Houston Public Media (KUHT channel 8) has adjusted its subchannel lineup today. Gone from 8.3 is V-me, the Spanish-language channel; it has been replaced by a 24-7 PBS Kids channel. The channel will also be available as a live stream on pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and tablet devices
Roma Downey (late of Touched By an Angel) and her husband, producer Mark Burnett, are starting a 24-hour-a-day “faith and family” multicast channel called “Light TV” that will be carried by Fox-owned TV stations.
The channel is expected to launch in December.
It’s unknown whether the channel will air locally on KRIV or KTXH, but Channel 20’s subchannel space is currently full, with Movies!, Decades and Buzzr.
Good news for science fiction fans! Comet, a new digital subchannel promising “popular favorites, cult classics, and undiscovered gems”, has premiered on KIAH 39.3.
The 39.3 position has been missing since Universal Sports signed off a few years ago.
Stargate and The Outer Limits feature prominently on the channel’s launch schedule. Check out the web site for a full schedule.
Fremantle’s new digital channel Buzzr has launched on Fox-owned stations nationwide, including KTXH 20.4 in Houston.
Here’s a look at the channel’s schedule:
WEEKDAYS (All times Eastern)
6A/6:30A Family Feud
8A Child’s Play
8:30A Body Language
9:30 Card Sharks
10A/10:30A Match Game
11A/11:30A Family Feud
12P/12:30P Super Password
1P/1:30P Press Your Luck
2P Child’s Play
2:30P Body Language
3:30P Card Sharks
4P/4:30P Match Game
5P/5:30P Family Feud
6P/6:30P Super Password
7P/7:30P Press Your Luck
8P/8:30P Let’s Make a Deal
9P/9:30P Match Game
11P/11:30P Let’s Make a Deal
12A/12:30A Match Game
2A-4A “Buzz Til Dawn” (To Tell the Truth/What’s My Line/I’ve Got a Secret)
4A-6A “Buzz Til Dawn” (To Tell the Truth/What’s My Line/I’ve Got a Secret)
Saturday (All times Eastern)
6A/6:30 Family Feud
8A Child’s Play
8:30 Body Language
9:30 Card Sharks
10A/10:30: Stanley on the Go (E/I)
11A-1P: To Tell the Truth/What’s My Line/I’ve Got a Secret
1P-3P: To Tell the Truth/What’s My Line/I’ve Got a Secret
3P: Child’s Play
3:30: Body Language
4:30: Card Sharks
5P/5:30: Family Feud
6P Child’s Play
6:30 Body Language
7:30: Card Sharks
8P-11P: Buzzr Time Machine (5 to 6 shows in a 3 hour span from the same decade)
11P-2A: Buzzr Time Machine (5 to 6 shows in a 3 hour span from the same decade)
2A/2:30A: Family Feud
3A/3:30A: Family Feud
4A/4:30A: Super Password
5A/5:30A: Super Password
Sunday: (all times Eastern)
6A/6:30A: Match Game
7A/7:30A: Match Game
8A/8:30A: Let’s Make a Deal
9A/9:30A: Let’s Make a Deal
10A/10:30A: Dog Tales (E/I)
11A/11:30A: Animal Rescue (E/I)
12P/12:30P: Super Password
1P/1:30P: Super Password
2P/2:30P: Match Game
3P/3:30P: Match Game
4P/4:30P: Family Feud
5P/5:30P: Family Feud
6P/6:30P: Press Your Luck
7P/7:30P: Press Your Luck
8P-11P: Monster Buzz (Monster Garage/Monster Garage/Monster House)
11P-2A: Monster Buzz (Monster Garage/Monster Garage/Monster House)
2A/2:30A: Press Your Luck
3A/3:30A: Press Your Luck
4A/4:30A: Match Game
5A/5:30A: Match Game
TBN has shuffled its subchannel lineup, merging Smile of a Child (formerly KETH 14.5) into Juce TV (14.3) to make room for the introduction of its new Hispanic-themed channel Salsa on 14.5.
The new Salsa channel targets English-speaking Hispanics.
Smile of a Child is now seen as a 9-hour block on 14.3, from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. It continues to broadcast 24/7 on www.smileofachildtv.com.
Bryan-College Station’s Fox affiliate, KYLE 28.1, is going to be joining the MyNetworkTV lineup as of July 1 and start targeting the Waco-Temple market in addition to Aggieland.
This would leave the B-CS portion of the extended Waco-Temple-Bryan market without a primary over-the-air Fox affiliate. Sister station KWKT 44.1 airs Fox in the Waco-Temple area.
Post-July 1 plans haven’t been announced, but it’s possible that KYLE will air KWKT’s Fox programming on a subchannel for Aggieland viewers, and KWKT would put KYLE on a subchannel for Waco-area viewers.
Hopefully you’ve gotten your taxes prepared already. In case you’re one of those people who sit down at the last minute to prepare them, the new digital channel Laff (KTRK channel 13.3) will have something to take your mind off your taxes.
The channel launches at 7 a.m. Wednesday with the movie “My Mom’s New Boyfriend”, followed by double runs of Empty Nest and Ellen. Two movies follow, with VIce Versa at 11 a.m. and My Father, The Hero at 1 p.m.
Double runs of Spin City, Ellen (different episodes from the 10 a.m. slot), Grace Under Fire and The Drew Carey Show follow.
Then at 7 p.m., another set of double runs of Spin City and The Drew Carey Show (again, different episodes from earlier). At 9 p.m. is So I Married an Axe Murderer.
A third Drew Carey double run follows at 11 p.m. That will be followed by double runs of Grace Under Fire and Empty Nest, then a movie at 2 a.m., more Empty Nest at 4 a.m., and movies at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Mi Casa Broadcasting has announced a distribution deal with Mako Communications to put the MCBN signal into 19 markets, including a return to the Houston airwaves.
Mako owns KUVM-LD channel 10 and KUVM-CD channel 34 in the Houston market. No word yet on which channel MCBN will land on.
The Fox owned and operated stations, including KRIV channel 26, will be partnering with Fremantle Media to launch a classic game show network, Buzzr TV, this summer, according to a report at TV NewsCheck.
The network will feature Fremantle’s library of game show content, including Let’s Make a Deal, The Price is Right, Family Feud from the Dawson through O’Hurley years, and many other classic titles.
Katz Broadcasting, parent company of diginets Grit and Escape, will be launching a new all-comedy digital subchannel, LAFF, on April 15 on ABC and Scripps-owned stations around the country. Locally, KTRK, ABC13, will carry LAFF on channel 13.3.
The not-dead-yet LiveWell channel will remain in place airing reruns in high definition on ABC-owned stations, including KTRK channel 13.2.
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(h/t Mike McGuff)