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Laff sets lineup for Wednesday premiere

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.

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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)

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)

KTRK drops AccuWeather Channel

Today, ABC-owned KTRK dropped the AccuWeather Channel from 13.3 in favor of a standard-definition simulcast of the LiveWell Network, which already airs on 13.2.

A call to the station confirmed that the AccuWeather Channel is no longer available.

It’s possible that ABC’s deal with AccuWeather to provide the automated channel has ended. Wikipedia (yes, I know) says WABC has dropped the channel as well.

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.