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.
Of the networks I’ve covered so far this week, The Family Channel (formerly My Family TV) is by far the least well-known. It has less than 50 affiliate according to its official website. I haven’t actually come across anyone who has watched the network. Originally known as Faith TV, the network was purchased by ValCom, Inc. in September 2008 and relaunched on December 15th, 2008 as My Family TV. In March 2011, ValCom joined forces with Luken Communications (which owns Retro TV) and began to expand its line-up of classic TV shows. It was relaunched again in December 2013 as The Family Channel.
The Family Channel airs a mixture of health and lifestyle shows and classic TV shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, I Married Joan, and Movin’ On. It also airs more recent TV shows like Cold Squad and Da Vinci’s Inquest. Educational/informational programming airs every weekday afternoon. Paid programming airs during the early morning hours on weekdays and weekends.
I have no idea if The Family Channel has a bug or if it airs shows uncut. So if you’re a The Family Channel viewer, hit the comments with your thoughts.