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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 2006

2006-00-00 Showtime Too was rebranded as Showtime2 once again.

2006-00-00 WCSN (as World Championship Sports Network) signed on.

2006-00-00 Lifetime Movie Network was rebranded as LMN.

2006-00-00 WE: Women's Entertainment was rebranded as We TV.

2006-00-00 Retirement Living TV launches.

2006-01-01 Sleuth replaced the Trio channel.

2006-01-24 The CW Network was founded and would be launching on September 18.

2006-03-01 BET Jazz was rebranded as BET J.

2006-04-03 Fox Sports West 2 was renamed FSN Prime Ticket.

2006-04-06 IndiePlex was launched.

2006-04-06 RetroPlex was launched.

2006-05-27 VH1 Country was rebranded as CMT Pure Country.

2006-06-00 Spike TV rebranded as Spike.

2006-09-01 MountainWest Sports Network (aka the mtn.) was launched.

2006-09-04 MTV Tr3s was unofficially launched.

2006-09-05 My Network TV (operated by Fox) was launched. Most of its initial stations were former affiliates of the WB and UPN networks that did not join the CW Network. On September 28, 2009, it transitioned from a television network to a programming service.

2006-09-12 Foxnet shut down.

2006-09-15 It was the final broadcast day for the United Paramount Network.

2006-09-17 It was the final broadcast day for the WB Television Network.

2006-09-18 The WB 100+ Station Group shut down and was replaced sometime during the day with the CW Plus.

2006-09-18 The CW Broadcasting Network was launched.

2006-09-18 The CW Plus was launched as the national feed of the CW, a joint venture between Warner Media and CBS Corporation. It was created after the parent companies of the WB and UPN merged the two mini networks in order to create the CW, using the best of both of the networks' programs.

2006-09-25 MTV Español and MásMúsica TeVe officially merged into MTV Tr3s, which was officially launched on this date.

2006-09-25 Outdoor Life Network renamed Versus.

2006-10-05 the MSG Network was renamed MSG, but later went back as MSG Network in the future.

Cable History Highlights For This Year Range

In February 2006, Congress extends the deadline for the analog to digital signals conversion to February 17, 2009.

In 2006, CableLabs issues DOCSIS 3.0 specifications, which enable cable operators to offer significantly higher data rates to their broadband customers.

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

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