Fox O&Os, Weigel Launch Movies! Digi-Net

Fox Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting are
partnering on Movies!, a film-themed subchannel launching in 17 Fox-owned
markets this spring. The network's aim is "to create a new destination for
movie fans that is fan-friendly and available for free via over-the-air
television, and in many cases via local cable carriage," said Fox in a

Movies! will be available on Fox subchannels in New York,
Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Atlanta,
Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and

"We're doing Movies! because this content works in the
D2 space," said Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming at Fox Television
Stations. "Weigel has proven that in their other ventures, which is why
we've chosen to work with them. While we've successfully used our D2 spectrum
to some degree, this is the first time we're going in with all stations on
board, which is exciting."

Movies! enters a crowded entertainment multicast net space
that includes This TV, Me-TV, Antenna TV and NBC Owned Stations rookie Cozi TV.
Weigel owns Me-TV, which airs classic TV shows, and is a partner, with MGM, on
This TV.

The films will air 24 hours a day and will appear in a 16 by
9 format.

"We are excited to work with the Fox Television Station
Group in the creation of the next digital network franchise," said Neal
Sabin, president of content and networks, Weigel Broadcasting.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.