Originally Posted by artwire
MHZ is running the midnight repeats of their regular worldview programs ( International Mystery) on 30-12 ... rather than on the same station (30-1) on which it originally broadcasts, and they are running some sort of Vietnamese programming on MHZ 30.1 at midnight instead [...]
I just don't understand the rationale for bumping such popular reruns to a subchannel so few can pick up, nor do I understand why comcast DC hasn't yet added the additional MHz subchannels. Annoying as hell - the midnight re-run (still listed in the channel guide) was perfect for recording shows for later viewing. this is great international programming, but I can't totally ignore primetime for it. Well, *I* could, but there would be hell to pay!
Can’t speak for MHz Networks, but I think the rationale is fairly clear from the history.
VTV4 is 24-hour international service of Vietnam state television that MHz carried 12 hours per day on 30.6, then on RF30, until it was removed about a year ago to make room for CCTV’s news and documentaries channels.
Evidently, MHz wanted to restore VTV4 service without displacing any current services, but MHz already has 8-10 channels on the major cable systems in the area, and those systems did not want to give MHz another channel.
So MHz restored VTV4 as a 24/7 OTA-only subchannel, VC 30.11 on RF 30, and is simulcasting that programming for 7 hours per day on 30.1. 30.1 has the widest distribution of the MHz channels because it is available on DBS as well as digital cable, and there may even be a few small cable systems still carrying it in analog. So instead of 12 hours on digital cable and far suburban RF 30, VTV4 now gets 24 hours a day on RF 30 and 7 hours a day on DBS, cable, and the more centrally located RF 24.
30.1, meanwhile, has been largely a simulcast of MHz Worldview, which is distributed nationally on DirecTV and as a digital subchannel on many PBS and other noncommercial stations across the country. The Worldview national feed became available locally August 1, on over the air VC 30.12, RF 30. For DC area viewers with access to digital cable or the digital OTA signals, much of the Worldview schedule is redundant, as it simulcasts or delays programming available on other subchannels. The midnight programming is, as you note, simply a 3 hour delay of the prime time schedule, and as such, I think it is primarily there for west coast viewers and affiliates.
As it stands now, 30.1 simulcasts 30.11 for 49 hours a week (7 hours daily) and 30.12 for 86 hours a week (13 hours each weekday and slightly less on the weekend, including 6 pm to midnight every day), leaving only 33 hours a week of non-simulcast programming. The heavy simulcasting plus recent changes in must carry regulations make it unlikely that 30.11 and 30.12 will ever be added to cable lineups. In fact, the original news release that I linked – which apparently disappeared into the digital ether when MHz overhauled its web site last week – said clearly that these new channels would be available only over the air.
Your channel guide probably shows the Worldview schedule instead of the 30.1 schedule because Tribune Media Services erroneously lists the channel in the lineup as MHZWV instead of WNVCDT. Can’t say for sure if that’s what’s happening for you, because I don’t know your location or what equipment you are using, but TiVo listings for Verizon FiOS are similarly incorrect for this reason. TiVo listings for Cox are correct, however, and FiOS boxes themselves show correct listings, because Verizon apparently does not get its program data from Tribune.
MHz does have a statement about the midnight rebroadcasts on its new web site, which I will post here in its entirety lest it, too, should disappear into the great internet bit bucket.
http://www.mhznetworks.org/about/press/international-mystery-encore-still-available-dc-viewing-area-mhz-1Edited by joblo - 8/22/12 at 6:00pm August 13, 2012International Mystery Encore Still Available in DC Viewing Area on MHz 1
FALLS CHURCH, VA – As a local over the air digital broadcaster, MHz works to diversify our programming to serve our local community.
MHz added 4 blocks of VTV programming to the MHz schedule on August 1, one of which is in place of the typical International Mystery encore at midnight nightly on MHz 1 (30.1).
The International Mystery encore may still be watched at midnight in the DC Metro area on MHz in two ways:
-locally on over the air digital broadcast channel 30.12. (if you do not have an over the air set top box receiver, you will have to purchase one to view this way), or
-tune into our live stream of our national channel MHz Worldview at www.mhznetworks.org
or via our Android and/or iOS apps at that time.
Let us know if you have any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-770-7100. The MHz 1 schedule is also available at: http://www.mhznetworks.org/schedule/
8101 A Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.mhznetworks.orgMHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.
MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US through affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. Also serving the Washington, DC area’s 4.9 million residents with ten local broadcast channels, MHz Networks features programs from around the world on-air in more than 20 different languages.