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Re: TORONTO - BUFFALO O-T-A Programming Updates
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Post 1 made on Friday January 2, 2015 at 19:03
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I wanted to start a new thread for those of you who rely only on terrestrial broadcasting for receiving television programs in the Ontario and Western New York region. There will be so much change coming in 2015.

     First, regarding the CBC, as you know there will be changes to its news department as a result of cutbacks, (1 500) layoffs and restructuring.  Beginning in September (1) expect a new graphic and music package.  Will the CBC be able to afford chairs for their news readers.  CBC Calgary is the only CBC news program with a sitting anchor.  (2) CBC supper hour newscasts will be reduced by either 30 or 60 minutes.  Shows in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Charlottetown, St. John’s and the North will be trimmed to 60 minutes; programs in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Windsor, Montreal and Fredericton will be cut to 30 minutes.  CBC Toronto news will air 6-7 p.m., forcing Coronation Street to a new timeslot.  (3)  The CBC Morning News will no longer be available over the air in major markets but will remain exclusively on CBC News Network.  The local CBC Radio One Morning show will be televised in its place 6-7 a.m.  (4)  Local hourly news updates are planned on the main CBC network.

 
OP | Post 2 made on Friday January 2, 2015 at 19:08
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ANTENNA-TV changes in programming begin on Monday January 05. Most notable, the elimination of the 7-9 a.m. ET movie and the Three Stooges airing Saturday and Sunday 7-8 a.m. ET.

[Link: antennatv.tv]
OP | Post 3 made on Friday January 2, 2015 at 19:28
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With the now approved merger between LIN Media and Media General, more cost cutting coming to WIVB and WNLO.   Beginning Monday, Winging It Buffalo Style(which only received a 0.9 rating share) will be replaced with the Meredith Vieira show on WNLO-23.   WIVB will air Inside Edition and Jeopardy at 4 & 4.30.

      The new company now know as Media General has suffered a major financial setback during its merger process.  Its flagship station WISH channel 8 Indianapolis lost its CBS affiliation effective January 01, and is now a CW affiliate.  Losing advertising revenue from NFL football has sent its stock down, and all stations have been advised on more cuts.  WISH is still the master hub for many of the company's stations which explains the delays in 'switching' on WIVB and WNLO.

 
OP | Post 4 made on Friday January 2, 2015 at 20:23
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ESPN  is the exclusive broadcaster for this Saturday's NFC Wildcard game (2015-02-03).  If you live state-side and don't have cable or satellite, will you miss the game?

 
Post 5 made on Sunday January 4, 2015 at 15:48
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On 1420243393, OBICO said...CBC Toronto news will air 6-7 p.m., forcing Coronation Street to a new timeslot.  (3)  The CBC Morning News will no longer be available over the air in major markets but will remain exclusively on CBC News Network.  The local CBC Radio One Morning show will be televised in its place 6-7 a.m.  (4)  Local hourly news updates are planned on the main CBC network.

 

Corrie is already being pushed to 19:30 hours EST on Monday January 12.
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OP | Post 6 made on Thursday January 8, 2015 at 17:20
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JUSTICE NETWORK COMING TO WGRZ 2-3

ANTENNA TV OR WEATHER NATION OR BOTH COULD BE AXED

 
     Gannett Broadcasting has launched the Justice Network, a crime programming network which will air on most of its stations.

[Link: thewrap.com]

     The Weather Network contract with WGRZ will expire in, but not before, late spring.

  

JUSTICE NETWORK  http://www.justicenetworktv.com/

 

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OP | Post 7 made on Friday January 16, 2015 at 18:04
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[Link: static.wgrz.com]

     The TITAN TV listings on the WGRZ.COM link has Antenna TV moving to channel 2-2  on Tuesday at 7:00 pm with WKRP, alternating with Weather Nation.  The Justice Network Premieres on 2-3 beginning at the same time with BAIT CAR.  Weather Nation Ends permanently Wednesday morning at 12:00 am.

 
OP | Post 8 made on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 18:13
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As Keaster posted earlier in another thread, LAFF TV will begin broadcasting locally on WKBW 7-2  (RF 38-4) Buffalo on April 15.                       http://www.laff.com/

As for MOVIES!, the closest affiliate will be WBNX 55-3 (RF 30-5) Akron, Ohio.  It will replace THIS TV on March 27.  MOVIES! can also be seen on WJBK 2-2 Detroit.
                                                               
[Link: moviestvnetwork.com]


BUZZR TV, a 24-hour game show channel will debut later this summer on all 17 of FOX's O&Os.
[Link: broadcastingcable.com]

Decades will debut on May 25 on all of CBS's O&O and Weigel's WDJT-DT and Media General's WBAY-DT (hope for WIVB Buffalo).                      http://www.decades.com/

The Works! (MGM/Titan) doesn't seem to be coming to this area anytime soon.

Are we too saturated with all these multicast channels?
 

A new half-hour daytime syndicated investigative series, Corrupt Crimes, will debut this fall on Buffalo's WUTV or WNYO. [Link: tvnewscheck.com]
 

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OP | Post 9 made on Monday January 26, 2015 at 19:00
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REV'N TV should begin broadcasting locally on Buffalo's WBXZ-LP 56-3 (RF 17) on February 1.   Genre - Automotive
Paid programming 03:00 - 08:00 / 7 days
Mandatory E/I programming 10:30 - 11:00 / M- F
 
Post 10 made on Thursday January 29, 2015 at 13:17
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On January 21, 2015 at 18:13, OBICO said...

Are we too saturated with all these multicast channels?
 

 

I watch way too much anyhow, so I'm not too concerned with that new car channel coming, and with all the fiddling, still can't pull in that RF17 yet, might be too low powered for my old tuners.
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Post 11 made on Thursday January 29, 2015 at 18:36
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Im all for more sub channels but I'm not exactly sure why WGRZ among other Buffalo broadcasters, change their subs about every year or so, probably a money thing, but it may be a tell tale sign. From a promotional standpoint as to why ota is better than ever before there's lots of choice, but I'm sure it's cutting the advertising pie into smaller pieces.
OP | Post 12 made on Friday February 13, 2015 at 18:15
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LAFF TV, which will debut April 15 locally on WKBW 7-2 Buffalo, will include the sitcoms Ellen, Grace Under Fire, Drew Carey, Night Court, and Empty Nest.
OP | Post 13 made on Monday March 2, 2015 at 17:06
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BOUNCE TV will begin airing Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series beginning in July.  PBC The Next Round will be a monthly series, with two hours of live boxing.

You can now watch ZUUS country live on the Internet in Canada - the blackout was lifted.
http://www.zuus.com/
OP | Post 14 made on Thursday March 12, 2015 at 18:47
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There is a trend of eliminating sportscasts from local newscasts in the U.S.
Beginning this week, WIVB-4  will phase out sports from their 6:00 pm local newscast. KGW-8 in Portland, Oregon will be doing the same with their 11:00 pm newscasts.

You might see an improvement with the quality of the closed captioning you receive on U.S. stations. New Closed Captioning rules take effect on March 16.
(Now only if they could improve the quality of the programming.)

[Link: commlawcenter.com]
OP | Post 15 made on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 17:55
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The October 25, 2015 (NFL Game in London between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jags will only air on television (o-t-a and cable) in Buffalo and Jacksonville, and be put on web-tv for everywhere else.  $
Note game time is 09:30 am.

[Link: wsj.com]

Also note the NFL blackout rule will be suspended for the 2015 season.
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