(Above: Circle, a country music lifestyle channel, will debut in early 2020)
From country music and live trials to movies and urban entertainment, over-the-air (OTA) channels are making news. Here’s the latest from Circle, Court TV, This TV, and URBT.
A weekly Grand Ole Opry broadcast will highlight the previously announced country music lifestyle channel, now called Circle, that’s due in 2020 from Opry Entertainment Group and Gray Television.
While the Opry has held forth on radio since 1925 (via Nashville’s WSM), its TV broadcasts have been sporadic. ABC ran a monthly show in the 1950s and PBS an annual show in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Then Grand Ole Opry began regular broadcasts over a trio of cable networks – first The Nashville Network, then Country Music Television and finally Great American Country – before petering out a couple of decades ago.
Circle plans to launch over the air in early 2020, followed by a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service in late spring. Gray’s owned and operated TV stations in 93 markets will serve as the launching pad for the free 24/7 over-the-air channel. To see if you’re likely to get Circle. via an antenna hooked up to your TV set, check out Gray’s coverage map.
The resurrected Court TV, which debuted in May, has added channels in 19 markets, including the top five: New York (channel 11.3), Los Angeles (5.3), Chicago (9.3), Philadelphia (17.3) and Dallas (33.3).
To see if Court TV is available free over the air via antenna where you live, visit the service’s Where to Watch page and enter your zip code. Court TV can also be streamed free on CourtTV.com or via apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android and iOS.
Viewers in several markets may find that Court TV has replaced the movie channel This TV on their TV sets. To see where This TV can now be found, you can consult the following handy chart and rescan your tuner:
Urban Television Network
Meanwhile, a much smaller over-the-air service, Urban Television Network (URBT), has announced the addition of channel 7.13 in Lumberton/Pembroke, NC, to its affiliate lineup.
Where else can you see URBT? Stations are not listed on the service’s website, nor on the over-the-air authority RabbitEars, so we can’t tell you.
One show that’s all over the URBT schedule is titled Hollywood Punch Report Behind the Scenes. That, plus a Wikipedia entry, has led us to believe that URBT is somehow related to Punch TV, which we profiled a couple of years ago, and Punchflix, which we wrote last year.
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