A Primer on Punch TV

Urban-targeted Punch TV plans to launch over-the-air in Southern California next month via KILM, channel 64, in Barstow. Punch is already available in Columbus, OH (channel 32.4) Houston, TX (21.6), Jacksonville, FL (18.2), Beaumont, TX (27.6), and Pensacola, FL (12.3). And anyone can watch Punch’s live feed at PunchTVStudios.com.

What can you see on Punch? The press release announcing the KILM launch touted “incredible new content, feature films and animated shows you will only be able to watch on Punch TV.”

Since no further details were given, The Savvy Screener proceeded to investigate:

On the Punch TV Studios website, we learned that Punch has an animation division and a whole bunch of non-animated shows “coming soon” – including such titles as Vinyl Wars (“where the music industry meets the street”), 12 Steps to Recovery (“friends help heal a broken heart, one step at a time”), Rapkind (“urban culture lives here”) and The Guest List (“late-night talk is about to change”).

Via the Punch TV Studios Facebook page and Twitter feed, we learned that Punch recently filmed a live show, The Underdogs of Comedy Tour:

But what can you watch right now? Not being able to find any schedules for the network or its local stations, we’ve sampled Punch TV ourselves since Wednesday. After determining that the channel’s shows start at 11 minutes or 41 minutes after the hour, we identified much of the content, including:

  • Primetime airings of American Street Dance Championship;
  • Movies such as Out of Bounds (2003) in primetime, plus Jack and the Beanstalk (2009), The Legend of Sorrow Creek (2007) and The Odds (2011) in daytime;
  • Daytime shows covering such genres as wildlife, kids, motivational talk, the military and religion;
  • Primetime and daytime episodes of Hollywood Punch Report, an Entertainment Tonight-like series which Punch seems to have produced several years ago, since we saw then-contemporary reports on films like The A-Team (2010), Get Him to the Greek (2010) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).

However, it looks like ‘Hollywood Punch Report’ is gearing to go back into production, since Punch TV’s own social media site Nabukie has posted calls for a host audition, being held today.

Much of the Punch TV live feed, as well as its website and Facebook page, are chock-full of calls for consumers to buy IPO shares in Punch TV Studios for $1 each. Punch says it’s selling 50 million shares, and “when the…stock offering is successful we intend to fund our first 100 films. Our company will spend up to $10 million to develop film productions with budgets up to $100,000.”

You can invest online at www.punchtvstudios.com.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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