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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1978
1978-00-00 Calliope added six days a week for the satellite Madison Square Garden Network, aired usually around 6:30-7:30pm ET but times may vary
1978-00-00 Mission Cable 2 became KCOX 2 possibly this year
1978-00-00 SelecTV (PAY) was launched on channel 22's airwaves during the evenings
1978-00-00 WPIX-TV on satellite
1978-03-07 Showtime was made available nationwide via satellite (PAY)
1978-04-00 TBN on satellite
1978-09-01 HTN or Home Theater Network (PAY) was launched on satellite after spending years only on New England Cablevision. It showed just one film a day (twice) over a four hour time slot. It expanded to a 12 hour day later.
1978-10-00 WGN-TV on satellite. It was uplinked by United Video Satellite Group.
1978-12-00 SPN or Satellite Program Network was launched with three hours of programming. When WTCG went 24 hours a day, Satellite Syndicated Systems, which programmed in WTCG's transponder slot only when WTCG was dark, moved its filler programming to another transponder space it began to lease on Satcom 1 and its public domain filler programming helped form the basis of a new cable network, SPN. The irony was that SPN's operator, SSS, sub-let two prime-time hours a night to the Home Theater Network pay channel.
Lineups as of the end of the year
San Diego/Tijuana TV
6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 39, CCN, CVC, ITV, KCOX, Showtime (Times-Mirror Escondido)
Los Anglees TV
2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 22, 28, 34, 40, 52, 58, ONTV, SelecTV, 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)
CBN, HBO, HTN, PTL, Showtime, SPN, TBN, WGN, WPIX, WTCG
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