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The Tube Music Network

The Tube Music Network
Type Digital television network
Cable television network (Music)
Country United States
Availability Defunct
Owner The Tube Media Corp.
Launch date
2004 (2004)
Dissolved October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)

The Tube Music Network was an American digital multicast television network. The network was a wholly owned subsidiary of The Tube Media Corp. (Grey Market: TUBM), an independent company that was founded by David Levy in 2003. The Tube focused classic and modern music videos in a format similar to the original format of cable networks MTV and VH1, prior to those networks' shift towards long-form entertainment programming. The network also aired occasional commercials and public service announcements, as well as three hours of educational and informational programming (as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission) on Saturday mornings.

The network was carried on free-to-air satellite television, the digital subchannels of select broadcast television stations, and the digital tiers of cable television providers. The network's president and founder was Les Garland, a veteran of MTV and VH1.

Contents

  • Affiliates 1
  • Suspension of operations 2
    • Final song 2.1
  • Affiliates 3
  • References 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6

Affiliates

The Tube was initially available primarily in markets with stations operated by Raycom Media. According to a March 2006 article in The New York Times, Tribune Broadcasting announced that it would start carrying The Tube on its stations in the summer of 2006.[1] However, it already began to be carried on digital subchannels of Tribune-owned stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The network was also carried on WLVI in Boston, which was sold by Tribune to Sunbeam Television in late December 2006.

Equity Broadcasting Corporation distributed the network's programming free-to-air on Galaxy 10R Ku-band satellite for carriage by some of the individual low-power televisions that it owned in various U.S. cities.

Sinclair Broadcast Group would sign an affiliation agreement to carry The Tube as well, announcing on March 23, 2006 that it would start carrying the network on many of the station group's outlets. That relationship stopped temporarily (and eventually permanently) on January 1, 2007, in a dispute involving FCC requirements for digital subchannels.

The FCC ruled that in addition to the main analog channels, each digital subchannel would also be required to run the government-mandated three hours of educational and informational programming per week, as well as any Emergency Alert System tests and bulletins. The Tube would air the animal-and-music program Wildlife Jams to meet the E/I requirements. The rules would later be changed, requiring the main channel to air more E/I programming in relation on how many subchannels that the station operated and how much "free programming" they offered.

Suspension of operations

Per a statement at The Tube's website, the network announced that it was suspending operations, effective October 1, 2007, though some stations stopped carrying the network earlier. According to the statement, "financial limitations ultimately contributed to its incapacitated state". Many stations carrying the network were informed to direct viewers to their website for further information and several stations began searching for content to replace the network over-the-air and on cable providers.

Final song

The last song played on the network was Alabama 3's "Woke Up This Morning" (the Chosen One Mix). The song finished exactly at 12:00 a.m. Eastern/11:00 p.m. Central with a black screen. This might have been done on purpose by the network, as the HBO series The Sopranos ended in a similar fashion; The Sopranos used the song as their opening theme song for the duration of its run.

Affiliates

Rank Market Affiliate Digital cable channel Owner at the time of shutdown Replaced by
1 WPIX 11 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 250
Cablevision 184
FiOS 861
Tribune Broadcasting Was Estrella TV, now Antenna TV
2 KTLA 5 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 192
Charter 305
Time Warner 137
FiOS 865
Cox 805
Tribune Broadcasting Was This TV, now Antenna TV
This TV now on 5.3
3 WGN-TV 9 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 197 Tribune Broadcasting Antenna TV
4 WPHL-TV 17 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Comcast 250
FiOS 867
Cablevision 184
Tribune Broadcasting Was This TV, now Antenna TV
This TV now on 17.3
6 KDAF 33 (The CW) DT2 Time Warner 419
FiOS 869
Charter 360
Tribune Broadcasting Antenna TV
7 WLVI 56 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 296
FiOS 862
Sunbeam Television
(bought from Tribune after launch of The Tube)
The Country Network
8 WDCW 50 (The CW) DT2 FiOS 863
Comcast 207
Cox 804
Tribune Broadcasting Was This TV, now Antenna TV
This TV now on 50.3
10 KHCW 39 (The CW) DT2 (now KIAH) Comcast 306 Tribune Broadcasting Was Universal Sports, now Antenna TV
12 WTTA 38 DT2 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
14 KMYQ 22 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Comcast 116
Millennium Digital Media 723
Tribune Broadcasting KCPQ
16 WSFL-TV 39 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 224
Atlantic Broadband 187
Tribune Broadcasting Azteca América
17 WUAB 43 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Time Warner 545
WOW! 140
Cox 124
Raycom Media Was This TV, now Bounce TV
(This TV now on WBNX-TV 55.3)
18 KWGN-TV 2 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 248 Tribune Broadcasting This TV
20 KTXL 40 (Fox) DT2 Starstream 241
Comcast 194
Charter 284
Tribune Broadcasting Was LATV, now Antenna TV
21 KPLR-TV 11 (The CW) DT2 Charter 136 Tribune Broadcasting This TV
22 WPMY (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) Comcast Channel 241 Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
23 KRCW-TV 32 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 303 Tribune Broadcasting Was Universal Sports, now Antenna TV
24 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
25 WTTV 4 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 254
Insight 834
Tribune Broadcasting This TV
27 KSWB-TV 69 (The CW, now Fox) DT3 Cox 199 Tribune Broadcasting This TV
28 WTXX 20 (The CW) DT2 (now WCCT-TV) Comcast 250
Cox 810
Charter 752
Cablevision 184
Tribune Broadcasting This TV
29 WRDC 28 DT2 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) never carried Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
30 WUXP-TV 30 DT2 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
32 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
33 WXIX-TV 19 (Fox) DT2 Insight 140
Time Warner 920
Raycom Media Was This TV, now Bounce TV
(This TV now on WBQC-LD Channel 25.2)
34 WCGV-TV 24 (MyNetworkTV) DT2
(Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above)
never carried Sinclair Broadcast Group The Country Network
36 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
37 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
38 WFLX 29 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 220 & 184 Raycom Media Bounce TV
39 WXMI 17 (Fox) DT2 Charter 137
Comcast 254
Tribune Broadcasting Antenna TV
40 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
41 WPMT 43 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 250 Tribune Broadcasting Was News 24/7, now Antenna TV
News 24/7 moved to 43.3
43 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
44 WMC-TV 5 (NBC) DT3 Comcast 755 Raycom Media This TV
45 KASA 2 (Fox) DT2 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) Comcast 207 LIN TV(Purchased from Raycom Media in 2006) Currently silent
46 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
48 WAVE 3 (NBC) DT3? Insight 834 Raycom Media Was Weather Now, now Bounce TV
56 WCWN 45 (The CW) DT2 unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
58 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
60 WTNZ 43 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 195
Charter 195
Raycom Media This TV
61 WTVR-TV 6 (CBS) DT3 Comcast 207
FiOS 867
Raycom Media Now CBS 6 Xtra
63 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) WDKY-TV 56 (Fox) Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
65 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
66 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
70 KOLD-TV 13 (CBS) DT3 Comcast 207
Cox 763
Raycom Media Me-TV
71 WNWO-TV 24 (NBC) DT2 Buckeye Cable System 625
Time Warner 81
Barrington Broadcasting Retro Television Network
72 KFVE 5 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Oceanic Time Warner 590 Raycom Media Currently silent
73 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
74 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
77 KAYU 28 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 116 Mountain Broadcasting, LLC This TV
78 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
79 WSTM-TV 3 (NBC) DT4 Time Warner 864 Barrington Broadcasting Currently silent
80 KFVS-TV 12 (CBS) DT3 City Cable 139 Raycom Media Weather
81 KSLA-TV 12 (CBS) DT2 Time Warner 1113
Cox 245
Raycom Media This TV
82 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group The Country Network (WICS) / Was, TheCoolTV Now silent (WICD)
83 WACH 57 (Fox) DT2 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting Currently silent
84 WAFF 48 (NBC) DT3 Charter 183
Comcast 184
Knology 175
Mediacom 226
Raycom Media Currently silent
85 WMSN 47 (Fox) DT2
(Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above)
never carried Sinclair Broadcast Group Currently silent
87 WLBT 3 (NBC) DT3 Comcast 153 Raycom Media This TV
89 KWWL 7 (NBC) DT3 Mediacom 106
Cedar Falls Cable 472
Quincy Newspapers RTV
93 WAFB 9 (CBS) DT4 Cox 120 Raycom Media WBXH-CA
94 KXRM-TV 21 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 142 & 478 Barrington Broadcasting Retro Television Network
97 WTOC-TV 11 (CBS) DT3 Comcast 243 Raycom Media Was This TV, now Bounce TV
100 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
101 WFIE 14 (NBC) DT3 Insight 834
Sigecom 248
Raycom Media Was This TV, now Movies!
109 WGGB 40 (ABC) DT2 Comcast 6
Charter 10
Gormally Broadcasting, LLC Fox-primary/MNTV-secondary
111 KLTV 7 (ABC) 7.3 Suddenlink 245 Raycom Media Telemundo
113 WPBN-TV 7/WTOM-TV 4 (NBC) DT2 Charter 200 Barrington Broadcasting Retro Television Network
114 WFXG 54 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 241
Knology 179
Raycom Media This TV
128 WXTX 54 (Fox) DT2 Mediacom 230
Knology 179
Charter 187
Raycom Media This TV
136 WSFX-TV 26 (Fox) DT2 Time Warner 925 Wilmington Telecasters, Inc.
(under LMA by Raycom Media)
This TV
141 KMVU 26 (Fox) DT2 Charter 286 Stainless Broadcasting Company
145 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
147 KCBD 11 (NBC) DT3 Suddenlink 113 Raycom Media This TV
156 WPGX 28 (Fox) DT2 Comcast 237
Knology 179
Raycom Media
160 WLOX-TV 13 (ABC) DT3 Cable One 455 Raycom Media
165 WDAM-TV 7 (NBC) DT2 Comcast 195 Raycom Media This TV
172 WDFX-TV 34 (Fox) DT2 unknown Raycom Media
175 KPLC 7 (NBC) DT3 Suddenlink 245 Raycom Media
178 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
188 WTTK 29 (The CW) Insight 834 Tribune Broadcasting This TV
199 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
200 KAIT 8 (ABC) DT3 unknown Raycom Media

References

  1. ^ "The Tube enters Tribune markets". South Florida Business Journal. March 9, 2006. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 

See also

External links

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