‘How I Met Your Mother’ Joins Laff Lineup

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 Files Trademark Suit Against Instagram

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.

Me-TV Scoops Up Promotional Deal With Pebbles Cereals

Bounce To Cover Service For Rep. John Lewis

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

TVN Focus On Business | Diginets Weather COVID-19, Holding Their Viewers

Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.

Justice Net Relaunching As True Crime Network

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.

MeTV Flags Objectionable Content In ‘Shows From Another Era’

National Cable Television Cooperative and Katz Networks Set Long-Term Affiliations

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 […]

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Openings For Sales Director, Chief Engineer, Creative Services Video Producer

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 Upgrades Digital Channels Comet, Charge!, TBD

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 Offers Short-Term Affiliations During Pandemic

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 […]

WDFL Brings 24/7 News To Miami With NewsNet

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 […]

Bounce Airing Star-Studded Black History Month Special

ABC’s Localish Expands With Diginet Rebrand

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 To Sponsor Bounce Trumpet Awards

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 Promotes Ted Rowlands To Anchor

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. […]

Circle Diginet Launches Jan. 1 With 16 Originals

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 Debuts New Studios, Morning Show, Weather System

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 […]

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Collins | Diginets Maturing Into Attractive M&A Targets

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.

KAPP-KVEW Yakima Adds New Subchannels

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 […]

Katz Nets Taps Hudson, Kelley For Originals

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.

Escape To Be Rebranded As Court TV Mystery

The Katz Diginet adopts its new name on Sept. 30. It’s available in 94% of the U.S.

CBS Launches Dabl Diginet

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.

‘Dabl’ Diginet Clearances Top 80% Of The U.S.

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 […]

‘Just Renting’ Joins Heartland Diginet’s Lineup

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 […]

MULTICASTING 2019

Diginets Get Creative In Promoting Classic TV

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.

MULTICASTING 2019, PART I

The Diginet World Is Having A Moment

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.

Fox O&Os To Carry Weigel’s Decades Diginet

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.

Tegna Completes Justice, Quest Purchase

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.

Heartland Diginet Adds Five New Markets

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 […]

DIGINETS

Tegna Buying Multicast Networks Justice, Quest

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.

DMA 86: MADISON, WI

WKOW Adds Justice Network, Court TV

Katz diginets Justice Network and Court TV will launch Wednesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 8,  respectively, on Quincy’s Madison, Wis., ABC affiliate.

DIGINETS

Soul Of The South Boosts Carriage Over 34%

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.

Gray Teams With Grand Ole Opry On TV Network

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.

DMA 14: DETROIT

Heartland Diginet Launches On WHNE Detroit

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 […]

DMA 55: FT. MYERS-NAPLES, FL

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 […]

‘According To Jim’ Coming To Laff

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 […]

MARKET SHARE

MeTV Plans Tribute for The Monkees’ Peter Tork

MARKET SHARE

GetTV Airing ‘Flip Wilson Special’ Sunday

Bounce Adds ‘Moesha’ And ‘The Game’

The CBS Television Distribution shows will air weeknights back-to-back starting Mon. Feb. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.