Entertainment & Arts

Can TV stations tell if you are tuned into their channel in realime?


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No. The TV signal transmitted by your service provider is a mishmash of information spread out on different frequencies. All channels are sent down the cable simultaneously, and your TV views different channels by filtering out all but a specific frequency. Your TV never sends a signal to the provider requesting a particular channel. Rather, the provider is constantly sending all channels at the same time, so there is no way for them to know which one you are looking at.