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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1997

1997-00-00 BET Movies: Starz! 3 (PAY) was launched.

1997-00-00 True Stories And Drama was shortened to True Stories.

1997-00-00 WAM! America's Youth Network was rebranded as WAM! America's Kidz Network.

1997-00-00 Nostalgia Television was renamed as Nostalgia Good TV.

1997-01-00 Mind Extension University (MEU) − The Education Network was rebranded as Knowledge TV.

1997-01-01 the WWOR National Feed, distributed by Advance Entertainment Corporation, was discontinued from satellite.

1997-01-01 Plex: Encore 1 or Encore Plex (PAY) was launched to replace two channels: INTRO Television and Encore Plus. It was rebranded as Movieplex a few months later.

1997-01-08 the New York City broadcast version of WWOR-TV returns to satellite, uplinked by National Progrmaming Service, LLC. It was exclusively for satellite dish owner subscribers outside of New York City.

1997-01-27 Fox launches a second Fox Sports West regional network using the name Fox Sports West 2.

1997-03-00 CBS Eye on People was launched.

1997-03-32 (by April) Cable Health Club was renamed FitTV.

1997-05-22 AXN (Action Extreme Network, PAY) owned by Sony Pictures Television was launched. The network is now spread across several parts of the world, including Europe, Japan, other parts of Asia and Latin America.

1997-07-09 NewSport signed off.

1997-09-00 American Sports Classics was launched. It replaced NewSport almost two months after that network folded.

1997-09-00 (sometime in the fall) Plex: Encore 1 was rebranded as MoviePlex.

1997-09-01 Romance Classics (the forerunner of WeTV) was launched.

1997-10-01 PRISM signed off.

1997-10-01 The Movie Channel 2 (PAY) was launched.

1997-11-01 Fox Sports World signed on.

1997-12-01 Channel 31 Twentynine Palms was launched.

Cable History Highlights For This Year Range

In 1997, In a 5-4 ruling that surprises the cable industry, the Supreme Court upholds must-carry, in spite of swing-vote Justice Stephen Breyer's note that it "extracts a serious First Amendment price." It also solidifies the broadcast industry's grip on one-third of cable's analog signal capacity. The implications for how the rules apply to digital services, especially DBS, are unclear. (Turner Broadcasting System v. FCC)

Source: The Cable Center website: Cable History Timeline: http://www.cablecenter.org/resources/exhibits/cable-history-timeline.html

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