USA Network

USA Network (on-air simply as USA) is an American basic cable channel owned by the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming division of Comcast's NBCUniversal through NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. It was originally launched in 1977 as Madison Square Garden Sports Network, one of the first national sports cable television channels, before being relaunched as USA Network on 9 April 1980. Once a minor player in basic-tier pay television, USA has steadily gained popularity due to its original programming; it is one of four major subscription-television networks (with TBS, TNT and FX) that also broadcasts syndicated reruns of current and former network television series and theatrically-released feature films, as well as limited sports programming and WWE.

USA Network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
Headquarters30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York
Programming
Language(s)English
Spanish
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerNBCUniversal Television and Streaming
ParentNBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
Sister channels
History
Launched
  • September 22, 1977; 43 years ago (1977-09-22)
  • (original launch; as MSG)
  • April 9, 1980; 41 years ago (1980-04-09)
  • (relaunch; as USA Network)
Former namesMadison Square Garden Sports Network (1977–1980)
Links
Websiteusanetwork.com
Availability
Cable
Available on most cable providersChannel slots vary on each operator
Satellite
Dish NetworkChannel 105 (HD/SD)
DirecTVChannel 242 (HD/SD)
IPTV
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 50 (SD)
  • Channel 550 (HD)
Prism TV
  • Channel 124 (SD)
  • Channel 1124 (HD)
U-verse TV
  • Channel 124 (SD)
  • Channel 1124 (HD)
Xfinity
  • Channel 29 (SD)
  • Channel 420 (HD)

As of September 2018, USA Network is commercially available to about 90.4 million households (98% of households with pay television) in the US.[1]