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|Launched||October 3, 1988|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner)|
|Formerly called||Turner Network Television (1988–1995)|
|Dish Network||138 (SD/HD)|
|Available on most U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|Watch TNT||Watch Live TV on TNT (U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from pay television provider to access content)|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
|Roku (USA)||1450 (SD/HD)|
TNT (originally an abbreviation for Turner Network Television) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The original purpose of the channel was to play spillovers from its sister channel TBS by airing classic films and TV shows; however, since June 2001, the channel's programming consists of television series and feature films, with a focus on drama, along with some professional sporting events (such as National Basketball Association basketball games and Professional Golfers Association of America golf).
Prior to the launch of the channel in 1988, the name Turner Network Television had been utilized by Turner Broadcasting as a syndication service for various sporting events, including two exhibition games from 1982 organized by the NFL Players Association during the NFL strike of that year, and the first Goodwill Games, organized by Turner himself, in 1986.
The channel launched at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on October 3, 1988 with a pre-recorded performance of The Star Spangled Banner, a tradition whenever a new Turner-owned network launched. Its inaugural telecast was the 1939 classic film Gone with the Wind, a film which TNT founder Ted Turner had acquired the rights. It was said that the movie was chosen as the channel's first program because it was Turner's favorite movie. It would also serve as the first program aired on sister channel Turner Classic Movies, when it debuted in April 1994. Incidentally, Gone With the Wind had its premiere held in Atlanta, Georgia, Turner's hometown and the headquarters of the channel's corporate parent, Turner Broadcasting System. The city served as the setting for the film.
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