Fox 7 adding MeTV subchannel featuring classic TV shows

11990524_10154205321166686_2537473550133782487_nOne of the most popular over-the-air digital subchannels is (finally) coming to Austin.

MeTV has signed a deal with Fox-owned KTBC that will put it on channel 7.4.

The station said it expects to announce soon when exactly MeTV will make its debut.

The MeTV network airs some of the best-known classic TV shows, such as “M*A*S*H,” “Happy Days,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Kojak,” “Perry Mason” and “The Twilight Zone.”

On KTBC, MeTV will join two other digital subchannels: Movies! on channel 7.2 and Buzzr on channel 7.3.

Other local stations have also added stations recently, including Cozi and Ion on KXAN and Grit and Laff on KNVA.

New broadcast TV network hits Austin’s airwaves

Find ION on channel 36.3. (Twitter image)
Find ION on channel 36.3. (Twitter image)

ION, a national TV network, now has a home in Austin.

Local NBC affiliate KXAN has picked up ION, placing it on digital subchannel 36.3.

The network primarily airs reruns of popular primetime shows, such as “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Blue Bloods,” “Numb3rs” and “Criminal Minds.”

It also has original programming, including the hospital drama “Saving Hope.”

KXAN is one of several stations across the country owned by Media General that have picked up ION in recent days.

“We are excited to be able to provide over-the-air viewers in Austin with high quality entertainment programming offered by ION,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KXAN and sister stations KNVA and KBVO.

ION is the second digital network KXAN has added this year. Previously, it put Cozi, which runs retro TV shows, on its 36.2 subchannel.


KXAN adding classic shows to digital subchannel

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 10.38.58 PMCozi, a broadcast network featuring “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and countless other classic TV shows, is on its way to Austin.

Look for it to debut on Channel 36.2, one of KXAN’s digital subchannels, on June 1, according to Media General, our local NBC affiliate’s Richmond, Va.-based owner.

Three other Media General stations — located in Albuquerque, N.M.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Tampa, Fla. — will also link up with Cozi next month.

“We look forward to working with Cozi TV through this new agreement and delivering their great programming to viewers in our markets,” Deb McDermott, Media General’s chief operating officer, said in a written statement.

The niche network, which was launched in late 2012, now has 79 affiliates serving 84 million homes in 74 percent of the country after linking up with Media General.

“We are so excited to extend our viewership to these four fantastic markets,” said Meredith McGinn, Cozi’s senior vice president. “We know the viewers are going to really enjoy our comfortable and familiar programming, with iconic shows like ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ we invite them to cozy up on the couch while we reintroduce them to some of their all-time favorites.”

Fox-owned KTBC will also launch a new digital subchannel on June 1. Buzzr TV, which will air classic game shows, will pop up on Channel 7.3. It was announced earlier this year.