Mako Communications, operator of LPTV and Class-A television stations in large markets across the United States has filed an application with the FCC to sell 50 of their stations to Landover 5, LLC. The price for those stations was $46.5 million.
Another network digital subchannel network is planning to be launched by Sony Pictures. The network, GetTV, will showcase the content from the Sony Pictures library. On board already is Univision's owned and opperated channels.
Sinclair Broadcasting has announced plans to acquire Fisher Communications. The deals includes stations in the Pacific Northwest including in KOMO and KUNS Seattle, Washington and KATU and KUNP in Portland, Oregon. This deal comes just after Sinclair's acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting Group and several stations from Cox Media Group.
Univision has announced that Telefutura will be renamed UniMas which translate to "Univision More." As a result, they will also be adding new programming to the network to further compete against all the other Spanish language networks.
Digital subchannel network TNN, The Nashville Network, is set to launch in November. The network has already announced affiliates in six markets including Nashville, TN. The flagship station for TNN in Nashville will be WSMV and will be carried on Charter and Comcast cable throughout the market. The other markets where TNN has announced affiliates include Biloxi, MS, Birmingham, AL, Chattanooga, TN, Springfield, MO, and Wichita, KS.
According to a report from Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago, NBC plans to launch their own classic TV/retro programming network on the NBC O&O television stations. The new network will likely be called "Cozi TV" and would join an already crowded field of classic TV subchannel network: RTV, Antenna TV, and Me TV.
Long time silent station WIWN, formerly WWAZ, has signed on the air on channel 5, virtual channel 68.1, with programming from Weather Nation. The station joins several others now broadcasting Weather Nation including WHDT who dropped RTV in favor of the weather network.
MundoFox has officially launched nationwide across the United States. We have organized a list of affiliates for the new network here: Mundo Fox affiliates.
Cox Media Group has announced that it has put four of its television stations for sale in smaller markets. Those stations are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Steubenville.
WACP a new television station licensed to Atlantic City, NJ and part of the Philadelphia TV market has begun testing their channel 4 signal. Early indications are that programming will be mostly infomercials.
LIN TV has reached an agreement to acquire New Vision's television stations in 8 markets. They include KOIN in Portland, OR, KHON Honolulu, and WIAT in Birmingham, AL as well as several others. The total purchase price is $342 million.
The Universal Sports television network drops the affiliations with local broadcast television stations and will only be available on cable and satellite providers. Currently it can be seen nationwide on DirecTV.
In New York City, CBS has agreed to buy independent television station WLNY from its current owners. With this acquisition, CBS will have a duopoly in the market along with currently owned WCBS.
In Springfield, MO Fox has moved from KSFX (now KOZL) to KRBK. KRBK will continue to air My Network TV programming but now at 9PM after Fox prime time.
Michael Dell (of Dell Computers) through his investment company MSD Capital has been buying up full-power television stations including KTLN in the San Francisco market and KFFV in the Seattle market.
WZMY, the My Network TV affiliate for the Boston market, has been sold and is now WBIN. The new owner is Carlisle One Media and they have announced plans to drop My Network TV and go independent.
NBC Universal has an agreement to sell Los Angeles Spanish language station KWHY to The Meruelo Group for $43 million. Previously the station was purchased by Telemundo for $239 million.
KOCE has become the new primary PBS affiliate in the Los Angeles market and has rebranded as PBS SoCal on January 1st.
The former primary PBS affiliate for Los Angeles, KCET, has dropped the PBS affiliation and is now independent.