Digital broadcast television network|
|Availability||Nationwide via OTA digital TV (U.S. coverage: 65%)|
|Founded||January 20, 2015|
|June 1, 2015|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
BUZZR is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by FremantleMedia North America, a unit of the FremantleMedia subsidiary of RTL Group. BUZZR subchannel is seen in 53 U.S. television markets. The network is also available nationwide on free-to-air C-band satellite via Galaxy 19 in the DVB-S2 format. The network is sourcing its programming from the extensive library of classic game shows owned by FremantleMedia, some of which were once part of the Game Show Network's (GSN) programming lineup. The network marks Fremantle's first entry into North American broadcasting; however, parent company RTL operates numerous TV channels in Europe.
The BUZZR brand was first used by Fremantle for a YouTube channel created and produced by its digital content studio Tiny Riot, which debuted in late 2014. The BUZZR YouTube channel features classic clips, and short-form adaptations of its game show properties (such as Family Feud and Password), with internet celebrities as contestants, primarily aimed towards millennials.
On January 20, 2015, FremantleMedia announced that it would launch BUZZR, a digital multicast network that would serve as an extension of the brand; the network, with the Fox Television Stations as its charter station group. BUZZR features classic game shows from the company's programming library.Thom Beers, former CEO of FremantleMedia North America, stated his interest in launching a network centered on its game show content after he joined the company in 2012, calling such a project a "top priority" for Fremantle as a way to help monetize the value of its library. The company intended to focus BUZZR toward older adults, with Beers citing that the "old-format game shows are really, really hard [for the younger viewership that the BUZZR YouTube channel targets] to watch."
The BUZZR television network debuted on June 1, 2015, with the launch preceded by a preview reel outlining its initial programming that aired in an eight-hour continuous loop, starting at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The network formally launched that evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time with the 1963 pilot episode of Let's Make a Deal as the first show to be broadcast.
In February 2016, Fremantle was sued by Codename Enterprises, a New York-based web development firm, for trademark infringement, dilution, and unfair competition, as it has done business under the name "Buzzr" since 2009. The suit argued that Fremantle's use of the brand on its YouTube channel had associated it with objectionable content, and alleged that Fremantle had displaced its own YouTube channel URL to point towards it.
In 2016, to celebrate the upcoming 75th year of the genre, the network plans to create a story arc of the game show with new episodes of favorable classics, along with additional promotions and special marathons all year long.
In October 2016, FremantleMedia and Canadian video game company Ludia teamed up to create a slot machine app based on BUZZR's programming. The name of the app is called the "BUZZR Casino"based on their former prime-time programming block.
FremantleMedia's library of game shows, spanning 154 series and an estimated 40,000 episodes overall, serves as BUZZR's core programming. The network's initial lineup – with series produced from the 1950s to 2000 – includes such programs as To Tell the Truth, Password, Family Feud (encompassing episodes beginning with Richard Dawson as host and dating up to John O'Hurley's tenure), Let's Make a Deal (from Monty Hall's runs as host), What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, Beat the Clock, Card Sharks, and Match Game. The Price Is Right may also eventually be included as part of the network's schedule.
- Beat the Clock
- Body Language
- Card Sharks
- Child's Play
- Double Dare
- Family Feud
- I've Got a Secret
- Let's Make a Deal
- Match Game
- Press Your Luck
- Sale of the Century
- Super Password
- To Tell the Truth
- What's My Line?
As of February 2016, BUZZR has current subchannel affiliation agreements with television stations in 53 media markets encompassing 26 states and the District of Columbia, covering over 60% of media markets in the United States.
Fox Television Stations was announced as the network's initial affiliate group, airing BUZZR on 12 Fox owned-and-operated stations (including a satellite station of Orlando O&O WOFL, whose sister station WRBW serves as that market's affiliate) and five MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated stations. BUZZR has affiliates in all 10 of the largest and 15 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston-Manchester and Dallas–Fort Worth), with an initial reach of 37% of U.S. television homes. In four of the network's launch markets (New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas–Fort Worth, and Phoenix), BUZZR is affiliated with stations whose subchannels the network occupies were previously affiliated with Bounce TV; as a result of a March 2014 agreement with Univision Communications, Bounce TV moved its affiliations in those markets to Univision-owned stations in late May 2015, shortly before BUZZR launched.
Debmar-Mercury (which serves as the distribution partner for the current syndicated run of the Fremantle-produced Family Feud) was hired by FremantleMedia to handle responsibility for the recruitment of affiliates through agreements with other broadcasting companies. The network hopes to expand its charter affiliate footprint to reach markets covering 50 million U.S. households with at least one television set.
In September 2016, Yes TV, a small Canadian television system with stations in Ontario and Alberta, began airing a BUZZR-branded programming block of classic game shows called "BUZZR After Hours" overnight weeknights from 1:00 to 4:00 a.m. local time.
List of current affiliates
|City of license/market||Station||Virtual
|Montgomery||WDSF-LD||19.2||Replaced Dr. TV|
|Phoenix||KUTP||45.3||Fox Television Stations|
|Bakersfield||KCBT-LD||34.8||Cocola Broadcasting||Launch date TBD|
|Los Angeles||KCOP-TV||13.2||Fox Television Stations||Replaced Bounce TV|
|Denver||KSBS-CD||3.3||Denver Digital Television, LLC|
|Sterling||KCDO-TV||3.3||Newsweb Corporation||Replaced HSN|
|Washington||WTTG||5.2||Fox Television Stations|
|Fort Myers||WGPS-LP||22.4||DTV America|
|Orlando||WRBW||65.4||Fox Television Stations|
|West Palm Beach||WXOD-LD||33.1||DTV America|
|Atlanta||WAGA-TV||5.3||Fox Television Stations|
|Chicago-Gary||WPWR-TV||50.4||Fox Television Stations|
|Kansas City||KCKS-LD||25.1||Heartland Broadcasting, LLC.|
|Wichita||KGPT-CD||26.9||Great Plains TV|
|Bowling Green||WCZU-LD||39.2||DTV America|
|Boston||WLVI-TV||56.2||Sunbeam Television||Replaced ZUUS Country|
|Detroit||WJBK||2.3||Fox Television Stations|
|Cadillac||WMNN||26.6||Freelancer Television Broadcasting|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||KMSP-TV||9.4||Fox Television Stations||Replaced Bounce TV|
|Kansas City||KCMJ-CD||25.1||Replaced BounceTV|
|St. Louis||KBGU-LP||33.1||Replaced MundoMax|
|Las Vegas||KGNG-LD||47.2||King Kong Broadcasting|| Replaced Mi Casa.|
MBCD took over temporarily
in late July 2016 before it
moved to 47.9 in early
|Secaucus-New York City||WWOR-TV||9.3||Fox Television Stations||Replaced Bounce TV|
|Albany||WYBN-LD||14.1||Cable Ad Net New York Inc.||Replaced Youtoo America|
|Valley City-Fargo||KRDK-TV||4.10||Major Market Broadcasting|
|Cincinnati||WOTH-CD||20.3||Block Broadcasting||Replaced Antenna TV|
|Columbus-Marion||WOCB-CD||39.2||Cen. Ohio Assoc. of Christian Broadcasters|
|Oklahoma City||KBZC-LD||42.3||DTV America Corporation|
|Philadelphia||WTXF-TV||29.4||Fox Television Stations|
|State College-Johnstown||WHVL-LP||29.2||Channel Communications, LLC||Replaced YouToo America|
|Rock Hill/Charlotte||WMYT-TV||55.2||Fox Television Stations|
|White House/Nashville||WKUW-LD||40.1||DTV America||Replacing Dr. TV|
|Austin||KTBC||7.3||Fox Television Stations|
|College Station/Bryan||KZCZ-LD||34.5||DTV America|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||KDFI||27.3||Fox Television Stations||Replaced Bounce TV|
|Houston||KTXH||20.4||Fox Television Stations|
List of former affiliates
|City of license/market||Station|| Virtual
|Owner||Dates of affiliation||Notes|
|Ogden-Salt Lake City||KUCW||30.3||Nexstar Broadcasting Group||July 3, 2015 - September 2, 2016|| Replaced ZUUS Country in 2015|
Replaced by Escape in 2016
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