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List of Dimension Cable channels (Meriden, March 1983)

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Dimension Cable (locally doing business as Telesystems Connecticut, Inc.) provided 31 channels to customers in Meriden, Connecticut in March of 1983. Dimension has since been absorbed into Cox Communications, which still services the town to this day.


  • 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 Hartford-New Haven 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 Hartford-New Haven television market includes 7 counties in Connecticut, with market hubs in bold text:

  • Counties: Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham
  • Cities: Bridgewater, Bristol, Hartford, Litchfield, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Orange, Roxbury and Waterbury


Source: Newspapers.com (Paid subscription to "Publisher Extra" may be required for some sections)
CH# Name(s) Notes/Today
2 The Movie Channel A premium pay subscription channel with classic, mainstream and independent movies
(Sister and companion network to Showtime, owned by Paramount Global)
3 Weather Unknown at this time if this was actually The Weather Channel
4 1979 NBC logo.svg  30  WVIT New Britain Reacquired by NBC in December of 1997, becoming a network O&O for a second time
(First owned from December 1956 to June 1959, now part of a duopoly with Telemundo network O&O  19  WRDM-CD)
5  18  WHCT-TV Hartford Went dark in 1984 before returning to the air in September of 1985
(Now Univision affiliate WUVN, owned by Entravision Communications, of which TelevisaUnivision owns
a 10 percent stake in, and in turn Televisa owns a 45% stake in TelevisaUnivision)
6 PBS 1971 Logo Only.svg  24  WEDH Hartford Then and now, still the flagship station of Connecticut Public Television
(A network of four PBS member television stations serving the state of Connecticut as well as adjacent parts of
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island)
7 CBS Eyemark.svg  3  WFSB Hartford Still a CBS affiliate, owned by Gray Television
8 Local Access Likely defunct, a local cable/public access channel
9  20  WTXX Waterbury Later a WB and now a CW affiliate now as WCCT-TV, also sister to Fox affiliate  61  WTIC-TV
10 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  8  WTNH-TV New Haven Still an ABC affiliate, part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate  59  WCTX
(Owned by Nexstar Media Group, both stations are licensed to the city of New Haven)
11 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%)
12 RAVE Educational TV Status unknown
13 PBS 1971 Logo Only.svg  57  WGBY-TV Springfield, MA Still a PBS member station
(Owned by the WGBH Educational Foundation and operated by New England Public Media)
15 Spotlight Defunct, a premium subscription channel sold to, integrated into and replaced by Showtime
and The Movie Channel, both of which are owned by Paramount Global
16 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  40  WGGB-TV Springfield, MA Currently a combination ABC, Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliate
(Owned by Gray Television as part of a duopoly with CBS affiliate  3-7  WSHM-LD, which itself is a semi-satellite of  3  WFSB)
17 CBS Eyemark.svg  2  WCBS-TV New York, NY CBS network flagship station, owned by Paramount Global
(Part of a duopoly with independent station  55  WLNY-TV out of Riverhead, located on Long Island)
18 1979 NBC logo.svg  4  WNBC New York, NY NBC network flagship station and America's oldest active television station
(Owned by NBCUniversal, part of a duopoly with Telemundo network O&O  47  WNJU out of Linden, New Jersey)
19 Financial & Sports
Defunct, likely a teletext channel and sports news, scores, highlights and headlines in addition to
financial news and headlines and stocks
20 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  7  WABC-TV New York, NY ABC network flagship station owned by The Walt Disney Company
(Among the original O&Os alongside KABC-TV Los Angeles and KGO-TV San Francisco, both in California; WLS-TV Chicago,
Illinois and WXYZ-TV Detroit, Michigan, all of which also on  7 , the lattermost (WXYZ) being sold off to The E.W. Scripps
in 1986, as part of its merger with Capital Cities at the time, which also saw Scripps acquire Capital Cities'
then-independent  28  WFTS-TV out of Tampa, Florida (now an ABC affiliate as well) in the same divestiture transaction)
21  5  WNEW-TV New York, NY Would become the Fox network flagship as WNYW upon its launch in 1986
(Owned by Fox Television Stations, part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV O&O  9  WWOR-TV, the former WOR-TV,
then also licensed to New York City before transferring said license to Secaucus, New Jersey one month later)
22  11  WPIX New York, NY Later a WB affiliate and now a CW affiliate
(Owned by Mission Broadcasting and operated by Nexstar Media Group)
23 SIN Logo.svg  41  WXTV Paterson, NJ SIN would relaunch as Univision in 1987, owned by TelevisaUnivision
(SIN -- short for Spanish International Network, co-flagship alongside  34  KMEX-DT Los Angeles, California;  41  KWEX-DT
San Antonio, Texas and  23  WLTV-DT Miami, Florida, part of a triopoly with UniMás network flagship  68  WFUT-DT (WWHT in
1983 and later WHSE-TV) out of Newark, New Jersey and True Crime Network affiliate  67  WFTY-DT (WSNL-TV in 1983 and
later WHSI and then WHSI-TV) out of Smithtown, which once served and operated as a satellite (or at least a semi-satellite) of
WWHT/WHSE/WFUT from 1980 to 2017, Mexican media conglomerate Televisa owns a 45% stake in TelevisaUnivision)
24  38  WSBK-TV Boston, MA Later a UPN network O&O then became an independent once again before joining MyNetworkTV
(Part of a duopoly with CBS O&O  4  WBZ-TV, both owned by Paramount Global)
25 CBN At the time owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network, a predecessor to what is now Freeform,
owned by The Walt Disney Company
26 Satellite News Channel Defunct, a 24-hour news channel shut down and replaced by CNN Headline News (now HLN) in
October that same year
(SNC was a joint venture between ABC and Westinghouse Broadcasting, designed to compete directly with CNN,
now part of Warner Bros. Discovery)
27 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
28 Cable Health Network Defunct, a 24-hour health news and information channel, a joint venture between Viacom, the Hearst
Corporation (now Hearst Communications) and ABC
(The network was relaunched as Lifetime in 1984, a network with 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 and Disney)
29 USA Network Then and now, a general entertainment and sports channel, now owned by NBCUniversal
30  9  WOR-TV New York, NY Relicensed to Secaucus, New Jersey one month later, now a MyNetworkTV O&O as WWOR-TV
(Owned by Fox Television Stations in a duopoly with Fox network flagship  5  WNYW in New York City)
31 1979 NBC logo.svg  22  WWLP Springfield, MA Currently a dual NBC and CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
33 Home Box Office A premium subscription network, still operates today only as HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name)