Television is about as American as apple pie, but its not something that every American experiences the same way. Each state has its own unique history and culture associated with television that distinguishes it from all the rest. The Keystone State is no different. To explore some of the interesting cultural differences and characteristics of Pennsylvania television, explore the following breakdown of this favorite cultural activity historically and today.
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History of TV and Networks in Pennsylvania
Believe it or not, cable television (originally known as Community Antenna Television or CATV) was actually founded in the mountains of Pennsylvania. In 1948, The Service Electric Company decided to correct service problems by erecting an antenna on a local Mahanoy City mountaintop. This allowed the company’s founder, John Walson, to connect with the more reliable broadcasts coming from three surrounding Philadelphia stations.
The DuMont Television Network (WDTV) aired on channel three on January 11, 1949. It began with a live television special broadcast from Pittsburgh’s Syria Mosque. The station marked the first network that stretched across fourteen total cities, including Pittsburgh, Boston and St. Louis.
Broadcast Networks Available
DuMont eventually became KDKA-TV, which is a television station owned and operated by the CBS Television Network. The station is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with studios located downtown at the Gateway Center. This facility also houses Pittsburgh’s CW affiliate, WPCW.
Located in Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Broadcast Network (also known as WHBG TV 20) is a public, educational and government access cable TV channel. The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) is a Government-access television (GATV) cable network that provides 24-hour coverage of government and public affairs in Pennsylvania. This live coverage includes filming at both House of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in addition to multiple programs devoted to informational an educational material.
Cable and Satellite Services Available
There’s no one-size-fits-all cable or satellite provider that fits for all TV-watchers in Pennsylvania. Determining the right one depends on the unique needs, values and habits of the person in question. For a glimpse at some of the cable and satellite services available in the state of Pennsylvania, check out the following five options:
- Comcast– One of the most popular choices in Pennsylvania, Comcast features the most advanced service packages, including xfinity, HD, high-speed internet bundling and reliable connections.
- DirecTV– A leading satellite provider in Pennsylvania, DirecTV delivers a high-quality signal at an affordable rate. The company offers exclusive content and live feeds you can’t find on other television networks.
- AT&T– AT&T is the seventh largest company in the world, and provides cable services on pat with its outstanding mobile telephone services. Viewers can access special movie stations, take advantage of discounted bundles and enjoy access to other devices while viewing content.
- Dish– The Dish Network Corporation provides services to more than 14 million subscribers, continuing to expand due to its high focus on the latest satellite technologies. In the coming decade, the company plans to expand even further by offering internet, video and telephone service for home and mobile applications.
Even with the advent of modern technology and new mediums of entertainment, television has proven that it’s here to stay in homes all across the country. In Pennsylvania specifically, television is a huge part of our state identity– from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to a live Steelers game. It’s no surprise that the very root of cable television can be traced back to Pennsylvania, where it can be expected to flourish for decades to come.
DTV Channel Lists are available for the following cities in Pennsylvania.