I like the channel, here is an explanation of what happened to Telemundo
Telemundo giving way to This TV in Abilenehttp://www.reporternews.com/news/201...ay-to-this-tv/
A local television station is changing programming Sept. 1.
KTES will switch from carrying Telemundo Spanish-language programming to carrying fledgling network This TV, which airs mostly movies from the MGM movies studio library as well as episodes from older television series. Programming will air 24 hours each day, without infomercials.
“We’re really excited. This is a chance to do real local things,” said Kyle Krebs, vice president and general manager for KTES. The station will air Abilene Christian University football games on tape delay, he said, with plans to pursue other local and regional sports programming and also possibly air local church broadcasts.
KTES is channel 40 in the Abilene area and also is broadcast digitally at channel 12.3. On Suddenlink local cable, This TV will air on channel 126 as part of the digital/HD tier.
The station is part of a group of stations that includes KTXS, KTXE San Angelo and CW Abilene, all of which are owned by New York-based Bonten Media Group.
Krebs said the station had carried Telemundo programming for about 10 years.
“We never had any ratings for Telemundo,” Krebs said. Higher ratings for TV stations can be a selling point to advertisers.
“We had really good success with CW. That made it apparent Telemundo was not going as well,” Krebs said. The group began broadcasting CW Abilene in 2006.
Krebs said that with the station’s contract with Telemundo expiring, it was time to pursue another opportunity. This TV, which launched in 2008, does not demand stations carry all of its programming, a plus that allows the station to pursue more local broadcasts and other programming, Krebs said.
Telemundo will remain available to Suddenlink cable subscribers on channel 15.
Ben Gonzalez, program director for Star 106.3 FM, “The Latino Mix,” said he thought the station change was bad news for many in the Latino community. He said no other Spanish network is available over-the-air for free.
“I hate to see it happen,” said Gonzalez, noting that “there’s a lot of people that can’t afford to have the cable to get Telemundo.” Beyond entertainment, the station offered Spanish-language news and a community calendar, he said.
Gonzalez said sometimes Spanish-speakers can be invisible in ratings systems that rely on audience feedback and participation.
“We, as a radio station, sometimes we don’t get ratings, but we monitor it by the number of people that go to events,” sponsored by the station, Gonzalez said. “That’s how we can tell people are listening.”