Youtoo America

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Youtoo America
Youtoo.jpg
Launched February 1, 1985
Owned by Center Post Networks, LLC.
Slogan Red, White and YOU!
Headquarters Arlington, Texas
Formerly called
  • Nostalgia Channel (1985–90)
  • Nostalgia Television
  • GoodLife TV Network
  • American Life Network
  • Youtoo TV (2011–2014)
Replaced America One (on local stations)
Website Official website

Youtoo America, formerly known as Youtoo TV, American Life TV Network (ALN), GoodLife TV Network, Nostalgia Television, Nostalgia Channel and America One, is an American television network launched on February 1, 1985 as a cable channel.[1]

Background[edit]

Nostalgia Channel[edit]

The channel was originally launched as a cable-television channel in February 1985 as The Nostalgia Channel through the efforts of former Our Gang child star George "Spanky" McFarland.[1][2][3] The channel featured vintage movies, similar to Turner Classic Movies, which would launch years later. Many of the films were in the public domain.[1]

Michael E. Marcovsky was hired in early 1990. He had the channel changed its name in early 1990 to Nostalgia Television, removed movies with poor quality prints (primarily public domain movies), and added lifestyle series as well as vintage TV series programs. Also, 100 movies were programmed from the eclectic Janus Collection. At this time, movies were 25% of the programming.[1]

In December 1993, International Family Entertainment, Inc. was bidding against a partnership of Florida-based MOR Music TV Inc. and Arizona-based Gen-She Inc., and 1/3 owner Concept Communications (owned by Unification Church) for the network.[4]

Unification Church ownership[edit]

Nostalgia licensed the Goodlife trademark and changed its name to Goodlife TV by 2001 when Unification Church purchased the rest of the company. With the expiration of the Goodlife licensing agreement in 2005 with no renewal, the channel changed names again to American Life TV (ALTV).[2]

According to a June 2007 story in Variety, the network had been a consistent money-loser, although the church's tax-exempt status made it easier to absorb the losses. The channel charged TV providers a monthly fee of only between a nickel and a dime for each subscriber, but only had 10 million by 2007. Comcast has refused to carry the channel citing the lack of quality programming (at that time, made up mainly of public domain programming and anachronistic sitcoms and dramas in barter arrangements long dropped from higher-profile networks) and has even dropped it from its part of the Adelphia Communications Corporation systems purchased. Even despite better programming ( “L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere”) and equity for carriage, even DirecTV nor EchoStar would carry the channel.[2]

In 2001, ALTV broadcast the Unification Church-sponsored film Inchon (1982), one of the few times it has been seen since its initial theatrical run.[citation needed] In 2007 the network broadcast George Clooney's documentary, A Journey to Darfur.[2][5][6] It released the film on DVD in 2008 and announced that proceeds from its sale would be donated to the International Rescue Committee for its humanitarian efforts in Darfur.[7] In 2007, ALN made a video on demand deal with TVN Entertainment Corporation to offer up to 20 hours of programming per month to more than 100 cable affiliates.[8]

In May 2009, the network was acquired by ComStar Media Fund, an organization chaired by Robert A. Schuller, son of Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller. Schuller said that the network would concentrate on "family-values programming that speaks to all generations." On November 29 Schuller's new program Everyday Life was first seen on ALTV.[9]

Chris Wyatt, ComStar's chief executive officer and founder of religious website Godtube, commented: "We are not creating another religious network but rather a family-values channel. We've tapped into a huge underserved market and have the opportunity over time to increase distribution to exceed 40 million homes." Media reports indicated that the network's on-air presentation would change and that other syndicated series would be targeted for acquisition.[10][11]

On December 1, 2009, ALN announced that it would start airing episodes of Chuck Norris' World Combat League, previously seen on the Versus network.[12] ComStar also has access to a library of classic television programing including Happy Days and My Three Sons.[13] Some of the older television shows moved from ALN to its sister network, FamilyNet on March 1, 2010,[14] when it was spun out into its own company with Robert A. Schuller as the chairman.[15]

Youtoo[edit]

On September 27, 2011, ALN was rebranded as Youtoo TV with a focus on mobile devices; as of that date, all links to the website redirected to a page inviting viewers to sign up for the new service at youtoo.com. The only "retro" programs remaining on the schedule are Batman, The Green Hornet, and The X-Files.

Executives claim Youtoo TV to be a social television service, allowing viewers to participate in television programming using personal electronic devices. Interactive features include the ability for viewers to create and submit 15-second videos, called "Fame Spots", commenting on a variety of subjects, which will air.

In addition, the network will carry programming such as Howcast and Christopher Coppola's Digivangelist Show. Also on the network will be new TV versions of Web series including GeekBeat.TV, Koldcast, and Rooftop Media. The network also will have interactive programs including Say Yes & Marry Me, which will offer viewers the opportunity to propose marriage on-air via Fame Spots.[16] Re-purposed programming from Revision3 was removed from the network after that provider's sale to Discovery Communications in 2012.

One of the creators of Youtoo TV is producer Mark Burnett, through his own social media project, VIMBY (Video in My BackYard).[17]

It was reported in September 2014 that Youtoo TV has acquired America One and most of its programming. The merger was finalized in Spring 2015, with the resulting network becoming "Youtoo America".[citation needed]

Carriage[edit]

The network is available on Time Warner Cable and Comcast, among other providers. Charter Communications previously carried the channel until November 15, 2011, when the channel was dropped from Charter's lineups; this decision was made before the re-brand of ALN, as the channel received carriage under that provider's "faith and values"/religious tier of networks and no longer carried religious or family-appropriate programming for a majority of the broadcast day.[16] For subscribers of TV providers that do not offer Youtoo TV, the channel offers viewers up to $200 in credits if they switch to a provider that offers the channel.[16] As per an email sent to its subscribers, Verizon FiOS dropped the channel on December 31, 2012 along with MAVTV, Blackbelt TV, and Blue Highways TV.

Affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d "Film Appreciation : Basic and Pay Cable Channels Are Building Libraries of Classics For You To Check Out". Los Angeles Times. July 29, 1990. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dempsey, John (June 1, 2007). "American Life TV Targets Baby Boomers". Variety. Retrieved October 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ "'Nostagia' goes back to drawing board". Anchorage Daily News. July 4, 1984. Retrieved Jun 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lippman, John (December 7, 1993). "Robertson May Open Bidding Battle for Network". Loas Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Time 100: George Clooney".
  6. ^ "Clooney's Docu on Darfur to Air Monday".
  7. ^ "AmericanLife TV Network (ALN) Donates Proceeds from A Journey to Darfur DVD to the International Rescue Committee".
  8. ^ "AmericanLife Launches New VOD Offering". Multichannel News. September 2, 2007. Retrieved October 9, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Robert A. Schuller's TV Series Premieres Sunday". November 25, 2009.
  10. ^ "GodTube Founder Buys AmericanLife TV Network". Broadcasting & Cable. May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Dr. Robert A. Schuller and Chris Wyatt's Comstar Acquires AmericanLife TV Network". ChristianNewsWire. May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Chuck Norris' World Combat League to Air on AmericanLife TV Network(TM)". December 1, 2009.
  13. ^ "Schuller Media Company Expands Its Reach". December 8, 2009.
  14. ^ "FamilyNet March 2010 Schedule". January 27, 2010.
  15. ^ "Celebrated Televangelist Robert Schuller Named Chairman of FamilyNet TV". March 23, 2011.
  16. ^ a b c Social-Media Focused Youtoo TV Replaces AmericanLife Net Multichannel News September 27, 2011
  17. ^ "Mark Burnett and YouToo.com Launch First Social Television Network". Hollywood Reporter. September 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ List of Youtoo America Affiliates. Rabbitears.info.