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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1979

1979-00-00 English Channel (purchased by USA Network in 1980 and absorbed into the network, dates unknown)
1979-01-00 Modern Satellite Network (five hours a day on an HBO West feed)
1979-01-00 Star Channel on satellite, month known, day unknown
1979-01-01 "C-3", a cable children's network which launched the "Pinwheel" program on a QUBE system in Columbus, Ohio, changed its name to the "Pinwheel Channel".
1979-01-03 the satellite-delivered national Madison Square Garden Network (not the UA-Columbia/MSG regional network) was renamed UA-Columbia, serving as the cable syndicated arm of the New York regional network Madison Square Garden Network, PRISM in Philadelphia, and whatever pay/cable outlets were around. The regional UA-Columbia/MSG regional network could use the name Madison Square Garden Network, one of its original names, to refer to the network for regional cable usage to not be confused with the satellite-delivered national UA-Columbia network.
1979-03-00 SPN or Satellite Program Network expands to a 13-hour schedule
1979-03-19 C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) daytime only, shared with but is not part of the UA-Columbia network
1979-04-00 WOR-TV on satellite, day unknown. Syracuse, New York-based Eastern Microwave, Inc. began distributing WOR-TV to cable and C-band satellite subscribers.
1979-04-01 "Pinwheel" became a cornerstone block for the just-launched-on-this-date Nickelodeon cable network. It began featuring "Pinwheel" as a series of three to five-hour blocks that is part of its broadcast schedule.
1979-04-01 Star Channel shared space with Nickelodeon for a while at this point
1979-04-02 (some say Oct 1979) Galavision (PAY)
1979-04-15 Cornerstone Television
1979-04-16 Cinemerica (PAY) was launched around this date. It was movies for adults age 50 and older
1979-06-19 American Educational Television Network (sharing with the Showtime West feed)
1979-07-01 Christian Communications Network (San Diego, full time)
1979-08-00 (some say Oct 1979) ACSN or Appalachian Community Service Network on satellite
1979-08-00 SPN or Satellite Program Network expands to a 21-hour schedule 1979-08-27 WTCG was renamed WTBS
1979-09-00 Sports Channel America (PAY), day unknown
1979-09-07 ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network)
1979-12-03 Star Channel renamed The Movie Channel
1979-12-07 Satcom 3 satellite was launched but failed during geostationary transfer orbit
1979-13-00 by the end of 1979 the UA-Columbia/MSG regional network was using the full name Madison Square Garden Network

Lineups as of the end of the year

San Diego/Tijuana TV

6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 39, CCN, CVC, ITV, KCOX

Los Anglees TV

2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 22, 28, 34, 40, 52, 58, ONTV, SelecTV, Z Channel

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)

AETN, ACSN, CBN, Cinemerica, Cornerstone Television, C-SPAN, ESPN, Galavision, HBO, HTN, Movie Channel, Nickelodeon, PTL, Showtime, SPN, Sports Channel America, TBN, WGN, WOR, WPIX, WTBS
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