Fox O&Os to launch classic game show network, Buzzr TV

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.

KTRK makes tax day a LAFF-ing matter

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.

More coverage from Broadcasting & Cable.

(h/t Mike McGuff)

Justice (Network) to be served starting Tuesday

KHOU has started running promos for the new Justice Network, which Gannett stations are picking up across the country.

Fans of Bounce, on 11.2, need not worry about their channel getting bounced. Justice Network will air on a new subchannel, 11.3. The new subchannel hasn’t been provisioned yet, so a rescan will be needed next Tuesday in order for you to be able to receive the new network.

Gannett to serve Justice to subchannel viewers

Gannett is teaming up with veteran TV executives to launch Justice Network, which will air on subchannels of most of its stations nationwide.

Justice Network programming will include series such as, Body of Evidence, Masterminds, The Investigators, Psychic Detectives, I, Detective, LA Forensics, Missing Persons Unit, Murder by the Book, Parco P.I., Locked Up Abroad, Alaska State Troopers, Extreme Evidence, North Mission Road, Haunting Evidence, Over the Limit and Dominick Dunne’s Power Privilege and Justice.

CBS, Weigel to partner for new “Decades” channel

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.

Live Well Network won’t live much longer

Enjoy Steven & Chris while you can. ABC has announced plans to discontinue the Live Well network, which airs on ABC O&O KTRK channels 13.2 and 13.3. The network hasn’t disclosed plans for what will take Live Well’s place on its stations after the mid-January closure.

(h/t Mike McGuff)

KUHT adds Classical 91.7 simulcast

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.

Cozi gets cozy with KTMD; KUBE picks up The Works

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.

Univision to host two new English channels this fall

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 heading for 15.2

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.

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