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T.L. Hughes

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  1. The redesign of the LDL makes it so that they don't really have to make the LDL's background translucent during TWC "long-form" programming in prime time and on weekends.
  2. That's because their contracts with both networks were signed prior to Lionsgate's purchase of Starz. It's likely that Lionsgate will move their film rights to Starz exclusively whenever its deals with Epix and HBO expire. It should be noted that in May 1995, months after (the original) Viacom's purchase of Paramount from Gulf+Western in 1994 resulted in the two entities coming under common ownership and while the studio's existing agreement with HBO was still ongoing, Showtime secured a distribution agreement with Paramount to carry the studio's films beginning in 1997.
  3. You forgot Showtime Networks (Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix and a share in Smithsonian Networks [Smithsonian Channel]) among CBS's assets. The merger does put a double-edged sword in the premium cable industry. On one hand, it benefits Showtime greatly, because it will likely give it back access to films from Paramount Pictures and could also re-open opportunities to develop original content produced in conjunction with (the current iteration of) Paramount Television. Since Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate broke off their relationship with Showtime in 2008 to form Epix, the network's first-run movie slate has largely been composed of films from smaller studios (including sister company CBS Films). For Epix, the loss of Paramount films will leave parent company MGM as the only "major" (really, mid-major) film studio to which the network will have access to films, placing it in only a modestly better situation in terms of film output than Showtime is in now. Whereas Showtime has been able to make up for the dearth of big-name films with its stronger original programming slate over the past decade, Epix can't rest on that laurel, as it was not only late to the original programming arena but its original programming hasn't even reached the level of attention as HBO, Showtime and even Starz's. I always thought it didn't make much sense to have four (really, five, since Cinemax counts as one) major premium channels, especially since Disney decided to overlook premium cable completely for streaming a few years back, leaving fewer major studios for the existing ones to choose from. (I'm not sure if Disney will allow 20th Century Fox to continue to release its films through HBO/Cinemax once its current deal with those networks comes up for renewal or do to that studio's films what it did when its last contract with Starz ran out.) The ViacomCBS merger likely makes Epix's future a lot more murky now, and I think MGM has to make the decision whether to carry on with Epix or give up the ghost and sell its assets (minus the Epix name, I don't think it makes sense for either network to operate a fourth pay service) to Showtime or Starz.
  4. It's "The Leading Edge" by Soundtrack; the production music has been used as a news theme during the 1980s and '90s by, among other stations, KCST (now KNSD), KTHV, WAAY, WCFT (now WSES), WDIO/WIRT, WEAR and WROC.
  5. Here's another full circle situation I realized about this merger: the deal would mark Gannett's effective re-entry into Oklahoma City after 22 years, since GateHouse already owns The Oklahoman, therefore making it the fourth local media property with ties to the area that Gannett has owned since 1978: * Through its purchase of Combined Communications, Gannett owned KOCO from 1979 to 1997; * Gannett also was allowed to own KFOR (then KTVY) and KOCO for a few months in 1986, as a result of the company's purchase of the Evening News Association, before spinning KTVY to Knight Ridder; * Finally, through its 1995 acquisition of Multimedia Inc., Gannett owned Multimedia Cablevision (which served as the cable provider for every Oklahoma City suburb, except for Forest Park, considering the town is closely aligned with Oklahoma City itself) from 1995 to 1999. (Since-repealed FCC rules barring the same company from owning a cable provider and a television station in the same market led to Gannett swapping KOCO and WLWT to Argyle Television, later merged into current owner Hearst, in exchange for WGRZ and WZZM.)
  6. Yes, but several stations it has acquired from those groups have switched to one of Nexstar's GFX packages. What you mentioned is apt, but it is seems to be because the company hasn't commissioned one of their in-house packages for some of the former Media General/LIN stations just yet.
  7. Programming note/reminder to any TVNT users to have YouTube accounts and video capture devices: KOCO is celebrating its 65th anniversary of broadcasting (nine years as an Enid station [the latter seven of which it had acted as an Enid and Oklahoma City station, outside of licensing and documents] and 56 years as an Oklahoma City station) with the latest edition of its KOCO 5 Chronicle series of specials. The hour-long special, KOCO 5 Chronicle: Celebrating 65 Years of Service!, airing at 9:00 p.m. tonight (July 30), will take a look at the station's history, including memorable former personalities and programs (such as Ida "Ida B." Blackburn and Ho Ho the Clown aka Ed Birchall), the evolution of its weather technology, and major news stories chronicled by the station over the years.
  8. There is... it is one of three options for PBS member stations (their stations are not called "affiliates") that elect to offer a feed to YTTV (from Current):
  9. I don't know. Nexstar's current NBC package fits for their sub-50 market stations, but I don't think it would fit well for KFOR. They'd be better off using a NBC-ified version of the WISH/WTNH package.
  10. I think you mean, "you've got The Young and the Restless or The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS just eating everyone's lunch otherwise." Y&R airs at 12:30 on most CBS stations in the Eastern and Pacific Time Zones, B&B airs at that slot in the other time zones and on any CBS stations in the Pacific Time Zone that follow the Central/Mountain scheduling for the daytime lineup (assuming that there are any).
  11. Interesting. When did Maria leave The Weather Channel?
  12. It would be a major step up for KAVU, definitely. Their current logo has been in use since 1994 and hasn't aged well.
  13. Trust me, you're not the first to notice. I noticed that when I was a kid and watched GMA around the time of the transition of meteorologists between the two. Literally, Spencer and Tony could pass for brothers.
  14. That doesn't make sense. WDAY and WDAZ are available to anyone for free if you have an antenna, so why would you move content behind a paywall? It's justifiable for newspapers to do, because that industry is ailing financially and newspapers have always required you to pay to purchase a copy (either via a one-off purchase or a regular subscription). But anything one can receive legally without paying doesn't merit a paywall, unless it involves more substantive content exclusive to the website, while allowing most other stories to be available for free. I don't see this panning out as well as Forum thinks it will.
  15. Not necessarily. In DFW, KDFW's digital signal only encompasses its main feed on 4.1, while KDFI programs a main feed and four subchannels (affiliated respectively with Movies!, Buzzr, Heroes & Icons and Light TV); KDFW could feasibly add a 4.2 sub to carry Decades. Same in L.A., where KTTV also doesn't program any subchannels. In Charlotte, WJZY could replace the Sonlife Broadcasting Network with Decades on 46.2. In Orlando, WOFL could add a .3 subchannel to slot the network. BTW, RabbitEars is already noting a few markets where it's been indicated that Decades would be placed on the FTS stations without expending any of the other subchannel networks they carry (namely San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, Gainesville-Ocala and Tampa).
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