The 24-hour movie network will debut on the subchannels of 17 Fox O&Os this spring.
Fox Stations, Weigel Launching Movies!
Fox Television Stations, in conjunction with Weigel Broadcasting, will premiere Movies!, a new over the air, 24-hour movie network on suchannels of 17 Fox O&O this spring.
In making the announcement, Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for FOX Television Stations, said: “We’re doing Movies! because this content works in the D2 space. Weigel has proven that in their other ventures, which is why we’ve chosen to work with them. While we’ve successfully used our D2 spectrum to some degree, this is the first time we’re going in with all stations on board, which is exciting.”
The network will be available in the following FOX O&O markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and Ocala, Fla.
Films will be edited mainly for inappropriate language or images, not run times, and be presented in the 16 x 9 format. The goal, Fox said, “is to create a new destination for movie fans that is fan friendly and available for free via over the air television, and in many cases via local cable carriage.”
“We are excited to work with the Fox Television Station Group in the creation of the next digital network franchise,” added Neal Sabin, president of content and networks, Weigel Broadcasting.