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.

2 new TV networks, Grit and Laff, hit Austin’s airwaves

'Ellen,' the sitcom that helped make talk show host Ellen DeGeneres a household name, is featured on the Laff network's lineup. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press photo)
‘Ellen,’ the sitcom that helped make talk show host Ellen DeGeneres a household name, is featured on the Laff network’s lineup. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press photo)

You don’t need cable or satellite to get your favorite TV shows.

Many are available free, over the air – and, thanks to two newly launched networks, that number has grown significantly in recent weeks.

Those two networks, Laff and Grit, are available on digital subchannels of local CW affiliate KNVA.

Laff, as you might expect, has a comedy-focused lineup, running beloved sitcoms such as “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Ellen,” “Empty Nest,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Night Court” and “Spin City.”

“Everyone needs comic release at some point during the day,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KNVA and its sister stations, NBC affiliate KXAN and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO. “We are very excited to introduce Laff and its hilarious shows to Austin.”

Find Laff on Channel 54.3. To view the full schedule, head to laff.com.

The other newcomer, Grit, is action-focused, with a host of classic movies, as well as repeats of well-worn Western TV shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Laramie” and “Zane Grey Theatre.”

“The addition of Grit’s action-packed entertainment programming greatly enhances the free, over-the-air offerings KNVA is providing Austin,” Lassberg said. “We are committed to delivering more unique programming not found anywhere else.”

Grit is on Channel 54.2 and its full schedule can be found at grittv.com.

In addition to being available over the air, Lassberg says both networks have already been picked up by some local cable providers, including San Marcos-based Grande Communications and Suddenlink Communications, which serves the Georgetown, Jarrell, Leander and Pflugerville areas.

Austin viewers get 2 new over-the-air TV networks

Programming on Laff includes 'The Drew Carey Show.'
Programming on Laff includes ‘The Drew Carey Show.’

Two more over-the-air TV channels are on their way to Central Texas.

Media General, owner of CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO, has signed deals to carry the Grit and Laff networks.

Grit, which targets a primarily male audience with shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger” and Western flicks, will pop up soon on KNVA’s 54.2 digital subchannel.

The network is about a year old and has a companion female-focused network, Escape, that can be found on Univision-owned KAKW’s 62.4 digital subchannel.

Laff will air on KBVO’s 14.2 digital subchannel. The network, which launched seven months ago, primarily runs reruns of sitcoms such as “Empty Nest,” “Ellen,” “Spin City,” “Grace Under Fire,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

A Media General representative said Monday that Grit and Laff should make their debut here sometime in late December.

“The addition of these powerful stations … widens our already robust and expansive market coverage for our young networks,” said Jeffrey Wolf, chief distribution officer for Katz Broadcasting, the company behind Escape, Grit and Laff.

Monday’s announcement comes just about a week after Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, another Media General station, added the ION network to one of its digital subchannels.