Laff, a multicast network devoted to comedy around-the-clock, has added all nine seasons and 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Laff will premiere the multiple Emmy-winning series with a two-day marathon Sunday, Sept. 6, and Monday, Sept. 7, running from 8 a.m. to midnight ET both days. How I Met Your Mother will then be seen […]
Hubbard Broadcasting has sued Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, accusing the social media giants of trademark infringement and unfair competition that could lead to “irreparable harm” unless the court stops them. The suit claims that Instagram’s new video file-sharing service, Reels, infringes on and dilutes the trademark of Hubbard’s long-established REELZ digital cable and satellite TV network, which reaches more than 50 million U.S. homes.
Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.
Tegna’s multicast network is rebranding on July 27 as a one-stop destination for true crime content that will also offer a free, on-demand streaming service and podcasts.
The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Co., have a multi-year affiliation agreement that makes Katz’s multicast networks Bounce, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Grit, Laff and the streaming-service Brown Sugar available for carriage by NCTC’s more than 750 broadband and cable operators serving all 50 states. “We’re thrilled to strike […]
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a sales director experienced in diginet business, a chief engineer and video producer in creative services. The openings are located in New York, Iowa and Alabama.
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced “significant changes” to the content of three, company-owned multicast networks: Comet, Charge! and TBD. The channels, which are available to the vast majority of households across the U.S., will now carry some of the most popular classic television series, as well as TBD’s first-ever original series, The Link. The new programming […]
NewsNet, a 24-hour news diginet focused on delivering headlines without talk and opinion-based programming, is working with TV stations across the country to keep the public informed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the network is now offering short-term affiliations to stations in need of news. “We understand that some stations who are interested in keeping […]
NewsNet, a 24-hour news diginet focused on delivering headlines without talk and opinion-based programming, has added Paramount Broadcasting’s WDFL-LD Miami (DMA 16) as an affiliate. NewsNet, launched in January 2019, follows a traditional “news wheel” format providing a quick look at the headlines every half hour. It is available in 45 markets nationwide, including New […]
The digital-first lifestyle brand will add linear distribution on Feb. 17 as the multicast network Live Well Television is rebranded as Localish.
McDonald’s USA will be the official sponsor of the 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, with the 2020 Census, Denny’s and Gold Series from Pantene also participating in the evening celebrating African-American achievements and contributions that will air exclusively on Bounce on Sun, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET. McDonald’s sponsorship includes the Rising Star Award presented by McDonald’s, which recognizes a young person who is quickly establishing themselves by making […]
Court TV has promoted veteran crime and justice reporter Ted Rowlands to network anchor, effective immediately. Rowlands joins Vinnie Politan, Seema Iyer and Julie Grant helming the network’s anchor desk based at Court TV’s headquarters in Atlanta. Rowlands has been a field producer and reporter for the new Court TV since its launch this past May. […]
The country music/lifestyle channel will debut in more than 50% of U.S. TV households on stations from Gray and CBS. A companion OTT premium service is slotted to launch in late spring 2020.
NewsNet, the 24-hour news diginet focused on delivering headlines without talk and opinion-based programming, overhauled its on-air look this week with the debut of the first of their new studios, broadcasting from a new facility which has been under construction since May. Along with a flexible new set featuring a wide range of new technology […]
The appetite for these specialized networks continues to grow, and with many of the diginets achieving coverage of over 80% of the television households in the United States, it looks as if this increased breadth and depth has set the stage for increased merger and acquisition interest.
Morgan Murphy said today that its ABC affiliates KAPP-KVEW Yakima, Wash. (DMA 118) are adding three more television services to its lineup, for a total of 5 broadcast streams each on channels 35 and 42. The new services are H&I Network, on channels 35.3 and 42.3, Start TV, on channels 35.4 and 42.4, and DABL […]
David Hudson will oversee the development and production of all original programming for Katz Networks as EVP of original programming and has hired Sophia Kateris Kelley as SVP of original programming.
The Katz Diginet adopts its new name on Sept. 30. It’s available in 94% of the U.S.
CBS’s Television Distribution unit has officially launched Dabl, an ad-supported digital multicast network dedicated to what it describes as “informative, project-based, feel-good content” on lifestyle topics including cooking, home renovation, design, DIY, pets and travel. CBS announced the free-to-users network in June.
CBS Television Distribution’s new advertiser-supported digital lifestyle network Dabl (dab·ble) is now cleared in over 80% of the country for launch on Sept. 9. In addition to the previously announced CBS Television Stations group, which will anchor the launch, Dabl will also be distributed on the digital spectrum of television stations from groups including Sinclair, Tribune, Graham, Meredith, Quincy […]
Country music and lifestyle diginet The Heartland Network, in cooperation with Just Renting Productions, is adding brand-new series Just Renting to the network’s lineup. The 30-minute series will premiere on Heartland Aug. 25, airing on Sundays and Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Just Renting will also be offered on Heartland’s free Roku live streaming channel. This new series follows a […]
Diginet channels like Cozi, Antenna TV and BUZZR can’t rely on big budgets to market their channels and programming, so they must get inventive to attract attention. Some attempts to attract viewers to classic TV shows really stink. You could even call it Smell-a-Vision.
Broadcasters including Scripps, Tegna, CBS, Sinclair, Ion and Gray have been laying bigger bets in the multicasting business, acquiring some of the more popular diginets and partnering to develop new ones in a market showing signs of further expansion. CBS’s new diginet DABL, for instance, is bringing back the classic lifestyle programming of Martha Stewart and others in the fall.
Beginning in the third quarter, Weigel Broadcasting’s Decades multicast network will be carried on Fox-owned stations in 12 major markets as part of a multiyear agreement with Fox Television Stations, LLC. The deal ups the network’s U.S. coverage to 60% with 65 TV affiliates nationwide. Decades will launch on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis, Austin and Gainesville, Fla.
It closes on the $77 million purchase of the 85% of the two diginets it didn’t own. Tegna taps Brian Weiss, former president and general manager of Cooper Media, as their president.
The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle channel, debuted on 11 stations in five new markets this week, broadening its national footprint by 33%. The new stations and channels in each market: Station Channel Community Market KBPX-LD 46.4 Houston Houston KQSL-LD 17.9 San Rafael San Francisco-Oak-San Jose KUKR-LD 27.9 Santa Rosa San Francisco-Oak-San […]
It’s paying Cooper Media $77 million for the 85% of the two diginets it doesn’t already own. Brian Weiss, Cooper’s president-GM, will join Tegna and continue to run the two.
Katz diginets Justice Network and Court TV will launch Wednesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 8, respectively, on Quincy’s Madison, Wis., ABC affiliate.
Low-power TV group HC2 will carry the black-focused multicast network on its stations in 29 more markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Detroit.
The still unnamed country music service — comprising a broadcast diginet and an OTT streaming platform — will operate from offices and production facilities in Nashville. Drew Riefenberger has been tapped to head the joint venture as general manager. The OTT version, a mix of linear and on-demand programming, will not simulcast the multicast version, although there will be some overlap.
The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle multicast network, has made its debut in Detroit market (DMA 14) on Tait Broadcasting’s WHNE-LD (ch. 14.12). WHNE already broadcasts Luken’s Retro TV on ch. 14.7. Jim Lebrato, Tait Broadcasting’s CEO, said: “WHNE TV 14 is excited to bring Heartland’s country-flavored lineup of shows to Detroit viewers […]
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 […]
According to Jim starring Jim Belushi will be seen weekdays 5-7 p.m. ET on Scripps-owned comedy diginet Laff beginning Monday, March 4. Belushi plays an easy-going suburban Chicago father who often finds himself in challenging situations due to his slacker ways. He is frequently at odds with his wife, Cheryl, played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, and together […]
The CBS Television Distribution shows will air weeknights back-to-back starting Mon. Feb. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.