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There are now some 163 national cable channels, roughly 49 regional cable channels and some 14 interactive cable channels in the United States, and new ones are testing the waters all the time. This is a list of new cable channels that have been introduced in the past few years or are scheduled to debut soon.

ACTV

Ownership: ACTV Entertainment

Address: 1270 Avenue of the Americas Suite 2401 New York, NY 10019

Telephone: (212) 262-2570

Fax: (212) 459-9548

Description: Regional individualized sports service, initially for Texas and Southern California

Launch Date: Fourth quarter 1997

Programming Director: Brent Imai

Animal Planet

Ownership: Discovery Communications

Address: 7700 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Telephone: (301) 986-0444

Fax: (301) 986-5843

Description: Network showcasing animals and their environments

Launch Date: October 1996

Programming Contact: Clark Bunting, senior vp/general manager

The Arts Network (formerly Ovation)

Ownership: J.P. Morgan/The New York Times/Time Warner/Private

Address: 201 N. Union Street Suite 210 Alexandria, VA 22314

Telephone: (703) 518-3095

Fax: (703) 518-3096

Description: Network showcasing the visual and performing arts

Launch Date: April 1996

Programming Contact: Susan Wittenberg, vp of Programming

BET On Jazz

Ownership: BET Holdings

Address: 1899 9th Street NE Washington, DC 20018

Telephone: (202) 608-2100

Fax: (202) 526-0368

Description: Jazz television service incorporating videos, performances, interviews and related features

Launch Date: January 1996

Programming Contact: Lydia Cole, vp of Programming

BET Movies

Ownership: BET Holdings/Encore Media

Address: 5445 DTC Parkway Suite 600 Englewood, CO 80111

Telephone: (303) 771-7700

Fax: (303) 741-3067

Description: Network showcasing films that feature African American creative talent, cultural themes, lifestyles and interests

Launch Date: February 1997

Programming Contact: Nina Henderson, vp

The B-Movie Channel

Ownership: Private

Address: 10734 Jefferson Blvd. Suite 512 Culver City, CA 90230

Telephone/Fax: (213) 299-9851

Description: Service presenting feature films from around the world, arranged by genre

Launch Date: February 7, 1997

Programing Director: Harvey Kubernik

CBS Eye On People

Ownership: Westinghouse

Address: 250 Harbour Drive Stamford, CT 06904-2210

Phone: (203) 96545000

Fax: (203) 96545315

Description: People/personality-oriented service featuring documentaries and news magazine shows

Launch Date: March 1997

Programing Director: Geoffrey Darby

Classic Sports Network

Ownership:Allen & Co./AT&T Ventures/Classic Sports

Address: 300 Park Avenue South Fourth Floor New York, NY 10010

Telephone: (212) 529-8000

Fax: (212) 529-8025

Description: Presentations of great sports events and athletes from the past

Launch Date: May 1995

Programing Director: Douglas Warshaw, senior vp of Programming

CNN En Espanol

Ownership: Time Warner

Address: 1 CNN Center P.O. Box 105366 Atlanta, GA 30348-5366

Telephone: (404) 878-1555

Fax: (404) 878-0050

Description: Spanish-language news channel

Launch Date: March 1997

Programming Contact: Rolando Santos, vp

CNNfn

Ownership: Time Warner

Address: 5 Penn Plaza 20th Floor New York, NY 10001

Telephone: (212) 714-7800

Fax: (212) 714-7936

Description: Digital nonlinear news/analysis network designed to launch on television and the Internet

Launch Date: November 1995

Programming Director: David Sholl

CNN International

Ownership: Time Warner

Address: I CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30348

Telephone: (404) 827-1500

Fax: (404) 827-3342

Description: International 24-hour news and information network

Launch Date: January 1995

Programming Contact: Eason Jordan, executive vp

CNN/SI

Ownership: Time Warner

Address: 1 CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30348

Telephone: (404) 878-1600

Fax: (404) 588-2057

Description: Sports news network

Launch Date: December 1996

Programming Director: Steve Robinson

Computer Television Service

Ownership: Private

Address: 12242 Business Park Drive Studio 31 Truckee, CA 96161

Telephone: (800) 365-5055/(916) 582-0410

Fax: (916) 582-0410

Description: Information/educational channel devoted to computers and related technology

Launch Date: July 1996

Programming Contact: Terry Crosby, vp of Programming

Consumer Resource Network

Ownership: Seventh Medium

Address: P.O. Box 989 Equinox Junior Building 2nd Floor Manchester, VT 05254

Telephone: (802) 362-0505

Fax: (802) 362-5401

Description: Information channel covering new consumer products and services

Launch Date: January 1996

Programing Director: Michael Grofsorean

Digital Discovery Networks (Discovery Civilization, Discovery Kids, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel & Living)

Ownership: Discovery Communications

Address: 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814-3579

Telephone: (301) 986-1999

Fax: (301) 986-1802

Description: Four-channel digital package incorporating history, children's, science and lifestyle programming

Launch Date: October 1996

Programming Directors: Discovery Civilization, John Ford; Discovery Kids, Eric Eggleton; Discovery Science, Mike Quattrone; Discovery Travel & Living, Chuck Gingold

ESPNews

Ownership: Disney-ABC/Hearst

Address: ESPN Plaza Bristol, CT 06010

Telephone: (860) 585-2000

Fax: (860) 585-2400

Description: 24-hour sports news network featuring scores, highlights, analysis, interviews, breaking news and on-line features

Launch Date: November 1996

Programming Contact: John Wildhack, senior vp of Programming

Fox News Channel

Ownership: News Corp.

Address: 1211 Avenue of the Americas Concourse Level New York, NY 10036

Telephone: (212) 301-3000

Fax: (212) 819-0816

Description: All-news service covering world and national developments

Launch Date: October 1996

Programming Contact: Chet Collier, senior vp of Programming

Global Shopping Network

Ownership: Private

Address: 1740 Broadway 17th Floor New York, NY 10019

Telephone: (212) 246-9000

Fax: (212) 246-4463

Description: Electronic retailing channel

Launch Date: March 1996

Programming Director: Kelly Dobbs

The Golf Channel

Ownership: Adelphi Communications/Cablevision Industries/Comcast/Continental Cablevision/Newhouse Broadcasting/ News Corp./Time Mirror

Address: 7580 Commerce Center Drive Orlando, FL 32819

Telephone: (407) 363-4653

Fax: (407) 363-7976

Description: Golf-oriented channel featuring professional tournament coverage, instructional programming and news

Launch Date: January 17, 1995 Programming Director: Peter Gordon

Great American Country

Ownership: Jones International

Address: 9085 E. Mineral Circle Englewood, CO 80155

Telephone: (303) 705-3424

Fax: (303) 784-8570

Description: Country music video and celebrity interview network

Launch Date: December 1995

Programming Director: John Hendricks

GRTV Network

Ownership: Guthy-Renker

Address: 3340 Ocean Park Blvd. 2nd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90405

Telephone: (310) 581-6250

Fax: (310) 581-3268

Description: Direct response programming channel

Launch Date: January 1996

HTV

Ownership: Private

Address: 7291 NW 74th Street Miami, FL 33166

Telephone: (305) 887-8488

Fax: (305) 887-4311

Description: 24-hour Spanish-language music video network

Launch Date: August 1995

Programming Manager: Raquel Bretos

The History Channel

Ownership: Capital Cities/ABC/Hearst/NBC

Address: 235 E. 45th Street New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 661-4500

Fax: (212) 938-4370

Description: Historical documentary, movie and mini-series program service

Launch Date: January 1995

Programming Contact: Charlie Maday, vp of Historical Documentary Programming

The Interactive Channel

Ownership: Source Media

Address: 8140 Walnut Hill Lane Suite 1000 Dallas, TX 75231

Telephone: (214) 890-9050

Fax: (972) 701-5454

Description: Interactive information/entertainment service

Launch Date: August 1996

M2

Ownership: Viacom

Address: 1515 Broadway New York, NY 10036

Telephone: (212) 654-1000

Fax: (212) 654-4706

Description: Free-form music video channel

Launch Date: August 1996

Programming Contact: Andy Schuon, executive vp of Programming

MSNBC

Ownership: Microsoft/NBC

Address: 1 MSNBC Plaza Secaucus, NJ 07094

Telephone: (201) 583-5012

Fax: (201) 583-5179

Description: 24-hour news channel with Internet news resources

Launch Date: July 1996

Programming Contact: Bob Epstein, day programming director

Nick At Nite's TV Land

Ownership: Viacom

Address: 1515 Broadway 37th Floor New York, NY 10036

Telephone: (212) 258-7704

Fax: (212) 846-1724

Description: 24 hours a day of classic television programs and commercials

Launch Date: April 1996

Programming Contact: Diane Robina, senior vp of Programming

Outdoor Life

Ownership: Comcast/Continental Cablevision/Cox Communications/Times Mirror

Address: 2 Stamford Plaza 281 Tressler Blvd. Stamford, CT 06901

Telephone: (203) 406-2500

Fax: (203) 406-2547

Description: Programming network covering outdoor recreation, wildlife, wilderness conservation and adventure topics

Launch Date: July 1995

Programming Director: Rick LaCivita

Recovery Network

Ownership: Private

Address: 1411 5th Street Suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Telephone: (310) 393-3979

Fax: (310) 393-5749

Description: Service for people dealing with substance abuse, eating disorders, compulsive gambling disorders and other health problems

Launch Date: April 1997

Programming Contact: Bill Megalos, vp of Programming

Request En Espanol

Ownership: Request Television

Address: 4700 S. Syracuse Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80237

Telephone: (303) 267-6100

Fax: (303) 267-6193

Description: Spanish-language movies and sports events

Launch Date: January 1997

Programming Director: Al Perez

Romance Classics

Ownership: Rainbow Programming Holdings

Address: 150 Crossways Park West Woodbury, NY 11797

Telephone: (516) 396-3000

Fax: (516) 364-2327

Description: Film and television programs with romantic themes

Launch Date: January 1997

Programming Director: Valerie Green

Speedvision

Ownership: Comcast/Continental Cablevision/Cox Communications/Times Mirror

Address: 2 Stamford Plaza 281 Tressler Blvd. Stamford, CT 06901

Telephone: (203) 406-2500

Fax: (203) 406-2547

Description: News/lifestyle service on automotive, aviation and marine topics and industry events

Launch Date: January 1996

Programming Director: Mark Mauceir

Starz! 2

Ownership: JJS Communications/Liberty Media

Address: 5445 DTC Parkway Suite 600 Englewood, CO 80111

Telephone: (303) 771-7700

Fax: (303) 741-3067

Description: Pay-TV first-run movie channel

Launch Date: March 1996

Programming Contact: Steve Bell, president of Encore Entertainment Group

Sundance Channel

Ownership: PolyGram/Robert Redford/Viacom

Address: 1633 Broadway New York, NY 10019

Telephone: (212) 654-1500

Fax: (212) 654-3208

Description: Premium service highlighting independently produced features, short subjects and documentaries

Launch Date: February 1996

Programming Contact: Dalton Delan, executive vp of Programming

Total Communication Network

Ownership: Total Communication Network

Address: 429 Main Street El Segundo, CA 90245

Telephone: (310) 322-4665

Fax: (310) 322-8463

Description: Entertainment/educational programming for hearing-impaired children

Launch Date: November 1995

Programming Director: Kelli Tuck
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