Our first Diginet Watch focused on the then-upcoming programming changes on the nostalgia diginets that primarily air reruns of classic TV shows from the 1950s to the 1990s. The Watch returns today with programming news from Heroes & Icons plus the new Light TV and a rundown of some of the other major diginets.
Heroes & Icons announced several new programming changes:
- Maverick (1957-1962) airs weekdays at 11am and Sundays at 5pm.
- Rawhide (1959-1965) will air weekdays at 9am.
- Wiseguy (1987-1990) will air weekdays at 2pm (this was previously announced for an earlier start).
- Police Story (1973-1978) will air weekdays at 3pm.
- The Untouchables (1959-1963) will air weekdays at 4pm.
- Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005) will now make up the prime block — running from 8pm to 12m.
Through a deal with MGM and FOX TV, Roma Downey (CBS’s Touched by an Angel) and reality superproducer Mark Burnett have launched a new faith-based network called Light TV that can be found on the subchannels of local FOX affiliates in top market across the country. The new diginet will air reruns of Highway to Heaven and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader as well as films culled from MGM’s expansive film library.
In addition to several nostalgia networks, the over-the-air digispace is also home to several other networks:
- Bounce TV caters to a primarily black audience (but is not restricted to it). It airs reruns of such TV classics as A Different World, The Bernie Mac Show, Roc, The Hughleys, Half & Half and the recently-reinstated Cosby Show. It also airs its own original comedies In the Cut, Mann & Wife, Family Time, flagship drama Saints and Sinners, Public Affairs program Ed Gordon and acquired movies.
- Buzzr is technically a nostalgia network with its airings of classic game shows such as Family Feud, Match Game, Password and Press Your Luck.
- Escape is a crime/mystery network that airs acquired movies and docuseries such as Unsolved Mysteries, Forensic Files, Snapped and Missing.
- Grit TV airs acquired action movies as well as reruns of Laramie, Zane Grey Theatre, Walker, Texas Ranger and Death Valley Days.
- Justice specializes in crime and investigation programming with docuseries such as Beach Patrol, Border Wars, Cold Case Files and originals Killing Spree and Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer.
- Movies! airs feature films primarily from the vast 20th Century Fox archive with some from Sony and Paramount.
- This TV airs classic features from the MGM library as well as reruns of Seahunt and Flipper.
- The Works, also from MGM, is unique in that it offers more variety than some of the themed diginets — airing HuffPo Live, stand-up comedy, movies, docuseries and reruns of American Gladiators and The Addams Family.
All of these networks can be found free and over-the-air primarily through an antenna but also through same cable and satellite operators. You’ll be able to find out where to find them in your respective areas through the links provided to each diginet’s website.