This TV clears 60 percent of U.S.



This TV, the new digital movie channel launched by MGM and Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting on November 1, 2008, has now cleared 60 percent of the country on digital subchannels, including several major markets.

This features movies mostly from MGM’s library (though not from the pre-1986 library, which Turner/Time Warner owns), as well as classic TV series such as The Outer Limits (1964 version), Mr. Ed, and The Patty Duke Show.

In some markets, This TV replaces now-defunct music video channel The Tube, which went out of business on September 30, 2007.

One of those markets is Los Angeles, where Tribune-owned KTLA fills the vacant 5.2 channel slot once occupied by The Tube. Another Tribune station (WPHL, Philadelphia) does likewise, which fills the 17.2 channel left vacant by The Tube and its replacement, World Championship Sports Network (now Universal Sports, which has moved to one of WCAU-TV’s digital subchannels.)

Other Tribune markets nabbing This include Hartford and New Orleans.

This has also cleared digital subchannel space on Raycom stations in Cleveland, Memphis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Knoxville, and ten other markets. These markets also once carried The Tube.

Several Equity Broadcasting stations have replaced Retro Television Network with This TV as well, such as WNGS-TV in Buffalo. Several Sinclair and Quincy Newspaper stations have also cleared This TV for their digital subchannels.

Other recent clearences include Boston (WHDH), Detroit (WDIV), Houston (KPRC), Seattle (KOMO), Tampa (WMOR), Portland OR (KATU), Harrisburg/Lancaster (WGAL), and Albany NY (WRGB).

Here in Chicago, This TV can be seen on WCIU-DT, digital channel 26.4 and Comcast cable channel 246, and in Milwaukee on WDJT-DT, digital channel 58.3.