A television network (US) is an broadcasting entity that provides programs to individual television stations, which are only licensed to broadcast in a specific area. Each network can hold a few "O & O's", stations it owns and operates, usually in the big markets.

Satellite and cable have created changes. Broadcast stations in an area can sign up to be carried on cable, but content providers like the Learning Channel can too. They aren't licensed to run broadcast equipment like a station and they don't regularly provide content to licensed broadcasters either. Furthermore, a distributor like TNT may begin producing its own programming, and shows presented exclusively on cable by one distributor may be syndicated to broadcast stations.

A person viewing by cable or satellite may not know what kind of organization is responsible for the program. So what seems to be a station or a network may be neither.

See Lists of television channels, for lists by country and language.

Major television stations (alphabetically listed)

Aaj Tak - Hindi news channel, India
Aasthaa - Spiritual/Hindu religious programming, India
Abu Dhabi TV - Arabic 24 hour news and lifestyle channel, from Saudi Arabia.
ABC - American Broadcasting Company, USA, Canada
The Amp - Indie music videos, UK
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation, AU
Adult Channel - Adult programming
Animal Planet - Programmes about animals, owned by the Discovery Channel
Antena 3 - Spain
ANT1 - Greek Language
ARY Digital - Pakistani channel - asian programmes, UK Europe, Middle East & Asian Subcontinent, most of the world
Al Arabiyya - Arabic 24 hour news channel, from Saudi Arabia.
Al Jazeera - Arabic 24 hour news channel, from Qatar.
Alpha TV GUJARATI - Gujrati channel, India
Alpha TV PUNJABI - Punjabi channel, India
Atlantic Television System (ATV) - Canada
Associated Television Network Limited (ATV) - UK
Asia Television Ltd (ATV) - Asia, Hong Kong
AXN - Entertainment, India
BBC America - British Broadcasting Corporation US lifestyle channel, US
BBC Canada - British Broadcasting Corporation Canadian lifestyle channel, Canada
BBC Kids - British Broadcasting Corporation Canadian children's channel, Canada
BBC ONE - British Broadcasting Corporation primary analogue channel, UK
BBC TWO - British Broadcasting Corporation secondary analogue channel, UK
BBC THREE - British Broadcasting Corporation digital channel, UK
BBC FOUR - British Broadcasting Corporation digital channel, UK
BBC News 24 - British Broadcasting Corporation 24-hour news channel, UK
BBC Parliament - British Broadcasting Corporation political channel, UK
BBC Prime - British Broadcasting Corporation European lifestyle channel
BBC World - British Broadcasting Corporation international news channel
Biography Channel - Biographies, UK
Bollywood 4U - 2 Indian movie and music channels, UK
Boomerang - Cartoons, US, UK
The Box - Interective Popular Music Channel, UK
Bravo - 1980s TV shows like Knightrider and The A-Team, UK
Bravo - Arts and entertainment themed channel, Canada.
Canal Plus - Cable, France
Carlton - ITV London regional and series of digital TV Channels, UK
Cartoon Network - Cartoons, US, worldwide
CBBC - British Broadcasting Corporation Children's, digital channel, UK
CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada
CBeebies - British Broadcasting Corporation digital channel for young children, UK
CBS - Columbia Broadcasting System, US, Canada
CCTV - Chinese Central Television, worldwide
Challenge TV - Game Shows Channel, UK
Chart Show TV - Continuous music videos and charts, UK
Channel 4 - Channel 4, UK
Channel 5 - MediaCorp Channel 5, Singapore. Broadcast in English
Channel 8 - MediaCorp Channel 8, Singapore. Broadcast in Mandarin.
Channel V - Music channel, India
Classic FM TV - Classical music (part of the Classic FM brand), UK
CNBC TV18 - Business news channel, India
CNN - Cable News network, worldwide
C-Span - Government programming, US
CTV - Canadian Television Network, Canada
Disney - Disney Cartoons and other shows, UK--outlet of a production company, which also owns ABC network.
Discovery - Documentary Channels, UK
Doordarshan National - National Broadcaster, India
Doordarshan National Gujarat - State owned Gujrati language entertainment channel
Doordarshan News - State owned News channel, India
Doordarshan Sports - State owned sports channel, India
E4 - Entertainment & Comedy Channel, UK
ERT - Greek language, worldwide
ETV Gujarati - Gujarati language, India
Eurosport - European Sports Channel, UK
FilmFour - Channel for specialist, rare and independent films, UK
Five - Channel Five, UK
France 2 - France
France 3 - France
Fuji Television - Japan
Fox Television - US
Fox News Channel - US
Fox Sports - US
Front Row - 4 Pay Per View Movie Channels (cable only), UK
Galavision - US, parts of Latin America
GOD Channel - Christian Channel, UK
Global Television Network - National Canadian network, Canada
Globo (television) - Brazil
Granada - Series of TV Channels, UK
HBO (Home Box Office) - movie channel, USA
HBO Family - family/children, USA
History Channel - Documentaries, UK
HSN - Retailing, USA
ITV1 - Independent Television analogue channel, UK
ITV2 - Independent Television digital channel, UK
Kerrang - Interactive Alternative Music Channel, UK
Kiss - Interactive R&B, Rap and Dance Music Channel, UK
Liberty TV - Family Entertainment, UK
Living - Women's TV shows, UK
Magic - Interactive Easy Listening and Jazz Music Channel, UK
Mega Channel - Greek Language
MTV - Music Television
MTV2 - Alternative Music Television
MTV Hits - Popular Music Television
MTV Base - Rap, Garage and R&B Music Television
MTV Dance - Dance Music Television
MUTV - Manchester United (Football Club) TV, UK
National Geographic - Documentaries (also National Geogrpahic +1), and (National Geographic Channel), US, UK, worldwide
NBC - National Broadcast company, US, Canada
Network 2 - Radio Telefís Éireann, Network 2, Ireland
Nickelodeon - Children's programs
NDTV 24x7 - News channel, India
NDTV India - News channel, India
NHK - Public broadcaster, Japan
NTV - Japan Television, Japan
Paramount Comedy Channel - US & UK sitcoms
Phoenix TV - based in Hong Kong, broadcast worldwide for Chinese viewers.
Playboy TV - Adult entertainment channel from the makers of Playboy
Playhouse Disney - Younger children's programming.
PlayJam - Interactive Games Channel, UK
PBS - Public Broadcasting Service, US
PRO TV - Romanian language
Pub Channel - Channel for people in the restaurant and pub trades, UK
Q - Interactive Indie Music Channel, UK
QVC - Home shopping channel
RAI - Italian language, Italy
Record - Brazil
Red Hot TV - 5 adult entertainment channels, UK
RTE ONE - Radio Telefís Éireann, Ireland
Sanskar - Hindu religious/spiritual programming, India
RTP - Portugal
S4C - Sianel Pedwar Cymru, Entertainment and News (in Welsh language), UK
S4C2 - Sianel Pedwar Cymru 2, Political coverage (in Welsh language), UK
Sab TV - Entertainment channel, India
SET MAX - Hindi movie/entertainment channel, India
Scuzz - Rock music station, UK
Showtime - movie channel, USA
Sky Box Office - Pay Per View Movies and Events, UK
Sky Cinema - 2 Movie Channels, UK
Sky Moviemax - 5 Movie Channels, UK
Sky News - 24 hour news, UK
Sky One - UK Entertainment Channel
Sky Premier - 5 Movie Channels, UK
Sky Sports - 5 Sports Channels, UK
Sky Travel - 2 travel channels, UK
Smash Hits - Interactive Music Channel, UK:
Sony Entertainment Television - Entertainment channel, India
STAR GOLD - Hindi movie channel, India
STAR MOVIES - English movies channel, India
STAR NEWS - Hindi news channel, India
STAR PLUS - Hindi entertainment channel, India
Star World - Entertainment channel, India & South-East Asia
Starz - movie channel, USA
Sony TV - Entertainment channel, India
TBS - Tokyo Broadcasting, Japan
TBS Superstation - Turner Broadcasting System, US
TCM - Turner Classic Movies, UK
Telemundo - US, parts of Latin America
Television Asahi - Japan
Televista - Spanish language, Mexico
TEN Sports - Sports channel, India
TF1 - Tèlèvision France 1, France
TG4 - Entertainment and News (in Irish), Ireland
TMF - The Music Factory - Music videos, owned by MTV
Toon Disney - Disney cartoons
Travel Channel - 2 travel channels, UK
TNT - Turner Network Television, US, UK
TV3 - Entertainment and News, Ireland
TVB - Television Broadcast Hong Kong
TVBS - TVBS Taiwan
TV Chile - Chile (Spanish language)
TVE - Spain
TVM - Television Malta, Malta
UK Drama - Classic TV Drama, UK
UK Food - Cookery programming, UK
UK Gold - Classic TV Series, UK
UK Horizons - Documentaries, UK
UK Style - Home, garden and cookery programming, UK
UK History - History programming, UK
Univision - Spanish Language, US, parts of Latin America
UTV - Ulster Television (Syndicated with ITV)
VH1 - Rock Music & Older Music Television (Owned by MTV)
VH1 Classic - Older easy listening and rock music
WB - Warner Bros. TV, US--both a small network and a production company.
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Weather Channel - US
Zee Cinema - Hindi movie channel, India
Zee English - English language entertainment channel, India
Zee MGM - English movie channel, India
Zee MUSIC - Hindi music channel, India
Zee NEWS - Hindi news channel, India
Zee TV - Entertainment channel, India
TQS - Television Quatre Saisons, Canada