The 3D swingometer is a graphic device used to illustrate the shift in election results from the previous election in a three-party system. It is similar to the '2D' swingometer used in two-party system elections, but uses the extra dimension to allow swings to occur between three parties. ...more on Wikipedia about "3D swingometer"
Amateur television (ATV) is the hobby of transporting broadcast- quality video and audio over radio waves allocated for amateur radio using the broadcast standards of NTSC in North America and Japan, and PAL or SECAM in Europe and elsewhere, using the full refresh rates of those standards. It also includes the study of building of such transmitters and receivers and the propagation between these two. ATV is an extension of amateur radio. ...more on Wikipedia about "Amateur television"
An anthology series is a television series that features different stories, with a different cast of characters in every episode. Typically these have been found in the science fiction and horror genres. Examples include Twilight Zone, Night Gallery and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The only constants in these series was the on-camera host, who would appear at the beginning and end of the program for introduction and conclusion. During summers in the 1970s and 1980s, American television networks would often run comedy anthology series which consisted of unbought television pilots. Another example of anthology series would be live television dramas, such as Playhouse 90, where the cast and story would be different from week to week but there was no host. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anthology series"
The bible of a television series, sometimes more prosaically referred to as the writers' guide, is the standard reference used by writers for information on that show's characters, settings and other elements. New writers, and freelancers, are often referred to it when writing scripts for the show to ensure continuity with previous episodes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bible (television)"
Big Bad is a term coined by fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the name for the most important villain fought during one season by the show's protagonists. Similarly, the term Little Bad (or sometimes Minor Bad) was also coined by Buffy fans, reffering to a less important villain that was fought throughout the course of the season. Often, but not always, the Little Bad is an agent of the Big Bad. Again often, but not always, the Big Bad is defeated in a climatic season finale. Because the Big Bad typically only lasts one season, it is frequently mentioned along with the season's number (e.g. the Big Bad of Season 1). ...more on Wikipedia about "Big and little bad"
A block error is a common type of error in certain types of digital television transmission, particularly those that use image compression. Its presence in a television image is a telltale sign that 1) the signal is broadcast digitally, as this type of error can not occur in analog transmission, and 2) that there is a significant amount of noise, as digital television is designed to tolerate a certain amount of interference. Block errors are usually detected, but not corrected, by the receiving device and are commonly displayed as empty black boxes in the television image. ...more on Wikipedia about "Block error"
A broadcast network is an organization, such as a corporation or other association, that provides live or recorded content, such as movies, newscasts, sports, and public affairs programs for broadcast over a radio or television station. They are generally operated according to whether they are primarily a television network or a radio network, although some organizations run both types of networks. ...more on Wikipedia about "Broadcast network"
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A bumper, or bump, when referring to television, is a short video clip displayed before and after commercials, typically promoting the current program or channel. Bumps can vary from simple text (see below) to short films. Also called a Commercial bumper. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bump (television)"
Channel surfing is the practice of quickly scanning through different television channels or radio frequencies in order to find something interesting to watch or listen to. Modern viewers, who may have cable or satellite services beaming down dozens if not hundreds of channels, are frequently caught channel surfing. It is common for people to scan channels when commercial broadcasters switch from a show over to running advertisements. ...more on Wikipedia about "Channel surfing"
Character shields are plot devices in films and television shows that prevent important characters from dying or being seriously injured at dramatically inconvenient moments. It often denotes a situation in which it strains credibility to believe that the character would survive. ...more on Wikipedia about "Character shields"
Chuck Cunningham syndrome refers to when an important character in a television series is removed with little or no explanation. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chuck Cunningham syndrome"
The term Circling the drain refers to a patient who is on a slow and irreversible downward spiral towards death, but is a long way from finally dying. The phrase is now used in a broader context to apply to a person, institution or era which is clearly unable to reverse a long downward decline. It is used in business to describe business practices that stave off short term cash flow problems but lead to customer alienation. In gambling, particularly poker, the term describes a period where a person is on a long losing streak, or is affected by bad playing habits. The phrase is often abbreviated to CTD. ...more on Wikipedia about "Circling the drain"
A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in which a movie or novel contains an abrupt ending, often leaving the main characters in a precarious or difficult situation. This type of ending is used to ensure that audiences return for the next installment of the story to find out how the cliffhanger is resolved. The phrase comes from the common end of episode situation of the protagonist left hanging from the edge of a cliff. Some serials end with the caveat "to be continued" ( Duckman and Clone High parodied this caveat). ...more on Wikipedia about "Cliffhanger"
In television, a clip show is an episode of a series, usually sitcoms, that relies mostly on showing excerpts from previous episodes, generally depicted as a sequence of flashbacks given plausibility by a frame tale. ...more on Wikipedia about "Clip show" Inform your friends about shortopedia
Closed captioning (CC) allows deaf and hard of hearing / hearing-impaired people, people learning English as an additional language, people first learning how to read, people in a noisy environment, and others to read a transcript or dialogue of the audio portion of a video, film, or other presentation. As the video plays, text captions are displayed that transcribe, although not always verbatim, what is said and by whom and indicate other relevant sounds. ...more on Wikipedia about "Closed captioning"
Closed-circuit television (CCTV), as a collection of surveillance cameras doing video surveillance, is the use of television cameras for surveillance. It differs from broadcast television in that all components are directly linked via cables or other direct means. CCTV is often used in areas where there is an increased need for security, such as banks, casinos, and airports. The use of CCTVs in public places has increased, causing debate over security vs. privacy. ...more on Wikipedia about "Closed-circuit television"
A cold open in a television program or movie is the technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning or opening of the show, before the title sequence or opening credits are shown. Shows which air some form of titles before jumping in to the story and then running a formal opening sequence also are considered cold opens. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cold open"
The phrase community television has been used somewhat differently around the world. It commonly describes television stations that are owned and operated by "communities" rather than governments, business or television industry professionals. A related term, " public-access television" has come to have a specific meaning in the USA, where it describes a legislated provision of cable broadcasting access by cable television companies, but the terms overlap considerably. ...more on Wikipedia about "Community television"
Cousin Oliver is a jargon used by TV critics when the creators of a TV show decide that the addition of a cute child actor to the cast will improve the ratings of the show, or as a replacement for child cast members that have grown up since the show started. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cousin Oliver"
CRID is a concept from the standardization work done by the TV-Anytime forum. A CRID or a Content Reference Identifier closely matches the concept of the Uniform Resource Locator or URL, made famous by the stunning success of the World-Wide Web: ...more on Wikipedia about "Crid"
Cult television, like cult figures, cult film and cult radio, attracts a band of aficionados, known as a cult following, devoted to a specific television program or unreal universe. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cult television"
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A digital on-screen graphic is a watermark-like station logo that many television broadcasters overlay over a portion of the screen-area of their programmes to assist viewers in identifying the channel. They are thus a form of permanent visual station identification, increasing brand recognition. In some cases, the graphic also shows the name of the current programme. Some networks use an on-screen graphic to advertise later programmes in the day's television schedule – this is generally displayed after the opening, during in-programme credits, and when returning from a commercial break. ...more on Wikipedia about "Digital on-screen graphic"
Dot crawl is the popular name for a visual defect of color analog video standards when signals are transmitted as composite video. It consists of animated checkerboard patterns which appear along vertical color transitions. It results from intermodulation or crosstalk between chrominance and luminance components of the signal, which are imperfectly multiplexed in the frequency domain. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dot crawl"
An electronic program (or programme) guide (EPG) or also an interactive program(me) guide or (IPG) is a on-screen guide to scheduled broadcast television programs, allowing a viewer to navigate, select, and discover content by time, title, channel, genre, etc., using his or her remote control. ...more on Wikipedia about "Electronic program guide"
Electronic Service Guide is a on-screen guide to scheduled broadcast television programs, allowing a viewer to navigate, select, and discover content by time, title, channel, genre, etc., used in mobile video broadcasting techniques such as DVB-H. ...more on Wikipedia about "Electronic Service Guide" Inform your friends about http://www.shortopedia.com shortopedia
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