Star Television Network

Star Television Network was an attempt at a fifth broadcasting network based in Orlando, Florida. The network was notable as the first television network to have featured exclusively direct response commercials and infomercials among standard programming.[6]

The network featured classic, though cheaper and lesser-known, 1950s and 1960s programming,[3] movies and game shows under the TV Heaven banner, with direct response infomercials rounding out the schedule.[1] Star expected to buy newer programs and originate their own programming once on a firm operating status.[4]

The network was facing competition from the Home Shopping Network and Fox, which went after the bigger markets.[7] In light of this, Star explained that its key advantage is in terms of operating costs for the station, in which a station affiliating with the network could save about 90% on their programming costs, and a national advertiser advertising on Star could pay about 68% of the major network rates.[2]

Star Television Network
Typebroadcasting network
BrandingStar Television Network
TV Heaven[1]
Country
US
Founded1987
by
  • Harry Handley
  • Walter Windsor
  • John Tyler
[2]
HeadquartersOrlando, Florida
Owner
  • Harry Handley
  • Walter Windsor
  • Cathy Bamberg
  • Satellite Music Network Inc.
  • Dale W. Lang
[3][4]
Key people
Dale W. Lang (chair)[1]
Ron Eikens (CEO)[5]
Launch date
September 29, 1990
DissolvedJanuary 14, 1991[5]
Former names
Starcast
Affiliateslist

History

The network was introduced under the Starcast name in October 1987 as needing $15 million to launch and had just started contacting potential affiliates. The network expected to sign up 30 stations by the April 1989 launch date and have 18 hours of broadcasting a day.[3] After the Black Monday stock market crash in October 1987, Starcast's investors pulled out.[4] By January 1988, the company had 70 stations willing to sign on to the network, since renamed Star Television Network.[7]

By April 1989 the projected launch date, Star pushed back their launch to July due to programming negotiations and financing hold ups. 64 stations had provisionally signed on as affiliates in markets like Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Jacksonville, Florida and Orlando to an estimated reach of 40 million households. The network was then in talks with an additional 33 stations. At this time, an affiliation fee ranging from $2,750 to $60,000 annually would be paid by the stations based on their market size instead of the standard network payments to affiliates. 36 minutes a day would be allocated for advertising sold by the network, with the remainder given to its affiliates.[2] Star missed the July launch due to lack of additional funding and set a new September 1 deadline for enough affiliates to sign on for a possible November 1 launch. The network expected to be based at the then-new Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. At this time, the network restructured its affiliate agreement in dropping the annual carriage fee for the addition of some infomercials and a refundable deposit of $1,500 to $175,000 based on the station's size. The number of affiliates at launch and infomercials was a requirement to bring on replacement investor Dale W. Lang, owner of Lang Communications, which then owned several magazines including Success and Working Woman magazine. The infomercials would bring a steady source of income for the network and were mostly to be provided by Quantum Marketing International.[4]

Missing the September 1, 1989 affiliate total deadline, the network pushed back its launch to September 1990. As of August 12, 1990, there were 21 signed stations reaching 13.7 million households. Also, Star moved operations to a rented studio in Winter Park, Florida.[8] Additionally, broadcasting hours were reduced to 8 hours a day, plus 4 hours of infomercials. The network expected to have revenue reach $100 million in its second year of operations.[1] By July 1990, Star had been granted a federal permit for a station in Austin, Minnesota.[6]

Star launched on September 29, 1990[6] with 10 affiliates reaching 9 million homes, as the additional stations were not ready or failed to receive FCC approval. With fewer stations, Star sold less through the infomercials, thus not meeting company goals. The infomercial companies were having their own problems, and thus unable to produce newer shows. Lang could not add more funding into the company due to difficulties at Lang Communications. Lang and the company sought out other investors, to no avail.[5]

The Star Television Network ceased operations on Monday January 14, 1991 at 4:00 a.m. EST. All 25 staffers working for the network were laid off.[5]

Programming

Star's schedule was of four hours of infomercials and eight hours of classic shows under the TV Heaven banner.[6] Some of the programs known to have aired on Star included:[5][9]

Honey West, Judge Roy Bean, Mr. and Mrs. North, and Richard Diamond, Private Detective were also announced as part of Star's line-up in August 1988,[4] though it was unknown if these series had aired.

Infomercials are listed in schedules under various names, such as Star Showcase, Star Opportunities, Star Collections, Star Sensations, Star Innovations, Market Place, Morning Star and Direct to You.[9]

As with other networks, affiliates fill the rest of the time with their own local and syndicated programming, as well as sports, which would preempt Star programming.

Known affiliates

The following stations signed up as affiliates of Star, but did not commence broadcasting until after the network's closure in January 1991:

Star was also reported to have had affiliates in San Jose, California; Spokane, Washington; Las Vegas; Salt Lake City; Anchorage, Alaska; and Cincinnati,[6] though it is unknown which stations in those markets carried programming from Star.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; TV Network Is Planned". New York Times. AP. July 13, 1990. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Strother, Susan G. (April 18, 1988). "Oldies Broadcasts Set To Begin In July Financing And Program Negotiations Stalled Start". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Strother, Susan G. (October 15, 1987). "New Network Would Offer TV's Oldies Orlando Broadcasters Plan To Recycle '50s, '60s Shows". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Strother, Susan G. (August 25, 1989). "Network Plan Near Deadline". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Strother, Susan G. (January 17, 1991). "Tv Network Signs Off - Out Of Cash". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "KXLT-TV to return to the airwaves in Rochester in Sept". PostBulletin.com. July 28, 1990. Retrieved November 22, 2015. ...will return to the air in two months as part of Star Television Network Inc.,""...are scheduled to light up again on Sept. 29
  7. ^ a b Strother, Susan G. (January 25, 1988). "Star Television Network..." Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e Strother, Susan G. (July 12, 1990). "Tv Network Plans September Debut". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "TV Journal supplement (listings for WAYQ channel 26, 9/30/1990 to 10/6/1990)". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. September 30, 1990. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Strother, Susan G. (August 11, 1990). "Independent Tv Stations Struggle To Work Out Financial Problems". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  11. ^ "I Saw Stars While Cleaning My Closet (ad)". TV Guide (Toledo-Lima Edition). October 27, 1990. Retrieved November 22, 2015 – via vintagetoledotv.squarespace.com.
  12. ^ FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order: In re: DeSoto Broadcasting, Inc., Venice, Florida, For Modification of Station WBSV-TV's ADI, April 27, 1995.
  13. ^ Sinclair Broadcast Group press release: "Sinclair to Program WTTA in Tampa", October 29, 1998.
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Fourth television network

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KATH-LD

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KSCT-LP in Sitka is a translator of KATH-LD, broadcasting on virtual and VHF channel 5 from a transmitter in downtown Sitka. Programming is identical to KATH-LD with both stations being fed from the Denali Media hub in Anchorage.

KATH-LD is carried on GCI cable in Juneau on channel 15, on Dish Network throughout Southeast Alaska on channel 5/9380, and on DirecTV throughout Southeast Alaska on channel 5. KATH-LD's high definition feed is also available on GCI's basic service on digital channel 652 in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Wrangell. KATH-LD's standard definition signal is also on GCI cable in Petersburg, Wrangell and Angoon. Daily Alaska news is provided through a partnership with Anchorage's NBC affiliate KTUU-TV (channel 2).

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KXLT-TV

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List of United States over-the-air television networks

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Commercial networks – which air English-language programming to a general audience (for example, CBS);

Spanish-language networks – fully programmed networks which air Spanish-language programming to a primarily Latin American audience (for example, Telemundo and Univision);

Educational and other non-commercial broadcast networks – which air English- and some foreign-language television programming, intended to be educational in nature or otherwise of a sort not found on commercial television (for example, PBS);

Religious broadcast networks – which air religious study and other faith-based programs, and in some cases, family-oriented secular programs (for example, Daystar).Each network sends its signal to many local affiliate television stations across the country. These local stations then air the "network feed," with programs broadcast by each network being viewed by up to tens of millions of households across the country. In the case of the largest networks, the signal is sent to over 200 stations. In the case of the smallest networks, the signal may be sent to just a dozen or fewer stations.

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Key:

1 = UPN affiliate which joined The CW Television Network

² = UPN affiliate which joined MyNetworkTV

³ = UPN affiliate which became independent

4 = status uncertain

5 = UPN affiliate which joined Retro Television Network

6 = UPN affiliate which joined CBS and carries MNTV on DT2 subchannel

7 = UPN affiliate which joined FOX on 8/21

8 = UPN affiliate which joined ABC on 9/1

9 = Station has since ceased operations

10 = Station has since ceased operations on its LPTV signal, but is still in operation as a digital subchannel

11 = Station lost UPN affiliation to WNLO in 2003, currently MeTV affiliate

12 = Joined MyNetworkTV after UPN's shutdown, but joined The CW 10 years later (retaining MNTV as a secondary affiliation)

13 = Station has ceased operations but remains as a digital subchannel on a sister station

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Star TV

Star TV may refer to:

E! (Canadian TV channel) (formerly Star!), a Canadian entertainment news channel

Las Estrellas (Spanish for The Stars), the Mexican television network

Estrella TV (Spanish for Star TV), the American Spanish-language network

Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific (formerly Star or Satellite Television Asian Region Limited), an operator of specialty television channels that was based in Hong Kong

Star China Media, a media group in Mainland China, no longer a part of Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific

Star India, previously a part of Star in Hong Kong, now owned by The Walt Disney Company

Star Select, a defunct television package that targeted the Middle East

Star TV (Asian TV networks)

The Movie Channel (formerly Star Channel), an American premium cable and satellite television network

Star Channel (Greece), a Greek television network

Star Channel (Japan), a Japanese group of premium television channels

Star Cinema, a Filipino film and television production company and distributor

Star Television Network, a short-lived American television network based in Orlando, Florida

Startv, a Canadian weekly entertainment television program

Star TV (Australia), a former television network in Queensland

Star TV (Swiss TV channel), an entertainment television channel in Switzerland

Star TV (Tanzania), a television station in Tanzania

Star TV (Turkey), a general entertainment channel in Turkey

Star TV (Ukrainian TV channel), an electronic and club music channel

Zvezda (TV channel) (Russian for Star), a military-themed Russian television channel owned by the Russian Ministry of Defense

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