This TV, the turn-key subchannel network comprised of the MGM library, has cleared 60 percent of the country on secondary digital feeds. Stations owned by Tribune, Raycom, Sunbeam and Quincy Newspapers will carry the diginet, along with Weigel Broadcasting, co-creator of the service with MGM.
Chicago-based Weigel owns or operates 10 full-power stations in four markets. Tribune, et al, will carry This TV in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Hartford, Conn.; New Orleans, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Louisville and Knoxville, Ky.; Madison, Wis.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and South Bend, Ind.
WCMH-TV, the Media General-owned NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, tapped Retro Television Network for its digital subchannel. RTN pulls heavily from NBC Universal TV’s vault--“The A-Team,” “Kojak,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and so forth. The service was interrupted earlier this month when it was moved from Intelsat’s birds to SES Americom. The move was predicated by issues between Luken Communications, which bought RTN out of Equity Communications as that company spun into bankruptcy.
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