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A bit of an obscure piece of American TV history: during the analog cable era, there was a channel called Prevue, a popular barker TV channel which was almost universally available on their lineups. The channel was created by the United Video Satellite Group, which was the distributor of the superstation feed of Chicago’s WGN (later evolving as a conventional cable network, WGN America, and now known as NewsNation), and was formed as a side project to allow UVSG to use the spare capacity on their Satcom transponder. Initially known as the EPG Channel, it initially offered a full-screen scrolling program listings grid (which would become the centerpiece of the channel for most of its history); cable operators were also allowed to vary the features of its channel, including adding scrolling text advertisements and a ticker. Initially functioning on Atari machines, it soon switched to Amiga-based machines, including the launch of EPG Sr., which added a split-screen function to its software by the late 80s, initially displaying more detailed ads.
The success of the EPG led to UVSG to form a special unit, Trakker, which would be renamed Prevue Networks Inc. by 1988. That same year, the EPG Sr. was upgraded to an Amiga 2000-based machine, receiving the ability to display video promos of TV programs in the top half of the screen, with accompanying sound and the ability to display schedule information in the opposite side of the screen, as well as adding color-coded spaces for sport and film programming and weather forecast information inside the grid. Alongside this development, the EPG Channel gained more of its own identity, being renamed Prevue Guide and adding short interstitial programming related to the TV industry and to the channel’s schedules.
During 1993, the channel received a two-phased facelift: by March, the grid had been relaunched and reorganised; the log list design of the grid was replaced by a table-based design, and received a new navy blue color palette and a custom font; this is the channel’s best remembered grid design. By Christmas, the channel was renamed Prevue Guide and received new interstitial music and designs.
With the advent of cable television in other countries and the imminent arrival of digital cable, Prevue greatly expanded, providing the first operators (including TCI) a special IPG interface using Prevue’s programming and scheduling data; additionally, it launched a special feed for Latin American cable operators, featuring mostly programming previews. This feed transitioned to a new Windows NT machine by 1997, due to the massive technical problems of the Amiga 2000-based machines, which tended to crash frequently; this version lacked scrolling abilities, but would serve as a pilot for a new eventual scrolling grid, which would debut after things began changing.
In February 1998, Prevue remodeled its look to reflect the company’s increased focus on launching content designed for new media. The new look, designed by Pittard Sullivan, reflected a new, youthful and cyberpunk-style era for the channel, including the launch of a strict hour wheel format. Then, in June, UVSG bought TV Guide from News Corp, resulting on the group selling its non-Prevue assets by the end of the year. On February 1, 1999, the Prevue channel was renamed TV Guide Channel, and relaunched its hour wheel schedule to include more pop culture and industry-related news content and features; later in the year, the channel received new Windows NT-based grids, codenamed Hollywood, with a striking yellow design and improved features, plus the ability for off-air routine maintenance. By the end of the year, Gemstar, a Chinese-American company which had plagiarised many of Prevue’s patents, forcibly took over UVSG and TV Guide. This led to the settlement of legal lawsuits related to the plagiarism accusations, and Gemstar absorbed Prevue/TV Guide’s own VCR and interactive hardware patents into its own.
With the increasing availability of digital cable and the Internet, Prevue/TV Guide Channel’s original purpose began to be less important. As a result, the channel began airing more full-length content related to industry and pop culture (similar to E!'s programming at the time) and the grid began to occupy less space on air to allow for programming. This led to some major cable operators ending its relationship with TV Guide and establishing its own scrolling guide channels. By 2007, the channel’s schedule was fully made of entertainment-related shows and paid programming, and was duly renamed TV Guide Network. However, it began adding more off-network repeats to its programming over time. The grid designs also began to be altered, with a blue grid appearing in 2003, a navy one in 2004, and a definitive silver grid by 2005; this was also adopted by the Latin American operations after dropping the first generation Windows NT software and adopting the Hollywood hardware, which remained airing programming previews.
Gestar was acquired by Macrovision in 2008 and was renamed Rovi; given the new company wanted to focus on the software side of the business, they sold the TV Guide brands (including the network) to One Equity Partners (the magazine was separately sold to OpenGate Capital, with a licensing agreement to use the brand). One Equity Partners would resell the channel to Lionsgate Television by the end of 2009; this move and the economical crisis would result on the channel suspending most original shows and the increased presence of off-network repeats. The channel also began to gradually drop the grid element of the channel due to the omnipresence of similar services on digital cable and online; those who retained the grid were mostly minor cable companies, and received an update which shrinked even more the size of the grid to allow for an anamorphic widescreen presentation of the channel’s content. By 2011, 75% of cable systems had already dropped the grid.
However, that same year, Lionsgate cancelled the rest of the channel’s originals, focusing entirely on off-network repeats; additionally, it turned less attention to the channel after having recently taken over Summit Entertainment. By 2012, Lionsgate announced plans to sell a stake of the channel, which it did after CBS Corporation (then independent) bought a 50% stake. The channel was renamed TVGN in 2013, re-adding original content, mostly produced by CBS-owned Entertainment Tonight, along with repeats of CBS entertainment and reality shows and specials. This was a temporary measure, however, as CBS and Lionsgate renamed the channel to its current brand, Pop, at the start of 2015.
Although the final carriage agreements which specified the requirement of the scrolling grid expired in 2014, some smaller cable operators still carried this element up until 2016. Currently, Pop is wholly owned by CBS Corporation successor Paramount, as CBS had bought Lionsgate’s stake shortly before the re-merger with Viacom.
In some smaller cable operators in Latin America, a Software Only version of the Hollywood grid software remained in use up until 2016 too:
And now, here’s a quick montage of some of Prevue/TV Guide’s idents and openers used during its history:
Excuses for the very long post, but I don’t think this has been covered in the forum. Before I leave, here’s a trailer for a documentary by a YouTube user and Prevue enthusiast, D.J.R. Saunders, which is making a documentary on the history of this particular kind of channel; it is set to premiere later this year on his own user channel: