Common TV Channels in the US

As an expat worker onsite in the US, your American colleagues will be making small talk about their favorite television shows and movies. Some of these programs will be found on the channels noted below.

Some of the below channels may be broadcasted outside of the US. However, as many channels are not mentioned by their full name but by acronyms, the grid below will help you to identify a few popular channels.   

The first three channels are the major American tv networks. ABC, CBS and NBC have local affiliates. The affiliated channels will have a four letter call code, but the symbols seen here will be on the screen at times to let you know which network it is. Watch these local channels at 6am, 6pm and 11pm for the local news to learn about the happenings, weather and sports of your area. (The times noted here are for the EST time zones. Check your local listings for the time of the local news in your US time zone.)

ABC
American
Broadcasting Company

ABC is national, with
affiliates



CBS
Columbia
Broadcasting Network

CBS is national, with
affiliates



NBC
National
Broadcasting Corporation


NBC is national, with
affiliates





CNN
Cable News
Network




HBO
Home Box
Office




CNBC
Consumer News
& Business Channel


PBS
Public Broadcasting
Service











TBS
Turner Broadcasting
System


TNT
Turner Broadcasting
Network

ESPN
Entertainment and Sports
Programming Network


Of course there are many, many more television channels. Check out this link at Wikipedia for more channels. 

Related Links:
Understanding the local weather report to improve listening comprehension on local accents and idioms. Check this link for more.  
Government and other acronyms used in American conversations

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