27,000 Miles Through Space!

CVA 180-7619 - Cablevision converter display booth (PNE) 1978 Bob Tipple photo.

CVA 180-7619 – Cablevision converter display booth (PNE) 1978 Bob Tipple photo.

The programming available in 1978 from Jerold Cable Converters seems uninspiring, but perhaps that’s just me. Maybe there was more of an audience at that time for House of Commons TV, the CBC Northern Service (in both official languages, no less), and no fewer than three channels of American old-time-religion (delivered through new-fangled media): Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, Paul Crouch’s Trinity Broadcasting Network, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL service.

According to Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television, by Patrick Parsons, ‘Fanfare’ was a regional sports provider that would be swallowed in 1979 by Showtime to become Showtime Plus (p396).

The ‘Grand Prize’ cabinet TV appears to be perched pretty precariously atop this PNE booth!

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