Fox Stations To Air MGM’s Light TV Diginet

Light TV, a new, 24-hour faith and family entertainment network designed to tap into MGM’s library of titles, is being launched next month by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and MGM in partnership with a number of Fox stations and affiliates.

Bounce TV To Bring Back ‘Cosby Show’ Reruns

ATLANTA (AP) — Reruns of “The Cosby Show” are returning to television, even as the comedian’s sexual assault trial looms next year. Bounce TV has announced in social media posts that it will resume airing reruns of the 1980s sitcom on Dec. 19. Atlanta-based Bounce claims to be the first TV network designed and programmed […]

Comet TV Is An (Almost) Overnight Success

In the universe known as multicast channels or diginets, Sinclair and MGM’s sci-fi focused Comet TV has gone from new player to leading player in its first year of existence.

MeTV Diginet To Pay Tribute To ‘M*A*S*H’

Weigel Broadcasting’s classic television network MeTV salutes the comedy and quality of M*A*S*H with two exclusive, special events this November. First, actor Jamie Farr hosts his 10 favorite episodes of M*A*S*H in the weeklong celebration M*A*S*H: The Best By Farr, airing 7-8 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 4. Then, MeTV assembles many of the cast and creators of M*A*S*H to […]

Where The Real TV Growth Is: Down The Dial

The Big Five plus Univision have all suffered ratings declines with 18-49s this season. But Telemundo and a host of smaller networks are growing.

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‘Roseanne’ Debuts On Laff With Season 1 Marathon

Roseanne Barr and her television family the Conners are back on broadcast television as Roseanne premieres on the Laff multicast network Oct. 30 and 31. To celebrate the launch of the show, Laff will present a 12-hour, 24-episode Roseanne marathon on Sun. Oct. 30 featuring the complete first season of the series in consecutive order, beginning with the […]

One year in, Comet TV has come into its own

Comet TV, launched a year ago by Sinclair Broadcast Group and MGM, is quickly becoming one of the most popular digital broadcast networks. Key to its success is a fan-driven community that keep the conversation about the sci-fi network going on social media. 

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Retro TV Returning To Oklahoma City On Oct. 17

Luken Communications-owned diginet Retro TV returns to Oklahoma City (DMA 41) on KOHC-CD, owned by Sunshine State Television Network, on Monday, Oct. 17.  Area viewers will be able to find the classic TV multicast network over-the-air on ch. 45.3. Jorge Rossi, president-CEO of Sunshine State Television Network, said: “Retro TV is a staple in the […]

Antenna TV Adds Two Shows To 2107 Lineup

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, said today that beginning Jan. 2, 2017, The Joey Bishop Show and Good Morning World will join Antenna TV’s schedule as the network continues to expand its programming lineup. The Joey Bishop Show starred Rat-Pack member Joey Bishop as Joey Barnes, a harried talk show host.  Executive produced by Danny Thomas, the 30-minute sitcom originally aired […]

‘Matter Of Fact’ Adds 6 Estrella Stations

The syndicated political magazine show will debut this month on Estrella outlets in Florida, California and New Mexico.

It Appears MundoMax Will Soon Be Gone

The Spanish-language network is producing almost no new shows, leaving affiliates to air repeats. It’s expected to shut down completely in the coming months. It never found a path after Fox pulled out.

Antenna TV’s Facebook Page Tops 1 Million Likes

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, has surpassed 1 million likes. The page, which is maintained in-house by Kari Bellinger, Tribune Media’s affiliate relations and web market manager, was launched five years ago. “The goal of the Antenna TV page was always to be a place for viewers to come together as a community to […]

DMA 124: MONTEREY, CA

KMBY Adds Retro TV And Rev’n Diginets

Luken Communications announced today a multi-network affiliation agreement with Cocola Broadcasting’s KMBY-LD Monterey, Calif. (DMA 124). KMBY launched Luken’s Retro TV and Rev’n multicast networks on Sept. 28. Area viewers can find Retro TV and Rev’n over the air on chs. 19.2 and 19.4, respectively. Kevin Mosesian, Cocola Broadcasting’s Corporate stations manager, said: “Cocola has enjoyed […]

Bounce Affils Slot ‘Ed Gordon’ On Primary Channels

Nearly 30 stations and counting will run the HD series premiere episode of diginet Bounce TV’s first news magazine, Ed Gordon, on their primary channels starting this week. The opportunity allows stations to promote their carriage of Bounce while encouraging sampling of the series. WUAB Cleveland, WMYD Detroit, WVUE New Orleans, WMC Memphis, WXIX Cincinnati, WFLX West Palm Beach […]

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MeTV: Cleverest Promos In All Of TV?

“I’ve been in the business for 30 years,” said Neal Sabin, the president of Weigel Broadcasting’s classic TV diginet MeTV, “and it’s the first broadcasting entity that I’ve been associated with that gets fan mail for its promos.”

’60s ‘Batman’ Returns To U.S. Screens, In Spanish

TeleXitos, Telemundo’s multicast channel for Spanish-language viewers that seek action adventure en Español, has the rights to air the iconic 1960’s television series, Batman, in Spanish. Viewers in the United States will now be able to watch the 120-episode series in Spanish and without subtitles. TeleXitos will kick-off the Batman series premiere with a weekend marathon that will begin on Saturday, […]

Viewers Boldly Tune-In To MeTV ‘Star Trek’ Special

MeTV, Weigel Broadcasting’s classic television multicast network, aired a special Star Trek 50thanniversary programming event this past Saturday night, including a special episode of Svengoolie that featured the rarely seen original Star Trek pilot “The Cage.” Viewership of this special between 10 p.m. and midnight peaked at more than one million people. The entire two-hour block averaged 942,000 people 2+, which […]

Bounce TV To Premiere ‘Ed Gordon’ News Mag

Journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime television on Tuesday, Sept. 13, as Bounce TV premieres its first news magazine, Ed Gordon, at 10 p.m. ET. Gordon serves as executive producer and host of the new Bounce TV original series, sitting down for interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. Ed Gordon will also include investigative pieces, celebrity profiles, current event […]

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Antenna TV Adding Nine New Programs

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, is adding nine new programs to its schedule next year. Antenna TV currently airs in 131 TV markets across the U.S. reaching 87% of TV households. In January 2017, Becker, What’s Happening and My Two Dads will begin their run on Antenna TV, while Alice, Growing Pains, 227, Hogan’s Family, Head of the […]

DMA 68: GREEN BAY-APPLETON, WI

WFRV Adding Bounce TV To Its Multicast Lineup

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s CBS affiliate WFRV Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (DMA 68), said today it plans to introduce a new channel on Sept. 1. Katz Broadcasting’s Bounce TV will launch on ch. 5.2. Commenting on the launch, Mike Smith, the station’s VP-GM, said: “WFRV Local 5 is dedicated to anticipating the evolving needs and serving the […]

Comcast Beats Liberman’s FCC Complaint

Comcast got welcome news from the FCC on Friday when the commission dismissed a complaint filed by Liberman Broadcasting, the owner of Estrella TV. The FCC agreed with Comcast’s contention that Liberman failed to establish a prima facie case of a program carriage violation because it has failed to prove that it is a “video programming vendor.” The regulatory agency deems Liberman instead to be a “broadcast licensee.”

Comet Diginet Slots ‘MST3K’ And ‘Godzilla’ Package

As expected, the sci-fi multicast network Comet has reached licensing agreements to air episodes of the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 series and a package of classic Japanese Godzilla movies spanning the years 1954 to 1975. Comet — a co-venture of Sinclair Television Group and MGM — announced the acquisitions early today. The Mystery Science Theater episodes will join the Comet […]

‘Frasier’ Returns To TV Thanks To Cozi

Classic TV diginet Cozi TV today announced Dr. Frasier Crane’s return to America’s airwaves this fall, with Frasier debuting on the multicast network on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. ET. Starring Kelsey Grammer and the winner of 37 primetime Emmy Awards, Frasier has been ranked by TV Guide among the top 50 television shows of all-time. Frasier originally aired on NBC […]

Decades Diginet Pays Tribute To Three Stooges

Decades Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations, has scheduled a special four-day tribute to the slapstick comic legacy of the Three Stooges. The event is scheduled to air Monday, Aug. 29 through Thursday, Sept. 1, in honor of the 33rd anniversary of the Three Stooges receiving their star on […]

GetTV Diginet Reviving Sonny & Cher

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Viewers Find ‘Pirate’ TV Station In Catskills

Justice Network Grows To 57% Coverage

Pickups by Hearst, Tribune, Media General, Gray and Univision in addition to Tegna mean the true crime diginet is now available 24 of the top 30 markets.

Increasingly Uncertain For MundoMax Diginet

The multicast network has gone off the air in New York City, and it’s believed to be losing other affiliates. Buyers say the network has been struggling since Fox exited the joint venture last year.

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WAFB’s Town Hall Meeting Airs Nationwide

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Antenna TV Adds ‘Addams Family,’ ‘Wings’

Antenna TV, which airs in 130 TV markets across the U.S. reaching nearly 87% of TV households, will air The Addams Family and their macabre misadventures at 5-6 p.m. ET on Saturdays and 10-11a.m. ET on Sundays. Wings will take flight on Antenna TV weekdays from midnight to 1 a.m. ET. “As Antenna TV continues to expand its […]

MULTICASTING 2016: PART 2

Comet Diginet Streaks Into Multicast Universe

MGM and its partner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, looked to the stars for the inspiration for its latest multicast network, Comet. Central to the channel’s sci-fi programming is the Stargate franchise comprising three live-action series, one animated series and three Stargate movies. Comet’s execs are pleased that the diginet is “skewing younger than most of these other [classic TV] channels.”

Escape, Grit And Laff Add More Markets

E.W. Scripps and Cox Media are among the five station groups launching the Katz Broadcasting diginets.

Moon Landing Revisited On Decades Diginet

Decades Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations, has scheduled a special full-day programming event remembering the historic 1969 moon landing. On Wednesday, July 20 — the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11 — Decades will present original and historical programming spotlighting America’s 11-year space journey that culminated with Neil Armstrong’s and […]

Early Launch For Tuff TV’s New Network Feed

Diginet Tuff TV will officially launch its new distribution feed earlier than previously announced, on Friday, July 15. Tuff TV is no longer distributed by Luken Communications, effective immediately.   All functions of the network are now being handled in-house by Tuff TV Network LLC, the network’s parent company led by Lou Seals and his […]

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Five Original ‘Star Trek’ Programs Airing Together

Bounce’s ‘In the Cut’ Premiere To Air On Some Primary Channels

Multicast network Bounce TV will world premiere the second season of its original comedy series In the Cut on Tuesday, July 5, at 9 p.m. ET. As it did with its Saints & Sinners and Mann & Wife, Bounce TV is offering the HD series premiere episode of In the Cut to network affiliates for airing on their primary channel between July 6 and […]

Bounce TV’s First News Mag To Debut Sept. 13

Diginet Bounce TV announced today that production has started on Ed Gordon, the African-American focused network’s first primetime news magazine, and the show’s premiere date has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10 p.m. ET. Journalist Ed Gordon will produce and host the series of one-hour specials in which he’ll sit down for interviews […]

Katz, Bounce Boost Diginet Distribution

The expansion comes from multi-year deals for Bounce TV, Escape, Grit and Laff with Nexstar, Mission and White Knight.

Bounce TV to Air Ali Memorial Service Live

Bounce TV will carry Muhammad Ali’s farewell procession through the streets of Louisville, Ky., and his memorial service live, uninterrupted and commercial-free this Friday, June 10. Bounce TV’s coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET with the procession, which will take Ali on a final journey through his hometown of Louisville, passing memorable landmarks in his life, including his […]

Tuff TV Announces New Corporate HQ, Studio

Tuff TV diginet is relocating in Atlanta to the Georgia Public Broadcasting building, home to GPB Media. Effective June 6, the GPB Media location will house the corporate headquarters of Tuff TV and its new studio and production facilities: Tuff TV Network  GPB Media Building  260 14th Street, N.W.  Atlanta, GA 30318  404-230-9600 (office) 404-230-5600 (fax).