Oxygen is in the air, and on the air!

The previously spotted new subchannel on KTMD 47.5 is now active, showing Oxygen True Crime. I compared it to the cable channel and different programs are airing on the two. I don’t know if it’s the West Coast feed, or an entirely new program stream.

Oxygen coming to KTMD?

NBCUniversal-owned KTMD has provisioned a new subchannel 47.5. It’s only broadcasting a blank screen right now, but the PSIP short channel name is displaying “OXYGEN”.

I have not seen any announcement of the NBCUniversal-owned true-crime cable channel coming to broadcast TV. Keep an eye out for launch!

GetTV gets new home; Fox Weather on the air

General entertainment channel GetTV, currently seen on KFTH 67.2, has popped up on the previously-vacant KPRC 2.5, No word yet on when or if 67.2 will be vacated.

Also, the previously-teased Fox Weather has launched on KRIV 26.3.

Thanks to reader “none hereagain” for the tip.

CourtTV Mystery has been Ion-ized

The Scripps-owned CourtTV Mystery, airing locally on KXLN 45.3, has been rebranded to Ion Mystery, aligning it with its other Ion-branded channels.

Cox Media Group to acquire KHOU, KTBU, other Tegna TV stations in complex deal

This morning, a deal was announced that will see investment firm Standard General acquire Tegna. Following this deal will be a complex series of spinoffs that will see Tegna’s Texas stations wind up with Cox Media Group.

On the TV side, Cox picks up Tegna’s KHOU and KTBU in Houston, WFAA and KMPX in Dallas-Fort Worth, and KVUE in Austin, along with Standard’s KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Mo., KLKN in Lincoln, Neb., WDKA in Paducah, Ky., and WLNE New Bedford, Mass./Providence, R.I. Standard will be acquiring Cox’s WFXT Boston.

The deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close later in the year.

Here’s the Story of a brand new network

ar on Weigel Broadcasting, owner of MeTV, MeTV Plus, Heroes and Icons, Movies! (co-owned with Fox) and Decades (co-owned by CBS), is launching a new non-fiction based subchannel, Story Television, on March 28.

Although no definite announcement has been made, expect it to air on a subchannel of Weigel-owned KYAZ 51.

Follow the bouncing subchannels

There’s been a bit of a shuffle on the subchannel front over the past few days.

Court TV is no longer on KPXB 49.2. It is still on KIAH 39.5.

Taking Court TV’s place on KPXB 49.2 is Bounce, which bounces over from KHOU 11.2.

KHOU has shuffled ShopLC from 11.8 to 11.2. The space on 11.8 is currently filled by a simulcast of Twist, which is also on 11.4.

Hillsong Channel rebrands as TBN Inspire

Hillsong Channel (locally KETH 14.2), a joint venture between TBN and Hillsong Church, has been rebranded as TBN Inspire.

In a statement, the broadcaster says “While the two organizations will continue to work together, we have elected to change the name of the Hillsong Channel to a brand that will speak more clearly to how we are programming the network.”

It’s probable that the multiple scandals surrounding Hillsong Church influenced TBN’s decision to rebrand the channel.

The new name took effect January 1.

Can you help verify these channels?

In performing my trek across Houston tracking down the low-power stations I can’t get at my location, I didnt pick up anything on KTDJ 5, KCVH 6, or KZHO 38.

Can anyone out there in TV land verify these channels with a current channel lineup? Thanks for your help!

ATSC 3.0 popping up in B/CS

Gray Television, owners of Bryan/College Station’s CBS affiliate, KBTX, also owns a currently-silent low-power station licensed to operate on physical channel 27 (virtual channel 49), KNXG-LD. Their transmitter is currently licensed to the KBMA-FM tower on East 29th Street, giving decent coverage to the cities of Bryan and College Station, but not much farther out than that.

Gray has now filed an application to move that station to the ATSC 3.0 standard from their main tower near Carlos. I asked the station’s chief engineer about their plans for the station. Here’s what he said:

“The plan for KNXG-LD initially, is to have it on the air by early Jan 2022. It will simulcast what we have on our KBTX high power ATSC 1.0 (CBS, CW and Telemundo.) We will be testing ATSC 3.0 features and meeting FCC requirements. It’s only 15Kw low power and will transmit from our main tower site near Anderson, TX. We’re building it out with a directional antenna to cover the Bryan/College Station area. The future of content is yet to be decided but will likely change in 2022.”