From ACTV to ZDTV: 109 Extinct Cable Industry Brands

by M.C. Antil on July 23, 2010

I spent most of my earlyprofessional years in the cable television industry, which was nothing short of a Wild West show at the time.  Then later, after I was given a regular column in CableFAX, that indusry’s daily publication of record, I decided to list as many of the long-lost cable brands I had seen come and go in my time.  This list first appeared in CableFAX in 2003, and would certainly be  twice as long if I were to attempt compile the same thing today.

I offer the collection of names less for the general public than for lucky few who, like myself, spent time in one of the craziest but most rewarding industries of the past 50 years.

  • ACTV
  • American Cable
  • Ameritech
  • AOL Time Warner
  • ARTS
  • AT&T Broadband
  • ATC
  • @Home
  • Atlantic Cable Show
  • Auburn Cable
  • Booknet
  • Bresnan Cable
  • Cable Coupon Network
  • The Cable Guide
  • Cable Health Network
  • Cable Marketing
  • Cable Music Channel
  • Cable Radio Network
  • Cablevision Industries
  • Cablevision
  • Cable World
  • Capitol Cablevision
  • CATA
  • CBS Cable
  • Cencom
  • Classic Cable
  • Classic Sports Network
  • CNN/SI
  • The Comedy Channel
  • Cooke Cablevision
  • Columbia Cable TV
  • Commerce.tv
  • Continental Cablevision
  • Daniels Cablevision
  • District Cablevision
  • DIVA
  • Eastern Cable Show
  • Eastern Microwave
  • Electronic Media
  • Falcon Cable
  • Full Service Network
  • Frontier Vision
  • The Games Channel
  • Garden State Cable TV
  • Gill Cable
  • Great Lakes Cable Show
  • Group W Communications
  • HA!
  • Hauser Communications
  • High Speed Access Corp.
  • Home Sports Entertainment
  • Home Team Sports
  • Interactive Channel
  • Interactive Week
  • InterMedia
  • Jerrold Electronics
  • Jones Intercable
  • KLBCOM
  • Lake Shore Master Antenna
  • Manhattan Cable
  • Marcus Cable
  • Meadville Master Antenna
  • MediaOne
  • Metrovision
  • The Military Channel
  • The Mood Channel
  • The Monitor Channel
  • The Nashville Network
  • National Cable Television Association
  • The National Network
  • NewChannels
  • New York Times Cable
  • Oak Industries
  • Odyssey
  • Paragon Cable
  • Prime Network
  • PlayCable
  • Premiere
  • PTL
  • QUBE
  • Regency
  • Request TV
  • Rogers Cablesystems (US)
  • Satellite News Channel
  • Sammons Communications
  • Simmons Communications
  • SportsChannel
  • Storer Communications
  • TCA
  • TCI
  • Tele1st
  • TeleCable
  • TelePrompTer
  • Times Mirror Cable
  • United Cable
  • United Artists Cablevision
  • Viacom Cable
  • Vision Cable
  • Viewer’s Choice
  • Warner Amex Cable
  • Warner Cable
  • Washington Post Cable
  • Western Cable Show
  • Western Microwave
  • WINK
  • WOR-TV
  • WTBS
  • WWF
  • ZDTV

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