Smart TV networks are investing a lot into their website presence these days. If you, for some reason, don’t live in a market that carries their programming, you can always access their programming in some fashion. If they can get your eyeballs in front of their website, it counts as much for them as getting you to tune into their TV stations.
So, smart TV networks are going to give the public something to go to their websites to see. This seems to be the case with the MeTV network. MeTV is a channel that offers classic TV. It is available in many markets as a digital sub channel, or a secondary channel that is available over a secondary channel. It is also available over cable systems and on satellite packages.
Digital sub channels became possible when congress mandated that all broadcast TV signals had to be digital. TV stations acquired the ability to split their channels and offer different programming streams on the same channel.
The MeTV website seems to know what their product is and certainly plays to it. That product is classic TV.
As might be expected, it carries the schedule of programs, mostly form the 1960s and 1970s, and also has information and short videos about programs. But, it has also found a way to keep regular viewers, and people who don’t have access to the station coming to the website.
It has a video library that will keep people glued to the web site when they aren’t watching the TV station. It has featured programs that it isn’t carrying on the air regularly right at the moment, like The Loretta Young Show. It has a variety of animation shorts ranging from Betty Boop to The Three Stooges. It has some sitcoms including the likes of Ozzie and Harriett and The Lucy Show. It even has a couple of westerns like The Cisco Kid and Gabby Hayes. On other words, the web site reinforces the brand of classic TV, which is what the network is all about.
MeTV is owned by Weigel Broadcasting, which owns another digital sub channel network, ThisTV, which broadcasts movies and some classic TV shows. It is available in the Fargo-Grand Forks-Moorhead TV market on KVLY, channel 11.2 Right now, both services are not available in the Fargo market. MeTV changed over from ThisTV.
There are several makrekt where both services are available.