Showtime launched on July 1, 1976, on Times-Mirror Cable frameworks in Escondido, Long Beach and Palos Verdes, California through the transformation of 10,000 supporters of the past Channel One establishment. The next week on July 8, Showtime propelled on Viacom Cablevision’s framework in Dublin, California; the station was initially claimed by Viacom. The main program and TV uncommon to be communicated on Showtime was Celebration, a show exceptional highlighting exhibitions by Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, and ABBA. Before the finish of its first year reporting in real time, Showtime had an aggregate of 55,000 supporters nationwide. On March 7, 1978, Showtime turned into a broadly disseminated administration after it was uplinked to the satellite, transforming it into a contender with HBO and other pay link networks.
In 1979, Viacom sold a half proprietorship enthusiasm for Showtime to the TelePrompTer Corporation. On July 4, 1981, Showtime embraced a 24-hour programming plan (match HBO would, in the long run, go with the same pattern in December of that year). In 1982, Group W Cable, a backup of Westinghouse Electric Corporation (which had gained TelePrompTer the earlier year), sold its half stake in Showtime back to Viacom for $75 million; the offer of Group W’s stake in the station happened as the organization had gone into an association with Walt Disney Productions (now The Walt Disney Company) to build up a contending premium administration, The Disney Channel (Group W dropped out of the joint endeavor that September, because of contradictions over inventive control and budgetary obligations). 1982 saw the debut of Showtime’s initially made-for-link motion picture Falcon’s Gold and its first unique arrangement and kids’ program Faerie Tale Theater.