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WNYO digital channel to add movie channel

By Alan Pergament

Get ready for another digital television network in Western New York featuring old productions.

Sony Pictures Television Networks has announced that it will introduce getTV sometime this summer on one of the digital channels on Sinclair Broadcasting's WNYO-TV.

getTV will join a long roster of TV digital networks here featuring old TV programs and movies that include Antenna TV on one of Channel 2's digital channels, Bounce on one of CW's digital channels and Cozi TV on one of the new low power digital channels introduced by former Lockport policeman Steven Ritchie.

And, of course, independent broadcast channel WBBZ also carries old television programs through its affiliation with Me-TV. 

According to a Sony release, getTV is "dedicated to showcasing classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s to the 1970s."

It doesn't have a channel position yet, but eventually will land on one of the digital channels of WNYO, one of two stations owned here by Sinclair Broadcasting. It is commonly referred to as Channel 49. The other Sinclair station is is WUTV, Channel 29.

Sinclair is giving a big boost to getTV, enabling it to add 33 television markets to its affiliate roster and boost its clearance level to 70 percent of the country, which is about 50 percent higher than it had when it signed on in February. Once the Sinclair stations come aboard, get TV will be in 40 of the top 50 TV markets.

It isn't immediately clear if getTV will be carried on Time Warner Cable. Bounce and Cozi aren't on cable, but Channel 2's Antenna TV is on TWC and FiOs. One of Channel 29's digital channels that plays music also is on TWC and FiOs. 

All the digital channels can be accessed on most HDTV sets with a cheap indoor antenna. I know I get just about all of them with a cheap indoor antenna that TWC handed out for free during its retransmission dispute years ago with Channel 4, and the regular broadcast channels come in with better pictures than they do on cable. I watch Buffalo Bills games on Channel 4's main digital channel because it comes in sharper than the cable picture.  

Among the recognizable movies-- to me anyway -- on the getTV schedule for July are "The Face Behind the Mask," "Crime and Punishment," "The Big Heat," "A Man for All Seasons," "It Had to Be You," "From Here to Eternity," "Diamond Head" and "Walk, Don't Run."

Buffalo made the weather segment of NBC's "Today" show this morning because of predicted rain storms later today. The network forecast had the storms arriving here a little later than the forecast given by Channel 2's Andy Parker 30 seconds later. I'm going with Parker's forecast. 


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