DECADES- CBS Stations switching to StartTV 9/3/18

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The CBS owned and operated sub-stations will drop DECADES and begin broadcasting a new network called StartTV, September 3, 2018.

StartTV will concentrate on reruns of drama series with strong female leads: The Closer, The Good Wife, Medium, Cold Case, Profiler, and The Division. Some of these may not start until January.

Like DECADES, StartTV is a partnership with CBS and Weigel Broadcasting. DECADES will still be on Weigel owned stations that don’t carry StartTV. I am not sure if CBS will still be involved with DECADES.. I hope that Weigel will market DECADES to other stations in areas where the CBS subs have StartTV.

I hope DECADES is picked up my market. I was hoping to record Lancer Season 2 when they get to it, and will miss those binges, and Dick Cavett.

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  1. Bob Gu

    StartTV will concentrate on reruns of drama series with strong female leads: The Closer, The Good Wife, Medium, Cold Case, Profiler, and The Division. Some of these may not start until January.

    That's funny. Over the last few months, I went through the entire seven seasons of Medium on Amazon Prime and I'm working my way through The Closer now. (Also Monk and Yancy Derringer.)

  2. Bob Gu

    The CBS owned and operated sub-stations will drop DECADES and begin broadcasting a new network called StartTV, September 3, 2018.

    StartTV will concentrate on reruns of drama series with strong female leads: The Closer, The Good Wife, Medium, Cold Case, Profiler, and The Division. Some of these may not start until January.

    Like DECADES, StartTV is a partnership with CBS and Weigel Broadcasting. DECADES will still be on Weigel owned stations that don't carry StartTV. I am not sure if CBS will still be involved with DECADES.. I hope that Weigel will market DECADES to other stations in areas where the CBS subs have StartTV.

    I hope DECADES is picked up my market. I was hoping to record Lancer Season 2 when they get to it, and will miss those binges, and Dick Cavett.

    The fact that CBS is pulling the plug on a service they co-own is a bad sign for the future of Decades. With the loss of the CBS o&o stations (all are major markets), it seems hard to see how that service can survive in the long run. Attracting other stations in those dropped markets won't be easy, if even the CBS stations don't have faith in Decades. Really unfortunate as they tried to do something a bit different in the retro TV market.

  3. So they're dropping a retro channel I watch for a channel with a bunch of modern shows I have no interest in. At least they could keep Our Miss Brooks (Eve Arden should count as a strong female lead, right?).
    Edit – I just looked up my local affiliate to see if CBS was involved, and I'm glad to say that it isn't. Yea!

  4. I read an article stating that START-TV would be added to the CBS stations. It said "added" not replaced.
    but I can't seem to find out what it'll mean for sure. I have no interest in START, it'll be finished before it starts
    with me. Did anyone read anything about if this is indeed replacing Decades?

    Oddly, on the Start-TV website it says something about if you have inquiries contact [email protected]

  5. MartinP.

    I read an article stating that START-TV would be added to the CBS stations. It said "added" not replaced.
    but I can't seem to find out what it'll mean for sure. I have no interest in START, it'll be finished before it starts
    with me. Did anyone read anything about if this is indeed replacing Decades?

    Oddly, on the Start-TV website it says something about if you have inquiries contact [email protected]

    When Weigel made the announcement last month about START, they indicated that most CBS o&o's would be replacing Decades with the new service. They also said they were trying to find new affiliates in the CBS markets. This comes from their press release from mid-July.

  6. According to the press release in July, Decades will be moving to one of the digital subchannels where MeTV is located in the Chicago market. Hopefully a similar move will happen in other markets.

  7. FIOs in the NY area had a message that stated Decades was being removed and replaced by Start TV and that in was a provider change not a FIOS change. No mention of Decades being picked up by another sub channel.

  8. Garysb

    FIOS in the NY area a notice in the Message Center posted July 23 that states Decades was being removed on or about September 3rd and replaced by Start TV. It further said that this was a provider change not a FIOS change. No mention of Decades being picked up by another sub channel.

    Where would I find this?

  9. If you lost your DECADES, today is the day to rescan your tuners to find your new station.

    My new DECADES sub-channel showed up last night showing the DECADES Binge of POLICE WOMAN, and the local CBS DECADES sub-station was showing it too.

    This morning my CBS sub is still showing DECADES programing, but the onscreen schedule is showing the StartTV schedule.

  10. https://deadline.com/2018/09/metv-w…start-tv-the-good-wife-the-closer-1202455265/

    MeTV Owner Weigel Broadcasting And CBS Stations Launch Start TV, A Network For Female-Centric Procedurals
    by Dade Hayes

    September 4, 2018 7:30am

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    The multicast network, which just went live, features syndicated titles like The Closer, Medium, The Good Wife and heart-tugging 2000s drama Sue Thomas, FBEye, about a deaf FBI agent. With CBS stations as its initial foundation, Start will reach 42% of U.S. households at launch, with 60% coverage projected by the first quarter of 2019. Emphasizing live viewing, it features an ultra-predictable schedule with shows airing seven days a week in the same timeslots.

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    Plans for the launch were announced in July, but Deadline had an exclusive interview about Start with the executive steering the network for Weigel, company vice chairman Neal Sabin.

    “We never say ‘no men allowed’ and we don’t say ‘programming for women,'” he noted. Down the line, Sabin said the network will aim to be a more general entertainment network. Even so, the female-forward launch strategy “has gotten a tremendous response at ad agencies,” he said. And Weigel is producing a series of interstitials under the banner My Start Story that will run for 30 or 60 seconds, with longer versions online and possibly fueling an unscripted series in the future. The spots highlight both the women with ties to Start programming and women working in fields like medicine, sports and law whose real-life stories connect with Start’s lineup.

    Multicast TV, an emerging sector now valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, takes its name from the technological ability to broadcast multiple signals to viewers. The networks are sometimes called “diginets” for their digital functionality and origins in the 2000s transition to high-definition broadcasting, which created new slots on the dial. Among the dozens of multicast networks that have sprung up in recent years are Bounce, Antenna, Comet and Buzzr. Many are owned by station groups such as Weigel, E.W. Scripps, Sinclair Broadcast Group or Tribune Media, which see the growing arena as a valuable complement to the challenged traditional station business.

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    The top multicast networks reach sizable audiences and have comparatively low overhead in terms of staffing and programming costs. In terms of daytime total viewers, for example, Weigel’s MeTV ranked No. 6 in August among all networks measured by Nielsen across broadcast and cable, ahead of established rivals like HGTV and ID. In prime time, it was No. 19 with its comfort-food diet of classics like M*A*S*H and The Andy Griffith Show. The family-owned Weigel, based in Chicago, also operates the networks Decades (another partnership with CBS stations), Heroes & Icons, and the Fox Television Stations teaming, Movies!

    “What has helped is that technology has enabled groups to air us without denigrating their own signal,” Sabin said. New tech standards being tested by broadcasters under the trade name ATSC 3.0 will open up even greater opportunities for interactive content and higher-quality transmissions.

    While new digital tools are a boon to multicast networks, the macro trend of cord-cutting “cuts both ways,” Sabin said. “People who cut the cord and have a TV antenna tend to watch our networks in higher numbers. Though I do worry a little about the people who cut the cord and don’t use an antenna.”

  11. Charles Ellis

    All that the website says regarding the return of DECADES to NYC is: "Coming Soon". And when is THAT?

    It means they are hopeful one of the local TV stations will pick it up but none have yet. Or perhaps a local channel has picked it up but they have to wait until their contract with their current supplier expires before they can start broadcasting Decades.
    Many major cities lost Decades and it says coming soon. One, Denver Colorado, lists a station where it is moving with a coming soon. Others like NY and San Francisco just say coming soon.

    It took several years for ME TV to show up in the NYC area and even longer for it to be broadcast in HD. Hopefully we won't have to wait as long for Decades.

    http://www.decades.com/wheretowatch/

  12. I emailed the Decades website recently and asked where it might be moving to in the Los Angeles area, I got this reply:

    Starting Monday, 9-3-18, DECADES has a new home in Los Angeles on KAZA Over the air Channel 54.2
    Please rescan your television to be sure you have access to KAZA DECADES 54.2.

    So far I can't seem to find it.

  13. MartinP.

    I emailed the Decades website recently and asked where it might be moving to in the Los Angeles area, I got this reply:

    Starting Monday, 9-3-18, DECADES has a new home in Los Angeles on KAZA Over the air Channel 54.2
    Please rescan your television to be sure you have access to KAZA DECADES 54.2.

    So far I can't seem to find it.

    If you have cable you should check with them to see what channel Decades is on or when they plan to add it. If you have over the air TV you do need to do as they say and rescan your TV.

  14. DeWilson

    CBS has 2 O&Os in The Boston Market and still dropped DECADES completely. They actually had H&I for a few months on WSBK .2 but no cable coverage and they pulled it.

    H&I is still on WSBK 38.2, and has been for over a year.

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