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List of Memphis Cablevision channels (December 1991)

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Memphis Cablevision provided customers in Memphis, Tennessee with the channels listed below in December of 1991. Memphis Cable was eventually bought out by and absorbed into Time Warner Cable (now Charter Spectrum) before being spun off separately to Comcast to be operated through Xfinity. (Source: TVTV.us)


  • 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 Memphis 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 Memphis television market includes 28 counties in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, with market hubs in bold text:

  • Arkansas:
    • Counties: Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis
    • Cities: Blytheville, Forrest City, Harrisburg, Marianna, Palestine, West Memphis, Wheatley and Whitehall
  • Mississippi:
    • Counties: Alcorn, Benton, Coahoma, De Soto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tate, Tippah and Tunica
    • Cities: Ashland, Clarksdale, Corinth, Hernando, Holly Springs, Horn Lake, Oxford, Ripley, Senatobia, Southaven and Tunica
  • Missouri:
    • Counties: Pemiscot
    • Cities: Caruthersville, Hayti, Hayward and Steele
  • Tennessee:
    • Counties: Crockett, Dyer, Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, Tipton
    • Cities: Bartlett, Bolivar, Brownsville, Dyersburg, Eastview, Germantown, Memphis, Nonconnah, Pocahontas, Ripley and Woodstock


Source: YouTube
CH# Name Notes/Today
3 CBS Eyemark.svg  3  WREG-TV Memphis Still the market's CBS affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group
4 Prevue Guide Today operates as Pop, a general entertainment channel, owned by Paramount Global, focusing
primarily on programs pertaining to popular culture
(The scrolling guides for which the network was legendary for were phased out over the years, at least on the network)
5 NBC Peacock 1986.svg  5  WMC-TV Memphis Still the market's NBC affiliate, owned by Gray Television
6 CPN Unknown at this time
7 Fox 1987.svg  24  WPTY-TV Memphis Currently an ABC affiliate after News Corporation, which owned Fox at the time purchased  13 
WHBQ-TV in 1995, today operates as WATN-TV and is sister to dual CW and MyNetworkTV
affiliate  30  WLMT
(WHBQ was required to continue carrying ABC programming, even as a Fox-owned station until its contract with WPTY
expired, on November 30, 1995, both WATN and WLMT are owned by Tegna)
8 Cinemax A premium pay subscription channel with mainstream, independent and original shows, movies
and documentaries
(Sister and companion network to HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
9 The Learning Channel Initially focused on educational and learning content, by the late 1990s the network began to
primarily focus towards reality series involving lifestyles, family life, and personal stories as TLC,
owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
10 PBS 1984.svg  10  WKNO Memphis Still a PBS member station, owned by the Mid-South Public Communications Foundation
11  30  WLMT Memphis Would become a UPN affiliate and currently a dual CW and MyNetworkTV affiliate
(Owned by Tegna, part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate  24  WATN-TV -- the former WPTY-TV)
12 The Discovery Channel Still operates today with a program mix of technology, science, nature and reality, and its name
shortened to just Discovery (also occasionally known as Discovery Channel), owned by
Warner Bros. Discovery
13 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  13  WHBQ-TV Memphis Would become the market's current Fox affiliate when News Corporation, which owned Fox at
the time, purchased the station in 1995, then sold the station to Cox Media Group in 2014
(ABC programming would continue on WHBQ before moving to current affiliate  24  WPTY-TV (now WATN-TV) on
December 1, 1995, WHBQ was since acquired by current owner Imagicomm Communications on August 1, 2022)
14 QVC One of America's two major home shopping television networks, the other being HSN
(QVC is also available over-the-air via  30-6  WLMT-DT6 while WPXX-TV carries both QVC on  50-8  and HSN on  50-7 )
15 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 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 Disney General Entertainment
Content, a division of The Walt Disney Company)
17  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 (short for Turner Broadcasting System), were separated from each other in 2007,
TBS today, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
18 Turner Network
Programming shifted from mostly classic movies towards drama movies and shows over the
years with sporting events featured as well, nowadays only by the name TNT, owned by
Warner Bros. Discovery
19  9  WGN-TV Chicago, IL The direct feed of the OTA station at the time, then and now, an independent
(Now owned by Nexstar Media Group, its later cable counterpart, WGN America, has since been rebranded and
relaunched as NewsNation)
21 CPN Unknown at this time
22 Home Box Office A premium subscription network, still operates only as HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name)
23 The Disney Channel Originally a premium pay subscription channel, Disney is now a general cable channel
24 American Movie
The flagship network of AMC Networks
(Today operates only by the acronym AMC, shifted from originally exclusively classic movies (as a pay subscription channel)
towards movies, shows and original programming (as a general cable channel)
25 USA Network Then and now, a general entertainment and sports channel, now owned by NBCUniversal
26 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, owned by
Warner Bros. Discovery
27 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
28 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
29  9  WWOR-TV Secaucus, NJ Now a MyNetworkTV O&O, owned by Fox Television Stations
(Part of a duopoly with Fox network flagship  5  WNYW in New York City)
30 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)
31 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
32 Consumer News and
Business Channel
A business and consumer financial news channel still operating today, but only by the acronym
CNBC, owned by NBCUniversal and operated by its news division, NBCUniversal News Group
33 C-SPAN2 A channel entirely focused on federal government and public affairs pertaining to the United States
, including live coverage of proceedings
34 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
35 E! Entertainment
Originally focused primarily towards entertainment news and gossip, but has shifted towards pop
culture, celebrity focused reality shows, and movies, now known only as E!, owned by NBCUniversal
36 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%)
37 Music Television (MTV) Owned by Paramount Global and known only as MTV, 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
43 Viewer's Choice #1 A Pay-Per-View channel, now operating as iN DEMAND
44 Viewer's Choice #2 A Pay-Per-View channel, now operating as iN DEMAND