Originally Posted by *charisma*
When it comes to standard TV channels there are two types.
1. State (Like BBC)
2. Private (Like ITv)
The State owned channels like BBC are not allowed to advertise. That means no advertisements at all. Programs on this channel will run its full course without breaks, or if there is a break, it will promote another of its sub channels scheduled programs. All TV licence money goes to the State owned channels - in other words - it serves as an income because no advertisements are allowed.
The private channels show adverts and this is their income. These channels are also available with standard television.
The third category will be a full private owned company like Sky and Virgin Media and BT.