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.
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.