COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On Monday, April 5, WIS launched THIS TV, a new entertainment channel for the Midlands, on its digital multicast channel 10.2.
THIS TV is a 24 hour-a-day network from MGM Domestic Television and Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting. Most of the broadcast day features movies from the extensive film libraries of MGM, United Artists, Orion Pictures, Polygram, Cannon and Samuel Goldwyn Films. THIS TV also carries classic television series, including "Mister Ed", "The Patty Duke Show", "Sea Hunt", and "The Outer Limits".
In a typical week, THIS TV airs more than 50 different films from the 2000s back to the 1940s. Complete program listings are available at http://columbia.thistv.com/. WIS broadcasts THIS TV over the air on channel 10.2 throughout the 11-county Columbia television market. The network will also be available to Time Warner Digital Cable subscribers on channel 806 in greater Columbia, Irmo, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Bishopville, and Manning. As more cable, satellite, and other pay TV systems expand their channel capacities, WIS expects that THIS TV will be offered to all viewers in the market.
THIS TV has been on the air since November 2008 and now has more than 100 local affiliates in cities nationwide. WIS General Manager Donita Todd says the new channel offers a valuable entertainment option. "The era of digital television has opened up new opportunities for broadcasters and added benefits for local TV viewers," Todd said. "THIS TV offers a rich library of popular movies and classic shows that are not available elsewhere on the dial. Especially for viewers who do not have a pay service such as cable or satellite, ‘THIS' will be a great alternative to the entertainment on the major networks."
WIS Television is part of Raycom Media, Inc., an employee-owned company and one of the nation's largest broadcasters. Raycom owns or operates 46 television stations in 18 states. Raycom stations cover more than 12% of U.S. television households and employ 3300 individuals in full and part-time positions. Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.
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