The United Paramount Network (UPN) was a U.S. television network, which showed mainly productions of the former Paramount Pictures subsidiary Paramount Television. The network was owned by the media conglomerate CBS Corporation.
UPN launched on 16 January 1995 as a joint venture between Paramount and United Television Group (now part of News Corporation ), just two days before the competition channel The WB from Time Warner subsidiary Warner Bros. Entertainment. The pilot Caretaker to Paramount's new Star Trek: Voyager opened the program. In 2000, Viacom acquired the full control of the station, but had to be separated for reasons of competition from some television stations. Although UPN was regarded as full-fledged network, it was not in all markets of the United States be received (only about 85 % in 2003 ). UPN, WB and the even smaller PAX Network ( now known as Ion Television) were therefore also called Netlets.
UPN made with the deposition of Star Trek: Enterprise recently in 2005 in Germany headlines. The series was canceled after only four seasons due to poor rates. Critics contend, however, that the series was just not sufficiently advertised.
After the split of the old Viacom group into two companies on 1 January 2006 UPN belonged to the CBS Corporation.
In September 2006, UPN and The WB merged to the new network The CW. Thus, exhibited for the first time since 1956 an American DuMont Network operation a.
Examples of programs that have been aired on UPN ( only ) are Moesha, WWE Smackdown, America's Next Top Model, Half'n'Half, the Heat in Hawaii, Girlfriends, Veronica Mars, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, Jake 2.0, Special Unit 2, Seven Days, Buffy - the Vampire Slayer, Everybody Hates Chris and the Sentinel.