[PW] Looking for local cable TV channel offerings from 1985

Todd Mason foxbrick at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 10 04:09:54 PST 2015

Well, one could easily have recorded, three decades ago, their evening's viewing on VHS, Beta or (if a die-hard) Umatic tape...but as an alibi, it can hold the littlest bit of water even now... 
Todd Mason

     On Monday, November 9, 2015 11:23 PM, "Peter Zilahy Ingerman, PhD" <pzi at ingerman.org> wrote:

 Three years ago is well into the era of digital recorders, such as Tivo. 
Hence, the time a show is "aired" may well be irrelevant with respect to 
the time it was "watched". Just something to keep in mind. (Clearly 
doesn't apply 30 years ago!)


On 2015-11-09 19:18, NancyJo Leachman wrote:
> I had a question like that once.  In my case, it was a lawyer who was
> checking on an alibi. Person said they were watching such and such a movie
> and the lawyer needed to know if that movie was really being televised at
> that exact time. It was only about 3 years back, not 30. Like Donna did, I
> checked the local paper's listing and it answered our question.
> Nancy Jo Leachman
> Information Service Librarian
> Salina Public Library
> 301 W. Elm, Salina, KS 67401
> nancyjo at salpublib.org
> 785 825-4624
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 4:33 PM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:
>> On 11/9/2015 3:16 PM, Erin Johnson wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> We had a reference question at the desk today that we cannot make heads or
>>> tales of, a patron asked for the Cablevision New Milford (CT) list of
>>> available channels from December 1st 1985.
>> Unless I'm wrong, Cablevision back then served the Danbury metro area,
>> including New Milford, and it had little competition.  In fact, it was the
>> cable provider in Stamford and most other cities in CT. Any newspaper's TV
>> listings from December 1, 1985 (a Sunday) would thus tell you which
>> channels were available to local viewers. From what I can see in a Stamford
>> newspaper, in late November/early December, Cablevision offered A&E, Bravo,
>> HBO, Cinemax, the MSG (Madison Square Garden) channel, Showtime, TBS, The
>> Movie Channel, USA Network, Cablevision News (a local channel), WHT (a
>> subscription only movie channel), Cable News Network (CNN), MTV,
>> Sportschannel (SPC), SPN (later known as ESPN), Playboy Channel, Weather
>> Channel, Country Music TV, C-Span, Nashville Network, Disney Channel,
>> Financial News Network, Lifetime, Christian Broadcasting, and several
>> super-stations including WTBS in Atlanta and WSBK in Boston.
>> Donna L. Halper, PhD
>> your friendly media historian
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