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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Antenna TV: New digital subchannel from Tribune

It looks like Tribune is borrowing/stealing/lifting an idea from Chicago's successful Weigel Broadcasting (MeTV/MeToo/This TV) and creating a new digital subchannel in the same vein as This TV. Basically, a nostalgic programming channel that features programming from Sony and DLT Entertainment (This TV features programming from MGM). This new subchannel will replace LATV, which WGN dropped on 9.2 back in July.

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Tribune Co. launching digital subchannel Antenna TV network
August 30, 2010

Tribune Co., following the lead of WCIU-Ch. 26 parent Weigel Broadcasting, is launching a service supplying digital subchannel programming for local TV stations.


Antenna TV, beginning Jan. 3, will deliver a round-the-clock slate of vintage TV series reruns and movies from Sony and DLT Entertainment to a secondary digital channel of WGN-Ch. 9 and those of other Tribune Co. stations.

Tribune Co., which also owns the Chicago Tribune, also plans to make the service available to stations in other markets on a barter basis.

On most Tribune Co. stations, Antenna TV is meant to complement This TV, the pioneering movie service that Weigel and MGM launched for digital subchannels two years ago. But here in Chicago, where Antenna will air on Channel 9.2, Weigel's WCIU carries This and WGN will have only that.

This TV enjoys cable clearance in the Chicago area, as do Weigel's Me TV and Me Too programming. Not all digital subchannels do. They are available, however, for free over the air to viewers who use their digital tuners.

Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting's president of programming, said on Monday that WGN is weighing several options for Channel 9.3 here, including a possible simulcast of WGN-AM 720.

Antenna TV offerings will include "Three's Company," "Good Times," "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Benny Hill," "Maude," "The Nanny,""Too Close for Comfort," "The Monkees," "Married with Children," "NewsRadio," "Dennis the Menace," "The Donna Reed Show" and Three Stooges shorts.

“Tribune is committed to making full use of our bandwidth to offer viewers a broad spectrum of programming,” Compton said in the company's announcement.
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Tribune Launching Classic TV Multicast Network
Antenna TV to offer ‘Three's Company,' ‘Maude,' and more
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/30/2010 3:29:30 PM

Tribune Broadcasting will launch Antenna TV, a classic TV network, to run on digital multicast channels starting this January.

"Tribune is committed to making full use of our bandwidth to offer viewers a broad spectrum of programming," said Sean Compton, Tribune's president of programming, in a statement.

Tribune acquired most of the new network's programming from Sony Pictures Television and D.L Taffner, paying cash for each program. Antenna TV is available to stations and station groups on an all-barter basis.

Included in the network's initial offerings will be such classic sitcoms as Three's Company, All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Benny Hill, Maude, The Nanny, Married with Children, Too Close for Comfort, The Partridge Family, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show and The Three Stooges. Antenna TV also will show movies in daytime.

Tribune also airs MGM and Weigel's digital classic movie network, THIS TV, on digital channels in most of its markets.

"The addition of Antenna TV offers a strong compliment to THIS TV and to our station's existing programming," said Compton.
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Chicagoland Radio and Media noted that a makeshift website has been launched for the new channel at AntennaTV.tv.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's not a bad idea. Of course, it's not an original idea either, but what would you expect from a company in bankruptcy that is desperate for survival and is packed with stupid decision making

It's also interesting that Tribune will basically feature Antenna TV alongside This TV on most of their stations. It's obvious they saw the profitable model that Weigel/MGM had and wanted their own piece of the pie.

The name seems rather stupid and unnecessarily throwback-ish rather than forward thinking or hip. I mean, it's obvious they are going for a retro appeal, but really, Antenna TV was the best you could come up with?
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Old October 25th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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1st Quarter 2011 schedule has been posted on Antenna TV's website - Take a look (PDF)

A video teaser is also available to watch
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Current list of markets that will be airing Antenna TV:

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New York WPIX
Los Angeles KTLA
Chicago WGN
Philadelphia WHPL
Dallas-Ft. Worth KDAF
Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) WDCW
Houston KIAH
Seattle-Tacoma KZIO
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale WSFL
Denver KWGN
Cleveland-Akron (Canton) WJW
Sacramnto-Stkton-Modesto KTXL
St. Louis KTVI
Portland, OR KRCW
Indianapolis WTTV
San Diego KSWB
Hartford & New Haven WTIC
Kansas City WDAF
Salt Lake City KSTU
Milwaukee WITI
Harrisburg-Lncstr-Leb-York WPMT
Grand Rapids-Kalmzoo-B.Crk WMXI
Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws WTKR
Oklahoma City KFOR
Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem WGHP
Memphis WREG
New Orleans WGNO
Wilkes Barre-Scranton WNEP
Richmond-Petersburg WTVR
Des Moines-Ames WHO
Huntsville-Decatur (Flor) WHNT
Davenport-R.Island-Moline WQAD
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I wonder if this means that WCIU/MeTV have lost the rights to the Stooges in the Chicago market. If so, that's not good, because the Tribune doesn't know how to handle retro programming at all.
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New Year's and nyuk, nyuk, nyuk: Tribune's Antenna TV to launch with Stooges marathon
December 01, 2010
Phil Rosenthal

Antenna TV, Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.'s version of Weigel Broadcasting's Me-TV Network, will launch its digital subchannel service at 11 p.m. New Year's Eve with a 27-hour Three Stooges marathon on WGN's Channel 9.2.

The channel, available in various markets around the country with a potential reach of more than 50 million households nationally, will be carried in the Chicago area on Comcast Digital Cable's Channel 353, with other service providers still in negotiations.

The Stooges will be followed by a Benny Hill marathon before regular programming kicks in on Jan. 3. Other shows in the lineup include "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "The Nanny," "Married with Children," "Maude," "Good Times," "Three’s Company," "The Partridge Family" and "The Burns and Allen Show."

Chicago-based Weigel announced last month it plans to take its Me-TV concept nationally beginning in mid-December.

Like Antenna TV, Me-TV Network is seen as a complement to Weigel's This TV service, a partnership it launched with MGM in 2008 that runs on many Tribune Co. TV station but not in Chicago. Here, This TV is affiliated with Weigel flagship WCIU-Ch. 26.
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This is a shot of the "teaser" currently airing on 9.2 here in Chicago

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