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 […]

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MeTV Plans Tribute for The Monkees’ Peter Tork

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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.

Bounce Renews ‘Saints & Sinners’ For Fourth Season

Previous seasons of Saints & Sinners to stream on Hulu in Bounce’s first deal with the premium streaming service.

24/7 News Diginet Launches In 18 Markets

NewsNet follows a traditional “news wheel” format, with headlines at the top of each half hour, followed by a national weather overview, sports, and feature stories from across America. It’s distributed over-the-air by a network of affiliates, streams to mobile apps available for iPhone and Android, and will be launching OTT apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV later this month.

Katz Networks Relaunching Court TV

The new multiplatform network, to debut in May 2019, has secured over-the-air distribution agreements with major local TV station group owners including Tribune, Scripps and Univision, giving Court TV coverage of more than 50% of U.S. television households at launch. Vinnie Politan will be the network’s lead anchor.

Start TV Network Adds Four New Dramas

The Weigel Broadcasting Co. multicast TV network Start TV is adding The Good Wife, Crossing Jordan, Unforgettable and Strong Medicine to its daily programming lineup of procedural dramas. They debut on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The four join the Start TV series The Closer, Medium, Cold Case, Profiler and The Division as […]

Katz Nets Adding 3 More Off-Net Series

Scripps-owned Katz Networks on Monday announced three major off-network series licensing agreements: Escape, the over-the-air network targeting women 25-54 with stories of crime and mystery, has acquired the television rights to Law & Order and Boston Legal in two individual deals. Escape lands the first 12 seasons of Law & Order — the longest-running crime and investigation drama on American primetime television […]

Bounce Slates Its First Original Movie

E.W. Scripps-owned Bounce, an African-American targeted network, will premiere its first Bounce Original Movie, A Stone Cold Christmas, on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 9 ET. Bounce also announced a new original series, Last Call, a half-hour situation comedy from Bobbcat Films and Roger Bobb, producer of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Mann & Wife. Last Call will premiere on Bounce on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. […]

Bounce Lands Rights To ‘Scandal’

Olivia Pope is coming back to primetime. Scripps-owned diginet Bounce has licensed the broadcast television rights to all seven seasons and 125 episodes of the Peabody- and Emmy-winning series Scandal in a multi-year agreement with the Walt Disney Co. Bounce will air the popular series weeknights at 8 p.m. ET beginning Nov. 12. Scandal stars Kerry Washington as […]

WNET’s All Arts Net May Become Multicast Ch.

WNET’s ambitious All Arts multicast channel and streaming service could develop into a package of cultural content available to stations nationwide. Some content, including an original show, is now available online. The complete network will launch Jan. 28.

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, […]

DMA 36

Subchannel Shuffling Coming In Milwaukee

2 Ex-ABC Newsers Join Law & Crime Network

DMA 36

WISN Milwaukee Replacing Movies! With Justice

Weigel To Launch ‘Start TV’ Female Diginet

The new multicast network will debut on Sept. 3 featuring  procedural dramas focusing on strong women. At launch, it will reach 42% of U.S. TV households anchored by the CBS Television Stations.

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Cozi’s Clever Promo Taps Into Shark Frenzy

‘3rd Rock’ Debuts July 16 On Laff

Scripps-owned Laff diginet is adding 3rd Rock from the Sun  to its sitcom hall of fame lineup on Monday, July 16. Laff will present two-full hours of the former NBC hit series Monday through Friday nights, with four consecutive episodes between 5 and 7 p.m. ET. John Lithgow won Emmy Awards for Best Actor in […]

DIGINETS

‘Saints & Sinners’ Season Premiere Sets Record

The third season premiere of the Bounce multicast network’s original drama series Saints & Sinners on Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m. ET averaged 681,000 total viewers, an increase of 20% over the show’s season two premiere, to set a record as the most-watched original in Bounce history. The season three premiere was also up 24% in household delivery (528,000, […]