Service Electric Cable TV, Inc. (SECTV) is a cable television company serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey through three affiliates. Service Electric also offers broadband Internet and telephone services through two partner companies, PenTeleData and Ironton Telephone.
|Service Electric Cable TV, Inc.|
|Founded||1948, Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania|
|Products||Cable television, Internet Service Provider, Cable telephony|
The company was started in 1948 in Mahanoy City by John Walson, who owned a General Electric appliance store. At the time, the surrounding mountains in Schuylkill County made over-the-air reception from Philadelphia television stations difficult. Walson, who was interested in selling television sets through his store, solved the problem by building an antenna on top of the mountain overlooking the town. He initially ran a cable to his warehouse and then to his appliance store, using boosters to enhance the signal. Along the way, he hooked up neighbors to the antenna system. Although there are others who have laid claim to the honor, Walson is often recognized for having built the first cable TV system in the United States. Until Walson's death, the company was known as Service Electric Cable TV, Inc., which was based in Bethlehem.
In early 2011 Service Electric commenced offloading cable systems from its Service Electric Cable Company affiliate. The cable system in Wilkes-Barre and vicinity moved operations to Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, which is currently based in Bethlehem. The cable system in Mahanoy City moved operations to Service Electric Cablevision - Hazleton Office, which corporate is currently based in Allentown.
On February 18, 2011 the Service Electric Cablevision affiliate acquired CATV Service Inc. based in Danville, Pennsylvania. As of 2012 CATV Service operates only by name through Service Electric Cablevision.
John E. Walson, eldest son of John Walson ran Service Electric Cable TV, Inc. for 38 years until his death in August 2012. John M. Walson has taken over the role of president since his father's death.
The company's Lehigh Valley system operates TV2, a local origination cable television station. TV2 carries local news and sports, including coverage of East Penn Conference. high school football, boys and girls basketball and wrestling, as well as several Lehigh University football games. In 2008, TV2 Sports began carrying home games of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-level Minor League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The games are televised from Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. The station has also added coverage of the Reading Phillies, the Philadelphia Phillies' AA-level minor league affiliate as well as Philadelphia Union affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC.
In the Lehigh Valley, an "overbuild" environment exists in many communities in which subscribers can choose between two competing cable television providers. Service Electric and RCN offer similar, though not duplicative, programming packages.
AlphaStar Digital Television was a direct-to-home satellite broadcasting service for the United States market developed by Canadian firm Tee-Comm Electronics. It was the first direct-to-home satellite broadcasting service in the United States to use the internationally accepted DVB-S broadcasting standard and used 39" satellite dish receivers. AlphaStar service launched in July 1996 but was discontinued completely by September 1997 with 40,000 subscribers as the company went through bankruptcy proceedings. The American assets of AlphaStar continue to be used under the auspices of the Champion Telecom Platform which also continues to own the AlphaStar brand. AlphaStar would also have alleviated a shortage of Canadian satellite capacity by using foreign (US) satellite capacity to fill Canadian needs—indeed this was a requirement for the Canadian company to obtain its license from Canada to commence broadcasting. Tee-Comm, the parent company of AlphaStar had originally co-founded the partnership that created ExpressVu (later Bell TV) as technology supplier but later divested all interest in ExpressVu.Atlantic Nuclear Power Plant
The Atlantic Nuclear Power Plant was a proposed floating nuclear power plant located off the coast of New Jersey. It was proposed in the 1970s by the Public Service Electric and Gas Company. Two Westinghouse 1,150 MWe (net) pressurized water reactors were ordered in 1972, and another two Westinghouse 1,150 MWe (net) reactors were ordered in 1973. The four unit power plant proposal was canceled in 1978.To be located 1.8 miles (2.9 km) offshore from the Little Egg Harbor and Great Bay (about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Atlantic City), the plants were to be on man-made islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands themselves and the massive concrete breakwaters would be built in a factory on Blount Island near Jacksonville, Florida; they would then be floated by ship to the plant site. The plants were first envisioned in 1969 by an engineer at PSE&G and the reactors were ordered in 1972 for operation starting in the mid-1980s. However, due to increasing costs and environmental protests, the plants were canceled in 1978.Baja Broadband
Baja Broadband was a cable television provider based in Alamogordo, New Mexico with subscribers in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company was acquired on August 2, 2013, by Telephone and Data Systems, a Fortune 1000 company. It was renamed TDS in 2015.Baja Broadband was known as Orange Broadband until 2007. Most of Baja Broadband's systems were former Charter Communications systems acquired in 2006 and US Cable systems acquired in 2011.Blue Ridge Communications
Blue Ridge Communications is a regional cable television, Internet and voice over IP provider that serves much of the Poconos area and central Pennsylvania in the United States. Products available include analog and digital cable television, HD television programming, PenTeleData Broadband Internet service, and Blue Ridge digital phone service.D-Smart
D-Smart is a Turkish satellite television provider launched in 2007. It launched high-definition television broadcasts in 2008. By late 2012, D-Smart had around 1.6m subscribers, of which around half were free-to-air customers; revenues were around EUR350m.DoCoMo Pacific
DOCOMO PACIFIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of predominant mobile phone operator in Japan, NTT DOCOMO. With combined offerings to include the latest mobile services, television, internet and telephone services, DOCOMO PACIFIC is the largest provider of telecommunications and entertainment services serving Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as the military installations in the area.
Headquartered in Tamuning, Guam, DOCOMO PACIFIC was originally a merger of Guamcell Communications and HafaTel. It was acquired in December 2006 by NTT DoCoMo, a spin-off of Japanese communication company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. The acquisition allowed NTT DOCOMO the opportunity to share its technology with the region as including significant investments and upgrades in DOCOMO PACIFIC.In October 2008, DOCOMO PACIFIC was first on Guam to introduce the fastest and only 3.5G network. In November 2011, DOCOMO PACIFIC launched 4G HSPA+ service on Guam followed by the launch of advanced 4G LTE service in October 2012.
On May 22, 2013, DOCOMO PACIFIC acquired MCV Broadband (full name Marianas Cable Vision Broadband) from Seaport Capital, an investment company based in New York City. Seaport acquired MCV in 2005, adding it to its portfolio of cable companies that Seaport had an ownership stake in, including Everest Cable, MetroCast Cablevision, Mid-Missouri Telephone Company and Otelco Holdings.Doordarshan
Doordarshan (abbreviated in English as DD) is an autonomous public service broadcaster founded by the Government of India, owned by the Broadcasting Ministry of India and one of Prasar Bharati's two divisions. One of India's largest broadcasting organisations in studio and transmitter infrastructure, it was established on 15 September 1959. Doordarshan, which also broadcasts on digital terrestrial transmitters, provides television, radio, online and mobile service throughout metropolitan and regional India and overseas through the Indian Network and Radio India.GTA Teleguam
GTA Teleguam (GTA) is the principal telecommunications company in Guam, providing telephone, cellular, internet and television services to residents of the island. The firm is based in Tamuning.The majority owner of GTA Telegaum is the Japanese firm Advantage Partners LLP, through its private equity investment funds. Advantage completed the purchase of GTA in 2011 following approval of the deal by the United States Federal Communications Commission and the Guam Public Utilities Commission. The President and Chief Executive Officer of GTA is Robert W. Haulbrook, Jr.GlobeCast World TV
GlobeCast World TV was a television via satellite service received in North America via the Galaxy 19 satellite, providing ethnic television and audio channels. It was a service by Globecast, a subsidiary of Orange. In North America, the satellite broadcasts dozens of Arabic and Asian channels.
The direct-to-home service was providing free-to-air and Nagravision-encrypted channels. The pay TV service was shut down at the end of 2013, but the free-to-air channels remain available on Galaxy 19. The brand World TV and the associated web site are now terminated.
In Europe, the GlobeCast World TV service was officially launched in June 2007, but was discontinued in 2008. It was received via Intelsat 905 satellite and was providing a bouquet of ethnic TV channels from India and Pakistan.
Also, in 2012 and 2013, Globecast operated MyGlobeTV, a set of Internet-delivered pay-TV ethnic packages to connected devices: Netgem Internet set-top-box, iOS and Android devices.Lehigh Valley IronPigs
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a professional Minor League Baseball team that plays in the International League. The IronPigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team plays their home games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Coca-Cola Park, which opened for the start of the IronPigs' first season in 2008, seats up to 8,100, with a capacity of 10,000, and cost $50.25 million to complete. In 2016, Forbes listed the IronPigs as the fourth-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $43 million.The IronPigs name is a reference to pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel, for which the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is world-renowned.Music Choice
Music Choice (abbreviated as MC) is an American company which produces music programming and music-related content for digital cable television, mobile phone and cable modem users. Music Choice also programs audio music channels for digital cable subscribers, and produces music-related content for on-demand customers with access to Music Choice On-Demand. Music Choice also offers video and audio music programming for cell phones, available through the Music Choice app.
Many digital cable and telco networks carry Music Choice, including, but not limited to: Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Grande Communications, Suddenlink Communications, Service Electric Cable TV, and Frontier Communications. DirecTV also provides Music Choice programming. Other companies offer similar audio services for commercial customers, including Sirius XM, Muzak, DMX, and Stingray Music.News 12 Networks
The News 12 Networks are a group of regional cable news television channels that are owned by Altice USA. All channels provide rolling news coverage 24-hours a day, focusing primarily on different regions of the New York City metropolitan area outside Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) oversees transportation issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The administrator of PennDOT is the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, currently Leslie Richards. Presently, PennDOT supports over 40,500 miles (65,200 km) of state roads and highways, about 25,000 bridges, as well as new roadway construction, the exception being the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, although they currently follow PennDOT policies and procedures. In addition, other modes of transportation are supervised or supported by PennDOT. These include aviation, rail traffic, mass transit, intrastate highway shipping traffic, motor vehicle safety & licensing, and driver licensing. PennDOT also supports the Ports of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie. The current budget is approximately $3.8 billion in federal and state funds. The state budget is supported by the motor vehicle fuels tax which is dedicated solely to transportation issues.
In recent years, PennDOT has focused on intermodal transportation. This is a broad attempt to enhance both commerce and public transportation.
PennDOT employs approximately 11,000 people.
PennDOT has extensive traffic cameras set up throughout various parts of major cities in the state, such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie, Allentown (Lehigh Valley), and Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The latter's cameras are fed through to a television channel for Service Electric cable customers in Wilkes-Barre. These cameras are primarily installed for ITS purposes, not for law enforcement (as opposed to speed cameras).Public Service Enterprise Group
The Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company headquartered in Newark, New Jersey and was established in 1985.
The company's largest subsidiary is Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). The Public Service Electric and Gas Company is a regulated gas and electric utility company serving the state of New Jersey and it is New Jersey's oldest and largest investor owned utility company; the Public Service Electric and Gas Company was established in 1928 and was originally a subsidiary of the New-Jersey-based Public Service Corporation.Satview Broadband
Satview is a cable television Master System Operator in the United States, with franchise cable television systems in the State of Nevada. Satview offers Video, High Speed Internet and Telephone Service in Battle Mountain, Elko, Topaz Lake, Nevada. The operator serves mainly rural towns and cities. It has cable franchises in Elko, Douglas and Lander County, Nevada.
Satview is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.
In Nevada the company operates in the cities of Elko, Carlin, Battle Mountain, Jackpot, Wells, Topaz Lake.Spectrum TV Stream
Spectrum TV Stream is an American over-the-top internet television service owned by Charter Communications. The service – which is structured as a virtual multichannel video programming distributor – is only available to Charter Spectrum internet customers. It is designed as an alternative to other competing OTT skinny bundles for cord cutters, offering a selection of major cable channels and on-demand content that can be streamed through smart TVs, digital media players, and mobile apps.Transport of New Jersey
Transport of New Jersey (TNJ), earlier Public Service Transportation and then Public Service Coordinated Transport, was a street railway and bus company in the U.S. state of New Jersey from 1917 to 1980, when NJ Transit took over their operations. It was owned by the Public Service Corporation, now the Public Service Electric and Gas Company.United States Satellite Broadcasting
United States Satellite Broadcasting was a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based satellite television company that ran from 1981 to 1999. It was absorbed into DirecTV in 1999.WBRE-TV
WBRE-TV, virtual channel 28 (VHF digital channel 11), is a television station licensed to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States, serving as the NBC affiliate for the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre television market. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also operates Scranton-licensed CBS affiliate WYOU (channel 22) under a shared services agreement with owner Mission Broadcasting. The two stations share studios on South Franklin Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre; WBRE's transmitter is located at the Penobscot Knob antenna farm near Mountain Top.
On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity and Service Electric channel 3. There is a high definition feed offered on Xfinity digital channel 808 and Service Electric digital channel 503.
Regional sports television networks in the United States
|Fox Sports Networks|
|NBC Sports Regional Networks|
|Independent Cable and Satellite|
|Independent Cable and Broadcast|
|Copper / DSL ISP|
Pay television providers in the United States