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Old 10-31-06, 08:12 PM
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What was your first pay TV service?

Anyone remember ON-TV?I had it for a time in the early 80's-dropped it and picked it up again before it went out of business.Too record off it you had to hook a microphone up to the vcr and place it near there box.I recorded the movie Halloween 2 and a motorcyle driving by was picked up by the mic.Added sound effects are a plus for any movie.
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I remember Super-TV in Baltimore in the early-mid 80s. It was over the air and a free channel (54) during the day but at night, the pay-service kicked in and you needed a decoder box to unscramble the signal. I remember they aired some Orioles games and commercial-free movies.

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I don't remember the name of our first pay service (I was only about 4 or 5 in the early 80's) but I do remember that the remote control (if it can be called that considering it was attached to the TV) was about the same size as an Atari 2600 console. I remember as a young kid confusing the two.
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My family had OnTV/SelecTV. Movies all day, porn all night.
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We had ON in Michigan for a short time before regular cable, but I don't remember the porn and that's the kind of thing a 12 year old boy would usually remember.

I don't really even recall what it had other than PASS, which showed our local sports teams.
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I was going to do your family a favor and hookup the Disney Channel, for free. Well, forget it.
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We had HBO in about '83, an antenna facing the ESB, in about 87 we got Cooper Wireless which gave us about 10 cable channels and Cablevision finally hooked up the Bronx in 1989!
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Scrambled porn at 11:00 PM on Super TV. Oh, Yeah!
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WHT (Wometco Home Theater).

Uncle Floyd Show. + your occasional pron. Awesome childhood memories.
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Old 11-01-06, 05:25 AM
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First got cable back in 1976. The premium channel was called Channel Z didn't come on until 5-6pm. Showed two movies per night, repeated. Showtime, HBO and Cinemax came along to our cable system in 1979. These channels also were 6pm-Midnight or so back then.
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I remember there was a pay service called ShowBiz that my family considered getting back in the early '80s. We finally did get cable in 1984 with about 36 channels including local. Seems strange thinking back to only a single HBO, Showtime, The Movie Channel -- no Cinemax channel.

The converter box wasn't even remote but a sliding channel selector that would move across a backlit display of numbers.
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Originally Posted by dvd-4-life
Anyone remember ON-TV?I had it for a time in the early 80's-dropped it and picked it up again before it went out of business.Too record off it you had to hook a microphone up to the vcr and place it near there box.I recorded the movie Halloween 2 and a motorcyle driving by was picked up by the mic.Added sound effects are a plus for any movie.
Oh yes. I remember turning the little antenna to get a good picture. They started out with about 5-6 hours of programming a day (an extra 2 hours on saturday and sunday). At the time it was great. Uncut theatrical movies and even some edited pron that this 14-year-old (at that time) boy found pretty tasty.

They later expanded to about 10 hours of programming a day and then just went ahead and went to 24 hours. By that time (around '82) we upgraded to full cable - HBO, Showtime, MTV, and all. Lost track of them at that point. When did they finally tank?

I think I still have the ONTV program guide from the month that they showed Star Wars. Remember that pay-per-view event?
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My family started getting HBO in early 1981. I remember back then HBO was only on-the-air for about 6-hours-a-day, starting at either 6pm or 7pm each night, and that was it. I later discovered that HBO would occasionally send an unannounced "sneak preview" of some programming in the middle of the afternoon, right after school let out, so sometimes I was able to catch a movie days before its "official" HBO premiere. But once its main competitor Showtime went 24-hours-a-day later in the year, HBO did the same just a few months afterwards. I remember it was absolutely mindblowing to see HBO jump from just 6-hours-a-day to never stopping.
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The night I got HBO I remember waiting until 8:00 for Thunderball to start
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Originally Posted by TheGodfather
Uncle Floyd Show. .


I remember tuning into UHF channels to get this show out of NJ

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Z Channel movie intro (and some between-movie Muzak) from 1977:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...22Z+Channel%22

Star movie intro, 1981:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...92271528623490

HBO sign-off clip, 1979:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...95814294593653

And a theater trailer to STOP pay TV, circa late 1960s:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xphHYM2-Q_I
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HBO for my family when I was a kid ... late 70searly 80s sometimes. Just 1 channel. I remember how magical it seemed, getting these unedited movies on the tv without renting tapes. And that's before I started sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night and catching some of the soft-core late-night offerings. To a boy just hitting puberty ... JACKPOT!
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We got cable in '79, with the only premium channel available in our area being Showtime. Electric Blue or Aerobicise, anyone?
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Originally Posted by rw2516
First got cable back in 1976. The premium channel was called Channel Z didn't come on until 5-6pm. Showed two movies per night, repeated.
I think you mean Z Channel. There's a documentary of it:



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We got cable in 1988 or 1989. A lot of Puerto Rico at the time still relied on the big-ass satellite dishes like these:



I still remember seeing someone carry one of those on their head as they walked down the street.

I had a black and white TV in my room for a while. I still remember seeing Commando late one night on broadcast TV. I also remember when I saw Return of the Jedi on broadcast for the first time.

My family wasn't very HT-centric. They finally upgraded to a 19" color TV in the mid-90's I think.
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
We got cable in '79, with the only premium channel available in our area being Showtime. Electric Blue or Aerobicise, anyone?
We got Showtime in 1980 and it was the only pay channel available until 1984 when our cable company finally introduced cable boxes so we could have more than just channels 2-13. At that point HBO and Disney were available.

I have fond memories of Showtime from those days. I remember Aerobicise (there's a cameo clip of it in Friday the 13th The Final Chapter) as well as Bizarre, Brothers, It's Garry Shandling's Show, and others.
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we got cable in the early eighties, I just remember we had a tv top box that had 12 little push buttons with 36 channels available. We had HBO and Showtime, but i remember that Cinemax or The movie channel were also available. I remember that the Playboy Channel was 23 and though it was scrambled you could still see enough for an eight yr old(yeah i started with porn early).
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WHT (Wometco Home Theatre) and Uncle Floyd- the perfect combination

I had cable before with HBO when I lived in NY, but prefered WHT they got the movies earlier, they showed the movies for the month the 1st week of the month it was called Over the air sub TV or STV and was broadcast on UHF with the aid of a decoder box where the sound would come out of the box. It was simple and only cost $17 a month for a total of about 20 premieres a month
Does anyone have any video clips, or pictures of WHT including the program guides that opened up like a calendar- These were the good old days

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