Why TV Antennas Are Making a Comeback in the Streaming Age

Antennas, or “rabbit ears” provide completely free access to local network affiliates, typically including ABC, NBC, Fox and others. Fueled largely by millennials who’ve long sidestepped cable, antenna sales in the U.S. have risen 4% over the past year.


Adding WINK Ft. Myers Bumps Antenna TV To 86%

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network has added WINK Ft. Myers-Naples, Fla. (DMA 55), as its newest affiliate, bringing the network’s reach to 134 stations across the country, 86% of U.S. TV households. The classic TV diginet is available on WINK ch. 11.2. Antenna TV shows include Johnny Carson, 227, Alice, Archie Bunker’s Place, Barney […]

Antenna TV Adds Three New Stations

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, has expanded to clearances on 135 stations across the country, bringing the network’s reach to 86% of U.S. TV households. In the new affiliate agreements, Antenna TV adds: WGWG 34.3 Charleston, S.C., owned by Howard Stirk Holdings LLC KRXI 44.3 Reno, Nev., owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group WDGA 43.2 Chattanooga, […]


Antenna TV Adds New Programs To Lineup

Coach and Gimme A Break Join Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast entertainment network in January.

Antenna TV To Air ‘All Of All In The Family’

Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network Antenna TV will present all episodes of the legendary sitcom All in the Family in one holiday weekend marathon.  It will run all nine seasons (207 episodes) on Thanksgiving weekend. The All of All in The Family Thanksgiving weekend marathon begins with season 1, episode 1 at 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. […]


Heeere’s Johnny! How Antenna TV Markets Classic TV


Optimistic Outlook On Multicast’s Prospects

While diginets still have some hurdles to face — such as rising program license fees — they have captured the attention of general-market advertisers and they are looking forward to the rollout of the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard with its expanded capacity. What’s more, the multicast networks are relieved that the FCC’s incentive auction and ongoing repack of the TV band isn’t affecting their station carriage deals to any significant extent.

Antenna TV Remembers Don Rickles, April 6-9

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, will pay tribute to the legendary comedian Don Rickles. Beginning tonight, April 6, through Sunday, April 9, Antenna TV will air a classic Johnny Carson episode featuring Rickles. Thursday, April 6 — Original air date 10/2/73; Guests: Buddy Hackett/Burt Reynolds/Rickles/Dean Martin Friday, April 7 — 9/6/73; Guests: Glen Campbell/Rickles/Dom DeLuise/Jimmy Breslin […]

Antenna TV Adds Two Shows To 2107 Lineup

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, said today that beginning Jan. 2, 2017, The Joey Bishop Show and Good Morning World will join Antenna TV’s schedule as the network continues to expand its programming lineup. The Joey Bishop Show starred Rat-Pack member Joey Bishop as Joey Barnes, a harried talk show host.  Executive produced by Danny Thomas, the 30-minute sitcom originally aired […]

Antenna TV’s Facebook Page Tops 1 Million Likes

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, has surpassed 1 million likes. The page, which is maintained in-house by Kari Bellinger, Tribune Media’s affiliate relations and web market manager, was launched five years ago. “The goal of the Antenna TV page was always to be a place for viewers to come together as a community to […]


Antenna TV Adding Nine New Programs

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, is adding nine new programs to its schedule next year. Antenna TV currently airs in 131 TV markets across the U.S. reaching 87% of TV households. In January 2017, Becker, What’s Happening and My Two Dads will begin their run on Antenna TV, while Alice, Growing Pains, 227, Hogan’s Family, Head of the […]


Antenna TV Adds ‘Addams Family,’ ‘Wings’

Antenna TV, which airs in 130 TV markets across the U.S. reaching nearly 87% of TV households, will air The Addams Family and their macabre misadventures at 5-6 p.m. ET on Saturdays and 10-11a.m. ET on Sundays. Wings will take flight on Antenna TV weekdays from midnight to 1 a.m. ET. “As Antenna TV continues to expand its […]


Diginets Keep Growing, Despite Auction Cloud

While the spectrum auction and repack could raise challenges, most multicast network players say they’re bullish on the business, especially with the likely adoption of ATSC 3.0. Diginets keep adding affiliates and expanding coverage and the top ones have begun attracting general market advertising. This is Part 1 of a four-part special report on multicasting. Parts 2 and 3 also appear today. Part 4, running Thursday morning, will focus on the technology of compression and channel sharing. You can read the other stories here.

DMA 13

Antenna TV Comes To Detroit On WMYD

Scripps -owned independent WMYD Detroit (DMA 13) will begin broadcasting Tribune Broadcasting’s diginet Antenna TV on Feb. 1. Antenna TV will be available over the air on ch. 20.2, on Comcast ch. 286, WOW ch. 197 and Wyandotte Cable ch. 520. The network features a lineup of classic television favorites, including, I Dream of Jeannie, […]

DMA 13

Antenna TV Diginet Adds WMYD In Detroit

Tribune’s multicast entertainment network is now cleared on 125 affiliates reaching 88% of U.S. homes.


WSTR Adds Antenna TV For Carson Reruns

Antenna TV Adds 26 New Stations

Tribune’s classic TV multicast network is now cleared on 125 affiliates reaching 88% of U.S. TV households.


WOTH-CD Drops Antenna TV, Adds Buzzr

Johnny Carson Returns To Latenight On Antenna TV

Tribune Broadcasting today announced a multi-year agreement with Carson Entertainment Group to broadcast Johnny Carson on Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV multicast network, beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Antenna TV airs in 102 markets across the United States, reaching 78% of all television households. Antenna TV, available in all of the country’s Top 20 TV […]


WBIN To Launch Classic TV Subchannel

The Boston independent is launching WBIN Classics, comprising Antenna TV programming as well as local productions.

DMA 90

KCRG Cedar Rapids To Launch Antenna TV

The Gazette Co.-owned ABC affiliate KCRG Cedar Rapids, Iowa (DMA 90), is launching  the classic TV diginet Antenna TV on Jan. 19, 2015, on its ch. 9.3 subchannel. It will be available free over the air or via cable throughout Eastern Iowa, including Mediacom ch. 110 and ImOn ch. 710. “We’re excited for the opportunity […]

Antenna TV Adds 11 Series To 2015 Lineup

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, today announced the addition of 11 series to the classic TV network’s lineup for 2015. Antenna TV, which airs in 89 markets across the U.S. reaching 71% of TV households, will add Newhart, The Jeffersons, Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, Family Ties,  Evening Shade, Leave it […]


WCCB: Antenna TV’s Newest Affiliate


Classic TV Diginets Make The Old New Again

One of the staples of the multicasting universe are networks that offer programming from television and film’s past. While some of the early efforts haven’t survived, there are many that have and more slotted to launch. The diginet with the widest distribution, in fact, is Me-TV, the classic channel from Weigel Broadcasting. This is part 2 of a three-part special report. Read part 1 here.

DMA 142

WBOC Salisbury, Md., Adds Antenna TV

Draper Holdings-owned CBS affiliate WBOC Salisbury, Md. (DMA 142), is launching  the classic TV diginet Antenna TV on Dec. 17 on its 16.2 subchannel and Comcast ch. 207. It’s branding the channel WBOC Classics. “We are thrilled to offer our viewers wholesome, family entertainment on WBOC Classics,” says WBOC GM Craig Jahelka. “These are the […]

Antenna TV Partners With Marathon Ventures

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, announced a new advertising sales relationship with Marathon Ventures, which will provide full-service direct response sales for the network. The multi-year deal starts in 2014 and will cover advertising across Antenna TV’s affiliate base of 79 stations reaching 66% of U.S.TV households.


Millennials Need Their Own Nostalgic Diginet

There’s been plenty of talk about diginets this week on TVNewsCheck. The popularity of multicast channels offering so-called classic TV shows got me thinking that viewers of a certain age — millennials — need a channel they could feel nostalgic about. I’ve come up with a list of programming options that I think would sell very well and be extremely popular among the younger generation.


Diginets Growing With Old Shows + New Ideas

After years of experimentation, broadcasting specialty networks on subchannels is starting to draw viewers and revenue in amounts that really matter. Some peg the take at more than $200 million. While classic TV shows and movies are popular formats, others see the future in original programming.

Antenna TV Now Cleared On 75 Stations

Gray Television Group and Dispatch Broadcast Group are the latest to add Tribune’s classic TV diginet.

DMA 32

WBNS Columbus To Air Antenna TV On Subchannel

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32), will launch Antenna TV on its ch. 10.2 beginning June 12. Tribune Broadcasting’s Antenna TV features a variety of classic TV shows and movies from the 1930’s to the 1990’s. The station said that plans are being made to add local and storied WBNS favorites […]

It’s Official: NBC Stations Getting Cozi

The new multicast channel featuring a mix of classic TV shows, movies and original programming will debut on the 10 NBC Owned Television Stations early next year and the group is looking for affiliates in other markets.


Diginets Delivering Dollars For More Stations

While multicasting is still in its infancy, a growing number of the D2 and D3 channels have turned into new revenue streams, accounting for about 3% of station ad money, according to BIA/Kelsey. The biggest earners are broadcast networks that don’t have a full-power home, but multicast-only nets like This TV, Live Well, Antenna TV, Bounce TV and Me-TV are creating their own growing niches as well.

DMA 81

WPSD Paducah Adds Antenna TV To Lineup

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV multicast network is coming to Paxton Media’s NBC affiliate WPSD Paducah, Ky. (DMA 81), on its ch. 6.3 starting April 2. The network features classic TV shows such as Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, Good Times, Maude, Sanford and Son, WKRP in Cincinnati and Leave it to Beaver. The […]

NATPE 2012

Multicasters: Stations Leave Millions Behind

Even in small markets, broadcasters are generating up to $1 million in annual revenue with a single subchannel, according to panelists at a NATPE session on multicasting. 

NATPE 2012

Diginets Hope To Boost Affil Counts In Miami

Multicast programmers will be at this month’s NATPE exhibition hoping to expand and improve their affiliate lineups. And their growing importance to the industry is reflected in the show’s scheduling of a panel dedicated to the business on Monday afternoon (Jan. 23) featuring representatives of Me-TV, Antenna TV and Live Well.

Antenna TV Boosts Clearances To 57%

The classic TV diginet is adding affiliates in Atlanta; Las Vegas; Buffalo, N.Y.; Lexington, Ky.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Idaho Falls in January.


WBTW Adds Antenna TV To Subchannel

Media General CBS affiliate WBTW Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (DMA 103), has added Antenna TV on its ch. 13.2. Antenna TV features a combination of hit movies and classic television shows including All in the Family, Sanford and Sons, The Nanny, Maude, Good Times, Three’s Company and The Partridge Family. MyNetwork TV programming will continue to […]

DMA 11

WADL Detroit To Launch Antenna TV

The network of classic TV shows and movies will debut on ch. 38.2 beginning Oct. 1.

DMA 23

WJZY Signs On As Antenna TV Affiliate

Starting next Monday, Capitol Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., will offer the Tribune Broadcasting classic TV diginet on a subchannel. Tribune now claims coverage of more than 50% of the U.S. for the network, thanks mostly to its carriage on 19 Tribune stations.

DMA 35

Antenna TV Attracting Attention In Milwaukee