April 27, 2012 03:55:45am
Which broadcasters do we have represented on the Internet Archive?
To my knowledge, we have shows by BBC, NBC, DuMont, CBS, ABC, ITV, a Nine Network affiliate (though Video-Cellar), as well as US local stations WABD, KTLA, KNXT, and WENR, and KTTV.
WABD is now WNYW, KTNX is now KCBS, and WENR us now WLS.
We also have some syndicated series.
Of course, you may ask: What else could we have? Well, while we have ITV in general (through "The Adventures of Robin Hood"), we don't have shows made by their affiliates like the long-defunct ABC (not to be confused with the US network or the AUS network). Two Australian broadcasters, Seven and ABC, are not represented though both have some public domain series from before 1962. When did Ten Nework start? They used to be the "0 Network", didn't they? Are any of their series old enough to be PD? Australian TV is confusing because their is little seperation made between local series and network series.
Do we have anything by WGN? For example, an episode from an early 1950s series they aired called "Off the Record" survives, albeit with water-damage at the start.
For a short time in the late-1940s/early-1950s, there was a failed pseudo-network called "Paramount Television Network". This network made DuMont look like a huge success by comparison. At least DuMont was an actual full-time network with lots of series. PTN barely counted as a network at all.
I don't think anything aired by the Badger Television Network survives....they lasted a few months back in 1958 or so.
In terms of defunct old networks that are not DuMont, about National Educational Television (NET)? Or Hughes Television Network (part-time network), Mizlou Television Network (part-time nework), NTA Film Network (sort a network/syndication hybrid)? Are any of their shows in the public domain? Or are they all copyrighted?
Does anything remain from the telecasts of the Overmyer Network (aka United Network)? Are they copyrighted or public domain?
On a related side-note, perhaps someone from the Old Time Radio section could tell us what radio broadcasters are represented on their section?