Turner Broadcasting System is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner, which shares its name with the channel.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is an American media conglomerate and division of Time Warner, managing the collection of cable networks and properties initiated or acquired by Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III starting during the 1970s.

A television channel is a physical or virtual channel over which a television station or television network is distributed.

Time Warner, Inc. is an American multinational media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered in New York City.

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TBS carries a variety of programming, with a focus on comedy, along with some sports events, including Major League Baseball and portions of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

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In its current form, TBS was originally established on December 17, 1976 as a national feed of Turner's local, independent broadcast television station in Atlanta, WTCG.

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The decision to begin offering WTCG via satellite transmission expanded the small independent station into a national cable channel; with the re-naming of the broadcast station in 1979, the feed became known as Superstation WTBS, and later Superstation TBS, TBS Superstation, or simply TBS.

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The channel broadcast a variety of programming during this era, including films, syndicated series, Atlanta Braves baseball, and professional wrestling.

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WTBS's local programming was nearly identical to the national feed, aside from FCC-mandated public affairs and educational programming that only aired on the local signal.

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By the early 2000s, TBS had begun to focus more intensively on comedic programming, including sitcoms and other series.

A situation comedy, or sitcom, is a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home or workplace, with often-humorous dialogue.

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On October 1, 2007, WTBS and the TBS superstation feed were separated, with WTBS re-launching as the Atlanta-specific Peachtree TV, and TBS becoming a conventional basic cable network with no over-the-air simulcast as had been previously the case.

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As of February 2015, TBS is available to approximately 96.5 million pay television households in the United States.

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