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Fox TV stations to see the Light

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.




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.

Could KTXH be jumping into the subchannel business?

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.

“Movies!” coming this spring to KRIV subchannel

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that the Fox O&O stations and multicast channel operator Weigel Broadcasting are teaming up to create a new film-themed digital channel called “Movies!”

The article mentions Houston’s Fox 26 as one of the stations that will be launching the channel this spring. This is KRIV’s first venture into the subchannel space since the digital transition.

The new Movies! channel will launch in widescreen (16×9) format.

Mobile Content Venture planning to deliver mobile DTV in Houston

The ATSC digital TV standard was not designed for use in a mobile setting. The bitrate of video signals encoded in ATSC is too high for error-correction to kick in reliably, which it would need to do when a receiver is in motion. (That’s my assumption — I’m sure more knowledgable readers will correct me if I’m wrong.)

Enter the Mobile Content Venture, a joint venture oif 12 major broadcast groups. They are developing, and testing (in some markets) a lower-resolution DTV signal that would be able to be received by mobile receivers.

MCV announced today their plans to upgrade TV stations in 20 markets, including Houston, with at least two ad-supported free-to-consumer channels in each market. Additional channels and markets are expected to be added over time.

In order to receive the mobile video service, consumers will need a device capable of receiving a specific type of mobile video broadcast, encrypted with conditional access. MCV is working with various OEMs and device manufacturers to ensure these devices are available in the second half of 2011.

MCV includes Fox (parent of KRIV and KTXH), ION Television (parent of KPXB), Belo Corp. (parent of KHOU), Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. (parent of KPRC), Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., and Raycom Media.

(Parts of this post come from a press release from MCV.)