Network TV, also known as broadcast TV or live TV, refers to the major traditional TV networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS, which offer free over-the-air programming. Unlike on-demand streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, network TV shows can only be accessed at their scheduled times, unless recorded on a DVR. Premium networks such as HBO, Starz, Cinemax and Showtime require a membership and are not available on network television.
Receiving Network TV Signals
An antenna is required to receive network TV signals. With the shift to digital broadcasting, antennas have become smaller and simpler than the analog antennas of the past.
In addition to using an antenna, network TV channels can also be accessed through cable providers and streaming services like SlingTV or Hulu+LiveTV. These options allow viewers to watch network TV shows at their convenience and even pause, rewind, or fast-forward through them.
What channels are considered network TV?
The main traditional TV networks are ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS, but there are also smaller networks like The CW and Univision.
Do I need cable or a subscription to watch network TV?
No, a simple antenna can access network TV shows for free, but cable and streaming services offer more convenient viewing options.
Can I record network TV shows to watch later?
Yes, with a DVR or through certain streaming services, you can record and save network TV shows to watch at a later time.
Network TV refers to the major traditional TV networks that offer free over-the-air programming. An antenna is required to receive network TV signals, which can also be accessed through cable providers and streaming services. Although network TV shows can only be accessed at their scheduled times, recording and pausing options are available through additional tools.