DigiTV planning late September launch on KXLN

KXLN channel 45.5 is currently broadcasting a sizzle reel for new digital subchannel DigiTV.

The channel plans to run a schedule of “general entertainment, knowledge and lifestyle shows” upon its full launch on September 27. They have linked with Univisión-owned stations in multiple markets.

KVVV-LD sold to Sovryn Holdings

Another Houston area low power TV station has changed hands. KVVV-LD channel 15 has been sold by Abraham Telecasting to Sovryn Ventures for $1.5 million.

The station is currently an affiliate of The Word Network.

KVVV is Sovryn’s third station in a planned expansion to 30 stations within the next year.

Thanks to reader Rudy for the tip.

KHLM-LD changing hands, goes from Lotus to CTN

KHLM-LD, virtual channel 12 and host on physical channel 10 (which is shared by KUVM-LD, virtual channel 10), has been sold by Lotus Communications to Christian Television Network.

KHLM was the longtime rebroadcaster of Multimedios Television on analog 43, but it got bounced around in the repack, winding up on VHF channel 10. It currently airs an HD broadcast of NewsNet.

CTN runs two networks, the main CTN channel and CTN Lifestyle, which can both be seen on the company’s web site.

Lotus is making the move to become a pure radio-focused company. It owns stations in multiple markets across the West and recently acquired three radio stations from Sinclair.

Thanks to reader Rudy for the tip.

NTD TV takes leap to KXLN

Chinese-language broadcaster NTD TV (“New Tang Dynasty”) has started broadcasting on KXLN channel 45.4. The channel has been on low-power KVVV-LD 15.2. This move to KXLN gives full-market coverage to this channel for the first time.

Cozi settles in at new home

The NBC Universal-owned classic TV network Cozi TV has found a new home on the dial, on NBC Universal-owned KTMD 47.4.

Cozi leaves KUBE 57.4; Charge! makes a return to the airwaves on that subchannel.

Thanks to reader Earle for the tip.

KPXB makes room for Defy, TrueReal

E.W. Scripps’ new digital subchannels have found Houston homes on KPXB channel 49.

Defy, a new male-oriented network, is running a promo loop on channel 49.4, and reality network TrueReal, which was known as Doozy during development, is landing on channel 49.6.

Defy replaces CourtTV Mystery, and TrueReal bumps QVC.

Both new channels have a full launch Thursday, July 1.

Promo reel for Defy airing on 49.4.
Promo reel for TrueReal airing on 49.6.

KUBE adds LocalNow news and weather channel

LocalNow is an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that is owned by the Weather Channel. Among their offerings is a local news and weather channel. That channel has made the leap from OTT to OTA by landing a spot on RNN-owned KUBE 57.7.

Weigel plans more MeTV on new channel

Robert Feder reports that MeTV (and KYAZ) owner Weigel Broadcasting is planning to launch a sister channel to it MeTV classic TV diginet in two weeks’ time.

Upon its May 15 launch, MeTV Plus will be only on Weigel’s stations in Chicago and Kingman/Phoenix. Other Weigel-owned stations, including KYAZ, are expected to follow.

There’s plenty of space on channel 51 for the new station. Currently only MeTV and Aztéca América air on KYAZ.

Thanks to reader Mike Dudas for the tip.

Lots of new subchannels being launched soon

Nexstar is launching a new subchannel on September 1. Rewind TV will carry classic sitcoms from the 1980s and 1990s.

Expect Rewind TV to air on Nexstar-owned KIAH.

Also coming later this year from Scripps: Defy and TrueReal (reality shows) in July, and Newsy in September.

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A subchannel shuffle with a Twist

Tegna is launching a new digital subchannel on its owned stations on Monday, April 5. Twist is targeted toward women, and will be showing reality shows featuring exciting reveals – or twists – at the end of each show.

Tegna will be airing Twist on channel 11.4, replacing the standard-definition broadcast of Quest. However, you will need to perform a rescan on Monday to get the new channel because 11.4 will be guesting on KTBU’s signal. Through the magic of PSIP, channel 11.4 will be hosted on physical channel 33.6.

A barker is already up on the current 11.4 signal.