Movies!

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Movies!
Type Free-to-air television network
(movies)
Country
AvailabilityNationwide via digital terrestrial television
(U.S. coverage: 61%) [1]
FoundedJanuary 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)
Slogan Reel Variety
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Owner
Key people
Launch date
May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27) [2]
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
(transmitted in either 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 letterbox)
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
moviestvnetwork.com

Movies! is an American free-to-air television network that is owned as a joint venture between Weigel Broadcasting and the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation. The network's programming emphasizes feature films. The network's programming and advertising operations are based in Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.

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It is available in several markets through digital subchannel affiliations with free-to-air television stations, as well as through carriage on pay television providers through a local affiliate of the network. [3] Movies! provides programming 24 hours a day and broadcasts in the 16:9 widescreen picture format, [4] available in either standard definition or high definition depending on the station's preference.

A media market, broadcast market, media region, designated market area (DMA), television market area, or simply market is a region where the population can receive the same television and radio station offerings, and may also include other types of media including newspapers and Internet content. They can coincide or overlap with one or more metropolitan areas, though rural regions with few significant population centers can also be designated as markets. Conversely, very large metropolitan areas can sometimes be subdivided into multiple segments. Market regions may overlap, meaning that people residing on the edge of one media market may be able to receive content from other nearby markets. They are widely used in audience measurements, which are compiled in the United States by Nielsen Media Research. Nielsen measures both television and radio audiences since its acquisition of Arbitron, which was completed in September 2013.

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In the broadcasting industry, a network affiliate or affiliated station is a local broadcaster, owned by a company other than the owner of the network, which carries some or all of the lineup of television programs or radio programs of a television or radio network. This distinguishes such a television or radio station from an owned-and-operated station (O&O), which is owned by the parent network.

The network competes with two similarly formatted broadcast networks: This TV (originally operated by Weigel in a joint venture with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, until the former's operational stake was taken over by Tribune Broadcasting on November 1, 2013) and GetTV (owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment); feature films compose the primary source and children's programming the ancillary source of programming on both networks, though This TV also broadcasts classic television series. However unlike This TV and GetTV, Movies! does not edit the films aired to make room for more commercials. A notation in the Movies! title card stating no film alterations is aired at the beginning of every film broadcast.

This TV American television network

This TV is an American free-to-air television network that is owned by ThisTV, LLC, a joint venture between the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media, and the MGM Domestic Television Distribution subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The network maintains a large programming emphasis on films, but also airs other limited general entertainment content in the form of classic television series and children's programming.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer American media company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. One of the world's oldest film studios, MGM's headquarters are located at 245 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

Tribune Broadcasting American television and radio broadcast company

Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC is an American media company which operates as a subsidiary of Tribune Media, a media conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinois. The group owns and/or operates 43 broadcast television stations and one radio station throughout the United States; it also holds full or partial ownership of three cable television and two national digital subchannel networks.

Background

On January 28, 2013, Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting announced the formation of Movies!, with plans to launch the network on Memorial Day of that year. [2] [3] [4] Movies! officially launched on May 27, 2013, at 8:10 a.m. Eastern Time, initially debuting on the subchannels of both of the network's co-parents: five Fox and 11 MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated stations owned by Fox Television Stations, and two stations owned by Weigel. Its programming was inaugurated by a ten-minute clip introducing the network, followed by the first film to be telecast on Movies!, the 1975 film Western Take a Hard Ride . [5] [6]

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Fox Broadcasting Company American television network

The Fox Broadcasting Company is an American free-to-air television network that is a flagship property of the Fox Corporation. The network is headquartered at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, with additional offices at the Fox Broadcasting Center and at the Fox Television Center in Los Angeles.

Programming

Movies

Described as presenting "a variety of theatrical motion pictures in a new, viewer and advertiser friendly format, not seen on broadcast television to date", [7] films featured on Movies! consist of releases from 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment (including those released by Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures), Paramount Pictures, (including those syndicated by Trifecta Entertainment & Media), Warner Bros., ReTV, Peter Rodgers Organization, Multicom Entertainment Group and CBS Television Distribution. [8] The network's film roster concentrates mainly on classic films from the 1920s to the 1980s, though in recent years, select films from the 1990s and onward are also played. [6] As of August 2019, Movies! broadcasts featured movie presentations such as Noir to Die For all day every Thursday, Saturday Morning Movies! consisting of films from the Hopalong Cassidy, Laurel and Hardy and Blondie franchises, Popcorn Movies! every Saturday afternoon, Definitive Movies! every Saturday night and Sunday Night Noir. Movies! presents many of its features in their original aspect ratio (widescreen or full screen) whenever possible, [3] which are either presented in the 16:9 or 4:3 letterboxed format depending on the affiliate's preference in transmitting the subchannel. Scope films, however, are often reformatted from 2.35:1 to 1.85:1.

20th Century Fox American film studio

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is located on the Fox Lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

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TriStar Pictures Film production/distribution studio owned by Sony

TriStar Pictures, Inc. is an American film studio that is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group and is a sister studio of the larger Sony studio Columbia Pictures and part of Sony Pictures, which is owned by Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation.

Films that are broadcast on the network are edited for graphic profanity and inappropriate violent or sexual content, but are not edited for running times to fit in a set time block; [9] start and end times for films airing on the network are influenced by a combination of the film's original running time and the commercial breaks inserted within the broadcast (the network limits the amount of advertising featured during its programming to twelve minutes per hour), [10] [9] with airtimes for films varying between the conventional top-and-bottom-of-the-hour scheduling (e.g., 6:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m.) and incremental airtimes in margins of five minutes (e.g., 2:10 p.m. or 3:55 a.m.) that more closely mirror the scheduling structures of premium cable channels than those of other advertiser-supported networks [5] [6] (this scheduling format, which still results in a particular film's running time to be somewhat longer than the original runtime of its theatrical release depending on the content edits, was replicated by GetTV when it launched in February 2014).

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Children's programming

In order to meet requirements imposed by the Federal Communications Commission on the amount of educational programming content that a broadcast station must air each week, Movies! airs a three-hour block of children's programs that were originally distributed for syndication on Sunday mornings (currently featuring Dog Tales Classics , Word Travels and Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition ). This allows its affiliates to carry the network's full schedule without having to purchase E/I programming from the syndication market to comply with the rules. [6]

Affiliates

As of July 2014, Movies! has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations in 43 media markets encompassing 22 states and the District of Columbia, covering approximately 49% of the United States. [11] [12] Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting launched Movies! in markets served by a station owned-and-operated by the Fox network or its sister programming service MyNetworkTV. Not all of the Fox Television Stations outlets carried Movies! at launch, WJZY in Charlotte (which came under Fox ownership one month prior to the network's debut) did not begin carrying Movies! until July 1, 2014, [11] due to an existing affiliation agreement with Antenna TV.

In Chicago—where Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting each own television stations—Fox-owned WPWR-TV serves as that market's charter affiliate of the network, instead of one of Weigel's three stations in that market (WCIU-TV, WWME-CA and WMEU-CD). This makes Movies! the first Weigel-owned network in which the company's Chicago flagship stations do not serve as affiliates (WCIU formerly carried This TV under Weigel ownership before it moved to WGN-TV upon becoming part-owned by Tribune Broadcasting in November 2013, and MeTV is carried on WWME-CD and relayed a subchannel of WCIU). WBND-LD in South Bend, Indiana carries Movies! on its third digital subchannel; WMLW-TV in Milwaukee carried the network from its launch until August 4, 2014, when Movies! moved to a newly created secondary subchannel of ABC affiliate WISN-TV. [13] Following the WISN deal, that station's owner Hearst Television signed affiliation agreements on a piecemeal basis to add Movies! to select stations, mainly those affiliated with networks other than ABC, during late 2014 and early 2015 (Hearst already carries sister network MeTV in a majority of the markets where it owns stations).

In addition to its carriage on the Fox- and Weigel-owned outlets at the network's launch, the network is also carried on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies. [14] Soon after its launch, Movies! reached distribution agreements with several broadcasting groups to add the network on the subchannels of some of their stations. The first stations outside of the Fox and Weigel outlets to sign deals to carry the network were KFFV in Seattle, WLWC in Providence (both owned by OTA Broadcasting) and KPXJ in Shreveport (owned by KTBS, LLC) in October 2013, with the three stations adding the network between November 10 and December 10. [15] The following month, in November 2013, Movies! signed affiliation agreements with nine stations owned by Bonten Media Group, Cocola Broadcasting and the Maranatha Broadcasting Company. [16] Four additional stations (in Salt Lake City; Boise; Wausau; and Victoria, Texas), through deals with companies such as the Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Saga Communications, added the network between May and October 2014. [11]

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WCIU-TV, virtual channel 26, is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. It serves as the flagship television property of locally based Weigel Broadcasting, and is sister to independent outlet WMEU-CD and MeTV flagship WWME-CD, both fellow Weigel properties that are simulcast on WCIU's respective second and third digital subchannels. The three stations share studios on Halsted Street in the Greektown neighborhood; WCIU's transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.

WITI (TV) Fox television affiliate in Milwaukee

WITI, virtual channel 6, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Its second digital subchannel serves as an owned-and-operated station of the classic TV network Antenna TV. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company. WITI's studios are located on North Green Bay Road in Brown Deer, and its transmitter is located on East Capitol Drive in Shorewood.

WDJT-TV CBS affiliate in Milwaukee

WDJT-TV, virtual channel 58, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, it is sister to Class A MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD, Racine-licensed independent station WMLW-TV, and low-powered Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD, which WDJT simulcasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition on its respective second, third and fourth digital subchannels to expand their reach across southeastern Wisconsin. All four stations share studios on South 60th Street in Milwaukee ; WDJT's transmitter is located in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park.

WYTU-LD Telemundo affiliate in Milwaukee

WYTU-LD, virtual channel 63, is a low-powered Telemundo-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, it is a sister station to CBS affiliate WDJT-TV, Class A MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD and Racine-licensed independent station WMLW-TV. The four stations share studios on South 60th Street in Milwaukee ; WYTU's transmitter is located in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park.

WMLW-TV independent television station in Racine, Wisconsin, United States

WMLW-TV, virtual channel 49, is an independent television station serving Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States that is licensed to Racine. The station is owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, as part of a duopoly with Milwaukee-licensed CBS affiliate WDJT-TV, and is also a sister station to low-powered Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD and Class A MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD. All four stations share studios on South 60th Street in Milwaukee ; WMLW shares transmitter facilities with WBME-CD in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park.

WWME-CD MeTV flagship station in Chicago

WWME-CD, virtual channel 23, is a Class A television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States, which serves as the flagship station of MeTV. Owned by locally based Weigel Broadcasting, it is a sister station to fellow Weigel flagship properties, CW affiliate WCIU-TV and independent station WMEU-CD. The three stations share studios on Halsted Street in the Greektown neighborhood; WWME-CD's transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.

Weigel Broadcasting Company is an American television broadcasting company based in Chicago, Illinois, alongside its flagship station WCIU-TV, at 26 North Halsted Street in the Greektown neighborhood. It currently owns 18 television stations.

MeTV is an American broadcast television network that is owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Marketed as "The Definitive Destination for Classic TV", the network airs a variety of classic television programs from the 1950s through the early 1990s, which are obtained primarily from the libraries of CBS Television Distribution and 20th Television. Through its ownership by Weigel, MeTV is sister to three other networks that source their programming content from the network's distributors: rerun-focused networks Heroes & Icons and Decades, the film-focused Movies! and the drama-focused Start TV.

WMEU-CD Independent TV station in Chicago

WMEU-CD, virtual channel 48, is a Class A independent television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by locally based Weigel Broadcasting, and is sister to fellow Weigel flagship properties, CW affiliate WCIU-TV and MeTV outlet WWME-CD. All three stations share studios on Halsted Street in the Greektown neighborhood; WMEU-CD's transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.

Antenna TV American television network

Antenna TV is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media. The network's programming consists of classic television series from the 1950s to the early 2000s, most of which are sourced from the content library of Sony Pictures Entertainment, along with a selection of series from Universal Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carson Entertainment. Antenna TV's programming and advertising operations are headquartered in the Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The network's operations are overseen by Sean Compton, who serves as the president of strategic programming and acquisitions for Tribune Broadcasting.

Get TV is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by the Sony Pictures Television Networks subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television. Originally formatted as a movie-oriented service, the network has since transitioned into a general entertainment network featuring primarily classic television programs, much of which is sourced from the library of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Grit (TV network)

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Heroes & Icons (H&I) is an American digital broadcast television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Primarily carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television series from the 1950s through the 2000s, with a focus on westerns, crime dramas, sci-fi, and action-oriented programming geared toward male audiences.

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TeleXitos

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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.

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