DIGINETS

TeleXitos Celebrates Halloween All October

TeleXitos, Telemundo Station Group’s national Spanish-language multicast network, will celebrate Halloween with four weeks of special programming. Beginning Sunday, Oct. 1, viewers can tune in to TeleXitos every Sunday until Halloween to watch Domingos de Terror horror movie marathons. The marathons will feature a variety of horror films including Psycho, Seed of Chucky, Carrie, Alien Hunter, the Child’s Play trilogy and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. TeleXitos’ Halloween […]

Laff Sets Record with ‘That ’70s Show’ Marathon

Laff, the Katz-owned comedy multicast network that’s being acquired by E.W. Scripps, introduced the multiple Emmy-winning sitcom That ’70s Show to its lineup with a daylong marathon on Sunday, Sept. 24. The marathon reached nearly 2.6 million viewers and set a Laff primetime record in household delivery (167,000) and in adults 25-54 (122,000). The marathon peaked with 311,000 […]

DIGINETS

Sinclair’s Stadium Debuts As 24/7 Sports Net

Sinclair Broadcast Group continues its expansion in the multicast network space with premium sports content.

Luken’s Rev’n Launches Roku Channel

Rev’n, Luken Communications’ automotive multicast network, has further expanded its over-the-top availability by launching its channel on the Roku streaming platform. The new channel, available for free in the Roku channel store by searching keyword “Rev’n,” features the ability to stream the network live, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in high definition. In […]

Univision Adds Justice Network In 11 Markets

The partnership will boost the diginet’s distribution coverage to more than 80 affiliates covering over 73% of U.S. households.

DMA 20: SACRAMENTO, CA

KCRA News To Simulcast On Estrella Subchannel

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, Hearst-owned NBC affiliate KCRA Sacramento, Calif. (DMA 20), will simulcast its 5 p.m. newscast on its Estrella TV Sacramento that airs on ch. 58.3. “We are excited to bring our award-winning newscasts to our Estrella viewers,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA news director. “We appreciate this opportunity to serve a very important audience.” […]

Justice Network Reaches Big Milestones

More than 100 missing children and 100 most-wanted fugitives featured on the diginet have been returned home or captured.

Decades Network Brings Back Ed Sullivan

“Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!” That simple introduction changed America and TV forever, as 73 million people gathered in front of their televisions to see The Beatles’ first live performance on U.S. soil. The Fab Four had launched The British Invasion — and theirs was one of many history-making performances to grace Ed Sullivan’s stage. […]

FETV Sets Ratings Record With ‘Perry Mason’

Family Entertainment TV said today that the multicast network received its highest viewing with 97,500 households on Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. with Perry Mason, according to ComScore ratings. FETV airs classic family shows form the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including Matlock, T.J. Hooker, Hart to Hart and Hazel in addition to Perry Mason. Drew Sumrall […]

DIGINETS

Univision Renews Distribution Deal With Katz

The new agreement extends carriage of the Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff multicast networks through 2024. In addition, Univision will add Bounce in Washington on Sept. 30.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Scripps’ Katz Buy Puts Diginets On The Map

The $302 million purchase of Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff is “an authentication of the entire multicasting business,” which has needed a feel-good story. The deal also confirms Scripps’ willingness to take some chances in a TV station industry that has been more about consolidation than innovation.

Bounce Unveils New Show In Fall Lineup

The African American-targeted multicast network’s 2017-18 programming will feature the new Grown Folks in addition to the exclusive telecast of The Trumpet Awards 2018, quarterly Ed Gordon newsmagazine specials and a new season of Premiere Boxing Champions on Bounce.

Scripps Buys Katz Diginets For $302 Million

Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, so its net purchase price is $292 million for Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Founder Jonathan Katz will continue to lead the Katz networks business. The company, with about 130 employees, will remain based in the Atlanta area.

DMA 53

WKBW Buffalo Adds Multicast Network Grit TV

DMA 129

Heartland Diginet Launches On WLPS Myrtle Beach

Luken Communications has launched its Heartland Network multicast network on Dilicast Broadcast Services-owned WLPS-CD Lumberton-Pembroke (the Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C., DMA: No. 129). Heartland features country music and lifestyle programming composed of syndicated and first-run shows along with digitally restored content from the vaults of Music Row. WLPS is running it over-the-air on ch. 14.3 in […]

JESSELL AT LARGE

E/I Rule For Diginets Is Unnecessary, Outdated

The FCC’s 1996 requirement that stations air three hours a week of educational or informational programming was well meaning, but its later expansion to each of a station’s subchannels has proven to be overreach, rendered moot by the explosion of sources of such programming. It’s time the FCC let the diginets stick to their intended brands of programming.

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Retro TV’s Favorite Classic TV Commercials

MULTICASTING 2017 | PART 3

Diginets Should Be Safe In 3.0 Transition

The spirits and bottom lines of broadcasters should be buoyed by the technology and policy cards they are being dealt when it comes to ATSC 3.0. If the simulcast-based channel-sharing proposal before the FCC is adopted, TV broadcasters will have the tools they need to make the transition while continuing to deliver their main channel and popular diginets as legacy DTV channels — if they can cooperate. This is the third installment of a three-part Multicasting Special Report. Part 1 appeared Tuesday morning, Part 2 on Wednesday morning. You can read all the stories here.

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Cozi TV Has An ‘Attitude’ In Marketing Classic Shows

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Buzzr Says ‘Let’s Play’ To Market Old Game Shows

MULTICASTING 2017 | PART 2

Bringing Justice To The Entire Country

That’s the goal of Steve Schiffman, Lonnie Cooper, John Ford and Barry Wallach who are moving the Justice Network diginet in that direction since its launch in 2015. It’s now at about 60% U.S. coverage. To fill its programming grid, Justice has tapped into a vast reservoir of low-cost “factual” crime shows originally produced for cable over the past decade-and-a-half in addition to two originals. Above, John Walsh, the public face of the network, with Sergeant Ralph Woolfolk of the Atlanta Police Department. (Justice Network photo by Ray Sullivan.) This is the second installment of a three-part Special Report. Part 1 appeared Tuesday morning, while Part 3 on technology will run Thursday before noon ET. You can read all the stories here.

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Heeere’s Johnny! How Antenna TV Markets Classic TV

MULTICASTING 2017 | PART 1

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.

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How Diginets Market Classic TV Shows: MeTV

Joel Wertman Is New President Of Luken

The TV and music industry executive is chosen to oversee the company’s portfolio of multicast networks.

MGM Worldwide TV Distribution Adds Execs

It adds Mina Patel as SVP, worldwide television distribution and Todd Parkin as SVP-GM of MGM’s domestic networks. In addition, Annie Khostegyan is promoted to SVP of domestic television distribution.

Original Cozi TV Shows Celebrate Black Music Month

NBC-owned multicast network Cozi TV will commemorate Black Music Month with the premiere of new, original short-form vignettes featured in a week of curated programming, complete with cameo appearances from some of black music’s most iconic artists. The celebration runs from June 19 through June 23.  Famous black artists such as James Brown, Isaac Hayes […]

MeTV Slots Adam West Marathon For Weekend

DMA 45

WBRC Birmingham To Launch Weekly News Mag

Raycom-owned Fox affiliate WBRC Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 45) has scheduled a new weekly news magazine program. Bounce Around Birmingham will air every Monday on the station’s Bounce 6.2 subchannel at 6 p.m. starting June 5. Additionally, an encore will air on WBRC’s main channel the following weekend. The 30-minute program features WBRC’s news team, including anchors Sarah […]

Susan Malfa To Head Sales At Katz Diginets

The veteran cable net sales executive will oversee sales at Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff.

DMA 36

GetTV Returns To Cincinnati On WBQC-LD

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 […]

DIGINETS, STREAMING

Sinclair, MGM Launch Comet On Apple, Roku

Sinclair Television Group and MGM’s Comet TV sci-fi and horror broadcast network is now available on televisions nationwide via new apps for Apple TV and Roku. The free, ad-supported Comet TV — stocked with more than 1,500 hours of MGM programming — launched as a digital multicast network in late 2015, and is currently available in over 100 broadcast markets and online at CometTV.com.

TeleXitos Diginet Celebrates Fan Favorites On Fridays

TeleXitos, the Telemundo Station Group’s Spanish-language multicast network, is airing air a box office hit movie every Friday night at 8 p.m. ET for the next three weeks as part of its new “Blockbuster Fridays” programming (Éxitos del Cine). Beginning March 17, viewers will be transported to the streets of New York to watch Andrew […]

DIGINETS

Sinclair Begins TBD Diginet Rollout

Sinclair Broadcast Group has begun to roll out a first-of-its kind, over-the-air multicast network showing digital programming that’s designed to appeal to millennials. TBD will feature web series, short films, fashion, comedy, lifestyle, online video game competitions, music and viral content and will air on many of its stations in 81 markets.

DMA 36

WSTR Cincinnati Replaces GetTV With TBD

DMA 53: BUFFALO, NY

WBBZ Drops This TV For Heroes And Icons

Luken Names Art Lanham Sales/Affil. Relations SVP

Luken Communications today appointed Art Lanham senior vice president of sales and affiliate relations. In this newly created role, Lanham, a veteran of the television broadcast industry, will oversee management of Luken’s affiliate and advertising sales teams, personally develop key national accounts and collaborate with Luken’s leadership team on the company’s strategic plans. Luken’s multicast […]

DMA 10

Rick Humphrey Named GM Of WGTA Atlanta

The former GM of WPGA Macon, Ga., comes on board as Marquee Broadcasting’s Atlanta outlet adds MeTV as its primary affiliation.

Sinclair Plays A Web TV Hunch With TBD

The largest TV station group in the U.S. is ready to triple-down its status as multicast channel programmer, starting with a millennial-geared 24/7 showcase of Internet content. As Sinclair continues to build distribution, viewership and ad revenue for Comet TV, the science fiction network collaboration with MGM TV, open multicast space in a number of the company’s markets will be filled next month by TBD, a collection of short- and long-form web series supplied by various digital content makers.