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Ages ago, I heard about something called "The Puppy Channel" - a channel in the United States that broadcasted nothing but puppies.

On Reddit's TIL (Today I Learned), there's a Reddit entry, with over 3000 upvotes, saying

TIL there was a cable network called The Puppy Channel. All it did for three years was broadcast footage of puppies playing. (en.wikipedia.org)

Was there a cable channel called The Puppy Channel, which broadcasted for three years footage purely of puppies?

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According to this episode of This American Life, Dan FitzSimons started the Puppy Channel in June 1996, and worked on the concept for 5 years. Unfortunately, no cable distributor bought the show.

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The Wikipedia article has since been deleted, with one user citing Puppy Channel Is Dog Tired, written in 2005, suggesting that the channel never existed:

Last week, an e-mail promoting the Puppy Channel rained down on nearly every member of the Broadcasting & Cable staff and, we suspect, on many, many others in the media.

The e-mail’s sketchy wording—the “big dogs” that attend the NCTA convention this week “may have indicated the channel’s time might have arrived”—reminded us that we’ve been hearing for nearly a decade about the imminent launch of this channel devoted to the pairing of lovable pups and nice music.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but journalists can be a puppy’s faithful companion. A sampling ...

Introducing The Puppy Channel: The Greatest Invention of the 1990s, written in October 2015, says it was never successful:

Unfortunately, The Puppy Channel never became its own cable network, and the pilot [tv show] stopped airing sometime around the start of the new millennium.

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