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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1981

1981-00-00 Low Power Channel 48 (relaying channel 18 in San Bernadino) signed on in San Diego. Low Power Channel 57 (relaying channel 52 in Los Angeles, even ONTV's progrmaming) signed on in San Diego
1981-00-00 EPG or Electronic Program Guide starts as a text service on cable systems
1981-00-00 National College Television
1981-00-00 WTBS satellite feed split from terrestrial signal
1981-04-12 ARTS (Alpha Repertory Television Service), shared with Nickelodeon 9pm-3am ET
1981-05-28 Spotlight (PAY)
1981-06-05 Night Flight premiered on USA Network as an weekend overnight programming block (11pm-3am ET, expanded to 7am ET later)
1981-07-04 American Educational Television Network either went dark or moved to another transponder (it shared with Showtime West until Showtime went 24 hours every day the following day.)
1981-08-01 MTV (Music Television)
1981-08-15 EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)
1981-09-00 CBN Satellite Service renamed CBN Cable Network
1981-10-12 CBS Cable
1981-11-00 Channel 33 Tijuana
1981-11-00 FNN (Financial News Network) debut as a broadcast affiliate feed for stations such as channels 18 and 48 in Los Angeles and San Diego respectively as well as for some cable operators
1981-12-24 HBO begins broadcasting a 24 hour a day schedule 1981-12-31 CNN2 (later renamed Headline News)

Lineups as of the end of the year

San Diego/Tijuana TV

6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 33, 39, 48, 57, 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)

ARTS, Bravo, CBN, CBS Cable, Cinemax, Cinemerica, CNN, CNN2, Cornerstone Television, C-SPAN, Escapade, ESPN, EWTN, FNN, Galavision, HBO, HTN, Learning Channel, Movie Channel, MTV, National Christian Network, National College Television, Nickelodeon, PTL, Preview, Private Screenings Showtime, SPN, Sports Channel America, Spotlight, TBN, USA Network, WGN, WOR, WPIX, WTBS
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