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WHTV sold in the FCC auction

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by RingtailedFox » Tue May 16, 2017 11:09 pm

My Network TV decided to switch from being a network with original programming to being a syndication service with a standardized (network-like) branding for participating sstations, much like its ancestor, the Prime Time Entertainment Network of the early 1990s, which would ultimately spawn The WB and UPN (which would in themselves spark the development of The CW and My Network TV, respectively). But yeah, without original programming, it has no real reason to exist. If it acted like The CW Plus (where the network handles network shows and syndicated show rights for small markets), then maybe, MAYBE it could be justified... but even then, The CW got rid of The Daily Buzz morning show...
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by MichiganPhil » Wed May 17, 2017 9:13 am

ftballfan wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 6:44 pm
What will happen with MNTV in Lansing?
I think it should just fad into the sunset, as WHTV is slowly doing. They keep pushing back the last day of broadcasting. It's the TV station that wouldn't die!

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by Calvert DeForest » Wed May 17, 2017 10:25 am

My Network TV was Fox's response to the UPN/WB consolidation that spawned The CW. Several Fox O&O's, including UPN-affiliated WWOR in NYC, were cut out of the loop due to CW's blanket affiliation agreement with the Tribune stations. In addition, many UPN/WB affiliates across the country were suddenly left without a network and faced the prospect of reverting to pure indies. Fox seized the opportunity to launch a new network for stations that were left out in the cold.

Granted, the novella niche was unique, but it seemed like it was thrown together in a hurry so it would be ready to go by the time CW launched. The novellas were probably a considerable expense that obviously didn't produce the results Fox had hoped for. The shift to male-oriented fare like WWE Smackdown was night-and-day, and that didn't work either. After that, it was like they just threw in the towel and settled for the cheap off-network syndication. The network, as it is today, has no real brand or identity. CW has found success by focusing on the superhero/sci-fi genre. It would be nice to see My Network find a new and original niche, although I don't know what that would be.

On a side note, I've noticed that WLAJ is now branding themselves as My ABC WLAJ53. Don't know if that indicates anything related to this thread or if it's just a coincidence.
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by MasterB » Thu May 18, 2017 6:31 pm

MWmetalhead wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 8:38 pm
I'll pick choice C. MNTV has no original programming anyway, does it? Frankly, I don't know why it still exists.
I don't get why MYTV is still around more a TV service like ION TV.
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by Calvert DeForest » Fri May 19, 2017 9:43 am

MasterB wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 6:31 pm
I don't get why MYTV is still around more a TV service like ION TV.
The key difference is that ION, and the CW for that matter, provide their O&O's/affiliates with a 24/7 network schedule. My Network TV, to my knowledge, has no such feed. That leaves locals with the task of programming non-network hours, requiring more resources on their part.
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by high fidelity » Sun May 21, 2017 6:44 pm

Calvert DeForest wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 9:43 am
MasterB wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 6:31 pm
I don't get why MYTV is still around more a TV service like ION TV.
The key difference is that ION, and the CW for that matter, provide their O&O's/affiliates with a 24/7 network schedule. My Network TV, to my knowledge, has no such feed. That leaves locals with the task of programming non-network hours, requiring more resources on their part.
Correct, My Network provides 2 hours of programming per day. The local stations need to fill 22 hours.

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by ftballfan » Mon May 22, 2017 9:29 pm

WHTV is in with varying strength on an indoor antenna near Ypsilanti

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by tvradiojunkie » Fri May 26, 2017 2:08 pm

Website now just says "stay tuned". Hmmmmm........

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by smallwonder » Fri May 26, 2017 2:50 pm

There is still an attempt to piggyback onto another station in the market.
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by RingtailedFox » Fri May 26, 2017 10:57 pm

but... how are we supposed to stay tuned if the station's signing off? :P
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by SBaxley » Sat May 27, 2017 10:52 pm

Maybe WHTV will Piggy Back onto WSYMs antenna

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by MWmetalhead » Sun May 28, 2017 12:44 pm

I suspect Spartan is still going to cease operations. If My-18 survives, it will likely be under new ownership.

I could see WILX making a play for the My-18 intellectual property.

If E.W. Scripps holds onto Fox 47, at some point they will likely sever ties with WILX and launch their own, full scale news operation. This would leave WILX without a home for the 10PM newscast it produces.

Putting the "My-18" brand on a subchannel gives WILX greater leverage for negotiations with cable system operators than what My-18 enjoyed as a standalone *and* provides Gray/WILX with a "Plan B" for clearing newscasts that cannot be cleared on WILX in the event the current agreement with WSYM expires or is otherwise terminated.
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by tvradiojunkie » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:02 am

Midnight on 6/1. Still going........

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by Calvert DeForest » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:45 am

My understanding (and I may be wrong) is that they can't go dark until they receive their spectrum payment from the FCC. If they're working on a channel-sharing agreement with another station, it may also require that they continue operating in the interim.
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by EdWalker » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:18 pm

MWmetalhead wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 12:44 pm
I suspect Spartan is still going to cease operations. If My-18 survives, it will likely be under new ownership.

I could see WILX making a play for the My-18 intellectual property.

If E.W. Scripps holds onto Fox 47, at some point they will likely sever ties with WILX and launch their own, full scale news operation. This would leave WILX without a home for the 10PM newscast it produces.

Putting the "My-18" brand on a subchannel gives WILX greater leverage for negotiations with cable system operators than what My-18 enjoyed as a standalone *and* provides Gray/WILX with a "Plan B" for clearing newscasts that cannot be cleared on WILX in the event the current agreement with WSYM expires or is otherwise terminated.
I don't think there's much left in the way of intellectual property, except for the Jewelry Network affiliation, which they've been running 24/7 since May 1. MyTV affiliation and all the syndicated shows are gone.

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by MichiganPhil » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:43 am

[quote= I don't think there's much left in the way of intellectual property, except for the Jewelry Network affiliation, which they've been running 24/7 since May 1. MyTV affiliation and all the syndicated shows are gone.
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Then it's just a big waste of electricity and has NO purpose. It should just go dark ASAP.

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by ftballfan » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:50 am

I think some of the better syndicated shows will end up on 6, 10, 47, or 53 in the fall to replace cancelled shows

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by Splouge » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:46 pm

ftballfan wrote:
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:50 am
I think some of the better syndicated shows will end up on 6, 10, 47, or 53 in the fall to replace cancelled shows
6 is going off the air
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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by tvradiojunkie » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:42 pm

Splouge wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:46 pm
ftballfan wrote:
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:50 am
I think some of the better syndicated shows will end up on 6, 10, 47, or 53 in the fall to replace cancelled shows
6 is going off the air
Actually no, not really. http://wlns.com/2017/04/14/wlns-tv-isnt-going-anywhere/

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Re: WHTV sold in the FCC auction

Post by EdWalker » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:47 pm

Splouge wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:46 pm
ftballfan wrote:
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:50 am
I think some of the better syndicated shows will end up on 6, 10, 47, or 53 in the fall to replace cancelled shows
6 is going off the air
6 sold their spectrum, but retains their license and call letters; sharing spectrum with WLAJ. Not certain, but thinking they can retain their virtual channel (6) too.

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