Me-TV

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Me-TV
Type Broadcast television network (classic television series)
Country United States
Availability Nationwide (available on OTA digital television and LPTV
(covering 91% of the U.S.);[1]
also via AT&T U-verse in select markets
Founded January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06)
Slogan Memorable Entertainment Television
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Owner Weigel Broadcasting
Key people
Neal Sabin
(Vice Chairman, Weigel Broadcasting)[1]
Launch date
January 1, 2005 (2005-01-01)
(as a programming format, in Chicago)
March 1, 2008 (2008-03-01)
(as a programming format, in Milwaukee)
December 15, 2010 (2010-12-15)
(as a national network)
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
www.metvnetwork.com

Me-TV (stylized as MeTV, and serving as a backronym for its on-air slogan "Memorable Entertainment Television") is an American broadcast television network that is owned by Weigel Broadcasting and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[2] Marketed as "The Definitive Destination for Classic TV," the network mainly airs sitcoms and drama series from the 1950s through the 1990s, which are sourced primarily from the libraries of CBS Television Distribution and 20th Television. Through its ownership by Weigel, Me-TV is sister to three other networks that source their programming content from the network's distributors: rerun-focused networks Heroes & Icons and Decades (the latter being an upcoming joint venture with CBS Television Stations), and the film-focused Movies! (a joint venture with Fox Television Stations).

Me-TV is carried on a digital subchannel of an affiliated television station in most markets; however, some of Me-TV's stations carry the network as a primary affiliation on their main channel, and a small number of stations air select programs from the network alongside their regular general entertainment schedules. The network is also available nationwide on free-to-air C-band satellite via SES-1 in the DVB-S format,[3] and since December 13, 2012, on AT&T U-verse channel 136 in some markets. Me-TV's operations are based out of Weigel Broadcasting's corporate headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Background[edit]

Beginnings in Chicago[edit]

Me-TV originated as a programming block that debuted on January 6, 2003 on Class A television station WFBT-CA (channel 23) in Chicago, Illinois, an independent station that otherwise featured an ethnic programming format.[4] The block of series from the 1950s to the 1980s – which aired daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – featured shows that included The Jack Benny Program, Sergeant Bilko, The Carol Burnett Show, Maude and One Day at a Time, although the programs that aired within the lineup changed occasionally.

On January 1, 2005, Weigel rechristened the Chicago ethnic station as WWME-CA, with the Me-TV format being adopted by the station full-time. Channel 23's former ethnic programming and WFBT-CA call letters were transferred to its sister station on UHF channel 48. On March 1, 2008, that station became WMEU-CA and was reformatted as MeToo, an extension of WWME's Me-TV format, maintaining a wide selection of off-network sitcoms and drama series from a variety of distributors (similar to the former local Me-TV format on WWME, but differing from the limited distributor output of the present-day national Me-TV network). The two low-power stations also are broadcast locally on digital subchannels of Weigel's flagship station WCIU-TV (channel 26). Initially, the two stations ran similar schedules, but by 2008, one station would air only sitcoms while the other aired only dramas.

On September 14, 2009, the two stations carved out their own identities, as Me-TV on WWME began to exclusively carry off-network sitcoms (such as I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, The Bernie Mac Show, All in the Family, The Three Stooges, The Honeymooners and Frasier),[5] while MeToo on WMEU began running only off-network drama series (such as Perry Mason, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Rockford Files and The Twilight Zone).[6]

Milwaukee expansion[edit]

Weigel expanded the Me-TV format to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it began airing on the third digital subchannel of the company's CBS affiliate in that market, WDJT-TV (channel 58), on March 1, 2008.[7] The Milwaukee version of the service featured much of the same programming as the Chicago outlets (some of which aired in different timeslots than on WWME and WMEU), as well as certain programs that were exclusive to the Milwaukee service.

On April 21, 2008, Weigel moved the Me-TV programming to its own dedicated full-powered channel – the newly acquired WJJA (channel 49) in Racine, whose call letters were changed to WBME-TV; it later began transmitting the station's signal from a new digital transmitter on the Weigel tower in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park on October 20 of that year. Me-TV continued to be carried on digital channel 58.3 until November 1, 2008, when it was replaced by the newly launched This TV on the same channel. The station also airs public affairs programming including Racine & Me, and because of its full-power status at the time of the move of Me-TV programming to channel 49, E/I-compliant programming such as WCIU's Green Screen Adventures and Saved by the Bell.

National expansion[edit]

On November 22, 2010, Weigel announced that it would take the Me-TV concept national and turn it into a full-fledged network with a standardized schedule, available to any station wishing to affiliate; as a result, Me-TV would compete fully with the Retro Television Network and Antenna TV, while complementing successful then-sister network This TV, which carries library product from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and (until Tribune Broadcasting took over Weigel's operational interest in This TV on November 1, 2013) Cookie Jar Entertainment, and runs a limited number of classic television series alongside its movie-dominated schedule.[8] The national Me-TV network launched on December 15, 2010. As with This TV, MGM handles the distribution of the network.[9][10]

As part of the standardization with the new network, Chicago's local version of Me-TV merged with MeToo, airing both comedy and drama programming together under the MeToo brand as a locally-programmed service. The national Me-TV airs on WCIU subchannel 26.3 and WWME-CA, while the new MeToo moved to WCIU subchannel 26.4 and remained on WMEU-CA.[11] The local MeToo channel on WMEU in Chicago aired a broader variety of programming than the national version, as MeToo continued to carry a mix of both classic and recent programs, while acquired programming on the national Me-TV network is limited to series that debuted prior to 1985. The MeToo format on WMEU lasted until November 1, 2013, when it was converted into a standalone extension of WCIU's "The U Too" subchannel, which carries a general entertainment independent station format with some classic series remaining on the schedule.

Low-powered WBME-CD in Milwaukee carries the national feed of Me-TV in its entirety on digital channel 41.1; as a full-power station (prior to an August 2012 license swap that saw sister independent station WMLW move to full-power channel 49, while WBME moved to low-power channel 41, and also returned to its former secondary 58.2 slot to reach the entire market and to provide cable providers with a quality source of its signal), Weigel planned to launch a locally-programmed MeToo subchannel on WBME, which was set for an early 2011 debut – however, this never occurred due to the launch of sister network Movies! on May 27, 2013, which took the proposed 49.3 channel slot.[9] After Movies! moved to a newly created second digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WISN-TV (channel 12) in August 2014, WMLW-DT3 became a charter affiliate of Weigel's new male-targeted classic television network Heroes & Icons. Weigel-owned WBND-LD (channel 57) in South Bend began carrying Me-TV on its 57.2 subchannel on December 15, 2010. On April 1, 2013, Nielsen began to include Me-TV its primetime and total day ratings reports.

On February 9, 2015, Weigel announced that, after it takes over the station under a local marketing agreement on February 23, 2015, it would re-launch Chicago low-power station WGWG-LP as a Me-TV-branded oldies radio station, WRME-LP.[12]

Programming[edit]

Me-TV's program schedule relies on the extensive library of television programs that are currently owned by CBS Television Distribution and 20th Television; as such, no originally-produced programming appears on the network, though Me-TV does air two programs produced by parent company Weigel Broadcasting (Svengoolie and Green Screen Adventures). Similar to the former local Me-TV and MeToo formats, the network maintains a broad variety of classic television programs, carrying approximately 60 program titles on its weekly schedule;[13] the network's slate of programming is regularly altered at the start of the network's fall, winter and summer programming seasons, which respectively begin on Labor Day, New Year's Day and Memorial Day.

The network does not air a split-screen credit sequence or feature voiceovers promoting upcoming network programming during the closing credits (borrowing a format common in local broadcast syndication). The network's primary continuity announcer is Chicago-based voice-over artist Carol Gallagher, who has served as Me-TV's staff announcer since its existence as a local programming format on WWME-CA and WMEU-CA, prior to its establishment as a national network; longtime voice-over artist Richard Malmos, who has been the continuity announcer for Weigel's flagship station WCIU since December 1994 (and is also known as the continuity announcer for many stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group), is the network's secondary announcer.

Unlike other digital multicast networks such as former sister network This TV and competitor Antenna TV, Me-TV does not usually run day-long marathons of its programs on major national holidays. Instead, the network airs holiday-themed episodes of its shows on some holidays (such as Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas) as part of its regular schedule, which are aired in the program's normal timeslot but are shown out-of-order from its regular episode rotation. Since its inception as a national network, Me-TV has also aired marathons of The Doris Day Show on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas-themed specials during the month of December. In December 2014, the network aired Christmas episodes of its programs each weeknight from 10-11pm. This was known as the Christmas Conundrum.[14] From late Christmas Eve through Christmas night 2014, the network ran Christmas episodes of its programs. The network occasionally pays tribute to a recently deceased actor or actress with a marathon showcasing episodes of their past television roles (either those that the performer had starred in as a regular or appeared as a guest star) to which Me-TV has access to broadcast through its distributors, pre-empting episodes originally scheduled to air that day.

Classic television series[edit]

Me-TV has program licensing agreements with 20th Television (which includes series produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Four Star Television and MTM Enterprises), CBS Television Distribution (which includes most of the Paramount Television library that was acquired by CBS Television Distribution following the 2006 split of CBS and Viacom into separate companies, along with series from Desilu Productions, Bing Crosby Productions, Don Fedderson Productions, QM Productions, Spelling Television and Republic Pictures Television) and carries select titles from Warner Bros. Television Distribution. Me-TV also shares broadcast rights to programs from the NBCUniversal Television Distribution library (including shows from Universal Television, Revue Studios, NBC Studios and MCA Television)[15] and Sony Pictures Television with Antenna TV, as well as select titles from the Peter Rodgers Organization with the Retro Television Network.

The network's programming lineup covers a mix of sitcoms, dramas, and westerns from the 1950s to the 1980s and includes series such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers, The Donna Reed Show, CHiPs, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Perry Mason, The Brady Bunch, Batman, The Love Boat, I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, M*A*S*H, Carol Burnett and Friends' and Gilligan's Island; most of the series airing on the network have been widely syndicated on other television outlets in the United States and abroad, though a few series featured on the network (such as The Streets of San Francisco, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Petticoat Junction and Make Room for Daddy) have not been seen on television for several years or were syndicated on a fairly inconsistent basis.

Me-TV also currently holds the rights to the classic competition series Celebrity Bowling; however, the program is not currently broadcast on the network, instead certain episodes are available for streaming on the metvnetwork.com website.

Programming blocks[edit]

Me-TV regularly carries many of its programs in organized genre-based programming blocks, most of which use the "Me" title (in some cases, as an intentional pun) for brand unification purposes.

Current[edit]

  • Wake Up With Me – "Wake Up With Me" debuted on September 1, 2014 as the branding for the latter portion of the network's morning block of sitcoms, airing on weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time currently made up of Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Donna Reed Show, I Love Lucy, and The Andy Griffith Show (which is substituted with That Girl, depending on the affiliate) .
  • CriME TV – Debuting on September 1, 2014, "CriME TV" is a midday block of crime dramas currently made up of Perry Mason, Quincy, M.E. and The Rockford Files airing weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Weekday "Rope" Opera – The "Weekday 'Rope' Opera" is a weekday afternoon lineup of classic western series currently consisting of Gunsmoke, Bonanza and The Rifleman each weekday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time that debuted on September 9, 2012.
  • Rescue Me – "Rescue Me", which debuted on September 2, 2014 and airs weekdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, is a late-afternoon block of police and rescue-themed drama series consisting of Star Trek, Emergency!, and CHiPs.
  • Me Wants YOU! – "Me Wants YOU!" debuted on September 1, 2014, as part of the network's fall schedule that year. The weeknight block, airing from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time, features primarily Army and law enforcement-themed sitcoms (M*A*S*H, The Andy Griffith Show (which is substituted with Mayberry R.F.D., depending on the affiliate) and Hogan's Heroes).
  • Me-TV's Comedy Conundrum - the network's 10:00 pm hour is filled by The Bob Newhart Show on Mondays, Taxi on Tuesdays. Cheers on Wednesdays, Welcome Back, Kotter on Thursdays, and The Odd Couple on Fridays.
  • Me-TV Mystery Movie - debuted January 1, 2015 in late night following the 11:30 pm broadcast of Perry Mason. As its title implies, the block consists of four NBC Mystery Movie wheel series (McMillan & Wife, Banacek, McCloud, and Columbo) and the Perry Mason television films of the 1980s and early 1990s. These series rotate each week, and each series airs one episode per night on its featured week. Airs at 12:30 am and usually runs until 2:30 am, with the exception or Banacek and early episodes of the other three NBC Mystery Movies.
  • Me-TV's Over Nightmares : debuted January 2015. This horror/thriller based block follows the Mystery Movie block and airs from 2:30 am to 5 am. The block consists of episodes of Night Gallery, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and Thriller. On nights when the Mystery Movie is only 90 minutes, an extra Night Gallery airs at 2am.
  • Me-TV's Most Wanted – "Me-TV's Most Wanted" debuted on September 4, 2011, and is similar in format to and features series shared with the "Weekday 'Rope' Opera" block. Airing each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, it features various classic western series from the 1950s and 1960s (including The Guns of Will Sonnett, Branded, The Rebel, Daniel Boone, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Rawhide, Wanted: Dead or Alive and The Rifleman).
  • Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night – Formerly branded as "Saturday Night Fantasy Frontier" from it's October 1, 2011 debut to September 2, 2012 and "Sci-Fi Saturday Night" from September 9, 2012 until August 29, 2014, it is a weekly block of science fiction and fantasy programs (currently featuring Adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Lost in Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) on Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The block is tentpoled by the Weigel-produced sci-fi/horror movie showcase Svengoolie at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • The Brady Brunch – "The Brady Brunch" is a two-hour block of episodes of The Brady Bunch, which debuted on December 19, 2010; it airs Sundays from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Catch Me If You Can – "Catch Me If You Can" is a weekly block of 1970s and 1980s detective and police procedural series that debuted on September 4, 2011. Airing Sundays from 3:00 to 9:30 (or 10:00) p.m. Eastern Time, the block currently consists of Remington Steele, The Streets of San Francisco, The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O and Black Sheep Squadron, with the lineup concluding with a Columbo telefilm. On weeks when the network is scheduled to air a Columbo film running 90 minutes, an episode of M*A*S*H fills the remaining half-hour after the film.
  • The Spies Who Love Me – Debuting on September 6, 2014, "The Spies Who Love Me" is a four-hour weekly block of espionage-themed comedy and drama series on Sunday nights from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Eastern (currently featuring The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, Get Smart and The Saint).

Seasonal[edit]

  • The Summer of Me – "The Summer of Me" is a special schedule of programming that runs from Memorial Day until the Sunday before Labor Day, consisting of a mix of series already available on Me-TV's schedule which are broadcast in different timeslots from the prior "regular" fall/spring schedule, and series added to the lineup for the seasonal block (some of which carried over to the network's fall schedule, while others are removed from the schedule at the conclusion of the summer season, which at times rejoin the Me-TV lineup at a later date).

Former[edit]

  • Sunday Night Noir – "Sunday Night Noir" ran on Sundays from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time from October 2, 2011 to August 31, 2014. It features detective and suspense series, which were all produced in black and white, with the exception of the final season of The Fugitive (including Thriller, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Fugitive, Naked City, Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, Route 66 and The Saint).
  • Me-TV Sunday Showcase – Running from September 9, 2012 to September 2, 2013, the "Me-TV Sunday Showcase" was a four-hour block that aired Sundays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time; it featured marathons of classic television series that were either linked by a theme (the themed marathons generally included "Me" in the title, such as "Come Fly with Me" for vacation-themed episodes) or by series.

Movies[edit]

Despite access to program content from the Universal Television, CBS Television and 20th Century Fox libraries, movies have a relatively limited presence on Me-TV's weekly schedule. Me-TV airs the Rich Koz-hosted horror and science fiction film showcase Svengoolie on Saturday evenings, which is syndicated by sister independent station WCIU-TV and features film releases from Universal Studios; from September 2013 to January 2014, Me-TV debuted a Friday primetime film block called "The Me-TV Made for TV Movie," which showcases made-for-television films from the 1970s to the 1990s that were originally seen on NBC, ABC and CBS; the block later began to include movie-length blocks of certain series available on the Me-TV schedule. Until September 2013, the network also aired Laurel and Hardy movies and shorts (which are distributed by Sonar Entertainment) on Sunday mornings.

On September 1, 2014, the movie-length block concept used by "The Me-TV Made-for-TV Movie" was revived as part of the "Me-TV Mystery Movie," a weekday late-night showcase of made-for-TV mystery movies (such as McMillan & Wife, McCloud and Banacek), based on the mystery anthology series concept popularized by NBC during the 1970s.[16]

Children's programming[edit]

In order to comply with educational programming requirements mandated by the Federal Communications Commission's Children's Television Act on behalf of the network's affiliates, Me-TV carries an hour-long block of Green Screen Adventures (Weigel's Chicago-based program originally meant for local viewing) on Saturday mornings and a two-hour block of the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell (which has long been used to meet E/I requirements, including by the original Chicago Me-TV on WWME-CA prior to the national network's launch) on Sunday mornings.

In September 2013, Me-TV began customizing its weekend morning lineup in order to allow its affiliates to choose between running both the Saturday and Sunday E/I blocks, or running the children's lineup on one weekend day and a three-hour block of classic series in place of the children's programs on the other, allowing stations to fulfill educational programming quotas by running the minimum three-hour requirement or an overall total of six hours of E/I content (this was reconfigured in January 2015 to allow stations the option of pre-empting the final two hours of the Saturday E/I block to carry only Green Screen Adventures and Saved by the Bell to reach their weekly E/I requirements).

Me-TV also previously ran a children's program block on Saturday mornings called "AniMeTV" (which despite how the name makes it appear, aired no anime programming), that was handled by New York City-based Classic Media[17] (which, along with NBCUniversal, Nelvana and Scholastic Entertainment, previously co-owned the digital multicast network Qubo in conjunction with Ion Media Networks). The three-hour block debuted on April 7, 2012, and featured animated series such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power, along with Gumby and Mr. Magoo animated shorts;[18][19] the block officially ended on October 6, 2012. Me-TV began airing the cult classic Sid & Marty Krofft productions H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost during the 2013 Christmas season, the shows became part of the regular Saturday morning lineup on December 28, 2013 as part of a block called "Sid & Marty Krofft and Me".[20]

Affiliates[edit]

As of January 2015, Me-TV has current or pending affiliation agreements with 181 television stations in over 166 television markets encompassing 49 states, covering approximately 92% of the United States; this makes Me-TV the largest subchannel network by population reach percentage (a distinction once held by sister network This TV), and the seventh largest broadcast television network by number of affiliates in the United States. Of these affiliates, 18 stations carry the network as a formal primary channel affiliation and two are general entertainment stations that air select Me-TV programs on a tape-delayed basis.[21][22] Currently, Alaska is the only U.S. state where Me-TV does not have an affiliate either within or overlapping any part of the state.

Like former sister network This TV, many of Me-TV's affiliates (some of which replaced This TV with Me-TV, after the former was partially acquired by Tribune Broadcasting) include regional descriptors reflecting the station's primary broadcast area underneath the logo bug displayed during the network's programming (these descriptors are also used in the customized station identifications shown at the top of each hour between programs or during commercial breaks, which differ from the silent lower third in-program IDs seen on This TV). Some stations either display customized logos using adapted versions of their current logo with the subchannel number below the main Me-TV logo bug (such as WSB-TV in Atlanta and WFLA-TV in Tampa) or in order to fit in with the network's "retro" format, a logo formerly used by the station. Others display their callsign and city of license (and in some cases, the affiliate's virtual channel number) below the Me-TV bug full-time in case the full-screen ID sequence malfunctions in some manner.

On January 7, 2011, KCTU-LD in Wichita, Kansas became the first television station not owned by Weigel to carry the Me-TV network.[23] However, that station's affiliation with the network lasted only about one week, as KCTU-LD and Me-TV could not come to terms on a long-term affiliation contract.[24] In early 2011, Bahakel Communications became the first non-Weigel station group to sign selected stations to carry Me-TV on their digital subchannels, with its stations in Charlotte, North Carolina (WCCB) and Columbia, South Carolina (WOLO-TV) adding the network in early March of that year. On April 4, 2011, Weigel announced affiliation agreements for Me-TV with 14 broadcasting companies, most notably Hearst Television, Raycom Media, Cox Media Group, Media General and Titan Broadcast Management.[25] Also of note, in December 2013, the network moved its Dallas affiliation to a newly created subchannel of KTXA (replacing Greenville-based KTXD-TV, which abruptly disaffiliated from Me-TV three months earlier), marking CBS Television Stations' first affiliation deal involving a major subchannel network (Weigel and CBS would later partner to create Decades, a similar classic television-focused network that will launch in May 2015[26]).

Although Me-TV prefers that its local affiliates carry the entire schedule,[27] some affiliates pre-empt certain programs on the network's lineup in order to air newscasts or public affairs programs (such as with WLKY-TV in Louisville and WBAL-TV in Baltimore), infomercials (such as with WZME in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which preempts much of Me-TV's morning and late night schedule with paid programming), locally-acquired syndicated programming (such as with WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., which airs events from the American Sports Network, a syndicated college sports distributor owned by WJLA parent Sinclair Broadcast Group, over its Me-TV subchannel on some weekends), or in some cases, because the local syndication rights to a particular program are held by a station other than the Me-TV affiliate (such as with The Andy Griffith Show, which since the network began airing the program in May 2014, is substituted in many markets with an alternate feed of its spin-off Mayberry R.F.D.).

Two of Me-TV's subchannel-only affiliates – WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee (whose 7.3 subchannel is primarily affiliated with CBS)[28][29] and WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas (whose 13.2 subchannel is primarily affiliated with MyNetworkTV)[30] – carry its programming on a secondary basis while nominally serving as an affiliate of a major broadcast network due to the lack of enough stations in their markets for a standalone main channel affiliation. Two other affiliates, WGCB-TV in Red Lion, Pennsylvania and WBBZ-TV in Springville, New York (which serves the Buffalo market), carry the network's programming part-time within its main channel's regular schedule, while running the full Me-TV network feed on a separate subchannel.

Some of the major network affiliates that carry Me-TV full-time (such as WBAL, WLKY and WCVB-TV in Boston) use the affiliated subchannel as a buffer during breaking news or severe weather coverage situations to carry regularly scheduled network and/or syndicated programming seen on its main channel, and may also regularly preempt select Me-TV programs during certain morning and/or primetime slots to air local newscasts produced by the station specifically for the subchannel.[27] To address these variancies, Me-TV includes the fine print notation "On most Me-TV stations" in its program promotions during the timeslot card. Additionally, stations may also air select Me-TV programs that are recorded in advance on their main channels in order to fill unprogrammed timeslots or for use as a backup source of programming in the event that a network-televised sports event is delayed or postponed due to inclement weather.

See also[edit]

  • Movies! – sister network owned by Weigel Broadcasting and Fox Television Stations, specializing in feature films sourced primarily from the 20th Century Fox library.
  • Heroes & Icons – sister network owned by Weigel Broadcasting, specializing in classic television programming aimed at a male audience.
  • Retro Television Network – competing digital broadcast network owned by Luken Communications, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1970s.
  • Antenna TV – competing digital broadcast network owned by Tribune Broadcasting, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1990s.
  • Cozi TV – competing digital broadcast network owned by NBCUniversal, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1980s, along with programming from forerunner network NonStop.
  • Decades - competing digital broadcast network owned by CBS Television Stations, a subsidiary of CBS Corporation with Weigel Broadcasting, specializing in classic television series from 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Bounce TV – digital broadcast network with similarly styled retro programming/movies specifically targeting African-American audiences.
  • GetTV – competing digital broadcast network owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment specializing in classic movies from America's golden age.

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