Among TV and movie viewers, an everyplot refers to a plot that is always recycled into other episodes in a series. In other words, the plot of each episode becomes predictable. ...more on Wikipedia about "Everyplot"
Extended-definition television (EDTV) is television with ...more on Wikipedia about "Extended-definition television"
The Family Viewing Hour was a policy established by the Federal Communications Commission in 1975. Under the policy, each television network in the United States had a responsibility to air "family-friendly" programming in the first hour of the primetime lineup (8 to 9 EST). The hour disappeared in 1977 after it was overturned in court. ...more on Wikipedia about "Family Viewing Hour"
In television, filler refers to episodes in a continuity-based series that are not required to understand the basic story arcs. Fans often believe that filler episodes have been made to pad out a weak story, especially if they are perceived to be of poor quality. However, filler episodes are sometimes used to give background to characters and events, or to give writers a chance to show off creativity and deviate from the standard mood of the series. The most common type of filler episode is a 'character episode' which focuses on the backstory or motivations of a single character. Such episodes are useful in series which have large ensemble casts who cannot always be featured simultaneously. ...more on Wikipedia about "Filler"
In television, flow is how channels try to hold their audience by announcing the coming television programs. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flow (television)"
Fonzie syndrome is a phenomenon on episodic media (usually TV sitcoms) in which a character that had originally been a one-off or part of the supporting cast becomes the central and most popular character on the show. The term comes from the American sitcom Happy Days, in which the character of Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli (played by Henry Winkler) started out as a minor, fringe character but quickly evolved into the focal point of the series. Winkler's billing in the credits rose all the way to second (he refused to go before Ron Howard, the star), and at one point, network executives even hoped to call the show "Fonzie's Happy Days." ...more on Wikipedia about "Fonzie syndrome"
In film and video, footage is the raw, unedited material as it has been recorded by the camera, which usually must be edited to create a motion picture, video clip, television show or similar completed work. More loosely, footage can also refer to all sequences used in film and video editing, such as special effects and archive material (for special cases of this, see stock footage and B roll). Since the term originates in film, footage is only used for recorded images, such as film stock, videotapes or digitized clips – on live television, the signals from the cameras are called sources instead. ...more on Wikipedia about "Footage"
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Free-to-air (FTA) is a term used to describe television and radio broadcasts which are broadcast unencrypted and may therefore be picked up via any suitable receiver. The term should not be confused with Free-to-view (FTV) which describes TV which is available without subscription but which is encoded and may therefore be restricted geographically. Neither of these options can be described as pay-TV, however, which describes a subscription (or pay-per-view) service which is encrypted. The term usually refers to delivery by satellite television, but in various parts of the world where encrypted digital terrestrial television channels exist, broadcast on UHF or VHF bands, and it can also be applied to those systems. ...more on Wikipedia about "Free-to-air"
Free-to-view is a term used for certain channels on the Sky Digital platform which require a working VideoGuard viewing card but do not require any form of subscription. ...more on Wikipedia about "Free-to-view"
The term Friday night death slot (or the Time Slot of Death) refers to the belief that television shows broadcast on Friday nights, in the United States, have a better-than-average chance of being cancelled. ...more on Wikipedia about "Friday night death slot"
In television, a ghost is an image on the screen which doesn't belong there, appearing superimposed on the desired image. In a more specific sense, a ghost is a replica of the desired image appearing fainter and offset in position with respect to the primary image. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ghost (television)"
The "Ignorance Index" is an empirical rating system for political talk shows invented by American science fiction author Stephen Euin Cobb, calculated as the proportion of interrupted sentences in a typical program. The reasoning is that, since a sentence is an expression of an idea, an incomplete sentence is an incomplete idea, and a disregard for ideas that are whole and complete is seen as the paragon of ignorance. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ignorance Index"
An independent station is a TV station that is not affiliated with any network. ...more on Wikipedia about "Independent station"
Jeff Murdoch is a character in the first three seasons Coupling TV Series, played by Richard Coyle. Jeff appears only in a dream sequence in the fourth season of Coupling, in which he has apparently become a transexual named 'Jeffina' (played by Samantha Spiro), based on Steve and Jeff's fourth-grade maths teacher (meaning that Jeff is also pregnant in the dream). In the short-lived American version of Coupling, Jeff's surname was changed to Clancy for no readily-apparent reason. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jeff Murdoch"
Jumping the shark is a metaphor used by US television critics and fans since the 1990s to denote the moment when a television series is (in retrospect) deemed to have passed its peak. Once a show has "jumped the shark," fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original charm. The term is occasionally stretched to refer to pop culture institutions in general; film series, musical performers and authors can all be said to have “jumped the shark” at some point. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jumping the shark"
A laugh track, laughter track or canned laughter is a separate soundtrack with the artificial sound of audience laughter, made to be inserted into TV comedy shows and sitcoms. The first television show to incorporate a laugh track was The Hank McCune Show in 1950. ...more on Wikipedia about "Laugh track"
This is a list of articles relating to terms in digital television. ...more on Wikipedia about "List of digital television terms"
A log line is a brief summary of a television program or movie, often providing both a synopsis of the program's plot, and an emotional " hook" to stimulate interest. ...more on Wikipedia about "Log line"
A lost film is a film which, for any of several reasons, is no longer in existence. Many of these films are from the silent era up to the 1930s. Many notable films have become lost over time, including those featuring Laurel & Hardy and some directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lost film"
When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention "ratings" they are generally referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by the New York City-based firm Nielsen Media Research to determine which shows television viewers watch at what times. Other ratings systems include those developed by Arbitron for radio programming and the Q Score for general markets. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nielsen Ratings"
Many countries have specific conventions for classifying call signs by transmitter characteristics and location. The North American call sign format for radio and television call signs follows a number of conventions. All call signs begin with a "prefix" assigned by the International Telecommunications Union. For example, the United States has been assigned the following prefixes: AAA-ALZ, K, N, W. For a complete list, see International Callsign Allocations. ...more on Wikipedia about "North American call sign"
Opt-out is a method of requiring a targeted individual to explicitly respond to a solicitation in order to keep from receiving some service or "widget", usually used in marketing. A distinction is made between 'opt-out' and ' opting out' which is a political expression. ...more on Wikipedia about "Opt-out"
Out of character (sometimes abbreviated to OOC) is a phrase used in entertainment to differentiate between a person playing a character and the character itself. When the person is being him-or-herself, he or she is said to be "out of character". The opposite, when the person is acting as the character, is "in character". Occasionally, a film, TV show, or book will break the fourth wall by having one of the characters step out of character and comment on the story or the other characters (often in a narrative way, which does not affect the story but only informs the viewer). As examples, the film Annie Hall and television show Malcolm in the Middle frequently use this device. ...more on Wikipedia about "Out of character"
Permanent Hiatus (often abbreviated PH) comes from the television recap site Television Without Pity. It refers to the shows that will no longer be recapped on the site. Shows usually get PH'd due to low interest from the site's readers, a network canceling the show, or the recapper dislikes the show so much that they ask to not recap it any longer. The former two are more common than the latter seeing how some of the most maligned shows have become staples at TWoP (for instance the long-running WB hit Charmed is routinely slammed by its recapper Demian and patrons of the corresponding forum). ...more on Wikipedia about "Permenent Hiatus (Television Without Pity)"
Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. In the United States, television networks broadcast their prime time programming in two blocks: One for the Eastern, Central, and Mountain time zones, and one for the Pacific, Alaskan, and Hawaiian time zones. The generally accepted times considered to be traditional prime time are 8:00 pm to 11:00pm Eastern and Pacific and 7:00pm to 10:00pm Central and Mountain Monday–Saturday. Sundays extend an hour earlier to begin at 7:00pm Eastern and Pacific and 6:00pm Central and Mountain. With the addition of newer networks such as the FOX Network, The WB, and UPN, there now is considered a common prime separate from traditional prime. Common prime is 8:00pm to 10:00pm Eastern and Pacific and 7:00pm to 9:00pm Central and Mountain Monday–Saturday with the same hour extension on Sundays. ...more on Wikipedia about "Prime time"
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