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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Alfer, Jul 23, 2013.
It doesn't look like DirecTV has it in Kansas City.
I'm wondering if some people have the channel but cannot tell, and here's why I say that -
In my market, if you didn't actually tune in the channel to see the logo during programming you'd never know what the channel is. On the channel guide it's not called MeTV. It's called KAME (as in call letters) - something or other - as a local affiliate type of channel.
It's the only ".2" channel in my local area that's not carried by Comcast. But the corresponding ".1" channel airs about half their content as MeTV (the other half is religious programming).
There are a few other similar channels. I think a lot of these shows they show are cheap or in the public domain for syndication. So these channels have been popping up as a way to sell advertising without having to pay a lot for content.
Here in Virginia on FIOS we have Antenna TV. It's on channel 482. They are playing one of my old all time favorite shows, The Burns and Allen Show. This show was a bit before my time, but I remembering discovering it as a kid and thinking I had found a gold mine. I loved the humor. My wife and I are watching a few a week.
I find it hard to believe that all these shows are in the public domain. Wikipedia reports:
(It ran through 1958.)
Seems they are running the entire catalog whether in the public domain or not.
No matter, I am sure they can be broadcast for real cheap. The copyright holders are probably thrilled to monetize their value anyway they can.
If you put in your zip code in the search box on the right, it will tell you what channels it is available on in your area. For example:
You can watch Me-TV Washington, DC on the following stations:
WJLA (Over the air): 7.2
Antietam Cable TV: 174
In the NYC market, we have ME TV, CoziTV, AntennaTV, Bounce (features programming geared toward blacks and African Americans in the 25-54 age range.) and ThisTV
Im embarrassed to say that I've been watching Little House on the Prairie on Me-Too.
I'm in NH, and comcast has had ME and This for well over a year (my sense of time is lousy ) ... Cozi just arrived; it was formerly Retro. My hubby and I LOVE most of the oldies, though Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moor are not faves!
On the downside, we recently lost WeatherScan, which I loved as it gave the pollen and allergy counts.
In Indianapolis we have ME TV, CoziTV, AntennaTV, Bounce and ThisTV
I like watching Svengoolie on ME TV on Saturday nights. Reminds me of Sammy Terry who was a local host of Friday and Saturday night horror movies in Indianapolis.
We have all of them in Orlando Me, Antenna, Retro, This, etc. I assumed would be lots of similar channels once digital came out with subs. Surprised to hear these aren't pretty much everywhere now.
The Odd Couple is my favorite show on ME...I loved the show when I was a kid and I love it even more now!
What does it say about the state of TV these days that I would rather watch something on Netflix, Hulu, or 40 year old reruns than just about anything on Network TV?
It may be less than you think.
Based on my informal timings, ThisTV runs about 9 minutes of commercials per hour. I don't think that the episodes of the Outer Limits that they were showing were cut at all.
Antenna TV seems to run about 10-11 minutes per hour.
Me TV appears to be the worst offender at 13-14 minutes per hour.
They can just speed up playback to get that many more ads in. No need to cut content.
I forgot to mention that, but yeah, personally, sped up does not really count as editing (even though you obviously are removing frames). Though you can only speed up a few percent at most (IIRC) before people notice it. Though I'm so used to listening to podcasts at 1.5x and 2x (and watching lots of shows on my other recorder at IIRC 1.5x, maybe 1.25x) that once in a while I have to check if I'm at faster than realtime or not, since I'm so used to it.
MeTV - on the .2 subchannel of WOIO/19 (CBS 19.1). Here in the southern part of the market, we have trouble with WOIO's main signal, but there's a handy digital translator I can pick up just fine. I just moved, and still get it perfectly, and am back with a working OTA receiver.
Antenna TV - on the .2 subchannel of WJW/8 (Fox 8.1). Had trouble getting it before (high VHF) but I must be in a better spot now.
This TV - on the .3 subchannel of WBNX/55 (CW 55.1). No trouble getting it in either place.
No Cozi here. Retro TV is on a pair of weak LPTVers, but I can see it again now due to being in the part of the TWC system that gives it analog cable carriage.
TWC carries all of the above except for This TV. That network's carriage was tied to the carriage agreement of the previous affiliate (WUAB 43.2, MyNet, owned by the WOIO folks). That station dropped This TV for Bounce, but WBNX apparently doesn't have a carriage agreement that includes This TV, so it's not on TWC...Bounce was added as soon as it took over 43.2.
Except for Retro TV, as noted above, and the absence of This TV, TWC carries all the remaining local digital subchannels in the high 900s, a back tune from the HD locals (1000s).
I love MeTV and am thrilled to have it back. Favorite show, aside from the MTM stuff? Columbo on Sunday nights.
I also like WKRP in Cincinnati, also Sunday nights on Antenna TV.
I found Me-TV in Houston just about 2 years ago via antenna, it was added to Comcast here not long after.
Just caught a very interesting episode of an anthology series called "Suspense Theatre" (AKA "Crisis"). It was recorded (from Antenna TV, I think) as a suggestion. Quite a lot of quality stuff to be found OTA these days.
Love this...for Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, MASH, Twilight Zone, Thriller and even The Rifleman......brings me back in, mostly, a good way!
Saw a promo this weekend about big schedule announcement (I forgot date) hope it's not some "original" programs that would be beginning of the end.