For the French-Canadian specialty channel, see Z (TV channel). For other uses, see Z Channel (disambiguation).
Z Channel was one of the first pay cable stations in the United States. Launched in 1974 from Los Angeles, California, this station was known for its devotion to the art of cinema due to the eclectic choice of films by the programming chief, [1 ] Jerry Harvey. It also popularized the use of letterboxing on television, as well as showing ' director's cut' versions of films (which is a term popularized after Z Channel's showing of ). Z Channel's devotion to cinema and choice of rare and important films had an important influence on such directors as Heaven's Gate Robert Altman, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch. Z Channel was owned by Theta Cable (a division of TelePrompTer Corporation) which was acquired by Group W (Westinghouse) in 1981. Operations were located in Santa Monica, California. In 1989, Z Channel faded to black and was replaced by [2 ] SportsChannel Los Angeles. [3 ]
The channel was the subject of the 2004 documentary
, which was directed by Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Alexandra Cassavetes, daughter of John Cassavetes.
Live wrestling events [ edit ]
In the late 1980s, Z Channel broadcast a number of the
World Wrestling Federation's live events from the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but nowhere near as many as Madison Square Garden ( MSG Network), Boston Garden ( New England Sports Network) or the Philadelphia Spectrum ( PRISM).
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