Sinclair Over-The-Air Networks Add 14M Households Through Distribution Upgrades

Sinclair Ups Adam Ware To SVP Of Multicast Networks

He will continue to oversee the company’s national multicast networks, Comet (sci-fi), Charge! (action) and TBD (internet content), as well as digital and OTT streaming platform STIRR.

Story Television Sets Up Juneteenth Event

WKXT-LD Knoxville Loads Up With Diginets

The Heartland Network, Retro TV, The Family Channel, Rev’n and The Action Channel from Get After It Media are now available over-the-air on the Digital Networks-owned LPTV station.

‘The A-Team’ Joins MeTV Lineup

New All-Black Female Driven Series ‘Finding Happy’ Highlights Bounce’s Upcoming Originals Slate

E.W. Scripps-owned Bounce, the broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, unveiled its upcoming original programming schedule. The lineup features an all-new original series about Black women that is written, produced, directed by and starring Black women, Finding Happy. Overview: New original scripted series: Finding Happy (fall 2022) Returning series: Johnson (July 10) New original […]

Upfront 2022: Sinclair Seeks 20% Of Cable Budgets For Its Over The Air Channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group wants advertisers to move 20% of their cable ad budgets into its free over-the-air digital networks to capture cord-cutters. In addition to its slew of TV stations, Sinclair owns Comet, Charge and TBD, collectively branded as The Stack. In its upfront pitch, Sinclair is informing buyers that those cord-cutters leaving cable aren’t just moving to streaming channels; they’re also buying antennas to watch familiar shows — soon to include Buffy the Vampire Slayer — for free on its diginets.

Bina Roy Named VP-GM Of Nexstar’s Multicast Nets

She’s promoted from senior affiliate sales director for the company’s Networks Division with responsibility for business development and affiliate partnerships with more than 15 networks providing programming across the company’s portfolio of more than 600 subchannels.

Sinclair’s Charge! Gains Carriage With Dish Network And Optimum

Charge!, one of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s over-the-air multicast networks, has added carriage with Dish Network and Altice USA’s Optimum cable systems, adding distribution to about 10 million homes. Subscribers to Dish with an internet connected box will be able to watch Charge!, as will subscribers to Dish’s Sling TV streaming service.

Weigel Launching Story Television Network

The new OTA network will feature factual and historical programming. It debuts on Hearst, Marquee, Maranatha and Weigel subchannels nationwide on March 28.

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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.

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‘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, […]

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WBQC-LD Cincinnati Adds Decades Diginet

Quest Diginet Expands Distribution

The multicast network focused on adventure and exploration adds stations from Tegna, Univision, Nexstar and more to its growing list of affiliates.

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Grit TV Back In Milwaukee, On WTMJ Ch. 4.4

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Laff Lands ‘Home Improvement’; Debuts In Fall

Laff, the E.W. Scripps-owned comedy multicast network, has acquired the television rights to Home Improvement from The Disney/ABC Television Group. In the multi-year licensing agreement announced today, Laff acquires the rights to broadcast all eight seasons and 203 half-hours of Home Improvement and will debut the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series in September. “Laff is becoming the […]

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Bounce Lands ‘Wendy Williams Show’

Starting March 5, the multicast network will air that day’s episode at 11 p.m. ET in the first repurposing deal by a multicast network.

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‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’ Seen By 2.4M

The multicast network’s telecast last Sunday was the No. 1 show on cable in African-American homes.

Tom Hill Named Cozi TV Creative Director

Brand strategist Tom Hill today was appointed creative director for NBCU’s multicast network Cozi TV. A former vice president of TV Land and creative director for Nick at Nite, Hill brings more than 30 years of senior-level creative leadership experience to Cozi TV. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the recipient of several […]

Cozi TV Celebrates John Mahoney

NBC’s classic TV diginet Cozi TV has scheduled a special, 13-hour marathon tribute to the late actor John Mahoney this Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. ET (check local listings). Best known for his portrayal of Martin Crane, the down-to-earth ex-police detective on the iconic television series Frasier, Mahoney died this week following a long career […]

Katz Networks Names New Distribution SVP

Bruce Levinson will oversee negotiation of distribution agreements for the company’s portfolio of multicast networks: Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.

TeleXitos Sets ‘Mes Del Amor’ Feb. Programming

TeleXitos, the Telemundo Station Group’s Spanish-language multicast network, will feature romantic comedy movie marathons all February-long with Mes Del Amor (Month of Love). Starting Feb. 4, every Sunday afternoon TeleXitos will air films including The Wedding Date, The Perfect Man, For Richer or Poorer and Along Came Polly. “Love and laughter transcend all language barriers. We are excited to […]

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WKRP-LD Adds Movies, Heroes & Icons Diginets

Bounce Announces Trumpet Award Winners

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, which celebrate African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. The honorees announced Wednesday are: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild Award-winner and Power star, and Erica […]

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Pam Grier Hosts Bounce’s ‘Leading Ladies Takeover’

Actress Pam Grier will host an evening of action-oriented, women-kicking-butt movies on Bounce Saturday, Jan. 6, in anticipation of the new motion picture Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson, which opens in theaters on Jan. 12. Bounce’s Leading Ladies Takeover kicks off at 9 p.m. ET with Baby Boy, starring Henson in her big screen debut. Jennifer Lopez as a U.S. Marshall in Out of […]

Cooper Media Makes Two Executive Moves

Cooper Media, owner of multicast networks Justice Network and Quest TV, the latter of which launches Jan. 29, has made two executive promotions. Brian Weiss has been promoted to VP of strategy and distribution. He has been director of distribution and business development for Justice Network since 2014. John Kiser has been promoted to programming manager. Kiser has […]

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WVTV, WCGV Dropping Get TV, Grit TV

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Pittsburgh’s WTAE Adds Cozi’s Classic Shows

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Cowboy Channel Launches On DirecTV

The western sports and lifestyle network from Rural Media Group is now available in more than 30 million homes.

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Heartland Slots First Original Christmas Special

Luken Communications-owned Heartland Network will present the network’s first original Christmas special.  Christmas Songs and Stories, starring Grammy award winner John Berry. It will air nationally on Heartland this Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. ET/6 CT and 8 p.m. MT/7 PT. The special caps the network’s annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” lineup of classic and contemporary […]

TeleXitos Diginet Available On Spectrum

The Telemundo-owned Spanish-language multicast network’s programming is now available on Spectrum systems serving top Hispanic markets.

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Escape Expands to Scripted Dramas With ‘Trace’

Katz-owned multicast network Escape has acquired the rights to drama series Without a Trace in a multi-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD). Escape will launch Without a Trace on New Year’s Day with a 12-episode marathon starting at noon ET. The series will be seen weeknights with two episodes back to back starting at 9 p.m. […]

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Cozi TV Adds ‘The Nanny’ To Lineup

Fran Drescher’s sitcom The Nanny has a new television home. Kicking off with a special broadcast marathon on Jan. 1, 2018, Cozi TV viewers can plan to raise a glass and ring in the New Year with Maxwell Sheffield and Fran Fine. The Nanny ran on CBS from 1993 to 1999. Cozi TV is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned […]

EstrellaTV To Broadcast Miss World 2017

EstrellaTV, LBI Media’s Spanish language network, announced today that it will broadcast the 2017 Spanish-language transmission of the Miss World competition on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET. The Miss World pageant will take place on the island of Bali with 130 contestants from around the world. Fort the first time in […]

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Antenna TV Adds New Programs To Lineup

Coach and Gimme A Break Join Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast entertainment network in January.

Weigel Sues ReachMe.TV Over Trademark

Weigel Broadcasting, Chicago-based parent company of the popular Me-TV Network, is suing Los Angeles-based Pervasive TV for using the name ReachMe.TV. In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, Weigel is claiming trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices by Pervasive, which shows its ReachMe.TV mobile entertainment network online and on screens at airports and hotels across the country.

Tegna, Cooper Media to Launch Quest Diginet

Tegna will be a charter broadcast launch partner in the new adventure and exploration multicast network set to debut in January and will hold a minority ownership stake.

Tate, Ash To Host Bounce Trumpet Awards

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018, and will air on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. ET. Bounce, the Scripps-owned African-American multicast network on television, now exclusively […]

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Nexstar Adds 4 Katz Diginets On 43 New Chs.

In addition, the four — Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff — have been renewed on 21 other stations, boosting Bounce to 86% of the United States and 95% of African-American households, while Escape, Grit and Laff will now reach 89%, 87% and 90% of all U.S. TV households, respectively.