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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.

 

 

Buzzr spins into life on KTXH 20.4

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
7A/7:30A Tattletales
8A Child’s Play
8:30A Body Language
9A Blockbusters
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
3P Blockbusters
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
10P/10:30P Tattletales
11P/11:30P Let’s Make a Deal
12A/12:30A Match Game
1A/1:30A Tattletales
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
7A/7:30 Tattletales
8A Child’s Play
8:30 Body Language
9A Blockbusters
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
4P: Blockbusters
4:30: Card Sharks
5P/5:30: Family Feud
6P Child’s Play
6:30 Body Language
7P: Blockbusters
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

KTXH fires up 20.2 and 20.3

As previously mentioned, Fox-owned KTXH channel 20 has now turned on its two subchannels, and it looks like TitanTV was right on the money.

20.2 is dark for now, pending the launch of “Movies!”

20.3 is carrying a standard-definition 4×3 “squished” version of MundoFox, which continues in HD on KUVM-CD channel 34.1.

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.

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.)