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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1998

1998-00-00 Cinemax 3 (PAY) was rebranded as ActionMax.

1998-00-00 Más Música TeVe was launched.

1998-00-00 The Travel Channel became Travel Channel.

1998-00-00 Discovery Travel and Living was rebranded as Discovery Home and Leisure.

1998-00-00 Classic Sports Network was rebranded ESPN Classic.

1998-00-00 Low Power 57 in San Diego moved to channel 46.

1998-00-00 Cinemax2 became MoreMax.

1998-00-00 The Nashville Network goes by its abbrieviation TNN.

1998-00-00 ThrillerMax (PAY) was launched.

1998-00-00 Nostalgia-Good TV was renamed as GoodLife TV Network.

1998-00-00 Your Choice TV shut down.

1998-03-10 Showtime Extreme (PAY) was launched.

1998-03-29 BBC America was launched.

1998-04-01 HBO2 was rebranded as HBO Plus.

1998-04-18 Toon Disney was launched.

1998-05-11 ZDTV (later known as TechTV) signed on. It featured news and shows about computers, technology, and the Internet.

1998-06-29 Lifetime Movie Network was launched.

1998-06-30 Request TV signed off.

1998-06-31 (mid-year) Sports Classics signed off.

1998-07-00 Discovery Wings Channel was launched.

1998-07-31 Sega Channel signed off.

1998-08-01 VH1 Country signed on.

1998-08-01 MTV S was launched.

1998-08-01 MTVX signed on.

1998-08-01 VH1 Smooth signed on.

1998-08-15 The Family Channel renamed Fox Family Channel.

1998-08-31 the PAX TV Network was launched.

1998-09-21 The WB 100+ Station Group was launched as a defacto national feed for the WB network. It was comprised of an affiliate group primarily made of non-broadcast local cable television outlets. Like Foxnet, it was intended for areas ranked below the top 100 television markets not served by an existing WB affiliate.

1998-10-00 HBO3 was rebranded as HBO Signature.

1998-10-01 Esquire Network signed on.

1998-10-01 Style Network replaced the Q2 channel after four years (failed in 1996 according to another source).

1998-11-09 Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids was launched as a programming block on Nickelodeon.

Cable History Highlights For This Year Range

In 1998, Broadcast HDTV begins. Forty terrestrial broadcast television stations in 22 markets voluntarily launch digital programming in November. Televisions capable of receiving broadcast digital signals cost $5,000 - $10,000.

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

On June 16, 1998, America's Health Network presented the first human birth carried live over the Internet, from Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Source for above: Wikipedia.

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