Spotlight (cable TV)
network_name = Spotlight
United States, national, however service is now defunct (off the air)
owner = Times-Mirror
Spotlight was a 24-hour premium movie channel launched in
1978, [ [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/U/htmlU/unitedstatesc/unitedstatesc.htm Launch of "Spotlight"] ] with the only non-movie programming being monthly previews of films airing on the channel. In 1980, Spotlight expanded its programming schedule to 24 hours a day, seven days per week. ( Cinemaxwas 24/7 from the day it signed on, Showtimeand The Movie Channelwent to a 24-hour schedule earlier and HBOwent to a 24-hour schedule a year later.) [ [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/C/htmlC/cablenetwork/cablenetwork.htm "Spotlight" premium channel] ]
Robert Gouletas their initial spokesperson. He hosted the rollout of the channel. Spotlight initially featured a flip-flop movie schedule. They would show a movie at 7:00 PM and then one around 9:00 PM and then the next night, they would show the same in a "flip-flop" schedule, with the late movie from the other night shown first.
Spotlight also featured a big band type theme and when the credits would go into the "O" of Spotlight, it would feature a sort of whistling sound. Their tag line was "Spotlight, shining bright, day and night, we light up the stars for you!"
A few factors led to the channel's original demise in
1984. The channel aired many of the same films as Showtime (although Spotlight, Showtime and HBO shared the same films usually featuring the same duplication in the same month with each other) and it was assumed that Spotlight was a sister network to Showtime before The Movie Channel was sold with Showtime to Viacomin 1985. Spotlight was owned by Times-Mirror's "Dimension Cable Television" unit [ [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/C/htmlC/cablenetwork/cablenetwork.htm Times-Mirror's "Spotlight"] ] and was available primarily on its own cable systems. When Spotlight went dark, Times Mirror replaced it on most systems with Showtime, which was mostly unavailable on their systems prior to Spotlight's demise.
* [http://www.museum.tv/ Museum of Broadcast Communications]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjKv35it9_U Short clip of defunct Spotlight channel]
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