Originally Posted by KC4JGC
No, I don't .... but I do remember from the tube's web site that they claimed
affiliates with OTA stations and cable systems across the country. As you know, Bob, WTVR carried the Tube and if memory serves a station in Raleigh did as well. What WAS
their ultimate downfall?
The COOLTV claims to on stations in 36 OTA markets according to its web site. How many are actually up now? I see other nearby affiliates in Richmond, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Next time I'm in those areas I'll check.
Clarification: The Tube was a product of Raycom, which is why it was carried on WTVR, at that time Raycom owned, and all of the other Raycom stations' subchannels. Sinclair and Tribune stations carried The Tube in markets where there was no Raycom presence.
The CoolTv is an independent entity which has negotiated subchannel carriage on Sinclair Stations, then Tribune in some markets where Sinclair does not operate, and some LIN stations.
Carriage for TheCoolTv on several cable systems has been arranged, now that it is on the air via our transmitter. You will be seeing it shortly on COX in Hampton Roads, Time Warner in Pasquotank County, NC, and Mediacom (and those are only the ones that I know of). That will give it a much better chance than The Tube ever had, since the only way to watch The Tube was over the air (about 9% or viewers).
I'm the Chief Engineer, not a programmer, but I will comment that the range of music on TheCoolTV is broad enough that there should be something for virtually every age range during the broadcast hour, and I hope to see TheCoolTv prosper and continue. After all, there is virtually no other music channel on cable (let alone freeover the air) which actually plays music on a regular basis.
FYI, I have been informed that the servers for The Country Network are now beginning to ship, which means that The Country Network will be appearing as 33-3 soon (perhaps in a couple of weeks). wb