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Encyclopedia > Sega Channel
Sega Channel logo and mascot Sega Pat
Sega Channel logo and mascot Sega Pat

Sega Channel was a project developed by Sega for the 16-bit Sega Genesis console. Starting in 1994, Sega Channel service was provided to the public by Time Warner Cable and TCI, which later was acquired by the old AT&T during its cable acquisition spree that formed AT&T Broadband. Image File history File links SEGA_CHANNEL_1jpg. ... This article is about the video game company. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) is an American national cable television company that operates in 27 states and has 31 operating divisions. ... Tele-Communications Inc. ... This article describes the former AT&T Corp. ... AT&T Broadband was the name of AT&Ts cable operations, which comprised of the assets of TCI and MediaOne. ...

For a monthly subscription fee (usually $14.95 depending on location), along with a $25 activation fee, the subscriber would get an adapter, which plugged into the Genesis cartridge slot, and was connected to their cable television connection. The service would provide them with unlimited access to 50 games, selectable through an on-screen menu, with new games appearing every month and later every 2 weeks. The games would be downloaded in about 1 minute and play just like the retail versions. These games were organized by genre, such as Action, Fighting, Adventure, and Family. Each month, there was a special theme with originally composed music, artwork and game categories. Cable TV redirects here. ...

some unique issues and content were released through the service:

  • Special "test drives" for up-and-coming titles were provided. In some, after a certain time limit (15 minutes), gameplay was terminated, and the player was returned to the menu. Other games had limited content; for example Primal Rage had only two characters playable.
  • Some games had to be altered due to transmission limits; such as Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition only having 6 playable fighters and Sonic 3D Blast being split into two halves were the player had to enter a code they had received by finishing Part 1 to download and start Part 2.
  • Special modifications of existing retail games were made for Sega Channel, the most popular of which was a special version of Earthworm Jim by Shiny Entertainment.
  • Some games not released in the United States were featured as Special Limited time "Imports", this marked the only time some games like Pulseman were playable outside of Japan.
  • A selection of Japaneses games were Translated into English and featured as Sega Channel Exclusives in North America; such as Alien Soldier, Golden Axe III and Mega Man: The Wily Wars, though some were later released as cartage's in Europe.
  • Cheats and tips could be accessed on the service and appeared while the games were downloading.
  • Throughout the service's life, contests were held, where players could win Arcade machines, projection TVs, BMX bikes, etc.

The service was also available in Canada through Shaw Cable, in some parts of the United Kingdom on certain cable services, in Chile on the defunct Metropolis cable company, and in Argentina on a national TCI branch, Cablevisión TCI. Also, In Australia on Austar and the now defunct Galaxy. Primal Rage is a versus fighting game developed and published by Atari Games. ... Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) was a highly popular and immensely successful arcade game created by the Japan-based company Capcom. ... Sonic 3Ds North American title screen This article is about the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis/Sega Saturn/PC game. ... This article is about the video game series. ... Pulseman is an action platform game developed by Game Freak and published by Sega for the Mega Drive in 1994 in Japan only. ... Alien Soldier is a side-scrolling run and gun video game developed by Treasure Co. ... Golden Axe III is the last of the series released on June 25 1993 in Japan only. ... For other uses, see Cheat code (disambiguation). ... Shaw is Canadas second largest cable television operator, after Rogers Communications. ... An Austar Remote Austar is an Australian telecommunications company. ... Galaxy, one of the five channels run by British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB), was the General Entertainment channel, it carried quite a few American imports as well as a few home grown shows, fans will remember the soap set in space Jupiter Moon, and the magazine show 31 West, who got...

To provide Sega Channel, a cable company would need to install new equipment into their headend, integrate service authorization into their sales center, and purchase the game adapters. Game adapters were manufactured by Scientific Atlanta and General Instruments, with a cost to the cable operators of approximately $100 per unit. Additionally, many cable operators had to clean their broadcast signal in the head-end and all the way to "the pole" to ensure that the signal could be received. Sega, a gaming company, thus played a major role in improving infrastructure for future digital cable services, as well as broadband Internet access and digital telephone services. At its peak, Sega Channel was available to one-third of the United States and had 250,000 subscribers. Scientific Atlanta is a large manufacturer of cable television, telecommunications, and broadband equipment. ... General Instruments Microelectronics was a division of General Instruments Corporation. ... Digital cable is a term for a type of cable digital television that delivers more channels than possible with analog cable by using digital video compression. ...

Sega Channel ultimately failed due to the retirement of the Sega Genesis game platform and the difficult economics for the cable operators. The service ended on July 31, 1998, as the developers determined that the limited lifespan of the 16 bit technology was at risk due to the emergence of next-generation 32 and 64 bit technologies used by console developers Sega, Sony and Nintendo, coupled with the explosive growth of the internet.

See also

The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. ... The PlayCable system, introduced in 1981, allowed local cable-TV system operators to send Intellivision games over the wire alongside the normal TV signal. ... This article should be merged with Super Nintendo Entertainment System The Super Famicom design differed from that of the American SNES, though the controllers are almost the same. ... The BS-X logo. ...

External links

  • Archive.org - Archive of the Sega Channel official homepage
  • Business Wire - Sega Channel Cited by "Popular Science" as Among 1994's Outstanding Products and Technological Achievements
  • Sega Channel: The First Real "Downloadable" Content - Article on the history of the service
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Sega Channel@Everything2.com (729 words)
The Sega Channel was a joint effort between Sega and TCI Cable formed in 1994 to deliver Sega Genesis games to users via their existing cable TV line.
And of course, you had to contend with paying extra money to purchase the Sega Channel module (think a blocky 32X that features a 64k/s cable modem), not to mention the extra 15-or-so dollars a month that would be added to your cable bill.
Sega Channel did eventually hit the UK, but not until 1996, a scant two years away from its nationwide shutdown in the States.
Sega Mega Drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3169 words)
Although the Sega Master System had proved a success in Brazil and Europe, it failed to ignite much interest in the North American or Japanese markets, which by the mid-to-late 1980s were both dominated by Nintendo with 95% and 92% market shares respectively.
The failures of the Sega CD and 32X, a lack of effective advertising, and disputes between Sega of America and Sega of Japan had taken their toll on the company.
By 1994, Sega's market share had dropped from 65% to 35%, and the official announcements of newer, more powerful consoles, such as the Saturn, Playstation, and N64 signaled that the 16-bit era was drawing to a close.
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