KDKA-TV (2) has turned on it’s 2.2 channel for a soft launch of DECADES. The new channel is not set to officially start for another two months, but has been on the air with a stunt of sorts called “The Binge – The Countdown to Decades”. As the name implies, a viewer can binge watch consecutive episodes of a series hour after hour until the series is exhausted. There are 36 series that are being featured until the official launch – including The Rogues and Naked City. DECADES is described as allowing viewers to experience a different year, trend, event each day. It is only available over the air, and O-T-A viewers will need to re-scan their receivers to pick up the new channel.
Meanwhile, WPXI-TV (11) is set to launch 11.3 with LAFF – the first-ever, over-the-air broadcast network dedicated to comedy – on April 15. The channel has also been picked up by WPXI’s Cox sister stations and ABC O&Os. LAFF will carry off-network sit-coms and motion pictures. They have scored the rights to air sit-coms like The Drew Carey Show, Night Court, Ellen, Empty Nest, and Grace Under Fire.
(h/t Frank Gottlieb)