Note: The carrier may continue unmodulated or it may be modulated by another signal source.
Also, off-the-air may be synonymous with over-the-air or from-the-air, as in picking up a terrestrial broadcast TV station off-the-air instead of from cable TV. As this usage may be confusing due to the term's other meanings, the terms "over the air" or "on the air" are more standard in the broadcasting industry.
Flying off the Handle, the Brothers in Luxury; SACKING AND SUSPENSION FOR AIR UNION CHIEFS IN SQUABBLE OVER REWARDS
Apr 09, 1997; Byline: IAN COBAIN THEY should have been brothers, marching shoulder-to-shoulder in search of a better future for their members....