Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The First Pay TV Channel Appears for the First Time

HBO debuted for the first time on November 8, 1972.
November 8, 1972 
The oldest and longest continuously operating pay TV service, Home Box Office (better known as HBO) began airing on this day in 1972. Originally just a working title, HBO’s first presentation was of the movie, Sometimes a Great Nation that starred Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. It was transmitted to 325 subscribers. Immediately following the follow, HBO aired its first sports event, an NHL hockey game. The network’s first special, Pennsylvania Polka Festival, aired on February 1973. For the first nine years, HBO only aired for nine hours each day. 24-hour programming began in September 1981. The network’s first original movie, The Terry Fox Story, premiered in 1983. In 1991, the channel began offering a “multi-plex” service of different HBO channels and in 2015, HBO will be available on the Internet via the HBO Go streaming service.