Movies!

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Movies!
Type Digital broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability Nationwide via OTA digital television
Founded January 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)
Owner Fox Television Stations
(21st Century Fox),
Weigel Broadcasting
(both owning 50%)
Key people
Neal Sabin
(Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting)
Jack Abernethy
(CEO of Fox Television Stations)
Launch date
May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)[1]
Picture format
16:9 widescreen letterbox
Official website
www.moviestvnetwork.com

Movies! (stylized as "MOVIES!") is an American digital multicast television network that is owned as a joint venture between Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting and the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The network features an emphasis in its programming on feature films; it is available in the United States through the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations, as well as on select cable providers.[2] Movies! is broadcast 24 hours a day in the widescreen picture format[3] (available in either in standard-definition or high definition depending on the station's preference).

The network competes with This TV, a similarly formatted network originally operated by Weigel (whose operational stake in that network was later taken over by Tribune Broadcasting on November 1, 2013); that network's primary source of programming is composed of feature films, though that network also broadcasts classic television series and children's programming.

Background[edit]

On January 28, 2013, Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting announced the formation of Movies!, with plans to launch the network on Memorial Day 2013.[1][2][3] Movies! officially launched on May 27, 2013 at 8:10 a.m. Eastern Time, with the 1975 Western film Take a Hard Ride as the network’s first telecast, it aired immediately following a short 10-minute clip introducing the network.[4][5]

Programming[edit]

Described as presenting "a variety of theatrical motion pictures in a new, viewer and advertiser friendly format, not seen on broadcast television to date",[6] films featured on the network are edited for graphic profanity and inappropriate violent or sexual content, but are not edited for running times to fit in a time block (movie start and end times vary depending on the length of each movie).[4] As a result of the network running films in their original running time with commercials added, feature films that air on Movies! are scheduled in a manner that mirrors the program scheduling of premium cable channels.[5] Some of the films aired on the channel are 20th Century Fox releases, however titles from other studios, such as Paramount Pictures, are also shown.[5]

Movies! also airs a three-hour block of programs aimed at children each Saturday morning. This is done in order to meet FCC requirements on the amount of educational children's program content a broadcast station must air each week, allowing those stations to program the network fully without having to purchase outside E/I programming.[5]

Affiliates[edit]

Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting launched Movies! in markets served by a station owned-and-operated by the Fox network or its sister programming service MyNetworkTV. The network is also carried on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies.[7] In Chicago, where Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting each own television stations, Fox-owned WPWR-TV is that market's charter affiliate of the network, instead of one of Weigel's three stations in that market (WCIU, WWME-CA and WMEU-CD), making Movies! the first Weigel-owned network in which the company's Chicago flagship stations do not serve as affiliates; Weigel has only one station that is affiliated with the network, WMLW-TV in Milwaukee, which carries Movies! in its third digital subchannel.

See also[edit]

  • FX Movie Channel – Movies!'s sister cable network, which until mid-2013 carried many of the 20th Century Fox films making up Movies!'s schedule under the "Fox Movie Channel" branding.
  • GetTV – is an American digital multicast television network owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • Me-TV – a sister digital broadcast network, owned by Weigel Broadcasting and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Retro Television Network – a similar digital broadcast network owned by Luken Communications specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1970s.
  • Antenna TV – a digital broadcast network owned by Tribune Broadcasting specializing in classic TV programming and feature film content.
  • Bounce TV – a similar digital broadcast network specializing in films and select classic programming aimed at the African-American community.
  • This TV – a sister digital broadcast network, formerly owned by Weigel Broadcasting (currently; now owned by Tribune Broadcasting) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, specializing in movies from the 1930s to the 2000s, select classic television series (mainly from the MGM/United Artists library) and select children's programming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Malone, Michael (March 25, 2013). "This May Explain Why We Have a Shirtless 'Magnum, P.I.' On Our Cover Today". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Fox Stations, Weigel Launching Movies!". TV News Check. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Malone, Michael (January 28, 2013). "Fox O&Os, Weigel Launch Movies! Digi-Net". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Weigel introducing new MOVIES! channel Monday Retrieved May 27, 2013
  5. ^ a b c d Movies TV Network -Schedule Retrieved May 27, 2013
  6. ^ Feder, Robert (January 29, 2013). "Weigel creates new digital network for Fox TV stations". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Eck, Kevin (January 31, 2013). "FOX To Debut All Movie Network for Local TV Digital Subchannels". TV Spy. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 

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