n. (kine, abbr.) A recording of a television program on film by focusing the camera on a monitor. A television picture tube.


Kinescopes1 were used to make records of live television programs before videotape recording was practical. They were in common use in the late 1940s, and were replaced in the 1950s by videotape. Kinescopes were used to transfer programming from the studio where the program was recorded to other stations for rebroadcast.