Decades (TV network)
|Type||Digital broadcast television network|
Nationwide (available on OTA digital television)|
(U.S. coverage: 55%)
|Founded||October 21, 2014|
|Slogan||Relive. Remember. Relate.|
CBS Television Stations|
January 16, 2015|
May 25, 2015
|480i SDTV; widescreen)|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
Decades is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned as a joint venture between the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting. The network, which is primarily carried on the digital subchannels of television stations, mainly airs classic television sitcoms and drama series from the 1950s through the 2000s, feature films from the same period, along with historical news and documentary programming.
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 and widescreen presentation, the network is carried in 480i widescreen.
On October 21, 2014, CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting announced the launch of Decades, with plans to launch 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 affiliates.
The network is 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 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.
Decades officially launched at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time 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.
Decades relies primarily on programming from the extensive content library owned by CBS Television Distribution, 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 – along with series from Desilu Productions, Bing Crosby Productions, Don Fedderson Productions, QM Productions, Spelling Television and Republic Pictures Television. Decades also carries select series from NBCUniversal Television Distribution, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, the Peter Rodgers Organization, Shout! Factory, and The Carsey-Werner Company, plus movies from CBS, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Lionsgate, and Sonar Entertainment.
In order to stand out from other "retro-TV" multicast services (such as MeTV and Antenna TV), the Monday through Friday schedule features a block of programming based on a daily theme, with interstitials to highlight the theme. Each six-hour block of programming is repeated four times a day and typically includes 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 are completed with Through the Decades, an hour-long program hosted and narrated by Bill Kurtis (who formerly served as an anchor 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.
The network's Saturday and Sunday schedule features "binge" blocks of classic television series. Beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m., 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).
As of May 2015, Decades has current or pending affiliation agreements with 35 television stations covering at least 44% of the United States. Weigel Broadcasting handles the responsibility of affiliate distribution to stations outside of the core CBS O&O group.
Decades is being 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. The network is also available on local cable television providers (most likely through their digital tiers, as is the case with most multicast networks) and other pay television services at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station.
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 O&O (such as Tampa and Seattle) 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 is carried on CBS O&O WBBM-TV, instead of one of Weigel's three stations in that market – WCIU-TV, WWME-CA and WMEU-CD (a similar situation exists 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); Weigel-owned WDJT will carry the network in the Milwaukee market. 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 of the core CBS group, 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; however, on January 13, as a result of Disney–ABC Television Group'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. 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.
List of affiliates
|City of license/Market||Station||Affiliate||Virtual
|Owner||Notes||Replacing network (if applicable)|
|Phoenix||KASW||The CW||61.2 (49)||Nexstar Broadcasting Group||November 9, 2015|
|Los Angeles||KCBS-TV||CBS||2.2 (43)||CBS Television Stations||February 3, 2015|
|San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose||KPIX-TV||5.2 (29)||February 9, 2015|
|Santa Barbara||Cable Only||TBA||Cox Communications||Coming Soon|
|Denver||KCNC-TV||CBS||4.2 (35)||CBS Television Stations||January 23, 2015|
|Jacksonville||WJAX-TV||CBS||47.3 (19)||Cox Media Group||June 1, 2015|
|Miami–Fort Lauderdale||WFOR-TV||4.2 (22)||CBS Television Stations||March 7, 2015|
|St. Petersburg–Tampa||WTOG||The CW||44.2 (44)|
|Tallahassee, Florida||WCTV||CBS||6.2||Gray Television|
|Atlanta||WUPA||The CW||69.2 (43)||CBS Television Stations||May 8, 2015|
|Toccoa–Athens||WGTA||H&I||32.2 (24)||Marquee Broadcasting|
|Chicago||WBBM-TV||CBS||2.2 (12)||CBS Television Stations||January 29, 2015|
|South Bend||WMYS-LD||MyNetworkTV||69.3 (39)||Weigel Broadcasting||TouchVision|
|Sioux City||KMEG||CBS||14.2 (39)||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Louisville||WBNA||Ion Television||21.5 (8)||Evangel World Prayer Center||Qubo|
|Wichita||KSCW-DT||The CW||33.2 (12)||Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Lafayette||KLWB (TV)||MeTV||50.3 (50)||Delta Media||Launches TBD|
|New Orleans||WWL||CBS||4.3 (36)||Tegna|
|Bangor||WABI-TV||CBS||5.3 (5)||Diversified Communications||October 1, 2015|
|Baltimore||WJZ-TV||CBS||13.2 (13)||CBS Television Stations|
|Boston||WBZ-TV||CBS||4.2 (30)||CBS Television Stations||February 26, 2015|
|New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island)||WLWC||The CW||28.3 (22)||OTA Broadcasting, LLC|
|Detroit||WWJ-TV||CBS||62.2 (44)||CBS Television Stations||February 10, 2015|
|Alexandria||KCCO-TV||CBS||7.2 (7)||CBS Television Stations||March 10, 2015|
|Duluth||KBJR-TV||NBC||6.3 (19)||Quincy Media||September 2016|
|Minneapolis–St. Paul||WCCO-TV||CBS||4.2 (32)||CBS Television Stations||March 10, 2015|
|Las Vegas||KHSV||H&I||21.2 (2)||Howard Stirk Holdings|
|Albany/Pittsfield||WNYA||MyNetworkTV||51.3 (13)||Hubbard Broadcasting||December 31, 2015|
|New York City||WCBS-TV||CBS||2.2 (33)||CBS Television Stations||January 16, 2015||CBS New York Plus|
|Charlotte||WCNC-TV||NBC||36.3 (22)||Tegna, Inc.||April 28, 2016|
|New Bern–Greenville||WCTI-TV||ABC||12.2 (12)||Bonten Media Group||February 3, 2015||Live Well Network|
|Cincinnati||WOTH-CD||Movies!||20.2 (20)||Block Broadcasting|
|Columbus||WBNS-TV||CBS||10.2 (21)||Dispatch Broadcast Group|
|Portland||KOIN||CBS||6.3 (40)||Media General||March 10, 2016|
|Philadelphia||KYW-TV||CBS||3.2 (26)||CBS Television Stations||January 16, 2015||CBS Philly Plus|
|Pittsburgh||KDKA-TV||2.2 (25)||March 16, 2015|
|Memphis||WHBQ-TV||Fox||13.3 (13)||Cox Media Group||June 15, 2015|
|Nashville||WJDE-LD||H&I||31.3 (31)||Evangel World Prayer Center of Kentucky Inc.||January 8, 2015||HSN|
|Bristol, Virginia & Bristol, Tennessee/Tri-Cities||WCYB-TV||NBC||5.3 (5)||Bonten Media Group||May 12, 2015||Live Well Network|
|Fort Worth–Dallas||KTVT||CBS||11.2 (19)||CBS Television Stations||February 3, 2015|
|Houston||KTXH||MyNetworkTV||20.3 (19)||Fox Television Stations||October 2, 2015||MundoFox/MundoMax|
|Roanoke||WDBJ||CBS||7.3 (18)||Gray Television||April 27, 2015|
|Tacoma–Seattle||KSTW||The CW||11.2 (11)||CBS Television Stations||May 9, 2015|
|Spokane||KREM||CBS||2.3 (20)||Tegna||April 27, 2016|
|Crandon||WMOW||The CW||4 (4.3)||Quincy Media||September 2, 2015||This TV|
|Eagle River||WYOW||ABC||34 (34.3)|
|Eau Claire||WQOW||18 (18.3)|
|La Crosse||WXOW||19 (19.3)|
|Milwaukee||WDJT-TV||CBS||58.4 (46)||Weigel Broadcasting||January 16, 2015||TouchVision|
|Wausau||WAOW||ABC||9 (9.3)||Quincy Media||September 2, 2015||This TV|
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- "CBS To Launch Classic Digital Channel". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. October 21, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
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