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Local CBS affiliate launches retro programming channel

November 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 29--Local CBS affiliate WILM-TV will celebrate the holiday season with the launch of its newest network, MeTV, which will offer over-the-air viewers and cable subscribers classic television shows.

Constance Knox, general manager of WILM-TV, said the channel officially launches Sunday, but over-the-air viewers can already find access the network on subchannel 10.2.

"I think it is the best secondary network out there. It is easy to come and go from if you are flipping around because a lot of these are classic half-hour comedies," Knox said. "It is really fun to watch someone pick out a show from the program guide. Everyone has their favorites."

Among the programming offered by the network, which is available in markets nationwide, are such shows as "I Love Lucy," "The Brady Bunch," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gilligan's Island," "M*A*S*H," "Batman," "Leave it to Beaver," "Gunsmoke," "Star Trek," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Honeymooners."

The channel also will roll out to cable providers in December, beginning Sunday with Charter on channel 99. Time Warner Cable customers can access the network on channel 111 starting Dec. 9, while a launch date for ATMC has yet to be determined.

Knox said the network's lineup is appropriate for all ages.

"It is 100 percent family-friendly viewing. You can turn it on any time of day and not worry about what your child is watching," she said.

The pricey acquisition of MeTV, a process that began in early fall, required the affiliate to purchase extra equipment, but Knox feels like viewers will appreciate the investment.

"MeTV is a lot of fun. You get sucked into it," Knox said.

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