Question about a Dark UHF channel in Boston...

Paul Bacchiocchi
Tue Aug 11 16:01:37 EDT 2009

The Channel 68 package was called "Starcase"

Actually built a converter for that one, because they wouldn't do an 
installation at my parent's house where we had the regular TV antenna on a 
20' mast

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John" <>
To: "'Bob Hale'" <>; "'Boston Radio TV list'" 
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:40 PM
Subject: RE: Question about a Dark UHF channel in Boston...

> ...and there was Preview on Channel 27, which we had and enjoyed much 
> better
> than 68's, I forget the name of their package.
> John
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Hale []
> Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 11:36 PM
> To: Boston Radio TV list
> Subject: Re: Question about a Dark UHF channel in Boston...
> Thanks for the info Peter. I always wondered about them.
> Maybe you or someone on the list could tell me what killed the over the 
> air
> subscription tv services Starcase (WQTV 68) and Preview (WSMW 27)  I 
> believe
> that piracy was a real problem for them at the time but never could find 
> the
> "rest of the story"
> Here's a trip down memory lane how many remember being able to subscribe 
> to
> HBO via terrestial microwave  in the Metro Boston area. I could never 
> order
> the service when I lived in SE NH. Did they outlast 68 or 27 as a
> subscription service??
> One final note of interest I remember back when WSTG ch 64 in RI was
> supposedly going to go on the air as a over the air subscription service 
> but
> never did go thru with it. Instead they ended up airing Wally Gator 
> cartoons
> for about 2 to 3 hrs a nite then sign off  I remember them claiming for 
> the
> longest time they were doing transmitter testing.
> Please correct if my memory is failing. :-)
> Bob N1WBD
> Grafton,NH

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