Old, not so famous TV shows that have shown up on TV subchannels

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  1. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    But now it's once again considered to be under copyright. A strange case, yes.
     
  2. Mikeguy

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    At least per Wikipedia, the film "It's a Wonderful Life" has always been protected by U.S. copyright through one source or another: while a clerical error resulted in the loss of the film's copyright, the underlying story on which the film is based has retained its own copyright protection, giving the film a reed of copyright protection to stand on as a "derivative work" (one of the aspects that copyright protects).
     
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  3. scooterboy

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    Well I was relating that from my memory, which is sketchy at best. :)
     
  4. Mikeguy

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    And wouldn't you love to have been the author of the original story/the author's relatives--I wonder if the author gets any percentage of on-going film rights, or relinquished them all as part of the film.
     
  5. cannonz

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    What gets me is Lone Ranger had 52 episodes a season for most of its run, an episode every week of the year.
     
  6. Howie

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    OK, Kemosabe.
     
  7. Hot4Bo

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    (Am I the only one who has no idea what a subchannel is? I just get channels, I think).
     
  8. trainman

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    Sherman...
    In these modern days of digital TV, over-the-air TV stations have the ability to broadcast more than one program simultaneously. The main program is the "channel," and the secondary programs are "subchannels." A number of networks have been created that are specifically intended for TV stations to carry on their subchannels (and in some cases, they also may be available through cable or satellite providers). These networks mainly carry programming such as old TV show reruns, old movies, etc.

    As an example, here's part of the over-the-air channel list for my neck of the woods -- the main channels are identified as "-1," and the subchannels are "-2," "-3," etc. The networks being carried by the subchannels include such names as COZI TV, Antenna TV, Heroes & Icons, and Buzzr.

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  9. Hot4Bo

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    Thanks. I have never seen that where I live, probably because I don't do over-the-air.
     
  10. TonyD79

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    On cable they show up as regular numbers but they are still sub channels as they are broadcast as them. They would be channels like Comet, MeTv, Laff, GetTV, Charge!, Cozi, and others.
     
  11. Hot4Bo

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    I think I have only heard (seen) MeTV. I thought it was its own station.
     
  12. Wil

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    But there were breaks in new episodes because they would show a full season of repeats. The "first season" was actually a year and a half, 78 episodes in a row before they started showing that whole "season" again in repeats.

    Clayton Moore kept up his appearances in Western B movies, frequently playing the villain, all the while. Particularly during the year he was fired and temporarily replaced by another masked man actor who, despite the claims, looked and sounded nothing like him.

    EDIT: They used a much bigger mask but it didn't cover the larger girth of the new actor, who BTW was a good friend of Moore's.
     
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  13. dswallow

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    These are most of the local broadcast channels I can receive...

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  14. Howie

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    I can get a whole bunch of on the air channels, but more than half of them are Spanish language stations. That doesn't do me much good, as I can only catch a word here and there, not even enough to get the gist of what's being said.
     
  15. Steveknj

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    In NY, MeTV is it's "own" station, Ch. 33, but I also noticed it's a subchannel to (I think) CBS. It's definitely kind of confusing. Sometimes (but not very often), I think it was simpler when we just had the three main networks and a a few independent stations and that was it :). OK...I'm a boomer, yeah.
     
  16. pdhenry

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    OTA it should have a dash number, like 33-1.

    My Boomer confusion is that "Channel 6” has nothing to do with a given station's broadcast frequency.
     
  17. Steveknj

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    It probably does, I just never noticed as I watch via DirecTV
     
  18. mattack

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    I wish some streaming site showed _uncut_ episodes of Dobie Gillis.. that's one I watched in reruns in likely the 80s, but I'm sure I never saw all of them, and nowadays of course I know shows are hacked up in reruns..
     
  19. Wil

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    Filled with wonderful supporting cast characters, recurring roles and individual appearances, sometimes "guest-starring" sometimes just bits out of nowhere. A who's who of character actors and some future stars. I think the Decades subchannel showed a season or two, but at a typical running time of only 23 minutes that means 3 minutes may be cut. I think half hour sitcoms at the time had about 26-26.5 minutes of program. However, some of these shows have been speeded up with processors that also lower the sound frequency to preserve somewhat natural-sounding voices while providing space for more commercials, so there may be less that that much program material actually cut.
     
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  20. EdwPowers

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    Merritt...
    You have to sign up for an account but VUDU has the first two seasons for free, but there are ads. The episodes say 26 minutes long.
     

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