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Not sure how many people find this interesting but I thought I would start a thread for posting classic channel guides from any service provider in Canada. It's interesting to see how cable television has changed in Canada over the years.

I thought I'd get this thread started by posting a few from the cable system I had growing up.

Southmount Cable Hamilton (February 1984)

2 CICA (TVO - Toronto)
3 CKGN (GLB - Paris)
4 Community Channel
5 WIVB (CBS - Buffalo)
6 CBLT (CBC - Toronto)
7 CITY (IND - Toronto)
8 CFTO (CTV - Toronto)
9 WKBW (ABC - Buffalo)
10 CBLFT (SRC - Toronto)
11 WGRZ (NBC - Buffalo)
12 CHCH (IND - Toronto)
13 CKCO (CTV - Kitchener)
17 CKVR (CBC - Barrie)
18 WUTV (IND - Buffalo)
19 CFPL (CBC - London)
20 WNED (PBS - Buffalo)
21 WQLN (PBS - Erie)
22 WGRZ (NBC - Buffalo)
24 WJET (ABC - Erie)
25 WSEE (CBS - Erie)
26 CFMT (IND - Toronto)
27 **First Choice
28 **Super Channel
29 **C Channel


Southmount Cable Hamilton (September 1988)

2 CICA (TVO - Toronto)
3 CIII (GLB - Paris)
4 CFMT (IND - Toronto)
5 WIVB (CBS - Buffalo)
6 CBLT (CBC - Toronto)
7 CITY (IND - Toronto)
8 La Chaine Française
9 WKBW (ABC - Buffalo)
10 CBLFT (SRC - Toronto)
11 WQLN (PBS - Erie)
12 CHCH (IND - Toronto)
13 CKCO (CTV - Kitchener)
14 Cable 14
15 Canadian Home Shopping Channel
16 CFTO (CTV - Toronto)
17 CKVR (CBC - Barrie)
18 WUTV (IND - Buffalo)
19 CFPL (IND - London)
20 WNED (PBS - Buffalo)
21 Ad Channel
22 WGRZ (NBC - Buffalo)
23 WJET (ABC - Erie)
24 **First Choice
25 WSEE (CBS - Erie)
26 The Nashville Network
27 Cable News Network
28 Arts & Entertainment
29 MuchMusic
30 TSN
31 Headline News
33 **Family Channel

I have published additional line-ups from various service providers in Canada on my own website. Link is in my signature.
 

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Back in the early 90s, I lived in London, and had Rogers basic (up to 30 or so)

What I recall:
2-13 the same as it is now, except 10 was just a local info channel.

14 was this advertising that showed slides.

15 as TSC, back when they couldn't do full motion video.

16 might have been Vision. 17 to 22 the big 3 from Erie and Detroit, and WUAB on 20.

23 to 30 are not much changed, I really just watched weather, YTV, Newsworld, and MuchMusic, which seem to be in the same places.
 

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Ah Cable 14. Those were the days. I was born and raised in Dundas (just west of Hamilton) so we had Western Co-Axial. I believe it was owned by the Levys who just sold theScore to Rogers. Anyway, it looks pretty much the same as the Southmount lineup above. The only exception would have been WUTV was on 28 and not 18. Plus TSN wasn't part of the basic package ever, which really sucked since my parents flat-out refused to get anything other than basic cable.
 

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Vancouver Cablevision Late 60s early 70s

2 - Nothing
3 - CBUT CBC Vancouver BC
4 - KOMO ABC Seattle WA
5 - KING NBC Seattle WA
6 - CHEK Victoria
7 - KIRO CBS Seattle WA
8 - Nothing
9 - KCTS PBS Seattle WA
10 - Community Cable
11 - CHAN CTV Vancouver BC
12 - Nothing
13 - KVOS IND Bellingham WA

I was a big day in our house we went from 3 to 8 channels when cable was hooked up. Nothing on cable 2,8 & 12 too much interference from our three local channel available with antenna. Channel 10 consisted of a camera scanning back an forth across a clock, thermometer, barometer, and humidity meter and it would stop at each end with an advertisement printed an a poster of sorts that would be changed on a regular basis.
 

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I remember when I lived in London, Ontario in the early 80's we had MacLean-Hunter as our cable provider. I don't remember the channel line-up, but I remember that the U.S. channels were just listed by network - CBS, ABC, and NBC.

The feed would fade out from one city, and it would switch to another's feed! It was frustrating outside of primetime as you would be in the middle of a show, and the signal would switch between Detroit (the most common) to Erie, PA, or in some cases to Cleveland or Buffalo! Now we complain about sim-subbing - imagine switching programs in the middle!

London was out of reach of Toronto, it was a great day when each "network" added re-broadcasting towers near London to improve our selection.
 

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St. John's Cable Atlantic channel map circa 1990 - this is from memory, sorry for any errors.

2 pbs - detroit
3 cbc - st. john's
4 scrolling news channel
5 ntv - st. john's
6 barker channel
7 abc - detroit
8 scrolling guide
9 local cable atlantic programming
10 asn - halifax
11 nbc - detroit
12 cbc/src - montreal
13 real estate channel
14, 15, 16, 17, 18 were some combination of family channel (16), wsbk, tbs, tmn (17) and mpix (18)
19 the weather network
20 CBC News (I think)
21 vision religion channel
22 cbs
23 TSN
24 YTV
25 CNN
26 ITV - Vancouver global?
27 a&e
28 tnn
29 HLN
30 Rogers Sports
31 The Score
32 RDS
33 Much Music
34 Showcase
35 Bravo
36 can't recall maybe TLC
37 can't recall, but I think Discovery
38 Fox Rochester

This was the line up for a long time. Fox, tlc and discovery all came on the same time, maybe 1993. When all the digital channels like comedy and space came online, they filled in the 38-50 bracket.

There was also an ALC Proline channel which showed the betting lines and schedules for sports games. I think that was channel 50.
 

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I actually have a line-up from St. John's in 1993.

2 WTVS-PBS Detroit
3 CBNT-CBC St. John's
4 Vision TV
5 CJON-NTV/CTV St. John's
6 CHSN
7 WXYZ-ABC Detroit
8 Broadcast News
9 Cable 9-St. John's
10 ASN
11 WDIV-NBC Detroit
12 CBFJ-SRC St. John's
13 Ad Channel
14 WTBS Atlanta
15 WSBK Boston
16 Family Channel
17 TMN
18 Weather Network
19 Sportscope
20 CBC Newsworld
21 MuchMusic
22 WJBK-CBS Detroit
23 TSN
24 YTV
25 CNN
26 CITV Edmonton
27 A&E
28 TNN
29 CNN Headline News
30 CHCH Hamilton
31 TV5
32 RDS
34 CPAC
35 Viewer's Choice Events
36 OnCable (TV listings)

Moviepix launched in October of 1994 on channel 18, bumping Weather Network to channel 19 and moving Sportscope to channel 50.

Here was the line-up from 1995-1997

2 WTVS-PBS Detroit
3 CBNT-CBC St. John's
4 Broadcast News/PPV Events
5 CJON-NTV/CTV St. John's
6 Cable Public Affairs
7 WXYZ-ABC Detroit
8 On Cable (TV Listings)
9 Cable 9-St. John's
10 ASN
11 WDIV-NBC Detroit
12 CBFJ-SRC St. John's
13 Homes Plus Network
14 TBS Superstation
15 WSBK Boston
16 Family Channel
17 TMN
18 Moviepix
19 The Weatner Network
20 CBC Newsworld
21 Vision TV
22 WTOL CBS Toledo
23 TSN
24 YTV
25 CNN
26 CITV Edmonton
27 A&E
28 TNN
29 CNN Headline News
30 New Country Network (Later became CMT in 1996)
31 TV5
32 RDS
33 MuchMusic
34 Showcase
35 Bravo
36 Life Network
37 Discovery Channel
38 WUHF FOX Rochester
39 CHCH Hamilton
40 Women's Television Network
43 The Shopping Channel


St. Johns line-up in Early 1998

2 WTVS-PBS Detroit
3 CBNT-CBC St. John's
4 Broadcast News
5 CJON-NTV/CTV St. John's
6 Cable Public Affairs
7 WCVB ABC Boston
8 On Cable (TV Listings)
9 Cable 9-St. John's
10 ASN
11 WHDH NBC Boston
12 CBFJ-SRC St. John's
13 Homes Plus Network
14 Viewer's Choice Preview Channel*
15 WSBK Boston
17 TMN
18 Moviepix
19 The Weatner Network
20 CBC Newsworld
21 Vision TV
22 WTOL CBS Toledo
23 TSN
24 YTV
25 CNN
26 CITV Edmonton
27 A&E
28 TNN
29 CNN Headline News
30 CMT
31 Headline Sports
32 RDS
33 MuchMusic
34 Showcase
35 Bravo
36 Life Network
37 Discovery Channel
38 WUHF FOX Rochester
39 CHCH Hamilton
40 Women's Television Network
43 The Shopping Channel
44 Family Channel
45 HGTV
46 Space
47 The Comedy Network
48 Teletoon
49 History Television
50 Outdoor Life Network
51 TBS Superstation
52 Golf Channel
53 CNBC
54 TV5
55 RDI
56 Infomercial Channel
57 CTV News 1
59 The Movie Network 4/Treehouse TV
60 The Movie Network 3
61 The Movie Network 2
62 The Movie Network 1
63 MoviePix
66 WSBK Boston
67 WPIX New York
68 WGN Chicago
69 KTLA Los Angeles
71-78 Viewer's Choice Pay Per View

Channels 59-78 where not initially available to all areas of St. John's and therefore TMN, MPIX and WSBK had duplicate positions until all areas where upgraded.
 

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Hah wow... considering I haven't had cable since 2000 I'm pretty impressed with how accurate I was. I guess you just never forget some things do you.

Your first kiss. Where you were for 9/11.... your favorite channels on cable 20~ years ago! haha :D
 

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I remember in early 1972, in Halifax, seeing the Halifax Cable trucks slowly stringing cable along our streets, and was so excited when cable was installed in our home for the first time. Although the lineup was pitiful by today's standards, the fact that any programming from the USA could be seen live was much more exciting than the two English channels and one French channel available over the air.

I cannot recall the exact lineup, but we only had one US commercial channel, NBC Bangor, brought in via microwave. Since there was only one live microwave feed, it was only possible to have this one commercial network, which was eventually replaced by ABC Bangor, until a second microwave feed was brought in to enable carriage of both ABC and NBC.

At first, the only way to get PBS was by one week "tape delay", and I cannot recall how long it was until we had a real, live, feed.

CBS came much later, and it may have been the early 1980s before we finally got the CBS station from Bangor. I remember being jealous of folks in Dartmouth, who had CBS one year before us, since Dartmouth Cable elected to get the Detroit CBS feed from Cancom, whereas Halifax elected to build another microwave tower to bring in the Bangor network, which took over a year.
 

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During the 80's - Halifax and Dartmouth actually got NBC Bangor WLBZ 2 via Microwave from repeater transmitter W57AQ Calais, Maine.

In its first decades on the air, channel 2 was best known as the home of Eddie Driscoll. He hosted many programs on the station including: Weird, Dialing for Dollars, The Great Money Movie, and My Backyard. Driscoll was also known for his improvisation skills and sense of humor. He retired from WLBZ-TV in 1986, and died on September 24, 2006 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. (Thanks wikipedia for the memories).
 

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Ah yes, Magnet, I certainly remember Eddie Driscoll well, and thanks for the memories!

One cannot ever forget Stacey's Country Jamboree either, complete with his gassy smelling hands. I think that was on ABC Bangor, though.
 

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The feed would fade out from one city, and it would switch to another's feed! It was frustrating outside of primetime as you would be in the middle of a show, and the signal would switch between Detroit (the most common) to Erie, PA, or in some cases to Cleveland or Buffalo! Now we complain about sim-subbing - imagine switching programs in the middle!
That was common with NBC on Rogers here in Fredericton in the late 90s, early 2000s. Usually it was Bangor, but sometimes (at least 1-2x a week) they'd lose the signal and switch to Boston or Detroit for hours, sometimes days, at a time. There were many times I was watching WLBZ's nightly Seinfeld rerun and all of a sudden Jeopardy or Inside Edition popped up instead.

Eventually they switched it to Boston permanently.
 

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My father would probably have fond memories of cable in Halifax (being a tech for Halifax Cable back in the day.

While I don't remember the lineup here in Calgary, I do remember as a kid sitting in front of the TV and watching Channel 4. Nope, not cartoons, but the text-based news channel (Broadcast News, I think it was called). Yes, I was a weird kid

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Another channel that I remember in Halifax was a "weather" channel, which consisted of about six gauges on the screen, scrolling slowly back and forth, with background music from one of the local radio stations. I think this was either on channel 10 or 13, before it was replaced with Broadcast News.
 

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Yes, that was very common for cable systems in Canada. Not too many systems had a Pay TV tier on lower channel numbers. In the US, it was actually quite common to see Pay TV premium channels in the VHF band of the dial, most notably HBO. Many also had channels like CNN, ESPN, TBS, TNT and Lifetime in the VHF Band as well.

Another thing that was very common for US systems was to have a "cable ready" line-up and "converter box line-up". In other words cable ready line-ups might differ from those that had a cable box. Analog cable boxes, like digital terminals could virtually map a channel to any number. This is how many systems had a channel 1. The best example is NY1 in New York, it appeared on channel 1 for cable box customers and channel 95 for cable ready customers.

A third item that I don't think ever existed in Canada but did exist in some markets in the states was dual trunk systems. Cablevision in Boston is the best example of such a system. This system had two head-ends and each trunk was feed into each home on a separate cable line. Customers would have a cable box that could toggle between each trunk. For example channel 2A might be PBS and 2B would something like CNN.
 

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Nope, not cartoons, but the text-based news channel (Broadcast News, I think it was called). Yes, I was a weird kid
That's what channel 9 in Fredericton used to be. I called it the "temperature channel" cause it was in the corner of the screen at all times. The audio was from the local top 40 station. We "watched" it to find out if school was cancelled.
 
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