Perhaps unsurprisingly, since General Instrument was already involved in the cable industry, Mattel worked with them to produce PlayCable—The All Game Channel. According to the official Blue Sky Rangers site, PlayCable launched in 1981, but was never widely adopted. Because newer games became too large to download to the PlayCable unit, as well as high costs, the service ended in 1983. You will also find a small bit of other information here.
Information about exactly which titles were available on the service is sketchy. Special thanks to cmart for sharing the list of games in his PlayCable Playbook. Titles including the PlayCable icon () are from known copies of the PlayCable Playbook. To date, 37 titles have been explicitly identified from the Playbook.
In addition to the games documented in the Playbook, this list also contains titles whose manuals have been found in the special packaging customers of the PlayCable service received to store manuals and overlays. Manuals distinctly marked with PlayCable part numbers (having the PC prefix) and which make reference to the service in the documentation are considered offical. Other games are included in which a PlayCable manual set included a manual for the game, but had no part number at all. Perhaps these were prepared before Mattel realized the titles could not be downloaded due to the increased size of the later titles? For example, most of the later titles could not have been supported. Were plans to modify these in some way to accomodate the limitations of PlayCable? The world may never know.
Note: This count is highly speculative, based on the few PlayCable manual kits that have been discovered. OK, it's mostly based on my set and one that Hankster has been kind enough to comb through and share scans from. If you know of anything missing or incorrect, please contact me!
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