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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1976
1976-02-00 HBO switched to broadcasting on a transponder of a Satcom 1 satellite.
1976-03-26 Satcom 2 satellite was launched
1976-07-01 Showtime debut on Times-Mirror cable systems in Escondido, Long Beach and Palos Verdes, California (PAY). It replaced the Channel One (since 1972/3?) franchise they were using. It served Viacom and Times-Mirror (through exclusive marketing agreement) cable systems.
1976-09-00 the broadcast network Spanish Information Network (SIN) added on satellite for distribution to broadcast affiliates around the country.
1976-09-01 PRISM signed on in Philadephia (PAY) (it started originally as Hollywood Home Theater)
1976-12-17 WTCG (Watch This Channel Grow) channel 17 (the future WTBS) Atlanta became the second satellite-delivered programing service and the first satellite-delivered broadcast station (or superstation) for the cable industry. It was leased on a transponder on Satcom 1. The channel was uplinked by Satellite Syndicated Systems.
1976-12-18 (date approximated) during the hours when WTCG signed off for a few hours overnight, Satellite Syndicated Systems filled the transponder slot WTCG used with public domain movies.
Lineups as of the end of the year
San Diego/Tijuana TV
6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 39, CCN, CVC, ITV, MC2, Channel 100 (Mission Cable San Diego), Showtime (Times-Mirror Escondido)
Los Anglees TV
2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 22, 28, 34, 40, 46, 52, 58, Z Channel, Showtime (Long Beach)
Other Area TV
3 (Santa Barbara), 6 (San Luis Obispo), 12 (Santa Maria),
18 (San Bernadino), 24 (San Bernadino), 30 (San Bernadino),
36 (Palm Springs), 42 (Palm Springs), 50 (Orange County),
Satellite TV (for the consumer end of the cable system)
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