Cable TV History (HELP)

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    Dec 17, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    When do you remember getting cable TV? My recollection is in the late 70's early 80's. That's when I thought HBO began too, but apparently they started in 1972. For the life of God I do not remember HBO being around in 1972 as is said in one article I read. And lord knows I don't recall cable TV having started in the 1940s. Huh? what?

    From Wikipedia:

    Cable television in the United States is a common form of television delivery, generally by subscription. Cable television first became available in the United States in 1948, with subscription services in 1949.

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    Dec 17, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    My grandmother and grandfather had cable TV in Austin, Texas when I was growing up, in the late 60s/early 70s. I rememer the channel selector - different bands, you slid the selector of each band from one side to another to tune it in.
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    Dec 17, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    I only remember over-the-air broadcasting and the round dial with an extra UHF dial in the 70s. Like, in the 60s, who was a cable TV provider? Who would you pay for subscription services? In the 60s, really? Have I lost brain cells? I don't ever recall anyone paying for TV subscriptions in the 60s.
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    Dec 17, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    I don't remember it having anything other than regular over the air channels. It must have been a place where reception was bad.
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    Dec 17, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    Sure, there was cable available within the city limits, even in small towns, in the 70's. Maybe even the 60's. I seem to recall first hearing of HBO around 78 or 79. In college, we held a bunch of fund-raising events for our dorm unit to buy a TV and had cable with HBO connected in 1981. (I remember because I was the treasurer. Started my term bankrupt and ended up with eroticize (aerobicize) in the lounge.)

    As far as "getting it," well, it's still not available where I live, although there is a large "cable TV" fiber optic bundle strung on the power lines that run through my property. So I "have" the cable, but I don't "have cable."