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WTBS, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 31), is an independent television station licensed to Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The station is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of WarnerNBC (itself a subsidiary of General Electric); WarnerNBC also owns the NBC network, which is on WXIA-TV (channel 11). The station maintains studios on West Peachtree Street in Atlanta; WTBS's transmitter is located near Shepherds Lane and Arnold Avenue in the Woodland Hills section of northeastern Atlanta (near North Druid Hills). On cable, WTBS is available on Comcast Xfinity and Charter Spectrum channel 7 in the Atlanta market.

Due to its ownership under the Turner Broadcasting System (which owned the station from April 1970 until February 2017), WTBS-TV—then using the WTCG call letters—pioneered the distribution of broadcast television stations retransmitted by communications satellite to cable and satellite subscribers throughout the United States, expanding the small independent station into the first national "superstation" on December 17, 1976. (The station eventually became among the first four American superstations to begin being distributed to television providers in Canada in 1985.)

The superstation feed – which eventually became known as simply TBS, and maintains a nearly identical program schedule as the local Atlanta feed – was added to cable providers within the Atlanta market (including Comcast and Charter) in 2007 alongside its existing local carriage on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. The Atlanta station WTBS is available on American multichannel television providers outside of its home market, while WTBS is also available as a de facto superstation on most Canadian cable and satellite providers.

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