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January 5, 2017 10:44 am  #1

New TV/Web Hybrid Coming To Buffalo OTA But Who’s The Audience?

There’s a new digital TV network coming to WUTV, the Fox outlet in Buffalo for those who get signals off an antenna. But whether it will ever actually reach its target audience is another matter.
The “TBD” Network will use web based providers to air short programs on digital channel 29.2, apparently replacing the country music outlet that airs there now – unless that’s shifted elsewhere. Here’s their own description of what they’re about:
“We handpick the most entertaining stuff from the most creative [Internet] creators and put it on your TV for a new adventure every day. Everything from culinary capers, jaw-dropping action, hilarious pranks and comedy, music, fitness, gaming, or just random awesomeness that you never knew you needed in your life. If it’s what’s new or what’s next, it’s on TBD.”
Doesn’t sound like something I’d watch, but it does bring up this question: if it’s true that most millenials, which appears to be its target audience, don’t watch a lot of TV, exactly who do they expect to tune in?
There’s not a lot known yet about the newcomer, other than it’s owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, which also controls Buffalo’s channel 29. No official air date has been released yet. I guess you could say the sign on is TBD – to be determined.

If you're curious, there's a 1:07 preview video on the network's somewhat meagre website here.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Launches Multiscreen TV Network ‘TBD’

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January 5, 2017 11:52 am  #2

Re: New TV/Web Hybrid Coming To Buffalo OTA But Who’s The Audience?

... But Who’s The Audience?

Old people who are unable to find these shows on the Internet/NetFlix/Hulu/etc. but capable of finding and using the Channel Scan option on their remote, would be my guess. 

- Not an industry person.  Just a guy with a love of Toronto radio.

January 5, 2017 12:30 pm  #3

Re: New TV/Web Hybrid Coming To Buffalo OTA But Who’s The Audience?

The power and pattern of WUTV 14 (29) make it difficult to receive here north of the border...

(WUTV is one of three channels originating from the Grand Island area of Western New York state. The others being WNED 43 (17) and WNLO 32 (23)). 

I'm in Burlington and it is the only Buffalo channel which I can not receive reliably.  I have better luck pulling channels from Rochester....



January 5, 2017 12:50 pm  #4

Re: New TV/Web Hybrid Coming To Buffalo OTA But Who’s The Audience?

Interesting you would say that. All the stations you list, especially WNLO, are among the stations I find come in the most reliably here in northern North York. My real problem is with WIVB, channel 4, which often gives me problems, most notably in bad weather. But even on the worst days, WNLO is a station that comes in with a 100% signal strength for me and both WNED and WUTV are almost always reliable. Rochester, now that everything is digital, may appear here once in a blue moon in summer, but otherwise, it's not possible.  

I guess it all depends on where you are and what kind of antenna height you have. (Using an amplifier and a rotor can also often make a lot of difference.)

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January 9, 2017 9:45 am  #5

Re: New TV/Web Hybrid Coming To Buffalo OTA But Who’s The Audience?

When I used to go out to southwest Oakville to visit Mom, she got great OTA reception thanks to a 40' tower with rotor. I found the least reliable Buffalo stations were 2 and 49 because of their lower power and tower height. 17,23, 4 and 7 always came in at 100% on the signal strength meter. 29 was rarely above 50%. I suspect that is because unlike 17 and 23 who beam a considerable portion of their signal north of the border, 29 sends their entire signal south.Only in tropho conditions, have I ever seen Rochester[CBS 8, PBS 21] Watertown[ABC 50] and Utica [ABC 20] The Utica day was a great day for FM DX Lots of Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. My FM Atlas was most helpful.


January 9, 2017 10:49 am  #6

Re: New TV/Web Hybrid Coming To Buffalo OTA But Who’s The Audience?

Funny, channel 2 is one of the most reliable signals here for me in North York. And 49, which I rarely watch, is almost as good. Even when everything else is blanked out in a severe storm (and this Tuesday's coming Colorado low will be a real test) those two are always there. Again, depends on where you're located.  

As far as DX is concerned, this is a real catch:

Hello, Finland, this is Vancouver calling: radio fans listen to CBC from 6,700 km away

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