THIS TV Cleared in 60% of U.S.

Jan 26, 2009  •  Post A Comment

MGM and Weigel Broadcasting’s digital service THIS TV is cleared in 60% of the country with the addition of certain Tribune, Sunbeam, Raycom and Quincy Newspaper stations, the companies announced today.
Stations added to the list of clearances include Tribune’s KTLA in Los Angeles, WPHL in Philadelphia, WDCW in Washington, D.C., WTIC/WTXX in Hartford, Conn., and WGNO/WNOL in New Orleans. Also involved in the deal are Sunbeam’s WHDH in Boston and Raycom’s WUAB in Cleveland, WXIX in Cincinnati, WMC in Memphis, Tenn., WAVE in Louisville, Ky., and WNTZ in Knoxville, Tenn.
Quincy Newspaper stations in Madison, Wis., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, South Bend, Ind., and Wausau, Wis., also have signed on for THIS TV.
“In this tough and challenging environment, the broadcasting community is enthusiastically responding to our THIS TV digital platform,” John Bryan, executive VP of broadcast strategy with MGM, said in a statement.
“We are pleased that such leading broadcasters as Tribune, Raycom, Sunbeam and Quincy are investing in this programming alternative, which is already resonating with viewers across the country. With quality films and TV programs from MGM’s rich library, we’re providing an economically viable turnkey programming service for local markets,” he added.
These stations join stations owned by Fisher Communications, Hearst-Argyle Television, Post-Newsweek Stations and Sinclair Broadcast Group as THIS TV participants.
Billed as a hands-off solution for stations looking to program on the multicast channels they added via the transition to digital television, THIS TV dips into MGM’s vault of shows and movies for programming.

90 Comments

  1. when is the launch date for KTLA, los angeles?

  2. Info for KTLA can be found at KTLA.COM — See upper page for links and click on THIS TV!

  3. how come we are not getting the movies? have sound but nothing else

  4. Yes I have the same question why? Friday night it was working and then yestarday morning, and in the afternoon it was gone, same today Sunday the 1 of March, 2009

  5. Could you let us know when they will actually broadcast the movies. There was a movie playing a couple of days ago. Today Sunday, March 1, there is only sound but no picture. This is confusing. Could you please clarify.

  6. What happened to the movies, there is sound and no picture as of Saturday Feb,28. When will the picture return?

  7. the mthoer fckures at THISTV won’t let have free tv with classic movies and limited ad interuptions.We are at the mercy of these mthoer fckures all the time. i say “RENT THESE MOVIES ON DVDS. BETTER PICTURE AND SOUND!”
    E-mail me at tomp1253@msn.com.
    sorry for my sharp language here. this station will suffer the same demise as “The Tube” did that was on ch 5-5 in the Los Angeles area.
    SORRY TO SAY THIS, ALSO, THISTV HAS NO PLANS TO KEEP ON THE AIR. JUST E-MAILED THEM AND THEY SAID “DUE TO TECH DIFFICULTIES AND COPYRIGHT LAWS WE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO STAY ON THE AIR”
    BUT SO WHAT, I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THING TO WORRY ABOUT!

  8. to GIGI:
    Sorry to announce that “THISTV” will not longer stay on the air. like the song goes” I rather hurt you honestly than to sleeze you with a lie!”
    E-mail me at tomp1253@msn.com
    to ALL askers:
    THISTV WILL STOP BROADCASTING FOR COPYRIGHT LAWS VIOLATIONS WHICH IS TOTAL BS! I THOUGHT THIS WAS ‘THE LAND OF THE FREE’ WHERE WE WOULD GET FREE OLD CLASSIC MOVIES TO WATCH

  9. I WAS GETTING THISTV ON 5-2 NEAR LOS ANGELES, CA, BUT THESE ASSHOLES DECIDED TO GO OFF THE AIR FOR SOME REASON; FOR THOSES OF YOU WHO WERE HOPING THIS TV STATION WOULD NOT GO OFF THE AIR, I AM SORRY THIS HAPPENED. IT IS A GOVERMENT CONSPIRACY; WE ARE UNDER THEIR THUMB; I AM VERY SURPRIZED WE STILL HAVE THE INTERNET!
    E-mail me at tomp1253@msn.com

  10. thistv has broken their promise to stay on the air and show good movies!
    IF I MAKE A PROMISE I KEEP IT!
    TOO BAD THESE CLOWNS AT THISTV CAN’T KEEP THERE PROMISES.

  11. I am BIG on This TV with it’s classic old skool flicks!!
    Thank Goodness it came back on air on KTLA DTV 5.2 in Los Angeles around March 11 and was so estatic that Wednesday that I ignored watching my freebie RedBox rental that day!!!
    I’ve actually gone “ballistic” around late Feb ’09 when it went off air with only digital audio and program guides that I emailed KTLA for this fiasco… ;p
    Kudos and keep up the good work Tribune Broadcasting for your KTLA 5.2 This TV!!!

  12. Darn it! Spoke too soon…
    Would yo believe…This TV?!
    Just hours after posting the above comment, at approx 2:25 PDT 3/14/09 just as I went to the kitchen to get a glass of water and when I got back to watch the boob-tube, there it is again…the dreaded “This TV” logo pic with audio only!!!ARGH!!!

  13. Today is the first day I came across “THIS” channel. If they are going off the air then why are they showing the begining of a movie and then it goes to the logo…….just shut it down!!
    I know the movies are old or silly (from what I have either seen today or saw comercials for tomorrow) I guess I just wasted time today.
    Maybe they (MGM, etc.) have not been marketing properly and they have no sponsors / commercials paying for air time?
    Disappinting because where I am I cannot get cable and Satellite is not stable because I live on a boat.

  14. Today is the first day I came across “THIS” channel. If they are going off the air then why are they showing the begining of a movie and then it goes to the logo…….just shut it down!!
    I know the movies are old or silly (from what I have either seen today or saw comercials for tomorrow) I guess I just wasted time today.
    Maybe they (MGM, etc.) have not been marketing properly and they have no sponsors / commercials paying for air time?
    Disappinting because where I am I cannot get cable and Satellite is not stable because I live on a boat.

  15. this station is a F%#@&* JOKE

  16. THIS STATION IS A F@#%ING JOKE

  17. In the oc. Agree with all the above. Couple weeks ago watched This for a couple of movies, did some channel surfing came back to This and the tv froze could not use remote or buttons on set. Had to unplug from wall. Tried again scrolled up and down all channels fine land on this…frozen. Scared the hell out of me as tv is new. Surfed around “this” for few days tried again “this” not broadcasting movies no more problem. Anyone else???

  18. I reside in Los Angeles.
    the station is THISTV KTLA 5.2.
    I can see how THISTV may not have the gray matter to keep the channel going. Maybe they need to employ someone who understands this technology and can keep it going. When it worked, for the short time that it did, it was good.

  19. davy: this station is a F%#@&* JOKE
    Posted by davy | March 14, 2009 5:24 PM
    you got that right! david!
    e-mail me at anytime tomp1253@msn.com.
    thistv IS a joke run by a bunch of lasy asswipes who can’t get there schit together!
    MY 100 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER CAN DO A BETTER JOB THAN THE 20 TO 30 YEAR OLD CLOWNS AT THISTV! LOL!!!! ROTF!! LMAO!!!

  20. THIS TV is a 24/7 digital broadcasting network that features more than 4,000 films and over 10,000 TV show episodes.
    At the heart of THIS TV are blockbuster and Academy Award-winning movies from some of the most prestigious Hollywood film libraries in the entertainmetn industry, including MGM, United Artists, Orion Pictures, Polygram, Cannon and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
    Complementing these extraordinary movie libraries are classic TV shows such as The Addams Family, Green Acres, Flipper, The Outer Limits, and Cagney & Lacey.
    THIS TV Network will air on KTLA’s digital subchannel 5.2. We are still in the engineering testing phase so we do not have a firm launch date yet for when shows will start airing.
    On the web: http://www.this.tv

  21. Thank you Socal Mike. After all the blue rantings above I almost gave up getting any solid information about what appeared at first to be a terrific addition to our digital channel lineup. So I guess the thing about copyright laws and going off the air is not accurate? At some point we can expect image as well as audio?

  22. THIS IS A WORLD RECORD!! THISTV HAS BEEN ON WITH IMAGES FOR 25HRS.AND 26 MINS.COULD IT BE ITS ON FOR GOOD??

  23. FILM AT ELEVEN!!!

  24. I love digital sub-channel 5.2 here in the Los Angeles area. But is there a program guide to see what’s comming on next anywhere, either here on the net or on television?

  25. Hi Pat,
    I agree its a great channel. Here’s the schedule I found.
    http://www.this.tv/

  26. Tired of reruns? Tune in to LA’s best-kept secret, This TV, for great entertainment from known actors/actresses “before they were stars”. Chief drawback: if you don’t catch the title of the show at the beginning, you’ll have no idea what, or who, you’re watching. But that’s part of the fun!!

  27. Kudos…Just watched a couple of shows on the new THIS station at a friends in Knoxville TN.
    Good programming FINALLY programming meant for an IQ over 10.
    I mean,I was forced to watch wednesday night free tv in Knox and frankly I figure they were meant for the brain dead.All reality crap meant for morons.
    KUDOS THISTV

  28. Kudos…Just watched a couple of shows on the new THIS station at a friends in Knoxville TN.
    Good programming FINALLY programming meant for an IQ over 10.
    I mean,I was forced to watch wednesday night free tv in Knox and frankly I figure they were meant for the brain dead.All reality crap meant for morons.
    KUDOS THISTV

  29. Kudos FINALLY tv programming meant for a living brain… no more reality tv moron zone Come on Knoxville stations, 6,8.1 ,8.2(totally pathetic infomercial crap),10, etc. This is what TV
    is suppossed to be not the 10 second attention spans required by modern tv reality shows.. reality what?
    KUDOS THIS TV
    The rest of you f2a stations could learn from this station, that is if your corporate owners would let you to use your brains,which I have seen very little proof of.Guess it’s just more of the dumbification of America.

  30. Watched a pre-code 1930′s movie on Tuesday morning 7/28/09. It was fantastic. Hope to see more 1930 – 1940′s movies on the new digital station “This”.
    Will it be in the tv guide eventually?
    Hacienda Hts., CA

  31. Linjda C.. To add your comment, I enjoy those classics that regular tv refuses to show anymore.This Tv has brought back some great classics and heartwarming movies. It’s great to see them in digital video quality. I only have a gripe with the programmers. Looking at the schedule, a movie I want to see shows at an ungodly hour like 4 am anjhd it doesn’t show again according to the schedule. However, certain other movies show way too often, like twice a day three times a week. I always enjoy Claudette Colbert movies and This Tv br54ought back my favorite, “Tomorrow is Forever. That movie can make me cry and get goosebumps. I hope they show it again at a reasonable time.

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    On ThisTV web site the schedule will not change to pacific time zone. I have been trying to get this weeks Pacific Time zone schedule for the past hour.
    Thank you

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