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.
Afrocentric Television Network, using the vanity call sign “KANT-TV”, is running test transmissions over KVVV channel 15.5.
The new channel takes the place of the former tenant, Distinction TV.
As previously mentioned, Fox-owned KTXH channel 20 has now turned on its two subchannels, and it looks like TitanTV was right on the money.
20.2 is dark for now, pending the launch of “Movies!”
20.3 is carrying a standard-definition 4×3 “squished” version of MundoFox, which continues in HD on KUVM-CD channel 34.1.
KUVM-CD recently shuffled its subchannels, adding QVC to 34.3 and losing TheCoolTV from 34.2. The station has now filled the vacancy on 34.2 by adding a simulcast of Los Angeles station KWHY-TV 22.2.
The main KWHY signal is the MundoFox affiliate for Los Angeles. When MundoFox signed on, the station moved its existing Spanish-language programming to 22.2 and branded it “Super 22″.
As carried on 34.2, the signal doesn’t fill a 480i screen. It’s slightly squished on the sides.
Earlier in the year I posted about Weigel Broadcasting’s new subchannel “Movies”. At that time it was reported that the channel would be coming to a subchannel of KRIV channel 26.
Now there’s a hint that KTXH may be picking up “Movies!” and another digital channel.
The TitanTV listing site is now showing a channel 20.2 with “Movie Channel Coming Soon” in the grid. They’re also showing MundoFox, currently on KUVM-CD channel 34.1, on channel 20.3.
That last could be a mistake on TitanTV’s part, or it could reflect a recognition on Fox’s part that being on a low-power station in such a large market is a detriment to MundoFox.
Either way, keep your eyes on KTXH in the weeks to come.
KUVM-LD channel 10.1 has had a slight shuffle in its subchannels. Cubana de Televisión is gone from 10.1, replaced by QVC, which slides up from 10.4. Revenue Frontier infomercials move up from the now-gone 10.7 to 10.4.
TeleRomantica has vanished from KUGB 28.8. Meanwhile, channel 28.5, formerly Distinction TV, has been replaced by a loop of kids’ shows including Mustard Pancakes.
And KYAZ 51.5 has launched VietTV24, a Los Angeles-based channel.
There’s lots of channel changes tonight, so grab the remote and your scorecard and let’s start scanning.
The big news tonight is that one of Houston’s “zombie” stations has finally come to life! KQHO-LD is broadcasting over channel 20, former frequency home of KTXH, and is identifying with its former analog channel number (from back when it was alive in Beaumont), channel 56. KQHO is transmitting from downtown Houston along with its sister, KZHO.
Other channel changes to look for:
KUVM-LD 10.4 adds QVC, and Revenue Frontier infomercials slip down to 10.7.
KVVV has found a tenant for 15.7. The Perfect Creation Network (281-330-0273 or 832-893-7433) is running a promotional loop heralding an April launch with home shopping, news, movies, talk and Christian programming.
Thanks also to Bryan S. for the tip on KHLM 43.4 switching to infomercials.
Finally, KUVM-CD 34.3 RTV moves down one slot to 34.4, making way for QVC in 34.3. Also, 34.2, lately TheCoolTV, is now showing color bars and no PSIP short name (the seven-letter tag you see when tuning in to the station).
KUBE just posted to its Facebook page: “We are currently off the air due to a fire in our building, no injuries and we’re working to have everything up and running in a few hours.”
And they are back on the air this morning.
There are some new subchannel spottings this week on the Houston dial.
KVVV channel 15 has dropped EduSat from 15.8, marking that channel for lease. (Contact information on the dial page.) African-American-oriented Distinction TV has moved from KUGB 28.5 to KVVV 15.5.
Running a sizzle reel (more like a simmer reel) on KVVV 15.6 is KFTB, targeting Fort Bend County with “family programming, local content, sports, events and entertainment.”
LATV has moved from full-power KYAZ 51.6 to low-power KUGB 28.6.
KZHO 38.4 and 38.6 are airing an online radio station called “Manà, Un Sonido Diferente”.
New on KBPX 46.3 is Ion’s shopping channel, Shop TV. ShopTV won’t fit on Ion’s main station, KPXB, due to the Airbox MPEG-4 paycast.
KTMD 47.3, Soi TV, has gone off the air on all Telemundo stations nationwide. Its only air coverage now is on low-power stations in New York and Los Angeles.
KYAZ 51.5 has switched from Global TiVi to NT Entertainment. 51.6 is now showing infomercials.
And finally, KZJL 61.3 has turned on a test pattern.