December 28, 2007, Newsletter Issue #44: Cable TVs First Stations

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HBO was the first cable service on cable television to use satellite to broadcast its shows. What was the second? A little network owned by Ted Turner. In the 1970s after HBO became popular, Ted Turner took a local station he owned in Atlanta and decided to distribute it to cable systems throughout the United States to increase viewership. Sports and older movies were this station's primary content and it soon became the first "superstation." Do you know the name of this station?  If you guessed WTBS, you are correct, though it is now referred to as TBS. It is still a wildly popular cable channel today.

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