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That looks very similar to what I remember, bigoranget, and I seem to recall that the audio got through quite clearly, at least on my cable system in Halifax.

When my system introduced those discretionary tiers starting in the late 1980s, the first group was from channels 14-22. When they introduced the second tier in the early 1990s, they used channels from 34-40, and may have added 41 and 42 later. The third tier, added still later, was using channels 43-54 or roundabouts. My memories of the exact channel ranges may be off slightly, but not too far off what I have here. Eventually, my cable company included an option for subscribing to the entire range of channels, with all three tiers included for one price. There was a considerable saving over adding the three tiers individually. I think they called it “full cable” or something.

Channels such as TBS, KTLA, WGN, and WPIX were originally only available as a “bonus” if one subscribed to either First Choice or Family Channel, which were scrambled with the addressable scrambling technology. Eventually, Family Channel was moved to the third, extended tier, and TBS was moved to that tier as well. WGN, KTLA, and WPIX were only ever available should one subscribe to First Choice.(It may have renamed to “The Movie Network “ by then.)
 

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The second tier would have launched in January of 1995 when WTN, Discovery, Bravo, Life network, Showcase, NCN (Later CMT), and RDI launched. The third tier would have launched in Oct 1997 when channels like Comedy, Space, HGTV, OLN etc launched. Family Channel and TBS moved to that upper tier on most major systems. Two of the systems in Hamilton (Southmount Cable and Mountain Cablevision) kept Family Channel and TBS on the scrambled pay-tv tier for another 15-16 months. Both Southmount and Mountain Cable had TBS and WGN in the upper tier for several years. Mountain Cable and Cogeco Cable also included TMN Moviepix in the upper tier for several years starting in late 1998.
 

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One thing that was an oddity with Halifax Cable, later Eastlink, is that CMT was added to the basic service when it launched, and remained on basic until much later on, at which time digital cable was available, and there were numerous “add on” theme packs.
 

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In Ontario, Roger's put WTN on basic cable along with RDI (I think in the case of RDI, it was required). A few cable systems (notably Trillium Cable and Classicom) added CNBC in January of 1995 to the 2nd tier. CNBC wouldn't become more widely available until Oct 1997. Classicom and Trillium also carried Fairchild TV in the 2nd tier while Rogers it remained a premium channel.
 

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Here 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.
1996 - Canal Indigo Debuts to TV Viewers in quebec
March 1997 - Star Choice Begins and Gets their Very First Customer (Archie Gray).
May 1997 - Headline Sports Launches.
September 1997 - Expressvu Begins, LCN, Canal Vie, Musimax and Teletoon Make their Quebecian Debuts on TV.
Fall 1997 - BBC World, Court TV and Game Show Network Debut on Canadian TV Listings.
October 1997 - Teletoon, Comedy, Space, OLN, HGTV, History Television, CTV News 1 and Prime Begin Broadcasting, Speedvision, CNBC, BET, The Golf Channel and Food Network Appears in Canadian TV Listings, and Family Channel and TBS Superstation Move their way to Basic Cable.
November 1997 - Treehouse TV Launches.
March 1998 - CP24 Launches in Southern Ontario Only.
September 1998 - MuchMoreMusic Launches.
October 1998 - CTV Sportsnet is Launched.
September 1999 - Canadian Learning Television, Report on Business Television and Star! Launches.
January 2000 - Canal Z, Canal Evasion, Historia and Series+ Launches.
September 2000 - Talk TV Launches.
October 2000 - Food Network Canada Replaces the American Food Network.
November 2000 - CRTC Approves 283 Channels (21 Category 1 Channels and 262 Category 2 Channels).
 

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Here is some history from 1970s-2001

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.
August 1996 - Canal Indigo Debuts to TV Viewers in quebec
March 1997 - Star Choice Begins and Gets their Very First Customer (Archie Gray).
May 1997 - Headline Sports Launches.
September 1997 - Expressvu Begins, LCN, Canal Vie, Musimax and Teletoon Make their Quebecian Debuts on TV.
Fall 1997 - BBC World, Court TV and Game Show Network Debut on Canadian TV Listings.
October 1997 - Teletoon, Comedy, Space, OLN, HGTV, History Television, CTV News 1 and Prime Begin Broadcasting, Speedvision, CNBC, BET, The Golf Channel and Food Network Appears in Canadian TV Listings, and Family Channel and TBS Superstation Move their way to Basic Cable.
November 1997 - Treehouse TV Launches.
March 1998 - CP24 Launches in Southern Ontario Only.
September 1998 - MuchMoreMusic Launches.
October 1998 - CTV Sportsnet is Launched.
September 1999 - Canadian Learning Television, Report on Business Television and Star! Launches.
January 2000 - Canal Z, Canal Evasion, Historia and Series+ Launches.
September 2000 - Talk TV Launches.
October 2000 - Food Network Canada Replaces the American Food Network.
November 2000 - CRTC Approves 283 Channels (21 Category 1 Channels and 262 Category 2 Channels).
August 15 2001 - IFC, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Civilization Channel Launches.
September 1 2001 - ARTV Launches.
September 3 2001 - Discovery Kids Launches in Canada.
September 4 2001 - Country Canada and Dejaview Launch.
September 7 2001 - Lots of Specialty Channels Launch: Animal Planet, BBC Canada, Book Television, bpm:tv, The Biography Channel, Country Canada, Court TV Canada, CTV Travel, Discovery Health Canada, The Documentary Channel, Drive-In Classics, Edge TV, ESPN Classic, FashionTelevisionChannel, Fox Sports World Canada, Ichannel, Leafs TV, LoneStar, MenTV, MSNBC Canada, Mystery, MuchLOUD, MuchVibe, One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel, PrideVision TV, Raptors NBA TV, SCREAM, SexTV: The Channel, Showcase Action, Showcase Diva, TechTV, WTSN, and X-Treme Sports.
October 4 2001 - NHL Network Launches in Canada.
October 5 2001 - TV Land Canada Launches.
October 18 2001 - MTV Canada Launches.
November 5 2001 - BBC Kids Launches.
December 6 2001 - MTV2 Canada Launches.
 

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First pay tv system in Canada. 1960s. Telemeter in Etobicoke, Ont. It showed recent movies and some Leafs games for about $1.25 per showing. You put coins into a box on top of your TV (no kidding). Someone came by once a month to collect the money.
 

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2001 Digital Specialty Casualties with Survivors as of 2022:

2003: Edge TV, WTSN
2004 MSNBC Canada, The Ecology Channel (The Green Channel)
2008: X-Treme Sports
2012: Fox Sports World Canada
2015: bpm:tv, NHL Network
2016: Ichannel
2017: G4 (TechTV)
2018: BBC Kids, Sundance Channel (Drive-In Classics), Viceland (The Biography Channel)
2019: IFC, Comedy Gold (TV Land), FYI
2020: BBC Canada
2021: Book Television, Fashion Television Channel
2022: Leafs Nation (LeafsTV)

Remaining Channels: Discovery Science (Discovery Civilization), National Geographic, Animal Planet, ICI ARTV (ARTV) Cottage Life (Country Canada), Investigation Discovery (Court TV Canada), T+E (CTV Travel), Dejaview, Nickelodeon (Discovery Kids), Documentary Channel, ESPN Classic Canada, Movietime (Lonestar), History2 (MenTV), Rewind (Movieola), Stingray LOUD (MuchLOUD), Stingray Vibe (MuchVibe), Crime+Investigation (Mystery), ONE, OutTV (PrideVision), NBA TV (Raptors NBA TV), ABC Spark (Scream), [adult swim] (Showcase Action), Lifetime (Showcase Diva), HPItv (The Racing Network), MTV2 (MTV Canada), Stingray Juicebox (MTV2)

46 Specialties-20 Shutdowns of the mentioned channels since 2003=26 Remaining Specialties
 

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Member mid 1990s when Rogers tried Negative Option Billing, and were scolded for it.
The added W and a few others to every ones cable, and if you didn't call to say you don't want them, they just added them to your bill.

I was on Rogers London very early 90s, 2 to 13 was channels from Ontario, except 8 was PBS Detroit, and 10 an info channel. 14 was an ad channel, 16 Home shopping with the low frame rate, 16-22 bradcast channels from Eerie PA and Detroit MI. 20 was WUAB 45 from Cleveland.

23-30 was unscrambled Canadian speciality channels such as CBC Newsworld, MuchMusic, and YTV. (Only ones I recall). TSN was likely in there. Maybe CPAC and OLeg as well. Above that was scrambled.
 
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