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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1982

1982-00-00 HSC (Home Shopping Club) was launched.

1982-01-01 Turner Broadcasting System's CNN2 (later renamed Headline News) was launched (some sources say December 31, 1981.)

1982-01-16 Satcom 4 satellite was launched.

1982-03-00 Daytime (4 hour service) was launched and aired from 1pm-5pm ET.

1982-04-05 (date est) C-SPAN moved to its own channel after sharing transponder space time with USA and BET.

1982-05-02 The Weather Channel was launched.

1982-06-04 The Entertainment Channel (PAY) was launched.

1982-06-21 SNC (Satellite News Channel) was launched.

1982-06-30 Cable Health Network was launched.

1982-09-00 USA Network went 24 hours a day sometime in the fall.

1982-09-13 Channel 51 San Diego was launched.

1982-10-01 ONTV went 24 hours a day on channel 52 in Los Angeles and 57 in San Diego.

1982-10-01 Channel 56 Orange County signed on.

1982-10-28 Satcom 5 satellite was launched.

1982-11-01 Playboy Channel (PAY) was lauhched.

1982-12-00 Low Power (K57CD) Channel 57 (which might have relayed channel 52 in Los Angeles, even ONTV's progrmaming since sign-on) signed on in Poway-Ramona/San Diego. It was announced as a new LPTV station on September 16, 1980; the FCC granted the licence for the station on August 20, 1982.

1982-12-17 CBS Cable signed off.

1982-12-29 Cinemerica was dissolved.

1982-12-31 KCOX 2 moved to channel 24 on the Cox system the next day; by this time, it was showing mostly tepe-delayed USA Network programming on cable 2, which became USA Network full time the following day on the Cox San Diego system.

Cable History Highlights For This Year Range

In 1982, In response to the FCC lifting syndicated exclusivity and distant signal rules, the Copyright Royalty Tribunal sets a rate at 3.75 percent of gross basic subscriber revenue for each Distant Signal Equivalent. As an unintended consequence, this stimulates development of nonbroadcast programming. Also affected, cable systems considered and dropped some of the low-viewed distant broadcast channels to reduce their obligations to pay the said rate. Some distant signals were gradually replaced with cable channels as a result.

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

Lineups as of the end of the year

San Diego/Tijuana TV

6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 33, 39, 48, 51, 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), 56 (Orange County),

Satellite TV (for the consumer end of the cable system)

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