CULVER CITY, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced plans to launch getTV, a new US digital broadcast television network airing classic movies, in the fall of 2013.
Sounds like they're following the model of ThisTV, which was one of the earliest digital-broadcast "splinter" networks (for local affiliate stations to put on an additional X.2 channel on their digital broadcast), and if so, I'm all for it--ThisTV was MGM's attempt to clean up their back catalog of obscure Warner-Archive titles and Orion acquisitions, and it's now one of the first stations I turn to when it's on.
(For a while, even Universal and Fox were lending out some of their vintage catalog to ThisTV, and they were becoming the closest thing to a real old-fashioned late-nite movie station again.)
Sony tried following the Hulu online streaming market by putting their classic pop Columbia hits on Crackle.com, but lost interest after "Exclusive original programming" didn't catch fire--Crackle is now a gutted ghost-town, and there's no place to find "The Last Dragon" or "Three Stooges: Have Rocket, Will Travel" anymore.
Like MGM, Sony already has its own catalog of obscure Archive titles that need a little airing, so if we can get a little more traffic in the digital-splinter market, we might conceivably see more stations or even a merger.
Now, if we could get a similar major network of classic TV shows. I know there is TV Land, but they LONG ago sold out to reality TV and about 5 TV shows they endlessly repeat. They sure were something else though, "back in the day".
All the Viacom networks (MTV, VH-1, Nick at Nite) now seem to have a distinctly....pink vibe to their programming now, focusing more on celebrities, celebreality, sexy cougars, and other such winking pokes at pop culture, than in their own particular programming niches of classic-TV and music-video. (They say it all started with Bravo... )
And with more parent corporations circling the wagons for classic-rerun disk sales and distribution, other studios won't play with Viacom anymore, and TVLand is now left with promoting its own Viacom-owned properties, reducing the channel to whole 2-hour Paramount blocks of Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies at a time. While Nick at Nite had long since declared itself as a channel of just Paramount-owned syndicated 80's-90's reruns that were playing ex-UPN stations anyway.
Edited by Ejanss, April 22 2013 - 10:58 AM.