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post #18031 of 18055 Old 04-25-2015, 01:00 PM
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I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'm enjoying Decades in its current format. The "countdown" really isn't necessary. Just keep showing these programs in big blocks.
I was thinking the same thing. I'm sure that CBS & Weigel with their professional broadcasting experiences and vast libraries have a good solid plan for DECADES, but the present stunting format is certainly unique to the television landscape. FWIW, I've been watching several of the Series Binges, and like the presentation.

I'm not sure, at present, this format would attract national advertisers and thus would have to be sustained primarily from P.I. advertising, but that reality is true for many of the new diginets. Me-TV, owned entirely by Weigel, seems to be one of the few broadcast diginets which have gained the attention and revenues from national sponsors.

As to DECADES, the diginet is starting to promote its new series "Through The Decades" hosted by Bill Curtis which will launch on May 25, 2015. The diginet is also presently re-airing "The Millionaire" Series Binge, which began this afternoon at 2PM, although I am not certain as to why, whether every episode will be aired, or whether the episodes will air in the same order as they did back in January 2015. The revised schedule also indicates that "Family Affair", "The Phil Silvers Show", "Love American Style", and "Route 66" are all scheduled to re-air.

The remaining Series Binges scheduled are "Dark Shadows" starting on May 13, "The Twilight Zone" starting on May 16, and "The Fugitive" starting on May 20, 2015. Following "The Fugitive" Series Binge, DECADES will officially launch.
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You Guys Are Lucky

You guys are so lucky down there to have all these new channels.

Up here in the Albany area, out of all the new diginets available, the only ones we have are MeTV, Antenna TV, ThisTV and Grit. I guess it pays to be in a top 10 market where your regular affiliates are all network owned.

Oh yes...and we STILL have LiveWell (but not Laff).

Just be thankful you are where you are!
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I only watch metv once in awhile, true about many stations to choose, but not that much there to see, are you a cord cutter? I stream mostly, pretty sure everyone does now.
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I only watch metv once in awhile, true about many stations to choose, but not that much there to see, are you a cord cutter? I stream mostly, pretty sure everyone does now.
Despite that the world of entertainment is changing rapidly, my viewing habits haven't altered much. I still watch TV...ON TV. Streaming hasn't become second nature to me yet.
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I still watch TV on TV too. Although I do take out DVDs from my local library when the summer reruns come on and we catch up on the movies that came out during 2014 and 2015 and also watch shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire etc.


My Samsung TV is a smart TV and I can get Netflix, HULU and many other providers and pay to watch movies and shows but why bother when I can get them for free from my local library.
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I just stick to OTA on my Sony Trinitron. Every now and then, I'll flick on the Roku and stream some YouTube stuff. I'm pretty happy with Decades, Movies, GetTv, Cozy, MeTv, Antenna and Grit.
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I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'm enjoying Decades in its current format. The "countdown" really isn't necessary. Just keep showing these programs in big blocks.
I was thinking the same thing. I'm sure that CBS & Weigel with their professional broadcasting experiences and vast libraries have a good solid plan for DECADES, but the present stunting format is certainly unique to the television landscape. FWIW, I've been watching several of the Series Binges, and like the presentation.

I'm not sure, at present, this format would attract national advertisers and thus would have to be sustained primarily from P.I. advertising, but that reality is true for many of the new diginets. Me-TV, owned entirely by Weigel, seems to be one of the few broadcast diginets which have gained the attention and revenues from national sponsors.

As to DECADES, the diginet is starting to promote its new series "Through The Decades" hosted by Bill Curtis which will launch on May 25, 2015. The diginet is also presently re-airing "The Millionaire" Series Binge, which began this afternoon at 2PM, although I am not certain as to why, whether every episode will be aired, or whether the episodes will air in the same order as they did back in January 2015. The revised schedule also indicates that "Family Affair", "The Phil Silvers Show", "Love American Style", and "Route 66" are all scheduled to re-air.

The remaining Series Binges scheduled are "Dark Shadows" starting on May 13, "The Twilight Zone" starting on May 16, and "The Fugitive" starting on May 20, 2015. Following "The Fugitive" Series Binge, DECADES will officially launch.
I'm not certain it will attract national advertisers either; however, the format is an attractive one, in that allows people to watch a certain program at any time. For example, I can't watch "Kung Fu" at 4:30 in the morning if that is to be its normal time slot. I'm certain that a CBS owned station will eventually be able to attract bigger advertisers. Time will tell.
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What I have noticed is that the majority of sub channels are now showing old TV shows and old movies. There is not much in the way of new programming available. So if you enjoy the old shows and movies you hit the jackpot. Since I am 70 years old I guess the programming is aimed at people my age. However that being said I have NO interest in living in the past and like the newer shows and programming much better.


On another note, when we old codgers die off I wonder who will be around or interested in watching these sub channels? I sure hope the networks have a plan "B".

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The current retro programming IS plan B. Costly original programming such as Live Well and NY Non Stop lost money. Round the clock weather doesn't keep viewers tuned in for more than a few minutes. Music Video channels such as the one WPIX had never caught on. National services with retro programming is cheap to program and profitable while not taking viewers away from sister cable stations that make much more money from cable subscriber and advertising dollars.




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What I have noticed is that the majority of sub channels are now showing old TV shows and old movies. There is not much in the way of new programming available. So if you enjoy the old shows and movies you hit the jackpot. Since I am 70 years old I guess the programming is aimed at people my age. However that being said I have NO interest in living in the past and like the newer shows and programming much better.


On another note, when we old codgers die off I wonder who will be around or interested in watching these sub channels? I sure hope the networks have a plan "B".
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What I have noticed is that the majority of sub channels are now showing old TV shows and old movies. There is not much in the way of new programming available. So if you enjoy the old shows and movies you hit the jackpot. Since I am 70 years old I guess the programming is aimed at people my age. However that being said I have NO interest in living in the past and like the newer shows and programming much better.


On another note, when we old codgers die off I wonder who will be around or interested in watching these sub channels? I sure hope the networks have a plan "B".
I was born in 1959...and although I don't "think" I live in the past...I REALLY enjoy the resurgence of the classic programming. I like some of the new programs...but I find it more comforting to see old favorites. Then there are even those that I was too young to be interested in back when...for which I find interesting now.

Good comedies nowadays are few and far between. Today's drama's are a lot edgier, but I'm often too busy to devote an entire hour to one program. I'd watch GetTV if we got it here...but we don't.
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The current retro programming IS plan B. Costly original programming such as Live Well and NY Non Stop lost money. Round the clock weather doesn't keep viewers tuned in for more than a few minutes. Music Video channels such as the one WPIX had never caught on. National services with retro programming is cheap to program and profitable while not taking viewers away from sister cable stations that make much more money from cable subscriber and advertising dollars.
This is exactly what bugs me about our stations up here.

A great example is our ABC affiliate for which you've outlined above. It has 2 sub-channels. One is LiveWell, and the other is 24hr weather! It's REALLY frustrating that they don't substitute one (or both) of them for something worthwhile.
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I really would love to have a 24 hour weather updated weather channel and I guess I may in the minority on preferring Live Well to all the retro sub channels.
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"...On another note, when we old codgers die off I wonder who will be around or interested in watching these sub channels? I sure hope the networks have a plan "B".
If OTA in general, & Retro Subchannels are still around as it is now ...
Then " Leave it to Beaver, "Lassie", " The Any Griffith Show", "Voyage to The Bottom Of The Sea", " Run for Your Life" .. will be replaced by "Saved by The Bell", "Friends", "Full House", "The X Files", "Ally McBeal" & "Northern Exposure" .. ect ...
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If OTA in general, & Retro Subchannels are still around as it is now ...
Then " Leave it to Beaver, "Lassie", " The Any Griffith Show", "Voyage to The Bottom Of The Sea", " Run for Your Life" .. will be replaced by "Saved by The Bell", "Friends", "Full House", "The X Files", "Ally McBeal" & "Northern Exposure" .. ect ...
I don't think the true classics ("Beaver" ..."Lucy"... "Griffith") will ever completely disappear. And it's networks like "Antenna TV" which are showing 80's programs right now...who will probably continue to do that. Somehow it doesn't seem possible that the current parade of similar programs would ever fall into those 'classic' categories. The Law & Order spin-offs and Big Bang Theory will be in general syndication for many years to come I would think. I can't see even popular programs such as "Mom", "The Middle", "Modern Family" & "The Good Wife" ever being considered true classics like "Perry Mason", "MASH", "The Twilight Zone", and "I Love Lucy" are today.
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I still think we need more variety and there is too much retro programming. How about taking all the old cooking shows like Galloping Gourmet, Smith, Julia Child etc and having a sub channel run all their cooking shows! Then we have retro cooking. At least it will be something different.
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WLIW Create is not available for me to receive at my location. I think you would know better than I would. I do watch a lot of PBS though and catch as many cooking shows a I can on13.1 and 50.1. Also I catch some shows on Live Well.
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The public TV stations do a fabulous job of producing cooking shows.

The Rick Bayless show "Mexico, One Plate at a Time" is produced at WTTW in Chicago, and LiveWell has aired the syndicated re-run episodes. But I have not seen any other public TV cooking shows appear in syndication on commercially licensed TV stations. Most of the shows do seem to go over to the Create channel. Unfortunately, my local public TV station only airs selected shows, not the entire Create feed.

In addition to cooking, Create has travel, gardening, and crafts shows.
http://createtv.com/Home

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... I'd watch GetTV if we got it here...but we don't.
I had high hopes for GetTV when it initially launched. I thought it would have quite a few grade B (maybe grade A-minus) film noir flicks, some light comedy or romantic comedy pics, and an occasional musical or biographical film. But now that it's been up and running for a while, the schedule is way too heavy on westerns.

I've never seen the appeal of westerns.
MeTV also has too many of those shows.
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WLIW Create is not available for me to receive at my location. I think you would know better than I would. I do watch a lot of PBS though and catch as many cooking shows a I can on13.1 and 50.1. Also I catch some shows on Live Well.
thats why you oldies need to get on that Internet fad we young people talk a lot about I cant get PBS Create either from my location but i do get it with the free PBS app on the Roku.

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WLIW Create is not available for me to receive at my location. I think you would know better than I would. I do watch a lot of PBS though and catch as many cooking shows a I can on13.1 and 50.1. Also I catch some shows on Live Well.
I know, I'm just saying that the network does exist that has that programming. WNET just hasn't seen fit to make it available to the whole audience.

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I had high hopes for GetTV when it initially launched. I thought it would have quite a few grade B (maybe grade A-minus) film noir flicks, some light comedy or romantic comedy pics, and an occasional musical or biographical film. But now that it's been up and running for a while, the schedule is way too heavy on westerns.

I've never seen the appeal of westerns.
MeTV also has too many of those shows.
I don't care for westerns either. Nor do I watch the western programs on MeTV.
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I can't believe I am saying this, but I like the Westerns! Never watched any of them as a kid, so this is a whole new universe for me .

I miss Cozi TV's broadcast of The Virginian. But I am digging Big Valley, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza.
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I can't believe I am saying this, but I like the Westerns! Never watched any of them as a kid, so this is a whole new universe for me .

I miss Cozi TV's broadcast of The Virginian. But I am digging Big Valley, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza.
"Gunsmoke" was pretty good in its later years, when it downplayed the gunfights.
"Bonanza" was OK, but the outdoor sets must have been done on a budget of about ten dollars for the whole run of the series. As for "Big Valley", I prefer to watch Barbara Stanwyck in her younger days, the movies of the 1940's.
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"Gunsmoke" was pretty good in its later years, when it downplayed the gunfights.
"Bonanza" was OK, but the outdoor sets must have been done on a budget of about ten dollars for the whole run of the series. As for "Big Valley", I prefer to watch Barbara Stanwyck in her younger days, the movies of the 1940's.
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