In the next month, cable satellites will welcome aboard some of television's oldest friends: Beaming down to living rooms across the nation will be such otherworldly company as Buck Rogers and Bugs Bunny, Dr. Who and Daffy Duck, Capt. James T. Kirk and Kwicky Koala.
The long-in-the-making Sci-Fi Channel debuts Thursday. A week later, on Oct. 1, Turner Broadcasting introduces the "Toon Age" with its launch of the Cartoon Network.
Between the widespread channel capacity crunch and a confusing legislative environment, there will be many cable operators postponing decisions to pick up new programming, said Larry Gerbrandt, an analyst with Paul Kagan Associates, a Carmel, Calif., cable consulting firm.