A television station is a commercial business or organization that transmits their signals directly to television receivers (TV sets). It usually has a studio for making TV shows. Television transmissions can be broadcast using analog television signals or digital television signals. Broadcast television standards are set by the government. These standards vary around the world. Analog television stations usually broadcast their signals on one television channel. Digital television stations broadcast their signals over one or more subchannels.
The term "television station" is normally applied to earth-based television stations and not to cable television or satellite television broadcasting. Television stations usually require a broadcast license from a government agency. That agency sets the rules which television stations must follow. In the United States, for example, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses television channels.
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- Roger L. Sadler, Electronic Media Law (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005), p. 95
- Encyclopedia of Television, Second Edition, Vol. 1, ed. Horace Newcomb (New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004), p. 73