Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MGM-TV Moves On Its Own Retro TV Channel Me-TV (Deadline.com)

TV News posted Jan. 4 at Nikki Finke's excellent Deadline.com website. There is also THIS TV and Antenna TV, both of which air on KTLA/5 digital channels in Los Angeles. THIS airs a mix of retro shows and movies, but it may move to movies-only if Me-TV gets carriage on stations and cable systems. (As long as someone keeps airing the fun Highway Patrol reruns) -- Gary

From Deadline.Com --

In one of its first moves as it is emerging from bankruptcy, MGM is making a play in the digital world, teaming with Weigel Broadcasting for the launch of Me-TV, a television network offering classic television sitcoms, dramas and classic commercials, which is targeted for digital broadcast stations.

Me-TV, which stands for Memorable Entertainment Television, has already been tested on a local level. A local version of the network has been airing on Weigel Broadcasting's WWME in Chicago. WWME and Weigel's station WBME, which covers the Milwaukee/Racine metro area, have become the first affiliates of Me-TV, whose classic TV lineup consists of "Cheers," "M*A*S*H," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and "The Bob Newhart Show." Me-TV's national distribution will be handled by MGM's domestic television sales division. Me-TV follows MGM and Weigel's collaboration on the 2008 launch of Thistv, a free movie service for viewers

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