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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.

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The subchannel shuffle

There are some new subchannel spottings this week on the Houston dial.

KVVV channel 15 has dropped EduSat from 15.8, marking that channel for lease. (Contact information on the dial page.) African-American-oriented Distinction TV has moved from KUGB 28.5 to KVVV 15.5.

Running a sizzle reel (more like a simmer reel) on KVVV 15.6 is KFTB, targeting Fort Bend County with “family programming, local content, sports, events and entertainment.”

LATV has moved from full-power KYAZ 51.6 to low-power KUGB 28.6.

KZHO 38.4 and 38.6 are airing an online radio station called “Manà, Un Sonido Diferente”.

New on KBPX 46.3 is Ion’s shopping channel, Shop TV. ShopTV won’t fit on Ion’s main station, KPXB, due to the Airbox MPEG-4 paycast.

KTMD 47.3, Soi TV, has gone off the air on all Telemundo stations nationwide. Its only air coverage now is on low-power stations in New York and Los Angeles.

KYAZ 51.5 has switched from Global TiVi to NT Entertainment. 51.6 is now showing infomercials.

And finally, KZJL 61.3 has turned on a test pattern.

KTMD drops Inmigrante for new rerun channel

KTMD channel 47 has dropped Manuel Solis’ Inmigrante TV from channel 47.2, replacing it with “Exitos TV”. From what I can tell this new channel consists of reruns of Telemundo telenovelas.

Inmigrante TV remains on KZJL channel 61.2.

Canal SOI starts on 47.3

A new channel has started broadcasting on KTMD 47.3, taking the place of the former Manuel Solis infomercial channel. Called “Canal SOI” (Sistema de Opinión Interactivo), the station plans to integrate social media into its broadcasts.

Through social networks and their website, SOI.TV, Latinos now have the possibility of making the news of what really interests us, as well as comment, interact and see the strength of our opinions and reflections. It is “the channel people create.” In SOI, you are the creator, producer and star of controversial, entertaining, and exciting programming, reflecting the Latin feel. Television and social networks through SOI together so you can review, participate, interact and socialize.

SOI only know what Hispanics think, in real time, above all things that affect them, and shared on the TV screen.

The website further explains that Canal SOI will be appearing on 15 Telemundo stations nationwide, including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco, Fresno, Denver, Las Vegas, Boston, Tucson and Puerto Rico.

Bits ‘n’ pieces

A couple of quick notes today: Biz Television tells me that KYAZ is waiting for some new equipment to arrive and be installed before they’ll be back on channel 51.5.

It’s been a while since GBC World News has been on KUVM-LD channel 10.1. That subchannel has now been turned off and removed from the multicast.

And fans of attorney Manuel Solis have one less channel to watch him on. The all-infomercial En Directo channel on KTMD 47.3 has been turned off and removed from the multicast. Inmigrante TV continues on KTMD 47.2 and KZJL 61.2.

KTMD to jump in to Mobile DTV pool

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that KTMD channel 47 is adding its bandwidth to the Mobile Content Venture’s rollout of Mobile DTV, which sends reduced-bandwidth versions of channels that can be received by mobile devices.

Scattershooting

Must be some tower maintenance going on today. KETH, KTMD, KUBE, and KFTH are all off the air this morning. All four stations are on the southwest-most of the towers at Missouri City.

(At 6:59, KFTH and KUBE came back on. KTMD came back just after 7:00.)

Telestai is still off on 34.1. The station was testing the signal over the weekend, and had audio playing for a while, but no video. This morning, no audio, but a screenshot of Google Chrome… that must be what they’re using to play the Internet stream.

Over on KTRK, the “Live Well HD Network” is now simply “Live Well Network”. Belo picked up the channel for most of its stations (not KHOU, obviously) but will be airing it in standard definition, causing the name change. The station is still in 720p here in Houston.

Live mine rescue coverage

As can be expected the large Spanish networks are providing coverage of the Chilean mine rescue. Univisión is showing the rescue in a split screen with soccer. Telemundo is live as well.

If you’re looking for English-language coverage you’ll have to switch to CCTV News on 55.6.