What ever happened to WHN?

The post about the SD TV show on A&E(which of course I remember as it was the only other show i made sure to watch outside of jeopardy) got me to thinking about TV in general. Or, more specifically, WHN, the movie channel(i think it was a channel) that was all the rage, oh, i guess about 20 yrs ago. I think it was sort of a cable Tv rival.Does anyone remember this? what exactly was it and what happened to it?


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Tori Amos

Hmmm, wait a sec… maybe it was called WHT??? Help, I’m obviously lost here…


so you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts. what’s so amazing about really deep thoughts?
Tori Amos

I don’t know WHT you’re talking about.

So WHN you gonna tell me?


Yer pal,
Satan

Do you possibly mean WGN out of Chicago?

no, i’m pretty sure this was a service of some kind. not a local station. i think my neighbors had it(flashbacks of time bandits, xanadu, clash of the titans, and the crush i had on their son who was my age, but i digress)


so you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts. what’s so amazing about really deep thoughts?
Tori Amos

In the late '70s and early 80s, in L.A. there was pay channels called ON and another called Z Channel. They both primarily showed films. Z had a fairly impressive range of films it showed.

Both of these channels were sent over the air scrambled. You would then have to buy (rent?) a decoder machine to watch it at your own house.

They were not unlike HBO or Showtime. However, you were only paying for one channel and it cost about the same as basic cable.

I imagine other cities had similar channels.

Hope this helps:

WHT - stood for Wometco Home Theater. It was a movie service broadcasting scrambled microwave signals. You needed a microwave antenna & a decoder box to get it, and paid a monthly fee for the frequently blurry, ghosted images.

It was available around here (northeast NJ) in the '70’s, before cable became widespread. Cable justifiably killed it.

thank you so much. yep i think that solves the case.


so you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts. what’s so amazing about really deep thoughts? Tori Amos