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List of Comcast Cable channels (West Palm Beach, July 1987)

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Parent Page: List of Retro Cable lineups in the United States

Comcast Cablevision customers in West Palm Beach, Florida had access to the channels listed below in July of 1987. Comcast continues to operate its cable television installations today, only now through Xfinity.


  • CALL — The call letters of an over-the-air television station in bold text.
  • CABLE — Cable channels in regular text.
  •  ##  — Over-the-air channel number for stations within the Palm Beaches television market, according to current laws by the FCC and mapping of markets by Nielsen Media Research. Also, some stations may service areas outside of the television market as well.
  •  ##  — Over-the-air channel number for distant out-of-market stations, including regional and national "superstations", according to current laws by the FCC and mapping of markets by Nielsen Media Research.
  • Network affiliated stations will have the network's logo (of the corresponding era) next to them and independent stations are unmarked.


The Palm Beaches television market includes 5 counties in Florida, with market hubs in bold text:

  • Counties: Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie
  • Cities: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Pierce, Haverhill, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Stuart, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Winter Beach and Vero Beach


Source: Newspapers.com (Paid subscription to "Publisher Extra" may be required for some sections)
CH# Names Notes/Today
2 Music Television Now known only as MTV, owned by Paramount Global, 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
3 NBC Peacock 1986.svg  5  WPTV-TV West Palm Beach Still an NBC affiliate, sister to independent  9  WHDT, owned by The E. W. Scripps Company
(WPTV and WHDT also operate Fox affiliate  29  WFLX, owned by Gray Television)
4 CBS Eyemark.svg  34  WTVX Fort Pierce Became an independent after losing its CBS affiliation to now-sister station  12  WPEC-TV,
later joined UPN, even becoming an O&O and was briefly a CW O&O before being sold off
(Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group in a quadropoly alongside WPEC, Azteca América affiliate  48  WWHB-CD and
MyNetworkTV affiliate  43  WTCN-CD, WPEC's old ABC affiliation went to  25  WPBF (out of Tequesta) when it took
to the air on January 1, 1989)
5 Local/Cable/Public Access Status unknown
6 PBS 1984.svg  42  WXEL-TV Boynton Beach Still a PBS member station, owned by South Florida PBS, Inc.
(Also sister to PBS station  2  WPBT and Health Channel affiliate  13  WURH-CD, both out of Miami)
7 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
8 Fox 1987.svg  29  WFLX West Palm Beach Still a Fox affiliate, now owned by Gray Television
(The E. W. Scripps Company through NBC affiliate  5  WPTV-TV and news-intensive independent  9  WHDT also
operates WFLX under a Shared Services Agreement, erroneously listed and identified by The Palm Beach Post
newspaper as still being an independent station)
9 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  12  WPEC-TV West Palm Beach Took the CBS affiliation from now-sister station  34  WTVX with its former ABC affiliation
going to  25  WPBF upon signing onto the air for the first time on January 1, 1989
(Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group in a quadropoly alongside WTVX, now a CW affiliate and former network O&O,
Azteca América affiliate  48  WWHB-CD and MyNetworkTV affiliate  43  WTCN-CD)
10 ESPN A 24-hour channel devoted to local, regional, national and international sports
(Owned as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company at 80% and Hearst Communications at 20%)
11  17  WTBS Atlanta, GA The direct OTA feed at the time, now as WPCH-TV, owned by Gray Television
(Both the station and the TBS network (short for Turner Broadcasting System), were separated from each other in 2007,
TBS today, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
13 PBS 1984.svg  2  WPBT Miami Still a PBS member station, one of two PBS stations in Miami, the other being  17  WLRN-TV,
owned by Miami-Dade County Public Schools
(Owned by South Florida PBS, Inc., sister to PBS station  42  WXEL-TV in Boynton Beach, serving West Palm Beach and
Health Channel affiliate  13  WURH-CD)
14 The Disney Channel Originally a premium pay subscription channel, Disney is now a general cable channel
15 Showtime A premium subscription channel with movies, shows, documentaries and sporting events,
owned by Paramount Global
16 QVC One of America's two major home shopping television networks, the other being longtime
rival and now-sister network HSN
(Over-the-air, WHDT carries both QVC and HSN on  9-5  and  9-4  respectively)
17 Nickelodeon Today owned by Paramount Global, schedule then and now, still consists of programming
towards children and teenagers up to 18 years of age
(Split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
Arts & Entertainment Once a channel focused on arts and history, the channel has shifted significantly towards
reality shows, dramas and documentaries, now known only as A&E
(The flagship network of A&E Networks, a 50-50 joint venture between Hearst Communications and Disney General
Entertainment Content, a division of The Walt Disney Company, split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
18 NBC Peacock 1986.svg  7  WSVN Miami Became Miami's current Fox affiliate after original affiliate WCIX was bought by CBS and former
CBS affiliate WTVJ was bought by NBC
(WTVJ, now on  6 , was bought by NBC in 1987 and WCIX, now WFOR-TV on  4 , was bought by CBS in 1988, however,
the switchovers did NOT occur until January 1, 1989)
19 PTL The network folded in 1989 and was relaunched in 2015, owned by televangelist Jim Bakker
20 CBN Cable Network At the time owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network, a predecessor to what is now
Freeform, owned by The Walt Disney Company
21 Home Box Office A premium pay subscription network, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name, though it operates on-air and online
exclusively by the acronym HBO)
22 The Movie Channel A premium pay subscription channel with classic, mainstream and independent movies
(Sister and companion network to Showtime, owned by Paramount Global)
23  9  WWOR-TV Secaucus, NJ Now a MyNetworkTV O&O and flagship, owned by Fox Television Stations in a duopoly
with Fox network flagship  5  WNYW in New York City
24 CBS Eyemark.svg  4  WTVJ Miami Now an NBC network owned and operated station, now on  6 
(Owned by NBCUniversal alongside Telemundo O&O  51  WSCV, WTVJ was bought by NBC in 1987, but was still
under contract with CBS, before landing on its now-current O&O WCIX, now WFOR-TV on  4 )
25 USA Network Then and now, a general entertainment and sports channel, now owned by NBCUniversal
26 Lifetime Programming geared towards women and women in lead roles of movies and shows
(Owned by A&E Networks as a 50-50 joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company)
27 Financial News Network Financial and business news and stocks, sold to NBC and folded into CNBC in 1991
(Split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
C-SPAN A channel entirely focused on federal government and public affairs pertaining to the United
States House of Representatives
, including live coverage of proceedings
(Split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
28 The Weather Channel Weather forecasting and science and in recent years, with weather related shows and
documentaries (both original and acquired) added as well
(Also with local weather alerts and local forecasts every ten minutes on the 8s of every hour,
owned by Entertainment Studios)
29 SIN Logo.svg  23  WLTV Miami SIN would relaunch as Univision that same year, owned by TelevisaUnivision, part of a
duopoly with UniMás O&O  69  WAMI-DT out of Hollywood
(SIN -- short for Spanish International Network, co-flagship alongside  34  KMEX-DT Los Angeles, California;
KWEX-DT San Antonio, Texas and WXTV-DT New York City, the latter both of which on  41 , Mexico-based
Televisa owns a 45% stake in TelevisaUnivision)
30 Video Hits One Owned by Paramount Global, like its sister network, MTV, VH1 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
31 Black Entertainment
Then and now, still carries programming heavily targeting African-American audiences,
though it nowadays goes only by the acronym BET, owned by Paramount Global
32 The Nashville Network
A channel once focused on country music and lifestyle, it now operates as a general
entertainment channel as Paramount Network, owned by Paramount Global