Start TV

Start TV is an American free-to-air television network that is owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Primarily carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television drama series from the 1980s through the 2000s, with a focus on dramas, police and legal procedurals geared toward female audiences. The network originates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2]

Start TV
TypeFree-to-air television network
Country
AvailabilityNationwide, via digital terrestrial television
(U.S. coverage: 45%)
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting
Key people
Launch date
September 3, 2018
Picture format
480i widescreen (SDTV)
(4:3 programming adapted to 14:9)
AffiliatesList of affiliates
Official website
www.starttv.com

History

On July 18, 2018, Weigel Broadcasting announced the formation of Start TV, with plans to launch the network on Labor Day of that year (September 3).[1] The network initially debuted on the subchannels of five of network parent Weigel's television stations, three stations owned by Bahakel Communications and seventeen CBS Television Stations,[3][4][5] fourteen CBS, and three CW owned-and-operated stations.

Weigel indicated that the idea for the network was suggested by CBS to allow more modern programming in a gap of not being carried by cable networks, nor streaming services, to find a place to air.[6] Start TV officially launched on September 3, 2018, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with the pilot episode of Touched by an Angel (titled "The Southbound Bus") as its inaugural broadcast.

Programming

As with its male-targeting sister network Heroes & Icons, Start targets a female niche with a more recent focus in series than MeTV, carrying a number of police procedurals and legal procedurals led by women. The network features series from a narrower timeline and focus on more recent content than that from which Decades, its sister network, source their programming.[6] It also contains a uniform schedule with programming airing mainly at the same time seven days a week, with some marathons also being part of the schedule.[1] The network also has the standard three-hour block of children's programming on Sunday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time in order to fulfill educational programming requirements mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, sourced from Bellum Entertainment Group.

Current programs

Procedural dramas

Source:[3]

E/I programming

  • On the Spot (September 9, 2018 – present)
  • Coolest Places on Earth (September 9, 2018 – present)
  • Zoo Clues (September 9, 2018 – present)
  • Animal Atlas (September 9, 2018 – present)
  • Wonderful World (September 9, 2018 – present)

Former programs

Affiliates

As of August 2018, Start TV has affiliation agreements with television stations in 27 media markets encompassing 20 states, covering 45.52% of the United States.[7] The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with potential exceptions in certain areas where a future affiliate may opt to carry the network on its main feed), and is also carried on cable television providers through their digital tiers at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station in certain markets. The network initially launched primarily on subchannels of stations owned by Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations. (In many of the CBS markets, Start TV displaced Weigel and CBS's classic television network venture Decades, with Weigel assuming the local Decades affiliation rights on stations it owns in certain markets where CBS Television Stations owns a CBS and/or CW owned-and-operated station, such as Los Angeles and Chicago.) Bahakel Communications also contributed stations to serve as charter affiliates.[1]

In South Bend, Indiana (where Weigel Broadcasting owns ABC affiliate WBND-LD, CW affiliate WCWW-LD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where Weigel owns CBS affiliate WDJT-TV, independent station WMLW, MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD and Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD), the network displaced This TV on WCWW-LD2 and WYTU-LD3, effectively leaving that network without an affiliate in either market. (Weigel – which was part-owner of that network from its founding in October 2008 – had continued to hold the This TV affiliation rights for the Milwaukee market after Tribune Broadcasting assumed Weigel's interest and operational responsibilities in the network in November 2013; Tribune's Milwaukee station, WITI has not claimed the This TV affiliation in the market despite Weigel moving the This affiliation to lower-tier channel slots several times.)[8]

Current affiliates

City of license/market Station Virtual
channel
Physical channel Primary affiliation Owner Date of affiliation Replaced[1][7]

Alabama

Montgomery WBMM 22.2 22 The CW Bahakel Communications September 3, 2018 Heartland

California

Los Angeles KCBS-TV 2.2 31 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
SacramentoStocktonModesto KOVR 13.2 25
San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose KPIX-TV 5.2 29

Colorado

Denver KCNC-TV 4.2 35 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades

Florida

TampaSt. Petersburg WTOG 44.2 44 The CW CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Miami WFOR-TV 4.2 22 CBS
Orlando WKMG-TV 6.4 26 Graham Media Group December 2018
Jacksonville WJXT 4.3 42 Independent 2019 This TV

Georgia

Atlanta WUPA 69.2 43 The CW CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades

Hawaii

Honolulu KITV 4.3 40 ABC Lilly Broadcasting October 2018

Idaho

Boise KRID-LD 22.6 22 NewsMax TV Idaho TV 22 September 3, 2018 Untamed Sports TV

Illinois

Chicago WBBM-TV 2.2 12 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
WMEU-CD 48.2 32 Independent Weigel Broadcasting Independent
Rockford WFBN-LD 35.3 35 Heroes & Icons

Indiana

Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.5 34 The CW Quincy Media
Indianapolis WBXI-CD 47.1 47 Primary CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
South Bend WCWW-LD 25.2 25 The CW Weigel Broadcasting This TV

Iowa

Cedar Rapids KCRG 9.4 9 ABC Gray Television March 1, 2019
Davenport KWQC-TV 6.5 36 NBC February 1, 2019

Kansas

Topeka WIBW-TV 13.4 13 CBS Gray Television February 28, 2019

Massachusetts

Boston WBZ-TV 4.2 30 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades

Michigan

Detroit WWJ-TV 62.2 44 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Marquette WZMQ 19.4 19 MeTV Lilly Broadcasting

Minnesota

MinneapolisSt. Paul WCCO-TV 4.2 32 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
WalkerBemidji KCCW-TV 12.2 12

Missouri

St. Louis KNLC 24.6 14 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018

Nebraska

Omaha WOWT 6.5 22 NBC Gray Television February, 2019

New York

Albany WNYT 13.3 12 NBC Hubbard Broadcasting June 1, 2019 Heroes & Icons
New York City WCBS-TV 2.2 33 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades

North Carolina

Charlotte WCCB 18.5 27 The CW Bahakel Communications September 3, 2018

Ohio

Cleveland WBNX-TV 55.5 30 Independent Winston Broadcasting Network December 1, 2018

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia KYW-TV 3.2 26 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Pittsburgh KDKA-TV 2.2 25
Erie WICU-TV 12.4 12 NBC Lilly Broadcasting

South Carolina

Columbia WOLO-TV 25.2 8 ABC Bahakel Communications September 3, 2018 This TV
Myrtle Beach WFXB 43.3 18 Fox 2019

Texas

DallasFort Worth KTVT 11.2 19 CBS CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Houston KPRC-TV 2.4 35 NBC Graham Media Group December 1, 2018
San Antonio KSAT-TV 12.5 12 ABC January 2019
Belton/Killeen/Temple/Waco KNCT 46.3 46 The CW Gray Television January 2, 2019

Utah

Cedar City, Utah (Salt Lake City) KCSG 8.3 14 Heroes & Icons Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018

Virgina

Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia WSLS-TV 10.4 30 NBC Graham Media Group 2019

Washington

Tacoma (Seattle) KSTW 11.2 11 The CW CBS Television Stations September 3, 2018 Decades
Bellingham KVOS-TV 12.5 35 Heroes & Icons Weigel Broadcasting

Wisconsin

Green Bay WBAY-TV 2.5 23 ABC Gray Television February 1, 2019[9]
Milwaukee WDJT-TV 58.5 58 CBS Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018
WYTU-LD 63.2 17 Telemundo This TV[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Mark K. Miller (July 18, 2018). "Weigel To Launch 'Start TV' Female Diginet". TVNewsCheck. TVNewsCheck Media. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Robert Feder (July 19, 2018). "Weigel to launch Start TV digital network with CBS Television Stations". RobertFeder.com. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Tara Bitran (July 18, 2018). "TV News Roundup: Netflix Offers First Look at 'Narcos: Mexico,' Trailer for Rev Run's 'All About the Washingtons'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Melissa Hudson (July 18, 2018). "Weigel Broadcasting Co. to launch new 'Start TV' network in association with CBS television stations". WBND-LD. Weigel Broadcasting. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Phil Kurz (July 30, 2018). "Start TV Diginet To Showcase Strong, Resourceful Women". TVTechnology. Future plc. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Chris Foran (July 19, 2018). "New over-the-air TV channel, Start TV, to focus on shows with strong female leading characters". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Stations for Network - Start TV". RabbitEars. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Chris Foran (August 27, 2018). "TV channel-surfing: Start TV and Justice Milwaukee are in, This TV's out, and Movies! is moving". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "WBAY TV-2 adds H&I and Start TV to channel line up". January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

External links

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Weigel Broadcasting

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Network-affiliated stations
O&O MeTV stations
O&O Heroes & Icons and Decades stations
Independent stations
National subchannel networks
Current programming
Former programming
Defunct

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