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List of Retro Cable lineups in the United States

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This page contains a list of old and vintage cable channel lineups from companies that may or may not still be in service today. They will be listed in order by which they're first presented on TVCL.

  • NOTE/DISCLAIMER: Most (if not all) lineups have been altered for users of the site due to one or more of the following:
  1. Spelling, grammar and/or typo errors within the original (source) material
  2. Inaccurate and/or incomplete information
  3. Vague and/or underwhelming descriptions of channels

Lineups

Northeast/New England

  • Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Provider Location(s) State Date Notes
Garden State Cable Audubon (portions)
(Southeast Philadelphia Metro)
New Jersey November 1990 Garden State Cable was later bought out by and absorbed into Comcast.

Southeast/Gulf Coast

  • Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia
Provider Location(s) State Date Notes
Scripps Howard Cable of NW Georgia Cobb and Paulding Counties
(Northwest Atlanta Metro)
Georgia January 1992 Scripps sold all of its cable systems to Comcast by 1997.
TKR Cable Louisville Kentucky August 1993 TKR Cable was sold to Cablevision, which now operates as Altice USA.
American Telecable Spartanburg South Carolina October 1988 Today, Spartanburg is serviced by Spectrum.
Capitol Cablevision Jackson Mississippi July 1990 Today the city's cable television services are handled by Comcast through Xfinity.
Memphis Cablevision Memphis Tennessee December 1990 Memphis Cablevision was later bought out by Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum). Today, Memphis is served by Xfinity.
Paragon Cable Tampa Bay Region Florida February 1991 Nowadays, services in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties vary by city, neighborhood and provider.

Midwest/Great Lakes

  • Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin
Provider Location(s) State Date Notes
Wayne Cablevision Allen Park
(Southwest Detroit Metro)
Michigan August 1981 Wayne Cablevision was absorbed into Comcast during the mid 1990s.
Cablentertainment Zanesville Ohio June 1980 Cablentertainment was later absorbed into Adelphia and then resold to Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) after Adelphia filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Westinghouse Anoka Anoka
(North Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro)
Minnesota October 1985 Westinghouse (also operating as Group W) sold off its cable systems to five different companies the following year.
Jones Intercable Wisconsin Rapids
(South Wausau Metro)
Wisconsin October 1989 Jones Intercable was bought out by Comcast in 1999.
Barden Cablevision Detroit Michigan October 1994 A joint venture between Toronto-based Maclean-Hunter (now Rogers) and late Detroit businessman Don H. Barden (1943-2011), sold to Comcast the following year.
Olathe Cable TV Olathe
(Southwest Kansas City Metro)
Kansas December 1977 Today the town's cable television services are handled by Comcast through Xfinity.
Harron Cable Port Huron
(Northeast Detroit Metro)
Michigan January 1980 Port Huron nowadays, is serviced by Comcast through Xfinity.
TCI of Bloomington-Normal Bloomington and Normal Illinois June 1997 In Bloomington, cable television services are now handled by Comcast through Xfinity.
Sunflower Cablevision Lawrence
(Southwest Kansas City Metro)
Kansas May 1990 Sunflower was later bought out by WOW! (Wide Open West) with services in Lawrence later transferred to current provider Midco.
Jones Intercable Naperville
(West Chicago Metro)
Illinois December 1988 Jones Intercable was bought out by Comcast in 1999. Services in Naperville were transferred separately to AT&T before going to Comcast directly.
Jones Intercable Naperville
(West Chicago Metro)
Illinois September 1991 Jones Intercable was bought out by Comcast in 1999. Services in Naperville were transferred separately to AT&T before going to Comcast directly.
Time Warner Cable Livonia and Redford Township
(West Detroit Metro)
Michigan August 1996 Time Warner Cable, along with Charter and Bright House Networks merged into one company, Spectrum, in 2014.
Spectrum continues handling services for Livonia while Xfinity is now in charge in Redford.
Continental Cablevision Inver Grove Heights
(South Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro)
Minnesota January 1992 Continental was bought out by US WEST in 1996 and was renamed MediaOne, and then resold to AT&T in 2000 and then to Comcast in 2002.
Comcast (via Xfinity) still services the town even to this day.
Jones Intercable Naperville
(West Chicago Metro)
Illinois October 1987 Jones Intercable was bought out by Comcast in 1999. Services in Naperville were transferred separately to AT&T before going to Comcast directly.
Time Warner Cable Oakland and Wayne Counties
(West & Northwest Detroit Metro)
Michigan September 1998 Time Warner Cable, along with Charter and Bright House Networks merged into one company, Spectrum, in 2014.
Spectrum continues handling services for Livonia while Xfinity is now in charge elsewhere.

Southwest/Southern Plains/Four Corners

  • Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah
Provider Location(s) State Date Notes
Sacramento Cable Sacramento California November 1990 Scripps sold all of its cable systems to Comcast by 1997.
Dimension Cable Phoenix Arizona November 1987 Dimension Cablesystems are now part of Cox Communications.
Hanford Cable Hanford
(Fresno and Visalia Metros)
California September 1985 Exact name of provider unknown at this time, area currently serviced by Comcast through Xfinity.
Time Warner Cable Huntington Beach
(Southeast Los Angeles Metro)
California August 1996 Time Warner Cable, along with Charter and Bright House Networks merged into one company, Spectrum, in 2014.
MediaOne Los Angeles California August 1999 MediaOne was acquired by AT&T Broadband in 2000 which in turn was acquired by Comcast in 2002. Today, services are handled by Spectrum.
United Cable Tyler Texas August 1991 Fate of United Cable unknown, services currently provided by Spectrum.

Northwest/Northern Rockies

  • Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming
Provider Location(s) State Date Notes
Viacom Cablevision of Salem Salem
(South Portland Metro)
Oregon January 1988 Viacom sold all of its cable systems to TCI in 1995 and resold later to AT&T. All Viacom/TCI systems are now owned by Comcast.
Jackson Hole Cable Jackson
(Northeast Twin Falls, Idaho Metro)
Wyoming October 1985 Exact name of provider unknown at this time, area currently serviced by Spectrum
Cox Cable Spokane Washington June 1991 Cox continues to provide services nationwide, locally however, services are now handled by Comcast through Xfinity.

Other Regions

  • Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands