Those who are perpetually nostalgic will soon have a new place to find most classic episodes of television.
CBS Television and Weigel Broadcasting have announced they will be launching an entertainment programming service for distribution across local television stations’ digital subchannels, named Decades.
With a library of more than 100 classic television series, including select titles from the CBS library such as I Love Lucy from the 1950s, Star Trek from the 1960s, Happy Days from the 1970s and Cheers from the 1980s, as well as a wide selection of theatrical and made-for-television movies and footage of historical news events from the archives of CBS News and Entertainment Tonight, Decades will provide viewers with a new way to experience our shared historical and cultural past.
“Decades is the most ambitious and creative subchannel programming service that has ever been created,” said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. “We are thrilled to partner with Weigel Broadcasting, the leaders in this space, to make smart use of our stations’ spectrums and our companies’ considerable programming assets. This service will be a tremendous new business for CBS and all of the other stations across the country that participate, regardless of their primary network affiliation.”
Decades’ subchannels will broadcast channels that use a local station’s available spectrum to provide a companion to that station’s primary channel and is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2015.