video dial tone


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video dial tone

(communications)
A means by which telephone companies can deliver "television" programs on a common carrier basis and, by law, provide equal access to all.

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In New York City, Liberty Cable Television and New York Telephone are cooperating on cable television on telephone lines that will result in the nation's first video dial tone system.
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A video dial tone service could be available, allowing users to select video material via telephone and receive the video in real time."
ruling the Baby Bells would also be permitted to offer a so-called video dial tone; initially it would only activate a pipeline for programs produced by other companies, but eventually it could carry home-grown fare.