Practices"[edit]

The Federal Communications Commission regulates television in the United States, and the television industry cooperates to sanitizing the airwaves. The industry has created a U.S. TV ratings system similar to the one offered by the MPAA ratings system.

The gov't regulation of television[edit]

The Children’s Television Act (CTA) of 1990 requires that broadcast nets devote at least three hours per week of educational programming aimed at children.

There's been a lot of TV related legislation that could fall under the Regulation subhead, possibly its own76.19.97.4 (talk) 16:10, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Notable programming[edit]

Yo. Could someone try to do something with the "notable programming" section that isn't a list of TV shows and isn't relentlessly POV? I'm at a loss, but I think it's an important element. jengod 09:58, Mar 31, 2004 (UTC)


N.B. The Independent TV and Syndication section has significant inaccuracies -- e.g., the claim that syndication as a business model is dead. The problem may have been trying to lump these two topics together. I plan on addressing this as soon as I can, but I wanted to at least make a mention of the problem. --Macchiato 21:13, 1 Jul 2004 (UTC)


Looking at both this, and the "television schedule" pages, something is still confusing me. An example from this article is:

prime time begins at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST and MST)

If a programme is being aired nationally at 8pm ET, wouldn't that be 6pm MT and 5pm PT? Particularly for the pages on the schedules listing the times as Eastern and Pacific but listing only one time. Chris talk back 03:04, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

Actually that's the custom. Prerecorded television programs often air at slightly different times in different markets in order to accommodate the typical daily routine. Most United States residents live in the Eastern or Pacific time zones. This also explains the slightly later broadcast time for coastal viewers: commutes may be longer in urban zones.
So the television program you describe would air simultaneously in the Eastern and Central time zones, one hour later in the Mountain time zone, and three hours later in the Pacific time zone. It may seem confusing to an outsider but within the country this is such a longstanding convention that people rarely think twice about it. Durova 11:07, 31 December 2005 (UTC)


I have prepared a cleaned-up version of the article at User:Mwalcoff/Television in the United States. Please respond here with what you think. You'll notice that I removed some extraneous things, such as the history of children's TV (which should go in another article) but kept other sections verbatim. If no one objects over the next week or so, I'll use it to replace the current version. -- Mwalcoff 05:10, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Thank you.[edit]

I love this. Going to this page helped me to do my homework for my Television Produtions class. Thank you. Lindsey M.

I love this. Going to this page helped me finish up a class project for Television Class. Thank You. Brianna D.


When reading this article, people may think the DuMont Television Network never existed...--Julián Ortega - drop me a message 23:47, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

News article that might fit here[edit]

For consideration for inclusion...

  • Kim Hart (2008-06-11). "Many TV Viewers Unprepared For Switch". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. p. D01. Retrieved 2008-06-12.


The article says this "More syndication occupies the next hour (or ½ hour in the Central time zone, called prime access slot) before the networks take over for prime time, the most-watched three hours of television. Typically, family-oriented comedy programs led in the early part of prime time, although in recent years, reality television like Dancing with the Stars has largely replaced them. Later in the evening, dramas like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House, M.D., and Grey's Anatomy air." I'd like to know how true this is...the 8 o'clock slot for me has things like NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gossip Girl, and 90210. I'd like to know how any of that falls into either family-oriented or reality tv category. MrPenguin 2 (talk) 18:20, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

Percentage of American Television Sets[edit]

It says that 99% of American own a television set. Is this a guess or an estimate based on evidence? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:28, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

In 2009, there are 115.7 households in the US (Media Trends track from Nielsen). Of these, 114.5 households have at least one working TV (Media Trends Track from Nielsen). Thus, 98.9% of US households owned one or more TVs in 2009. (Analysis of Media Trends Track from Nielsen Data) As of January 2006, there were 301 million TV sets in US households. (US census.) There were an average of 2.7 TV sets per US household. In January 2006, there were 301 million working TV sets in US households (US Census). Link for Media Trends Track from Nielsen is Link for Census is -Dawn McGatney, 17 April 2009.

POV removal[edit]

Just removed the following from near the top of the article concerning subscription TV. I have re-worded the basic facts.

"depending on how many channels the subscriber wants, but does not let the subsciber pay for channels in à la carte due to broadcasters wanting money from subscribers who do not watch their channels causing subscribers to pay almost $100 a month for a specific channel." fatbarry2000 (talk) 14:11, 24 February 2011 (UTC)


Can something be added about scheduling and why there are 'weeks off' during a series. This would be useful for us non-US people who don't understand these gaps (and don't suffer from them, usually) For example, Bones season 7 started on November 4th. The following 2 weeks had new episodes. Then nothing for weeks, an episode the following week, then nothing for a month, and then nothing for another 3 weeks. So far, since November 4th, only 6 episodes have been shown, instead of the expected 12 or 13 episodes had they been shown weekly. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:15, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

^^^ I agree with this person (talk) 03:14, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Conc. terrestial broadcasting and Fox[edit]

How does television works today in USA ? Does the nationwide channels NBC,CBS and ABC still use analogue broadcasting or DVB-T / DVB-T2 digital ? Isn't Fox owned by Murdoch and claims to be "balanced but fair", but mostly broadcast republican party propaganda and in a more sinister way - even compared with old USSR communist party propaganda ? (question not statement) (talk) 22:35, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

All full-power terrestrial stations are now broadcasting in digital. The Fox broadcast network has the same ownership as Fox News Channel (which is on cable), but it only programs two hours a day (three on Sunday) plus sports programs on weekends. The Fox broadcast network does not have a national newscast. JTRH (talk) 22:50, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Stats on US TV?[edit]

I can see how complicated the US TV system is, but is it possible to have some basic statistics? e.g. how many American households receive TV through the major 4 methods: terrestrial broadcast, cable, satellite and internet? I can't find this information easily by googling, but people must know it. e.g. The UK article makes it easy to work out. I'm sure the total comes to well over 100%. As with the questioner above it would be nice to know the analogue/digital breakdown too. Chris55 (talk) 12:20, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

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Changing name from "Television in the United States" to "Television & Streaming in the United States"[edit]

I think it's a good idea because there are a lot of sections that mention or fully include streaming and since It's become the new normal for watching shows and movies. Eclispeo (talk) 22:13, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Required OTA?[edit]

I've heard mixed answers regarding FCC regulations regarding broadcast networks being required to broadcast over the air as part of their licensing agreements. I would love to see this addressed in this article.

Are there any OTA requirements, or can a broadcast network in a local market exclusively deliver via non-free cable agreements or other non-OTA methods? If there ARE OTA requirements, what are they (coverage, signal strength, content)?

If not, then are local broadcasters of the big 3 or 4 networks completely at their own discretion when it comes to maintaining transmitters and delivering free OTA content (which in some markets may not be as lucrative and cost effective as others). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:57, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

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