1987-00-00 satellite WTBS was renamed TBS.
1987-00-00 Shop at Home was launched.
1987-01-31 Home Theater Network signed off.
1987-02-01 The Travel Channel (was North American) signed on; its shorts produced during the HTN years were used as filler between movies and replaced the transponder space used by the departing HTN.
1987-04-01 KCOX renamed The Rainbow Channel on Cox sytstems in San Diego and aired on cable 4.
1987-04-21 WOR-TV was renamed WWOR-TV. Likewise, WOR EMI Service was rebranded as WWOR EMI Service.
1987-05-00 Channel 68 Los Angeles relaunched.
1987-07-31 Movietime was launched. Three years later, it would be rebranded as "E! Entertainment Television."
1987-08-08 Channel 68 Los Angeles signed off
1987-08-15 Channel 64 Barstow was launched.
1987-11-00 Mind Extension University (MEU) − The Education Network was launched. It was a channel dedicated to delivering direct instruction and personal enrichment programming for cable and satellite TV viewers.
In 1987, After experiencing large financial needs to fund the purchase of MGM, Ted Turner sells a 35 percent share in Turner Broadcasting to major cable operators.
In 1987, The U.S. Court of Appeals rejects the FCC's revised must-carry rules on First Amendment grounds. (Century Communications v. FCC)
In 1987, SportsChannel Florida debuts with live coverage of the University of Florida and University of Miami games.
In 1987, NFL football comes to cable with a three-year, $153 million deal between the League and ESPN.
Source: The Cable Center website: Cable History Timeline: http://www.cablecenter.org/resources/exhibits/cable-history-timeline.html