18 Facts About NBC

1. In 1993, NBC launched a 24-hour Spanish-language news channel serving Latin America, Canal de Noticias NBC, which based its news schedule around the "wheel" format conceived at CNN.

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2. On February 18, 2015, NBC began providing live programming streams of local NBC stations in select markets, which are only available to authenticated subscribers of participating pay television providers.

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3. From 2003 to 2014, NBC held rights to two of the three pageants organized by the Miss Universe Organization: the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

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4. On March 28, 2012, it was announced that NBC would launch a new Saturday morning preschool block programmed by Sprout.

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5. In May 2006, NBC announced plans to launch a new Saturday morning children's block under the Qubo brand in September 2006.

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6. In 2002, NBC entered into an agreement with Discovery Communications to carry educational children's programs from the Discovery Kids cable channel.

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7. In 1989, NBC premiered Saved by the Bell, a live-action teen sitcom which originated on The Disney Channel the previous year as Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

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8. In 2013, NBC Sports migrated its business and production operations to new facilities in Stamford, Connecticut.

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9. In 2011, NBC was finally able to find a breakout hit in the midseason reality singing competition series The Voice.

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10. In March 2007, NBC announced that it would begin offering full-length episodes of its prime time series for streaming on mobile devices, becoming the first US broadcast network to offer on-demand mobile episode content, as the market began shifting away from traditional television.

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11. The NBA on NBC enjoyed great success in the 1990s due in large part to the Chicago Bulls' run of six championships at the hands of superstar Michael Jordan.

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12. In 1959, NBC premiered a televised version of the radio program The Bell Telephone Hour, which aired in color from its debut; the program would continue on the NBC television network for nine more years until it ended in 1968.

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13. In 1956, NBC started a subsidiary, California National Productions, for merchandising, syndication and NBC opera company operations with the production of Silent Services.

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14. Many years, NBC was closely identified with David Sarnoff, who used it as a vehicle to sell consumer electronics.

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15. In 1979, NBC launched The Source, a modestly successful secondary network providing news and short features to FM rock stations.

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16. On June 18, 1975, NBC launched the NBC News and Information Service, which provided up to 55 minutes of news per hour around the clock to local stations that wanted to adopt an all-news radio format.

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17. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming; the "Blue Network" mostly carried sustaining—or non-sponsored—broadcasts, especially news and cultural programs.

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18. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA.

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