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 past few days I've examined a number of what I call "classic television digital specialty networks" which are distributed primarily via digital subchannels. Today I'm looking at This TV, which is a more general entertainment digital specialty network. 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.
This TV is not primarily classic television digital specialty network like Retro TV, Me-TV, Antenna TV or Cozi TV. It airs mostly movies along with children's programming and a number of classic TV shows as well as a few newer ones. It is co-owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Weigel Broadcasting Co., which are also responsible for Me-TV. It currently has about 140 affiliates across the country.
On weekdays, children's programming usually airs from 7-9AM, movies from 10AM to 4:30AM and classic TV from 4:30AM to 7AM. Weekends mix things up a little more. The classic TV shows seen on This TV are Mister Ed, Highway Patrol, The Outer Limits (1960s version), The Patty Duke Show, Green Acres and Sea Hunt. It also airs Stargate: SG-1.
This TV does have a bug in the lower right hand corner. Closing credits do not feature a voiceover nor are they squeezed to fit in a promotional spot. I timed a number of episodes of several different shows and some were cut and others appear to be aired uncut:
Sampling of This TV Show Durations, May 2013Green Acres - 21:59
Highway Patrol - 26:06
Sea Hunt - 26:01
The Patty Duke Show - 21:21
Mister Ed - 21:20
Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt appear uncut while Mister Ed, The Patty Duke Show and Green Acres are missing around three or four minutes. I was not able to record and time an episode of The Outer Limits to see if it airs uncut.
If you're a This TV viewer, hit the comments with your thoughts.