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.

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 […]

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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.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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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.

Decades Diginet Pays Tribute To Mary Tyler Moore

Decades Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations, remembers the comedic talent and the cultural influence of actress Mary Tyler Moore. Moore died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the age of 80. This special Decades multi-day tribute of programming celebrating her career begins on Friday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 […]

DMA 35

Cozi TV Now On WTSJ Subchannel In Milwaukee

Flicks TV Diginet Ready To Go To The Movies

The new multicast network from Seals Entertainment will focus on a wide variety of original films with theme nights geared towards specific audiences with specials and live events. 

Rocky TV Diginet Has A Thing For Animals

The new multicast network from Seals Entertainment will focus on “animals and the people who love them.”

NATPE 2017

MGM, Sinclair Unwrap New Action Diginet

Charge! will have access to more than 2,300 hours of MGM TV content and more than 2,000 movie titles. It is slotted to launch later in the first quarter.

Bounce TV Acquires The Trumpet Awards

The annual event is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Jan. 29. In addition, Jeff Johnson will oversee event relations and Bounce TV community affairs.

‘Airwolf’ And ‘Knight Rider’ Join TeleXitos Lineup

TeleXitos, the national Spanish-language multicast network featuring action-adventure series and feature films without subtitles, announced that Airwolf and Knight Rider will air on the network for the first time beginning Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Airwolf will kick off TeleXitos’ primetime hour at 8 p.m. ET and Knight Rider will follow at 9. Click here to view a promo. “We are excited that our viewers will have […]

Sinclair To Launch Internet-Based Diginet TBD

Sinclair Broadcast Group says the new multicast network will be the first multiscreen TV network in the U.S. to offer premium internet-first content. Launching in early 2017, TBD will feature content curated from a range of digital producers.

Bounce TV To Promote Streaming With Marathon

To celebrate the launch of Bounce TV’s new subscription-video-on-demand service Brown Sugar and give viewers a taste of the new service, Bounce TV will present a 14-hour, seven-movie marathon of titles featured on Brown Sugar, on Sat. Dec. 10, starting at 4 p.m. ET. The lineup (all times Eastern): The Take (4 p.m.) — Billy […]

DMA 40

Action, Heartland Diginets Add KMCC Las Vegas

Luken Communications has launched its multicast networks The Action Channel and The Heartland Network on KMCC Las Vegas (DMA 40). The station, owned and operated by Cranston II LLC, debuted both on Dec. 1. Action is available over-the-air on ch. 34.1, as well as on Cox chs. 14 and 1,014; on DirecTV ch. 34; on Prism […]

Decades Diginet Adds ‘Laugh In,’ ‘Comedy Binge’

Decades Network, the multicast network from Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations, is making additions to its lineup in December. First is comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In. This groundbreaking ensemble comedy is a fun and funny step back to psychedelic 1960s, with its of-the-moment catch phrases, unique comedy sketches and topical humor, all […]

Bounce TV Originals Go International

The African-American focused diginet announces inaugural syndication licensing agreements with Viacom International Media Networks and Afrostream.