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1 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (the largest public broadcasting network, somewhat decentralized, in the U.S.) PBS also has 24-hour/7-day program feeds that some broadcast (both analog and digital) stations subscribe, for some or all of their dayparts: PBS Satellite Service (which has Eastern and Pacific Time feeds, and was originally conceived as a cable channel for areas not served by PBS stations), PBS YOU or "Your Own University" (devoted largely to adult education, crafts, and public-affairs programming, which ceased operations at the end of January 2006), PBS Kids Channel (devoted to PBS's very popular children's programming; discontinued in favor of a commercial-partnership service called PBS Kids Sprout on October 1, 2005 and briefly meant to be succeeded by a new service PBS Kids Go!, in October 2006), PBS DT2, PBS's HDTV feed of high-definition and letterboxed standard-definition programming, and PBS World, a cooperative effort at a news, public affairs, and documentary service between PBS, American Public Television, and other public-broadcasting entities and headquartered at PBS member station WGBH. 5317
2 PBS Kids - 1999-2005. Some of its functions are being taken up by successor PBS Kids Sprout, a commercial cable venture; a new successor service, PBS Kids Go!, was promised for October 2006, but has been postponed indefinitely (while PBS continues to feature daily "PBS Kids" blocks of programming). 3503
3 The WB Television Network - From January 11, 1995 to September 17, 2006, merged with UPN to make The CW. 1988
4 UPN (formerly initialism for "United Paramount Network") - From January 16, 1995 to September 15, 2006, merged with WB to make The CW. 1654
5 Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) (ecumenical Christian) 1410
6 Deutsche Welle (DW TV) A German noncommercial television service which provides some English-language news programming to public broadcasting stations, and whose programming feed can be seen on a small number of independent public-broadcasting stations for part of their broadcast day. 849
7 Eternal Word Television Network (Roman Catholic, primarily cable-based) 762
8 DuMont Television Network - Commercial network, 1946 – 1956 611
9 Daystar Television Network 415
10 Gospel Music Channel (free-to-air) 393
11 FamilyNet 347
12 Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) (Seventh-day Adventist) 299
13 NBC Weather Plus - 2004-2008. 287
14 National Educational Television (NET) - Educational network, 1952 – 1970, predecessor to PBS. 212
15 Amazing Facts Television (Seventh-day Adventist) 142
16 The Box - Music video network in the 1980s to around 2001, was bought out by Viacom/CBS and became part of MTV2. 141
17 The Tube Music Network - Digital-only music video network. Folded October 2007 due to financial difficulties. 127
18 Shop at Home Network - (1987–2008) 125
19 Hope Channel (Seventh-day Adventist) 122
20 Prime Time Entertainment Network (1993–1997) 121
21 The Worship Network 102
22 Paramount Television Network - Commercial network, 1949 to 1953. 98
23 AZN Television - Ceased broadcasting 2008. 92
24 Cornerstone Television 83
25 America's Store - (1988–2007) 75
26 TVS Television Network - From 1960s to the 1990s 67
27 Familyland Television Network (Roman Catholic) 66
28 God's Learning Channel (Hebrew and Jewish roots of the Christian Faith 66
29 Hughes Television Network (HTN) - Started by businessman Howard Hughes - Active in the '60s and '70s. 64
30 PBS YOU - late 1990s-2006. "Your Own University," this service offered a mix of crafts, college-credit and Standard Deviants instructional programs, and news, commentary, and documentary programming. Many of its affiliates joined Create, a similar if more craft- and travel-focused service administered by American Public Television, as YOU went dark in early 2006. 62
31 LAT TV - Spanish-language network, 2006 – 2008. 62
32 Overmyer Network (ON) - Commercial network, 1967; also the United Network, not to be confused with UPN. 58
33 Urban America Television (UATV) (a successor to the American Independent Network, AIN) A small network with 60 affiliate stations, UATV airs original programming mixed with older films, rather similarly to America One. 58
34 Mizlou Television Network - An occasional over the air broadcast network from 1961 to 1991. 57
35 American Independent Network - Commercial network, predecessor to UATV 49
36 Total Living Network (TLN) 48
37 Golden Eagle Broadcasting (Oral Roberts University) 48
38 Unity Broadcasting Network (5 low-power stations) 45
39 Retro Jams - 2007 to 2008 (carried by some Equity Media Holdings LPTV stations, most replaced it with Retro Television Network - format did reappear in 2009 after EBC ended dealings with RTN). 45
40 Network One (N1) - A small independent network, similar to PAX/i and America One. Ceased operations at 12:00am, November 13, 1997. 43
41 PTL Satellite Network - Evangelical Christian network known for broadcasting the PTL Club hosted by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Collapsed in the wake of a sex and embezzlement scandal that resulted in Jim Bakker being sentenced to prison. On the air from 1977 to 1987. 42
42 Channel America - First commercial network intentionally made up of low-power stations, a model for Pax and AIN/UATV, and the predecessor of America One. 42
43 Variety Television Network - Ceased broadcasting in 2009. 35
44 Hispanic Television Network - 2000-2003 12
45 The Annenberg Channel, formerly Annenberg/CPB Channel A National educational access channel for public broadcasters and schools it is available on some cable and satellite packages and is one of the only television channels in the U.S with an online stream programming that is offered to broadcast stations and cable systems for carriage; many of the broadcast affiliates play its programming in overnights. It shared some programming with PBS YOU and various university and college stations around the country. 7
46 Badger Television Network - Short-lived television network consisting of three stations for a few months in 1958. 7
47 TuVisión - 2007-2009 < 5
48 NYCTV The broadcasting service of the City of New York, offering original Emmy-award winning programming and available nationally on PBS stations. Not a network, but a provider of programming to several New York services beyond the home station, WNYE-TV). < 5
49 Más Música - Spanish-language music videos, predecessor of MTV3. < 5
50 Create (sometimes given as Create!), a 24-7 digital-signal network run by syndicator American Public Television in partnership with WGBH, WNET, WLIW, NETA, and PBS, offering crafts and travel programming in part to fill the void left by the shuttering of PBS YOU. The network began transmission in January, 2006, primarily with a number of digital broadcast stations around the U.S. < 5
51 World Championship Sports Network - 2005 to 2008. < 5
52 World Harvest Television (WHT)/LeSEA Broadcasting (Family & religious over-the-air and satellite broadcasting) < 5
53 Spanish International Network (SIN) - Non-English language commercial network, 1961 – 1986, predecessor to Univisión < 5


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