Worcester's Channel 5 allocation (was Re: MyTV joins MyNetwork)
Mon Jul 24 09:43:09 EDT 2006
On 7/24/06 7:22 AM, SteveOrdinetz wrote:
> Didn't 27 experiment with some sort of pay-tv system where the signal
> was scrambled and you needed a decoder at one point in the mid-late
> 70s? If you tried to watch without the decoder you got out-of-sync
> video, and an audio track that was a pitch for the pay service.
Yes, as did Boston's Channel 68. Channel 27 subscribed to a service
called Preview which signed on at 7 p.m. with movies a la HBO. The
service ran into the early 80s, because there was still a market in
Northern Worcester county in many towns in which the smaller cable
operators could not feasibly service the outlying areas. IIRC, a
co-worker who lived in Winchendon still had her Preview service in late
The Channel 68 service was called Star.
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