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Spectrum (TV channel)

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Spectrum
Speclogo.jpg
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaChicago
Minneapolis–St. Paul
HeadquartersCincinnati, Ohio
Programming
Language(s)English
Ownership
OwnerHome Entertainment Network (80% United Cable, 20% Buford Television)
History
LaunchedSeptember 29, 1981 (1981-09-29)
ClosedOctober 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)

Spectrum was an American subscription television channel that was owned and operated by United Cable. Existing during the early 1980s, the service was available in the Chicago and Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan areas.

United Cable, which owned a majority stake in the Spectrum through its Home Entertainment Network division, also owned a third STV operation in the Cincinnati and Dayton market, which used the ON TV brand name under license; United had purchased a majority share in Home Entertainment Network from original owners Buford Television for a reported $20 million in 1982.[1]

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History

Spectrum began operating in Chicago on September 29, 1981, on a new television station, WFBN channel 66, owned by Focus Broadcasting.[2] By early 1983, Spectrum there had 60,000 subscribers—in comparison to ON TV's 125,000—and had not turned a profit since its inception.[3]

United Cable launched Spectrum in the Twin Cities on a new station, KTMA, on September 22, 1982,[4] making it one of the later subscription television startups. It competed with TVQ, which operated a microwave distribution system of HBO to some 15,000 subscribers.[5] The new service quickly secured valuable programming when it struck a deal to televise Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota North Stars hockey home games: the entire North Stars home slate and 50 Twins home games, packaged as "Spectrum Sports"—available for $19.95 a month or $29.90 along with the Spectrum movie service.[4] At its peak, in May 1983, the service attracted 27,000 Twin Cities subscribers, making it the most successful of United Cable's three STV operations.[6] Even then, United Cable was laying off 55 staff, cutting costs, and considering outsourcing its movie programming to Oak Industries (owners of ON TV).[6] Three months later, the company wrote down the Home Entertainment Network division and put the three STV systems on the market.[7]

In Chicago, United Cable declared defeat in February 1984 and sold its subscriber base to Oak Industries and ON TV; ON TV took over Spectrum programming on March 1, 1984, while subscribers were converted to Oak's equipment.[8] At the time of the sale, there were 28,000 Spectrum subscribers, while ON TV had fallen to 84,000.[8] WFBN then broadcast music videos for the summer before relaunching as a general-entertainment independent that fall.[9]

As a sports service, Spectrum in the Twin Cities never reached the intended subscriber figures, prompting profits to fall far short of expectations for the Twins. Further, a federal judge had ruled against the Twins and North Stars pooling their broadcast rights in the Spectrum deal after WCCO-TV sued on antitrust charges. (Sports telecasts continued while the case was being appealed; after Spectrum's demise, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in the teams' favor.[10]) In August 1985, the Twins and North Stars opted not to renew their Spectrum rights deal, a decision that sounded the death knell for the service—already down to just 13,000 subscribers; the movie service ended September 29, 1985, while Spectrum Sports concluded with the final game of the Twins season on October 6.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "TV Service Being Sold". Cincinnati Enquirer. January 5, 1982. p. D-11. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Alridge, Ron (September 30, 1981). "NBC is adamant: 'Sidney' won't be gay! Tony Randall is adamant: Yes, he will!". Chicago Tribune. p. 14. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Storch, Charles (March 4, 1983). "Cable, recession dimming the picture of the pay TV industry". Chicago Tribune. p. 9. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Carman, John (September 24, 1982). "Subscription TV will carry Stars, Twins home games". Minneapolis Star and Tribune. p. 1D. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Carman, John (September 15, 1982). "New pay TV station, Spectrum, nearly ready to roll". Minneapolis Star and Tribune. p. 14B. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Marcotty, Josephine; Mikkelsen, Randall (May 14, 1983). "Spectrum TV lays off 55 employees in Minneapolis". Minneapolis Star and Tribune. p. 7D. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Storch, Charles (August 27, 1983). "Spectrum TV up for sale". Chicago Tribune. p. 6. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Storch, Charles (March 1, 1984). "ON TV pushes rival out of picture". Chicago Tribune. p. 3. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Anderson, Jon (October 18, 1984). "'Dallas' artifacts—plus 'Cliff'—heading North". Chicago Tribune. p. 13. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "Court rules in favor of teams in TV suit". Minneapolis Star and Tribune. December 13, 1985. p. 2D. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Covert, Colin (August 15, 1985). "Spectrum to abandon pay-TV service". Minneapolis Star and Tribune. pp. 1A, 17A. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
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