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Decades TV Network
Decades
TypeDigital broadcast television network
(Classic TV)
Country
AvailabilityNationwide (available on OTA digital television, Cable TV)
(U.S. coverage: 55%)[1]
FoundedOctober 21, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-10-21)
SloganRelive. Remember. Relate.
Owner
Key people
Launch date
January 16, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-01-16)
(soft launch)
May 25, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-05-25)
(official launch)[2]
Picture format
1080i (HDTV; widescreen)
AffiliatesList of affiliates
Official website
decades.com

Decades is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned as a joint venture between the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of ViacomCBS and Weigel Broadcasting.[2][3] The network, which is mainly carried on the digital subchannels of television stations, primarily airs classic television sitcoms from the 1950s through the early 1990s.

Through its ownership by Weigel, Decades is a sister network to MeTV, which focuses on classic television series from the 1950s to the 1990s and carries some programming from Decades corporate cousin CBS Television Distribution. As the network has access to theatrical films and television series remastered for high-definition television and widescreen presentation, the network is carried in 480i widescreen.

Since fall 2019, Decades is carried on Fox-owned stations in 12 markets as part of a multi-year agreement with Fox Television Stations, after switching from CBS-owned stations.[4]

History

On October 21, 2014, CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting announced the launch of Decades, with plans to debut the network in 2015. Through its part-ownership by CBS Corporation, Decades announced that owned-and-operated stations of the CBS television network would serve as its initial charter network affiliates.[5][6]

The network was the first national multicasting venture by CBS Television Stations. The group did not carry subchannels on any of its television stations prior to 2013. And at the time of the Decades announcement, only three of its stations even maintained subchannels (CBS O&Os WCBS-TV in New York City and KYW-TV in Philadelphia carried rolling news channels under the "CBS Plus" brand on their respective secondary subchannels, while independent station KTXA in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas carried MeTV on its second subchannel). In addition, CBS Television Distribution had already maintained a content distribution agreement with Weigel Broadcasting's classic television network MeTV, which sourced much of its programming from that library.

On January 13, 2015, Weigel Broadcasting confirmed that its Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT-TV would carry the network on its fourth digital subchannel.[7] It would replace the digital news service TouchVision.

Decades officially launched at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time Zone on May 25, 2015, with the series premiere of Through the Decades as its inaugural telecast. At the time, the network was available in over 45% of all American households with a television set.[8]

Programming

Early days

Decades relies primarily on programming from the extensive content library owned by CBS Television Distribution,[5] which includes the pre-2006 Paramount Television library - which CBS had acquired as a result of absorbing Paramount's syndication unit in 2006 through its split from Viacom into a separate company (CBS and Viacom re-merged to form ViacomCBS in 2019) - along with series from Desilu Productions, Bing Crosby Productions, Don Fedderson Productions, QM Productions, Spelling Television and Republic Pictures Television. Decades also carries series and movies from NBCUniversal, Warner Bros., Disney (20th Century Studios), Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Lionsgate, Sonar Entertainment, the Peter Rodgers Organization, Shout! Factory, The Carsey-Werner Company and the public domain.

In an early effort to stand out from other "retro-TV" multicast services (such as MeTV and Antenna TV), the Monday through Friday schedule initially featured a block of programming based on a daily theme, with interstitial programs to highlight the theme. Each six-hour block of programming was repeated four times a day and typically included a feature film, episodes of theme related TV programs, and biographical programs featuring celebrities, actors and actresses, musicians, athletes, and public figures of interest. The theme blocks were bookended with Through the Decades, an hour-long program hosted and narrated by Bill Kurtis (who formerly served as a presenter for Chicago CBS O&O WBBM-TV and CBS News) that explores the events and news from a particular day or period in history, using archival footage that CBS owns via services such as CBS News and CBS Television Distribution's syndicated newsmagazine program Entertainment Tonight.[3][5][9]

The network's Saturday and Sunday schedules feature marathon of classic television series. Beginning on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (ET), forty-two consecutive hours are devoted to a particular series, which is usually sourced from either the CBS Television Distribution library of shows or a show Weigel Broadcasting has a contract to carry (such as one of the shows it broadcasts on MeTV).[10]

Airings of The Dick Cavett Show were added to the schedule February 1, 2016 within the daily themed block, as appropriate. Episodes from Cavett's late-night ABC talk show from 1969 to 1974 as well as his later interview series on PBS, USA, and CNBC were all made available for airing.[11]

On November 1, 2016, a major change was made to the programming lineup, with the daily programming block reduced to two airings daily (one from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, the other in overnight) as the 2:00 p.m. to midnight (ET) time period was converted to a "daily binge" with a different show airing each day. During the month of November, a different "cop show" was aired each weekday;[12]

A further shift in direction from the original channel concept came on December 5, 2016, when the network added two daily airings of the NBC series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the first breaking the daily binge in half at 6:00 p.m. (ET) and the same show repeating at the conclusion of the binge time block.[13]

Present

From 2017 onward, the theme and binge programming on weekdays was stopped altogether and the network became mostly sitcom focused, featuring the "Television Across the Decades" block, where comedies from the 1950s through the 1980s air everyday from mid-morning into early evening, and late evenings through the overnight hours featuring the "Smart Comedy" block - highlighted by classic sitcoms such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, Taxi, The Honeymooners, and The Abbott and Costello Show.

Though the bulk of the lineup is now primarily sitcoms, there are deviations - most notably in prime time - which features the classic variety program The Ed Sullivan Show, Through the Decades (both also airing weekday mornings), and The Dick Cavett Show. Also, the weekend binge marathons continue, with a single series (regardless of genre) airing for 42 hours straight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Affiliates

As of May 2015, Decades has current or pending affiliation agreements with 35 television stations covering at least 44% of the United States.[8] Weigel Broadcasting handles the responsibility of affiliate distribution to stations outside the core CBS O&O group.[3]

Decades is offered to stations on a barter basis, in which the network and the local affiliate will share the responsibility of selling advertising inventory and split the allocated hourly commercial time. CBS affiliates and their owners hold the right of first refusal to carry the network in their local market, before it is offered to other network-affiliated stations.[3] The network is also available on local cable television providers (most likely through their digital cable tiers, as is the case with most multicast networks) and other multichannel television in the United States at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station.[14]

CBS Television Stations initially planned to launch Decades on all 16 CBS owned-and-operated stations (including two that operate as satellite stations of Minneapolis O&O WCCO-TV). Not all of the CBS Television Stations outlets were announced to carry Decades initially, as CW owned-and-operated stations in markets where CBS Corporation does not own a CBS Television Stations (such as WTOG and KSTW) were originally excluded from its initial list of affiliates. The standalone CW O&Os were later added as charter stations by late April 2015. In the Chicago market, where CBS Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting each own television stations, the network was carried on CBS O&O WBBM-TV, instead of one of Weigel's three stations in that market - WCIU-TV, WWME-CD and WMEU-CD. (A similar situation existed in that market with Movies!, in which WPWR-TV - owned by Weigel's partner in that network, Fox Television Stations - carries the network in lieu of any of Weigel's outlets.) Conversely, Weigel-owned WBME-CD carries the network in the Milwaukee market.[7]WMYS-LD in South Bend, Indiana is the other Weigel-owned station to carry the network.

On January 9, 2015, Decades reached its first affiliation agreement with a station outside the core CBS Television Stations, through a deal with Media General for its Green Bay, Wisconsin ABC affiliate WBAY-TV (which was previously affiliated with CBS from 1953 to 1992). WBAY planned to carry the marathon blocks on its third subchannel as a replacement for the Live Well Network.[2] However, on January 13, as a result of Walt Disney Television's decision to temporarily continue Live Well Network's national operations, WBAY announced that its 2.3 subchannel would not switch to Decades until after LWN's new March 2015 shutdown date.[15] It eventually picked up Ion Television as part of a group deal with WBAY owner Media General to carry the network in markets without an Ion station.

On September 3, 2018, Decades was replaced on CBS-owned stations with Start TV, a new Weigel-owned diginet focusing on crime dramas with female leads.[16] Weigel maintained its commitment to Decades, with the company's owned-and-operated stations taking over in Los Angeles and Chicago. When it began airing on Fox-owned television stations, Decades moved to KTTV in Los Angeles. In Chicago, Decades continues to be seen on Weigel-owned WMEU-CD and WCIU-TV.

List of current affiliates

City of license/Market Station[17] Affiliate Virtual
channel
(RF)
Owner Launch Date Notes

Alaska

Anchorage KDMD Ion 33.9 (32) Ketchikan Television December 2020

Arizona

Phoenix KUTP MyNetworkTV 45.4 (10) Fox Television Stations October 2019 Previously on KASW from 2015 to 2018

Arkansas

Fort Smith KFLU-LD The Country Network 20.3 (20) DTV America March 2017

California

Fresno-Visalia KFAZ-CA Charge! 8.2 (18.2) Cocola Broadcasting
Los Angeles KAZA-TV MeTV 54.2 (27.8) Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018 Previously on KCBS-TV 2/3/15 to 9/2/18
KTTV Fox 11.4 Fox Television Stations
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto Coming Soon (Per Decades website) Previously on KOVR 2/3/15 to 9/2/18
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose KAXT-CD 1.2 (22) Weigel Broadcasting April 2019 Previously on KPIX-TV 2/9/15 to 9/2/18
San Jose-Oakland-San Francisco KICU-TV Fox 36.4 Fox Television Stations late 2019 Previously on KPIX-TV 2/9/15 to 9/2/18.

Channel 36.4 was previously Heroes & Icons (H&I).

Colorado

Denver KZDN-LD Movies! 26.2/28.3 (14/30) Syncom Media Group, Inc. March 2020 Previously on KCNC-TV 1/23/15 to 9/2/18
Glenwood Springs, Colorado KREG-TV H&I 3.5 (23) Weigel Broadcasting

Connecticut

Hartford and New Haven WHCT-LD MeTV 35.5 Weigel Broadcasting September 30, 2020

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. WRZB-LD Court TV Mystery 31.5 (32) DC Broadcasting

Florida

Gainesville, Florida WOGX Fox 51.4 (31) Fox Television Stations Coming Soon (Per Decades website)
Jacksonville WJAX-TV CBS 47.3 (19) Cox Media Group June 1, 2015
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida Coming Soon (Per Decades website) Previously on WFOR-TV 3/7/15 to 9/2/18
Orlando, Florida WKMG-TV CBS 6.5 (26) Graham Media Group December 12, 2016 Previously on 6.3 from 2016 to 2019
St. Petersburg-Tampa WTVT Fox 13.5 (12) Fox Television Stations Coming Soon Previously on WTOG 3/7/15 to 9/2/18

Georgia

Atlanta WAGA-TV Fox 5.5 (27) Fox Television Stations Coming Soon Previously on WUPA 5/8/15 to 9/2/18
Toccoa, Georgia-Athens, Georgia WGTA MeTV 32.3 (24) Marquee Broadcasting

Idaho

Boise, Idaho KRID-LD H&I 22.4 (22) Idaho TV 22 July 1, 2017
Idaho Falls, Idaho KPVI-DT NBC 6.2 (23) Cox Media Group January 13, 2016

Illinois

Chicago WCIU-TV The CW 26.6 Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018 Previously on WBBM-TV 1/29/15 to 9/2/18
WMEU-CD Independent 48.4 (32) 2017 Simulcast of WCIU-TV 26.6

Indiana

Indianapolis (Wolcott, Indiana) WSDI-LD OnTV4U 30.2 DTV America Previously on WBXI-CD in 2018
South Bend, Illinois WMYS-LD MyNetworkTV 69.3 (28) Weigel Broadcasting Previously TouchVision

Kansas

Wichita, Kansas KSCW-DT The CW 33.2 (12) Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc.
Topeka, Kansas KCMN-LD 42.1 (28) DTV America Corporation

Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky WBNA 21.5 Replaced Retro TV

Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana K18JF-D/K21OM-D Azteca America 20.7 (21) HC2 Holdings Launch Date TBD
New Orleans WWL CBS 4.3 (36) Tegna

Maine

Bangor, Maine WABI-TV CBS 5.3 (13) Gray Television October 1, 2015

Maryland

Baltimore Coming Soon (Per Decades website) Previously on WJZ-TV 13.2 until 9/2/18

Massachusetts

Boston Coming Soon (Per Decades website) Previously on WBZ-TV 2/26/15 to 9/2/18

Michigan

Detroit WJBK Fox 2.5 (7) Fox Television Stations October 2019 Previously on WWJ-TV 2/10/15 to 9/2/18
Roscommon,Michigan WURO-LD Heroes & Icons 18.4 (18) M33 Media LLC

Minnesota

Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota KMSP-TV Fox 9.6 (9) Fox Television Stations Oct 16 2019 Previously on WCCO-TV 2/10/15 to 9/2/18

Missouri

St. Louis KNLC MeTV 24.5 (14) Weigel Broadcasting

Nevada

Las Vegas KHSV H&I 21.2 (2) Howard Stirk Holdings

New York

Albany, New York/Pittsfield, Massachusetts WNYA MyNetworkTV 51.3 (13) Hubbard Broadcasting December 31, 2015
New York City WNYW Fox 5.5 (27) Fox Television Stations October 2019 Previously on WCBS-TV 1/16/15 to 9/2/18
Rochester, New York WBGT-CD MyNetworkTV 46.5 Vision Communications June 1, 2018
Olean WVTT-CD/WVTT-CD This TV 25.2 DTV America June 1, 2018 Affiliation agreement signed under Vision Communications ownership
Saranac Lake, New York WYCI H&I/MNTV 40.2 (34) Cross Hill Communications 2018


Ohio

Cincinnati WBQC-LD Independent 25.11 (28) Block Broadcasting
Cleveland WBNX-TV Independent 55.6 (30) Winston Broadcasting Network December 1, 2018
Columbus WCBZ-CD Ind. 22.5 (18) Columbus Broadcasting Corp. January 1, 2020 Previously on WBNS-TV 10.3 (21)

Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma KUOC-LD Buzzr 48.3 (48) DTV America Corporation

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia WDPN-TV MeTV 2.6 (2) Maranatha Broadcasting Company September 3, 2018 Previously on KYW-TV 1/16/15 to 9/2/18
Pittsburgh WOSC-CD HSN 61.6 (26) The Videohouse, Inc. Previously on KDKA-TV 3/16/15 to 9/2/18

South Carolina

Columbia WLTX CBS 19.3 (15) TEGNA Inc. April 01, 2020 Previously Antenna TV
Greenville-Spartanburg W31AZ-D GEB Network 31.6 (15) CAROLINA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING

Tennessee

Jackson WYJJ Antenna TV 27.6 (27) HC2 Holdings
Lebanon/Nashville WJFB MeTV 44.4 (25) Weigel Broadcasting
Memphis WQEK-LD Cozi TV 36.2 (30) HC2 Holdings Previously on WHBQ-TV

Texas

Austin KTBC Fox 7.5 (7) Fox Television Stations
Fort Worth-Dallas KDFW Fox 4.2 (35) Fox Television Stations Coming Soon (Per Decades website) Previously on KTVT 2/3/15 to 9/2/18
Fredericksburg/San Antonio KCWX MyNetworkTV 2.4 (5) Corridor Television, L.L.P. February 3, 2020[18]
Houston KRIV Fox 26.2 (26) Fox Television Stations November 29, 2020 Previously on KTXH from 2015 to 2020[19]
Odessa/Midland KWWT MeTV 30.3 (22) JB Broadcasting 2018

Utah

Cedar City/St. George KCSG H&I 8.2 (14) Weigel Broadcasting November 27, 2017 Previously Back Country TV

Washington

Bellingham KVOS H&I 12.4 (35.4) Weigel Broadcasting added January 17, 2018
Tacoma-Seattle KFFV MeTV 44.4 (44) Weigel Broadcasting September 3, 2018 Previously on KSTW 5/9/15 to 9/2/18

Wisconsin

Crandon WMOW The CW 4.3 (12) Quincy Media September 2, 2015 Previously This TV
Eagle River WYOW ABC 34.3 (28)
Madison WKOW 27.3 (26)
Milwaukee WMLW-TV Independent 49.4 (17) Weigel Broadcasting January 16, 2015 Previously TouchVision
Wausau WAOW ABC 9.3 (9) Quincy Media September 2, 2015[20] Previously This TV

Former affiliates

Market Station Channel Current owner Years of affiliation Notes
Phoenix
(Arizona)
KASW 61.2 E. W. Scripps Company
(Was owned at the time by Nexstar Media Group)
2015-2018
Los Angeles
(California)
KCBS-TV 2.2 CBS Television Stations 2015-2018
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto
(California)
KOVR 13.2 2015-2018
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
(California)
KPIX-TV 5.2 2015-2018
Denver
(Colorado)
KCNC-TV 4.2 2015-2018
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida
(Florida)
WFOR-TV 4.2 2015-2018
St. Petersburg-Tampa
(Florida)
WTOG 44.2 2015-2018
Atlanta
(Georgia)
WUPA 69.2 2015-2018
Miami
(Illinois)
WBBM-TV 2.2 2015-2018
Indianapolis
(Indiana)
WBXI-CD 47.1 2018
Sioux City
(Iowa)
KMEG 14.2 Waitt Broadcasting, Inc.
(Operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
2015-2016
Baltimore
(Maryland)
WJZ-TV 13.2 CBS Television Stations 2015-2018
Boston
(Massachusetts)
WBZ-TV 4.2 2015-2018
New Bedford
(Massachusetts)
WLWC 28.3 Ion Media Networks
(Was owned at the time by OTA Broadcasting)
2015-2017
Detroit
(Michigan)
WWJ-TV 62.2 CBS Television Stations 2015-2018
Minneapolis-Saint Paul
(Minnesota)
WCCO-TV 4.2 2015-2018
New York City
(New York)
WCBS-TV 2.2 2015-2018
Charlotte
(North Carolina)
WCNC-TV 36.3 Tegna Inc. 2015-2018 No replacement affiliate
New Bern
(North Carolina)
WCTI-TV 12.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group 2015-2018
Fargo-Valley City
(North Dakota)
KRDK-TV 4.4 Major Market Broadcasting 2015-2016
Cincinnati
(Ohio)
WOTH-CD 20.2 Station now defunct
(was owned at the time by Block Broadcasting)
2015-2018
Columbus
(Ohio)
WBNS-TV 10.3 Tegna Inc. 2015-2018
Portland
(Oregon)
KOIN 6.3 Nexstar Media Group 2016-2019
Philadelphia
(Pennsylvania)
KYW-TV 3.2 CBS Television Stations 2015-2018
Pittsburgh
(Pennsylvania)
KDKA-TV 2.2 2015-2018
Memphis
(Tennessee)
WHBQ-TV 13.3 Cox Media Group 2016-2018
Nashville
(Tennessee)
WJDE-CD 31.3 Word Broadcasting Network 2015-2019
Fort Worth-Dallas
(Texas)
KTVT 11.2 CBS Television Stations 2015-2018
Houston
(Texas)
KTXH 20.3 Fox Television Stations 2015-2020 Was the only affiliate owned by Fox Television Stations prior to 2019. Moved to KRIV to accommodate theGrio launch on January 15, 2021.
Bristol
(Virginia)
WCYB-TV 5.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group
(was owned at the time by Bonten Media Group)
2015-2017
Roanoke
(Virginia)
WDBJ 7.3 Gray Television 2015-2018
Spokane
(Washington)
KREM 2.3 Tegna Inc. 2015-2018 No replacement affiliate
Tacoma-Seattle
(Washington)
KSTW 11.2 CBS Television Stations 2015-2018
Eau Claire
(Wisconsin)
WQOW 18.3 Quincy Media 2015-2020
La Crosse
(Wisconsin)
WXOW 19.3 2015-2020

References

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