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List of Coaxial Cable channels in Columbus, Ohio (August 1996)

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Coaxial Cable customers in Columbus, Ohio had access to the channels listed below in August of 1996. Very little is known about the company at this time, but it is likely long defunct. Spectrum nowadays, services the city.

  • *NOTE: Origins and purposes of secondary channel assignments unknown at this time. Likely a distinguishment between coaxial and converter box configurations though exact details remain unclear at this time.
Source: YouTube
Channel(s)#* Name Notes/Today
2/52 Home & Garden Television Now known simply as HGTV, features programming focused entirely on home improvement,
do-it-yourself and gardening
3 GTC3 A local cable access channel out of Columbus, now operating as CTV Columbus Government Television
4/7 WCMH Ch. 4 (NBC) Columbus Still an NBC affiliate today, was a network O&O at the time until 2006
5 USA Network Today owned by NBCUniversal
6/13 WSYX Ch. 6 (ABC) Columbus Still an ABC affiliate, sister to CW affiliate WWHO and TBD/Antenna TV O&O WTTE
7/10 CMP Television Unknown
8 WTTE Ch. 28 (Fox) Columbus Currently a dual TBD/Antenna TV affiliate, the non-license (intellectual) assets and Fox affiliation of
WTTE were transferred to the third digital subchannel of ABC affiliate and sister WSYX in
January of 2021, also sister to CW affiliate WWHO
9/42 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel
10/11 WBNS Ch. 10 (CBS) Columbus Still a CBS affiliate
11/43 ESPN Owned as a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company
12/49 Turner Network Television Programming shifted from mostly classic movies towards drama movies and shows over
the years with sporting events featured as well, solely by the acronym TNT
13/50 The Nashville Network (TNN) A channel once focused on country music and lifestyle, it now operates as
a general entertainment channel as Paramount Network
14/46 Lifetime Programming geared towards women and women in lead roles of movies and shows
15/47 The Family Channel Sold to Fox becoming Fox Family in 1998 and then resold to The Walt Disney Company and
renamed ABC Family in 2001 and rebranded and relaunched as Freeform in 2016
16/48 American Movie Classics Today operates only by the acronym AMC, shifted from originally exclusively classic movies
(as a pay channel) towards movies, shows and originally programming (as a general cable channel)
17 WTBS Ch. 17 (Independent) Atlanta, Georgia Both the station and the cable network were separated from each other in 2007,
with the station operating today as WPCH-TV, owned by Gray Television
18 WUAB Ch. 43 (UPN) Lorain-Cleveland Now that market's CW network affiliate
19 Prevue Channel Today operates as Pop, a general entertainment channel, with programming aimed at popular culture
(The scrolling guides for which the network was legendary for were phased out over the years, at least on the network)
20/40 Nickelodeon Programming then and now, still consists of programming towards children and
teenagers up to 18 years of age
Nick at Nite Programming initially consisted of 1950s and 1960s shows but shows from later decades
added in the years and decades since
21/6 Community Television Defunct, off the air [1]
22/51 The Discovery Channel Still operates today with a program mix of technology, science, nature and reality, and its name
shortened to just Discovery
23 Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Once a channel focused on arts and history, the channel has shifted significantly towards
reality shows, dramas and documentaries, now simply known as A&E
24/56 The Learning Channel Initially focused on educational and learning content, by the late 1990s the network began shifting to
reality series involving lifestyles, family life, and personal stories as TLC
25/5 Educational Access Unknown, a local cable access channel with educational and instructional programming
26 Cable Video Store #1 A defunct pay-per-view channel, replaced by iN DEMAND
27 WGN Ch. 9 (WB) Chicago, Illinois The direct feed of the OTA station at the time, its later cable counterpart, WGN America,
was rebranded as NewsNation
(Meanwhile, WGN itself would become an independent once again starting in 2016)
28/53 CNN Headline News Once a companion network to CNN with news headlines, programming has shifted mostly to
crime and law-oriented shows and documentaries in recent years as HLN
29/60 The Weather Channel Weather forecasting and science and in recent years, weather related shows and documentaries as well
30 Sports Video Plex Unknown, a sports channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time
Consumer News and Business Channel Still operates today, but only by the acronym CNBC, exact carriage hours unknown at this time
31/20 C-SPAN A channel entirely focused on government and public affairs
32/21 Home Shopping Network Now known only by the acronym HSN, one of America's two major home shopping networks,
the other being QVC
33/18 ValueVision A home shopping television network, still operating today, as ShopHQ
34/12 WOSU Ch. 34 (PBS) Columbus Still a PBS member station, owned by and named after Ohio State University
35 Comedy Central Comedy movies and shows, owned by ViacomCBS
36/16 E! Entertainment Television Originally focused primarily on entertainment news and gossip, but has shifted towards pop culture,
celebrity focused reality shows, and movies
37 Video Hits One Owned by ViacomCBS, it has shifted from strictly music and music videos in its
early years to a mix of music, reality shows and dramas in recent years, now simply as VH1
38 Music Television Owned by ViacomCBS, like its sister VH1, MTV has also shifted from strictly music and music videos in
its early years to a mix of music, reality shows and dramas in recent years
39 Cable Video Store #2 A defunct pay-per-view channel, replaced by iN DEMAND
40 Cable Video Store #3 A defunct pay-per-view channel, replaced by iN DEMAND
41 ESPN2 A companion network to ESPN, a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company
42 Showtime A premium subscription channel with movies, shows, documentaries and sporting events,
owned by ViacomCBS
43 The Movie Channel Sister network to Showtime, owned by ViacomCBS
44 SportsChannel Ohio Later sold to Fox and became Fox Sports Ohio, before being sold to Entertainment Studios and
Sinclair Broadcast Group and relaunched as Bally Sports Ohio in 2021
45 The Disney Channel Originally a premium pay subscription channel, Disney is now a general cable channel
46 Cinemax Sister network to HBO, owned by WarnerMedia
47 Cinemax 2 A companion network to Cinemax, rebranded as MoreMax with a greater focus towards
more foreign, independent and special interest films
48 Home Box Office Still operates today by its acronym HBO, Home Box Office (owned today by WarnerMedia) is still used
as the network's legal corporate name
49 HBO 2 A companion network to HBO, with branding shifting between HBO Plus and HBO2 before
finally settling on the latter
50 HBO 3 A companion network to HBO and HBO2, rebranded as HBO Signature with programming shifting focus
towards movies, shows and specials targeting female audiences
51/4 WSFJ Ch. 51 (Independent) Newark-Columbus Now a Bounce TV O&O, owned by The E. W. Scripps Company, license move to London, Ohio in 2018
52/17 QVC One of America's two major home shopping television networks, the other being HSN
53/9 WWHO Ch. 53 (WB/UPN) Columbus Now a CW affiliate, sister to ABC affiliate WSYX and TBD/Antenna TV O&O WTTE
54 Country Music Television Programming consisting of country music and lifestyle with some country-themed
reality shows added in recent years, now just simply as CMT
55 The Sci-Fi Channel Programming focused primarily on fantasy, horror and science fiction, now as SYFY
56/36 Black Entertainment Television Then and now, still carries programming heavily targeting African American audiences,
though it nowadays goes only by the acronym BET
57 Turner Classic Movies A classic movie channel with films from Warner Bros. films released before 1950 and
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films released before May 1986 as well as the entire RKO Pictures film library
58 Q2 A spin-off and companion network to QVC, defunct and replaced by the similarly named QVC2
59/96 The Box A defunct music video channel, replaced by MTV2
60 ITO Unknown, a pay-per-view channel
61 The History Channel Originally focused on history-based documentaries, The History Channel (now known simply as History)
shifted focus significantly towards reality television programming by the late 2000s
62 Cable Video Store #4 A defunct pay-per-view channel, replaced by iN DEMAND
63 Cable Video Store #5 A defunct pay-per-view channel, replaced by iN DEMAND
64 Cable Video Store #6 A defunct pay-per-view channel, replaced by iN DEMAND
65 Free Previews A pay-per-view barker channel, unknown if this was Sneak Prevue
66 Starz! A premium subscription channel with movies, shows and documentaries, owned by Lionsgate
(Albeit with the exclamation point (!) removed from its name, now Starz)
67/63 Nick at Nite's TV Land Classic television shows, a standalone companion network to Nick at Nite, though nowadays simply as TV Land
68/64 Cartoon Network Originally consisted of cartoons 24 hours a day, the network has occasionally added live-action
programming into its lineups as well
69/65 Plex: Encore 1 A premium pay subscription movie channel, now operates as MoviePlex
70 Independent Film Channel Originally devoted to independent films, now more of a general entertainment channel as IFC