Nashville DTV News

CW Network is Moving Sept. 20th

- Posted September 14th, 2021 at 10:57pm
The only information I have at the moment is that the CW Network is moving to WZTV 17.2 beginning this Monday, Sept. 20th at 10am. Right now, that is the only information I have about Sept. 20th. There is also a rescan that will be happening on Oct. 14th. I have no more information on that at this time as well. I got all the information from the two links below. Until more news comes my way, that's all for now.

CW Moving to WZTV 17.2
Need to Rescan on or after Oct. 14th

Update 5:20pm: - I just got an e-mail back from an engineer at the station. He said that WNAB lineup of channels will be as follows:

58.1 - Dabl - 480i
58.2 - Stadium - 480i
58.3 - Charge! - 480i

He also said that WSMV will be joining the ATSC 3.0 ranks. He didn't clarify how, but I have no idea how that would be possible. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 5:02am

I wonder why it is moving off of channel 58?

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 10:30am

I e-mailed Trip of to let him know (if he didn't know already, which he did), and he reminded me of the fine that Sinclair got from the FCC about not being fair in negotiations with cable companies. That maybe why they are doing this. They have been doing this in other TV markets where they own one station and run another. They have been taking the major networks away from the stations they don't own like WNAB.

Random Guy
- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 12:54pm

The Fox 17 website says MyTV 30 is moving to make way for ATSC 3.0 but they already use that channel for ATSC 3.0 and is MyTV 30 is already a subchannel of Fox 17.

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 9:24am

I bet they're dropping the "58" from their name. Since 58 isn't even a TV frequency anymore. Add to that channels now days aren't even ON the channel they transmit on.

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 10:33am

I say they will probably drop the number. For one thing, in the crawl message on the TV and another thing, the information on the website both say "CW Nashville" and not "CW 58".

Brentwood OTA
- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 11:25am - Edited

Apparently it's okay with Tennessee Broadcasting (Nashville License Holdings, L.L.C.). They are still the station owner after all, and JOAs don't typically allow the outsourcing operator to make major changes without the consent of the owner. So it can't really be like they're taking it away. What's been going through my mind since seeing this earlier this morning: 1. What will be the primary programming now on WNAB? Has Sinclair got something up their sleeve? Or has the owner made a deal with another operator or network? 2. Will we soon see WNAB up for sale? 2. Will WZTV run TBD outside of the CW's prime time offerings? Or will they carry the CW's 24/7 schedule as seen on cable channels when a city doesn't have a CW outlet and the cable system picks it up?

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 1:06pm

First, I would like to say that WNAB is owned by Tennessee Broadcasting (Nashville License Holdings, LLC.) like you said, but even though they own it and through the JSA or SSA, I don't know which, that Sinclair operates it, my thoughts are that pretty much Sinclair "owns" it. That is just the way Sinclair can get around the FCC rule of owning too many stations in one TV market. A1: Right now, I have no idea what the main programming will be on 58.1. My guess would be that TBD takes over that spot, but that is just my opinion. A2: That's a good question, but I think they will move the whole programming they have now on CW58 over to 17.2. They may just rename it "CW Nashville". Again, that is just my thoughts/opinion.

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 3:48pm - Edited

I believe they did something similar in Chattanooga. They moved FOX to the subchannel of their ABC affiliate. I think I read somewhere that it's a workaround to get the satellite companies to carry what was a subchannel they refused to uplink because they will only make deals with .1 channels (17.1 and 58.1) unless it's ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CW carried on .2. By moving a big network feed to .2 (58.1 to 17.2), the satellite companies will continue to carry the channel. Then, Sinclair can request the new programming on 58.1 be carried and get compensation for what had been carried on 17.2 (or whatever else they programming they put in place).

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 5:40am

Your hypothesis makes sense.

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 5:00pm - Edited

Do you think the ruling against LOCAST had something to do with the move? Major broadcasters now have "carte blanche" when it comes to retransmission fees charged to cable and Satelitte providers in most major markets. I for one will be staying wtih OTA TV.

- Posted on September 15th, 2021 at 5:22pm

No. Locast had nothing to do with this. There's more to this then we know at this time. When I hear something else, I will post it.

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 5:48am - Edited

Yeah, you never know what Sinclair's intentions are. Since channel 4's new transmitter is ATSC 3.0 ready, they can go solo with ATSC 3.0. I thought that the ATSC 3.0 "piggybacking", as what is currently happening in our TV market, was only going to last 5 years. ATSC 3.0 information is somewhat convoluted about this.

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 2:46pm

I didn't realize (but should have), that their new transmitter was 3.0 ready. I wonder if W29FR-D will be their 3.0 signal or not? I would expect it to be. Even though I haven't a prayer of getting it in McMinnville. It's a demo right now anyway.

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 5:03pm

Unless W29FR-D has or will have a ATSC 3.0 compatible transmitter, I believe that WSMV's ATSC 3.0 will be coming from their new transmitter. Although WSMV keeps their cards close to the vest, so who knows what they are going to do.

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 12:11pm

I’ve had trouble picking up 17 and 30 since the beginning. 60 miles east of the city and I get all other channels just fine. Does anyone else have this problem?

Random Guy
- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 12:43pm

Fox 17 has use a extreme direction antenna. I have this issue with them too living 70 miles west of Nashville. Why they still use this directional antenna after moving to a new channel is beyond me. You think they would have picked a channel where one would not be necessary

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 2:44pm

I can get Fox17 really good in McMinnville. That's not always the case. But my guess is they are putting more power this direction. Since Woodbury has SO many hills/mountains. Nashville DMA just needs to use a distributed transmitter system.

- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 5:05pm

I live in Gallatin and WZTV's signal is stronger than WKRN or WTVF by +3-5db.

Random Guy
- Posted on September 16th, 2021 at 5:07pm - Edited

This is why many have issues

- Posted on September 17th, 2021 at 7:04am

Dabl is one of those channels I can watch everywhere. It also must be one of the most common channels. I get in on WBXX's sub channel too.

- Posted on September 20th, 2021 at 10:07am

And it's done. I'm trying to get WTVF (36) locked back in though.

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