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List of Comcast Cablevision channels (Harford County, June 1986)

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

Comcast Cablevision customers in Harford County, Maryland had access to 26 channels in June of 1986. Today, depending on exact location, services within some parts of Harford County are still provided by Comcast (now as Xfinity) while Armstrong Utilities, Inc. services other parts of the county.


  • 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore television market includes 10 counties and one independent city in Maryland, with market hubs in bold text:

  • Counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot
  • Cities: Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Easton, Elkridge, Elkton, Harford, Parkville, Pasadena, Pikesville, Queen Anne and Yorktown


Source: YouTube
CH# Names Notes/Today
2 NBC Peacock 1986.svg  2  WMAR-TV Baltimore Currently an ABC affiliate, owned by The E. W. Scripps Company
(Acquired by Scripps in 1991, WMAR-TV joined ABC in a three-way swap (between June 1994 and January 1995) that sent
WMAR's former NBC affiliation to  11  WBAL-TV and WBAL's former CBS affiliation to then-ABC affiliate  13  WJZ-TV, which has
since become a CBS network owned-and-operated station)
3  29  WTAF-TV Philadelphia, PA Now a Fox network O&O as WTXF-TV, owned by Fox Television Stations
(The network would officially launch in October of that same year, call letters changed to the current WTXF-TV in June of
1988, acquired by Fox Television Stations in August of 1995)
4  20  WDCA Washington, D.C. Now a MyNetwork O&O, owned by Fox Television Stations, alongside Fox O&O  5  WTTG
(Initially a UPN network owned-and-operated station, Viacom traded WDCA, along with  20  KTXH in Houston, Texas to
Fox Television Stations in exchange for  44  KBHK-TV in San Francisco, California (now CW O&O KBCW) in October of 2001)
5  5  WTTG Washington, D.C. Now a Fox network O&O, co-owned with MyNetworkTV O&O  20  WDCA by Fox Television Stations
(The network would officially launch in October of that same year)
6  45  WBFF Baltimore Currently dual a Fox and MyNetwork affiliate, then and now, still owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
(The network would officially launch in October of that same year, also operates CW affiliate  54  WNUV, owned by Cunningham
and TBD affiliate  24  WUTB, owned by Deerfield Media)
7 The Weather Channel Weather forecasting and science and in recent years, weather related shows and documentaries as well
(Also with local weather alerts and local forecasts every ten minutes on the 8s of every hour, owned by Entertainment Studios)
8  54  WNUV Baltimore Now a CW affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(WNUV, along with TBD affiliate  24  WUTB, owned by Deerfield Media, are both operated and managed by Sinclair Broadcast
, owners of Fox affiliate  45  WBFF, Cunningham itself is a Sinclair subsidiary)
9 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
10  17  WTBS Atlanta, GA The direct feed of the OTA station at the time, now as WPCH-TV, owned by Gray Television
(Both the station and the TBS network were separated from each other in October of 2007, TBS today, is owned by
Warner Bros. Discovery, successors of Turner Broadcasting and WarnerMedia)
11 CBS Eyemark.svg  11  WBAL-TV Baltimore Now an NBC affiliate, owned by Hearst Television
(WBAL-TV became an NBC affiliate after  2  WMAR-TV took over the ABC affiliation, sending WBAL's former CBS affiliation to
current network O&O  13  WJZ-TV, all by January of 1995)
12 PBS 1984.svg  67  WMPB Baltimore The flagship station of Maryland Public Television, a network of PBS stations throughout Maryland
13 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  13  WJZ-TV Baltimore Now a CBS owned-and-operated station, owned by Paramount Global
(WJZ-TV became a CBS affiliate after then-NBC affiliate  2  WMAR-TV assumed the ABC affiliation, WMAR's NBC affiliation then
went to then-CBS affiliate  11  WBAL-TV, then-owner Westinghouse Broadcasting bought CBS in November of 1995, making WJZ
a network owned-and-operated station as a result)
14 Lifetime Programming geared towards women and women in lead roles of movies and shows
(Owned by A&E Networks, a 50-50 joint venture between Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company)
17 Cinemax A premium pay subscription channel with mainstream, independent and original shows, movies and
documentaries, sister and companion network to HBO, both are owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
18 Nickelodeon Today owned by Paramount Global, schedule 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, owned by Paramount Global
19 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%)
20 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
21 The Disney Channel Originally a premium pay subscription channel, Disney is now a general cable channel
22  49  WGCB-TV Red Lion, PA Then and now, still a religious independent station, now as WLYH, owned by Sonshine Family Television
(The station is located within the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York television market)
23 Program Guide Today operates as Pop, owned by Paramount Global, a general entertainment channel, focusing primarily
on programs pertaining to popular culture
(The scrolling guides for which the network (later known as Prevue Guide and then Prevue Channel) was legendary for were
phased out over the years, at least on the network)
24 Home Box Office A premium subscription network, still operates today by its acronym HBO
(Now owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name)
25 USA Network Then and now, a general entertainment and sports channel, now owned by NBCUniversal
26 Music Television Now known exclusively as MTV, owned by Paramount Global
(The network has shifted from strictly music and music videos in its early years to a mix of music, reality shows and
dramas and other acquired programming in recent years)
27 CBN CBN Cable Network was spun off by the Christian Broadcasting Network and operates today as
Freeform, owned by The Walt Disney Company
28 Video Hits One Now known exclusively as VH1, owned by Paramount Global
(Much like its sister network, MTV, it has also shifted from strictly music and music videos in its early years to a mix of music,
reality shows and dramas and other acquired programming in recent years)
29 Arts & Entertainment Once a channel focused on arts and history, the channel has shifted significantly towards reality
shows, dramas and documentaries, now only known simply as A&E
(The flagship network of A&E Networks, a 50-50 joint venture between the Hearst Communications and Disney General
Entertainment Content, a division of The Walt Disney Company)
60 CNN Headline News Operating today as HLN, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Once a companion network to CNN with news headlines, programming has shifted mostly to crime and law-oriented shows
and documentaries in recent years)