A system for controlling CATV program viewing in a plurality of modes of operation. In a first mode of operation, a downstream digital transmission causes control means to develop first binary data for comparison in a comparator with selected-channel code data from channel means to enable a first circuit to allow a first or second category program to be selected and received by a subscriber during a predetermined temporary period of time. In a second mode of operation the enabling of a second circuit by the subscriber will only cause the control means to be enabled if the subscriber is authorized to receive that selected first category program. In a third mode of operation the enabling of the second circuit by the subscriber will enable a third circuit to allow a selected second category program to be received. In a fourth mode of operation the selection of a third category program by the subscriber will enable a fourth circuit to allow that selected third category program to be received. MODEM sharing networks are provided in the cable system interconnecting a local processing center and the various subscriber terminals. Each MODEM sharing network has modulation and demodulation circuitry, and ability to handle about twelve subscriber terminals.