Star Television Network is an American digital cable and satellite television network owned and operated by Ion Media Networks. It specializes in classic television series in addition to reruns of original programming from Ion's predecessors, Pax and i. The channel is also available over the air via the AirBox subscription television platform used on select Ion stations.
Original Incarnation Edit
The network was first proposed in 1987 under the name StarCast. The name was later changed to Star Television Network in 1988 and a launch date was originally set for April 1989. The launch date was later pushed back a number of times due to troubles acquiring programming and affiliates. The network finally launched on September 29, 1990 with a total of 10 affiliates (which dropped from the original number of 64.) The network later closed in January 14, 1991 due to financial problems.
Second Incarnation Edit
On September 15, 2017, Ion Media Networks relaunched Star Television Network as a cable and satellite service.
Star Television Network's programming consists of classic sitcoms, dramas, westerns, cartoons, and movies. It also airs reruns of original programs that aired on Ion's predecessors, Pax and i. Reruns of original programming from Ion were later added in February 2018.
Star Television Network is available on most American cable and satellite providers.
Star Television Network and its sister station Ion Music were also available over the air via the AirBox subscription television platform that is used by select Ion stations. Both networks were initially available on Ion stations Cincinnati, Toledo, Baltimore, Huntsville, Baton Rouge, and Little Rock. It was added to the Ion affiliates in Omaha and San Diego on September 28 when those stations began broadcasting AirBox programming. The AirBox programming service has since been discontinued.