Legendary TV sitcoms, such as I Love Lucy, M*A*S*H and Friends, will likely run as long as there are screens. But thousands of hours of variety and talk shows enjoyed by millions of viewers over the first 40 years of TV history have been rarely seen since they originally aired. But now, thanks to the emergence of classic diginets, that’s about to change.
Vintage shows and films, from ’60s sitcoms to British TV favorites to Charlie Chaplin movies, are finding a new audience on sites such as Netflix and Hulu.
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.
Fans of 1950s and ’60s television, film, radio and pop culture can’t get enough of the period. So from Thursday through Saturday they will visit Hunt Valley, Md., for the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention to relive their memories of shows and movies like Peyton Place and The Miracle Worker.