Some cable television stations include HBO, ESPN, MTV and USA. Courtroom Television, Comedy Central, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel and Arts and Entertainment, or A&E, are also cable networks.
Established in 1972, HBO was the first ever cable network. The first program it aired was the 1971 movie "Sometimes a Great Notion." The movie was followed by a broadcast of an NHL hockey game. As of 2015, HBO is the second largest premium channel in the United States. It mainly airs theatrically released motion pictures and original television series.
ESPN is a cable television station that has been in operation since 1979 and offers sports-related programming. Its headquarters are in Bristol, Connecticut, though it has other regional studios throughout the United States. ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries and has seven related channels in the United States.
MTV is a basic cable television station that caters to a teenage audience. The network was launched in 1981, airing music videos introduced by video jockeys, or VJs. "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles was the first music video to air on the network. In 1992, MTV began airing reality television programs, the first being the hit show "The Real World."