The FFC mandated transition to digital television allowed stations to begin broadcasting digital subchannels in addition to their primary channel. Depending on the market, subchannels are available over-the-air (i.e. 30.1, 30.2, 30.3) as well as on cable. Over the next few days I’ll be examining a number of what I call “classic television digital specialty networks” which are distributed primarily via digital subchannels. In most cases, affiliates have the option of taking some or all of the national feed, meaning their schedules may not match the national schedule.
The origins of Me-TV, also known as MeTV, date back to 2003 when it debuted as a programming block on a single television station in Chicago, owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Later, the station began airing Me-TV programming full-time. A second Chicago station soon became Me Too. A Milwaukee station was launched in 2008 and in December 2010 Me-TV began rolling out nationally. The network is owned by Weigel Broadcasting and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The network currently has some 147 stations covering almost 90% of the country. It airs programming primarily from CBS Television Distribution and 20th Television, including M*A*S*H, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Adam-12, Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek, Batman, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and That Girl.
Me-TV also airs two pseudo obscurities: The Rebel and Mr. Lucky. Every Sunday, Me-TV airs a “Sunday Showcase” themed block.
I have never received Me-TV so I don’t know if it features an on-screen bug or if it airs edited or sped-up episodes. If you’re a Me-TV viewer, hit the comments with your thoughts.