Weigel Broadcasting, the owner of classic TV channel Me-TV, is partnering with CBS to create a new digital channel called “Decades” that will pull from CBS’ library of programming.
The channel will initially find homes on CBS-owned stations including KTVT in Dallas. Weigel will be looking for affiliates in other markets.
Houston Public Media is taking advantage of the new common ownership among KUHT channel 8, NPR news-talk KUHF 88.7 FM, and classical KUHA 91.7 FM by beginning to simulcast Classical 91.7 on KUHT channel 8.5.
This will certainly help reception of the classical music signal in the south and west portions of the area, since KUHA’s tower is near Humble.
No sign yet of a KUHF simulcast on a KUHT subchannel.
KUHT also carries the audio-only Sight into Sound audio reading service on channel 8.4.
A slight channel shift today moves NBCUniversal-owned classic TV broadcaster Cozi TV to its sister NBCU property, Telemundo O&O KTMD. Cozi has landed on channel 47.3, previously home to a time-shifted standard definition broadcast of Telemundo.
The vacancy left by Cozi on KUBE 57.5 has been filled by a new channel called “The Works”. This channel appears to be showing older films, mainly from the MGM library, and is on the air in several larger markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston so far.
Katz Broadcasting will be launching two new channels, female-skewed Escape and male-oriented Grit, this summer. Houston is among the first markets listed to receive the new channels, which will be aired as subchannels of Univision stations. Watch for the new channels on sunchannels of KXLN channel 45 this fall.
The other channel run by Katz CEO Jonathan Katz, BounceTV, will continue to air on Gannett’s KHOU 11.2.
South Asian programmer Diya TV USA is coming to Houston via KVVV-LD channel 15.2. The channel is currently showing a “coming soon” slide.
Diya TV is currently on the air in San Francisco on KAXT channel 1.3 (not a typo).
Current occupant The UTN has shifted down to channel 15.10.
Viewers may have noticed recently that KPXB channel 49 has lost its subchannels. Main ION programming remains on channel 49.1, but Qubo, ION Life and infomercials disappeared from 49.2 through 49.4.
KPXB also carries the Airbox subscription service. To make room for more bandwidth for Airbox, the ION subchannels have moved down the dial to low-power sister station KBPX-LD, channel 46. This will make these channels harder to receive in most of the area, since KBPX’s signal doesn’t reach as far as KPXB’s.
You’ll now find Qubo on 46.2, ION Life on 46.3, ION Shop on 46.4, QVC on 46.5, and HSN on 46.6.
Local microcaster 2V Television, currently on KVQT channel 21.4, has announced its pending move to KTBU channel 55.4. The ID slide mentioned “canal 55.4 proximamente” (channel 55.4 soon), but no specific date.
Channel 55.4 is currently simulcasting channel 55.1’s MegaTV signal in standard definition.
NBC Universal’s classic TV channel Cozi TV has found a Houston home on KUBE 57.5. The channel was launched earlier this year on NBC-owned stations, expanding to other groups such as London Broadcasting’s KCEN in Waco, KAGS in Bryan-College Station, and others.
Some TV listing services had shown 57.5 to be affiliated with the “Soul of the South” network that is scheduled to launch on Memorial Day.
Cozi TV is currently being shown in “squish-o-vision”, indicating a misconfiguration of the encoder.
In channel disappearances, the Fort Bend-focused “KFTB” airing on KVVV 15.6 appears to have folded up shop as quickly and quietly as it began. The channel now shows a “for lease” screen.
Classic movie channels are the fastest growing genre of digital TV subchannels. Now Sony Pictures Television is launching a new channel called GetTV, and Univision will be partnering in the launch in 24 markets, including Houston.
Expect GetTV to launch on KFTH channel 67.2 this fall.
Update: GetTV has announced February 3, 2014 as its start date.