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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.

KUBE gets Cozi with classic TV; KFTB goes dark

NBC Universal’s classic TV channel Cozi TV has found a Houston home on KUBE 57.5. The channel was launched earlier this year on NBC-owned stations, expanding to other groups such as London Broadcasting’s KCEN in Waco, KAGS in Bryan-College Station, and others.

Some TV listing services had shown 57.5 to be affiliated with the “Soul of the South” network that is scheduled to launch on Memorial Day.

Cozi TV is currently being shown in “squish-o-vision”, indicating a misconfiguration of the encoder.

In channel disappearances, the Fort Bend-focused “KFTB” airing on KVVV 15.6 appears to have folded up shop as quickly and quietly as it began. The channel now shows a “for lease” screen.

New African-American channel launching on 15.5

Afrocentric Television Network, using the vanity call sign “KANT-TV”, is running test transmissions over KVVV channel 15.5.

The new channel takes the place of the former tenant, Distinction TV.

It’s alive! ALIVE! “Zombie” KQHO comes to life, plus more channel changes

There’s lots of channel changes tonight, so grab the remote and your scorecard and let’s start scanning.

The big news tonight is that one of Houston’s “zombie” stations has finally come to life! KQHO-LD is broadcasting over channel 20, former frequency home of KTXH, and is identifying with its former analog channel number (from back when it was alive in Beaumont), channel 56. KQHO is transmitting from downtown Houston along with its sister, KZHO.

Other channel changes to look for:

KUVM-LD 10.4 adds QVC, and Revenue Frontier infomercials slip down to 10.7.

KVVV has found a tenant for 15.7. The Perfect Creation Network (281-330-0273 or 832-893-7433) is running a promotional loop heralding an April launch with home shopping, news, movies, talk and Christian programming.

Thanks also to Bryan S. for the tip on KHLM 43.4 switching to infomercials.

Finally, KUVM-CD 34.3 RTV moves down one slot to 34.4, making way for QVC in 34.3. Also, 34.2, lately TheCoolTV, is now showing color bars and no PSIP short name (the seven-letter tag you see when tuning in to the station).

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.

KVVV goes multicast

Tom Abraham wasted no time putting his mark on his new acquisition, KVVV-LD channel 15. The station has gone from one channel to eight subchannels today.

On channel 15.1 is The Word Network, which bills itself as the largest African-American religious network.

Channel 15.2 hosts Christian Television Network out of Clearwater, Florida.

There is currently no programming on channels 15.3 through 15.7. Channel 15.8 is currently showing the logo of Mexican government educational channel Edusat.

Stay tuned for more…

KVVV-LD sold to Thomas Abraham

Tom Abraham, the Sugar Land city councilman who until recently owned KUGB-LD, channel 28, is purchasing KVVV-LD, channel 15, from Pappas Telecasting’s bankruptcy trustee.

The sale price is $850,000.

Abraham takes over operation of the station under a time brokerage agreement tomorrow. So if you have missed Harry Pappas’ commencement address at Cal Stanislaus that has run every 8 minutes around the clock for the past year, you’d better hurry.

KVVV fires up digital signal on channel 15

KVVV-LD has started broadcasting from Missouri City on channel 15. The station is owned by Harry J. Pappas, although it is being moved into a liquidation trust due to Pappas’ bankruptcy filing.

Current programming on channel 15 consists of Harry Pappas’ commencement speech to Cal State-Stanislaus; a public service announcement for the Foundation for a Better Life; and a station ID (seen at right).

A placeholder format will likely be coming soon.

KVVV heads to liquidation trust

KVVV, the long-silent Pappas Broadcasting station that was formerly a repeater for channel 57 when it was KAZH, has been transferred to a trust that will liquidate Pappas’ remaining holdings, mostly low-power stations.

Their filing states:

Harry J. Pappas and his wife Stella are the subject of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, which are being jointly administered under the caption In re Pappas, No. 08-10949 (PJW). On November 10, 2011, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order (the “Confirmation Order”) confirming the Pappases’ First Amended Plan of Reorganization Pursuant to Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (the “Plan”). Under the Plan, a liquidating trust (the “Liquidating Trust”) will be formed on or about December 31, 2011, for the benefit of the Pappases’ creditors, pursuant to a form of liquidating trust agreement (the “Trust Agreement”) that was approved by the Confirmation Order. All non-exempt property of the Pappases (the “Trust Property”) will vest in either the Liquidating Trust or, at the election of the Pappases, in an entity to be wholly owned and controlled by the Liquidating Trust (bolding in original). Upon effectuation of the Liquidating Trust, the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case against Harry J. Pappas and his wife Stella will terminate.
Under the Plan, Harry J. Pappas will be the initial trustee of the Liquidating Trust and will manage the Trust Property for the benefit of the Pappases’ creditors in accordance with the Plan and the Trust Agreement. The Plan provides that if Comerica Bank is provided certain funds plus certain additional consideration (as set forth in the Plan) (collectively, the Discounted Payoff”) on or before March 26, 2012 (subject to extension under certain circumstances, the “Discounted Payoff Date”), then all Trust Property will re-vest in the Pappases (subject to FCC approval). If the Discounted Payoff is not received by Comerica Bank on or before the Discounted Payoff Date, then a successor trustee will succeed Harry J. Pappas as trustee of the Liquidating Trust.

The Trust Property includes, but is not limited to, Harry J. Pappas’s equity interests (LLC membership interests, general partnership and limited partnership interests) in various companies that are FCC licensees or are in the direct ownership chain of the FCC licensee companies (the “Licensee Entities”) (see list of entities below). The Trust Property does not include Harry J. Pappas’s stock in Pappas Telecasting Companies, which is the manager of certain of the Licensee Entities. However, if the successor trustee is appointed, then the plan requires that Harry J. Pappas transfer his stock in Pappas Telecasting Companies to the Liquidating Trust, free and clear of any claimed exemption. The Plan contains certain conditions to the consummation of the Plan, including obtaining the necessary FCC approvals by 1/1/2012 and vesting all of the Trust Property in the Liquidating Trust (or another entity controlled by the Liquidating Trust) by 1/1/2012. Failure to meet these conditions and consummate the Plan would be grounds for conversion of the Pappases’ chapter 11 cases to cases under chapter 7 and could significantly reduce recoveries by the Pappases’ creditors.

Clear as mud? This is all part of Harry Pappas’ bankruptcy proceeding.

Minor change for KVVV

The long-silent KVVV, formerly on channel 53 but now with a permit to go digital on channel 15, is creeping closer to life. The FCC has approved an application by owners Pappas Broadcasting to install a full-service channel filter on the antenna. This will help prevent interference to KUVM-LD’s proposed channel 14 facility.