1983 - Premier Choix, First Choice and Superchannel
1984 MuchMusic, TSN and Telelatino
1984 MuchMusic, TSN and Telelatino
1996 Canal Indigo LaunchesHere is some history from 1970s-1995
1977-78 - Saskatchen began operating a co-operative programming network that provided entertainment, PBS and HBO programming to various systems in Saskatchewan. Sometime in the early 80s, HBO was dropped in favour of Showtime programming. This was all discontinued by 1983 when national and regional Pay-TV launched.
1980 - Reseau-Inter-vision (A French language cable only broadcaster) launched several channels including; TEQ Ethnic, TVEQ (Educational), TVIQ (Information employment), TVAQ (Arts), TVSQ (Sports), TVJQ (Children's Programming), TVCQ (University courses), TVRQ (Reporting), TVFQ 99 (Programming from France). TVIQ, TVAQ, TVRQ were phased out in 1983.
1983 - First Choice, Premier Choix, C Channel (all nationally available). Star Channel (Maritimes Only), TVEC (Quebec only), Superchannel (Ontario, Alberta only) and Worldview (BC Only) launched. C Channel was off-air as of July 1 1983. Star Channel (Maritimes) stopped operating around November 1983.
1984 - In early 1984 Premier Choix and TVEC merged. Superchannel purchased a yet to be launched AIM Pay TV license in BC and launched in BC, Yukon. They also got permission to expand into Saskatchewan. In September 1984 Frist Choice and Premier Choix were changed to Eastern Canada only (Premier Choix rebranded as Super Ecran in Oct 1984). Superchannel consolidated all of their regional licenses Manitoba and West. September 1984 also saw the launch of TSN and Much Music nation wide. Chinavision and TLN launched in October 1984. I believe Chinavision was predominately available in Calgary and Toronto at that time while TLN was mostly limited to Toronto and some other Southern Ontario communities.
1985 Life Channel launched in October and was available nation wide. World View in BC had its license amended to become a predominately Chinese channel and rebranded as Cathay International Channel.
1986 Life Channel ceased operations at the end of November. TVCQ was replaced with over-the-air service CFTU.
1987 CHSN (Shopping) launched nationally on January 15. TFO (formerly La Chaine Francaise) launched as a French language TVO service for Ontario on January 1st
1988 Family Channel launched as a Pay-TV service on Sept 1st. YTV, Vision TV and Weather Network (Formerly Weather Now) launched nation wide. MuchMusic made its way to basic cable for many providers in Sept 1988. Sept 1988 also saw the launch of Canal Famille which replaced TVJQ, TV5 which replaced TVFQ 99 and MeteoMedia.
1989 CBC Newsworld launched July 31st, TSN moved to basic cable in September 1989 on most systems outside of Quebec. RDS Reseau des Sports replaced TVSQ
1990 Home Theater PPV begins operations in Western Canada (5 channels plus preview channel)
1991 Viewer's Choice PPV begins operations in Eastern Canada (4 channels plus preview channel)
1992 In May 1992 First Choice expands to 3 channels (1 24 hours, 2 evenings only). In Oct 94, First Choice expands to 4 channels (1 24x7, 3 evenings only).
1993 First Choice rebrands as TMN (Feb 1). In Sept 93 Fairchild acquired Cathey International Channel and Chinavision and rebranded under Fairchild TV. Fairchild also launched a second Chinese language channel, Talentvision.
1994 TMN launched Moviepix in Eastern Canada (Oct 1). Superchannel launches MovieMax in Western Canada (Oct 1)
1995 Women's Television Network, New Country Network, Discovery Channel, Life Network, Bravo!, Showcase launch nationally (Jan 1st). Two French language channels, RDI and Canal D also launch Jan 1st.
I believe Markham was previously Classicom Cable which sold their systems to Shaw Cable in 1995. Scarborough and Pickering was Trillium Cable which also sold to Shaw around the same time. Shaw Cable bought Graham cable which served parts of York in 1992. The York system was sold to Rogers in 1994 in a system swap that gave Rogers Victoria and Rogers Calgary to Shaw Cable. Downsview was Newton Cablevision which sold to Rogers in 1992/93. Maclean Hunter serviced Etobicoke which was absorbed by Rogers in the buyout in 1994.I also loved watching baseball as a kid and Shaw had WPIX long before we did on Rogers and I used to watch Mets games when visiting my grand parents as well.
It very well could've been WPIX. I lived in a Rogers area and we always had TBS (Channel 47), WGN (Channel 53) and WSBK (Channel 46) and they added KTLA around 1994 (Channel 49 I believe). I just recall WPIX came to Rogers much later than Shaw I think maybe in 1997 or 98.I believe Markham was previously Classicom Cable which sold their systems to Shaw Cable in 1995. Scarborough and Pickering was Trillium Cable which also sold to Shaw around the same time. Shaw Cable bought Graham cable which served parts of York in 1992. The York system was sold to Rogers in 1994 in a system swap that gave Rogers Victoria and Rogers Calgary to Shaw Cable. Downsview was Newton Cablevision which sold to Rogers in 1992/93. Maclean Hunter serviced Etobicoke which was absorbed by Rogers in the buyout in 1994.
I'm not sure if Classicom ever carried WWOR. It appears they carried TBS, WGN and WSBK from '91-'94. Classicom added WPIX and KTLA in December of 1994.