USA Network (commonly referred to as simply "USA") is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable division of NBCUniversal, itself a subsidiary of Comcast. Once a minor player in basic cable, the network has steadily gained popularity due to its original programming; USA also broadcasts syndicated reruns of current and former "network television" (i.e., broadcast) series and theatrically-released feature films, as well as limited sports programming.
As of August 2013, USA is available to approximately 98,647,000 pay television households (86.38% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.
Paramount and Universal ownership
USA Network originally launched on September 8, 1971 as the Madison Square Garden Network (not to be confused with the New York City regional sports network of the same name). The channel became one of the first national cable television channels in the late 1970s, when it chose to use satellite delivery as opposed to microwave relay to distribute its programming to cable systems. Initially, the network ran a mix of college and less well-known professional sports, similar to those found during the early years of ESPN. The channel began its broadcast day after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on weekdays and 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on weekends.
Broadcasting Sailor Moon
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