MGM, Weigel add affils for new digital service

This TV now cleared in 60% of the country

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Domestic TV and Weigel Broadcasting have expanded the station lineup for their new digital service This TV, adding several affiliates as NATPE kicked off its 2009 Market & Conference on Monday at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

In other news, Litton Entertainment has declared its new series "Street Court" a firm go for a fall launch and said "Storm Stories" will be back for a second season in broadcast syndication.

This TV, which will feature movies and TV series from the MGM library, is a programming service for local TV stations delivered over their digital platform. It has now been cleared in 60% of the U.S.

New affiliates include Tribune Broadcasting-owned KTLA Los Angeles, WPHL Philadelphia, WDCW Washington, WTIC/WTXX Hartford, Conn., and WGNO/WNOL New Orleans. Also signing on are 15 Raycom stations, including WUAB Cleveland and WXIX Cincinnati; Sunbeam's WHDH Boston; and Quincy Newspapers stations including WKOW Madison, Wis., and KWWL Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Those stations join the previously announced affiliates from Fisher Communications, Hearst-Argyle TV, Post-Newsweek Stations and Sinclair Broadcast group. Cookie Jar Entertainment also is a programming supplier to This TV.

Meanwhile, Litton's "Street Court" has been cleared in 65% of the U.S. New clearances including Tribune-owned stations in San Diego, Philadelphia, and Grand Rapids; Sinclair stations in Baltimore, Las Vegas, Birmingham and Pittsburgh; Local TV in Cleveland and Milwaukee; and Capitol in Raleigh and Charlotte.

"Court" takes the cases out of the courtroom, following “Judge Mazz” (aka Michael Mazzariello), a former Brooklyn D.A., as he summons litigants back to the scene of each dispute.

Meanwhile off-Weather Channel series "Stories" just posted its best weekly ratings, Litton said.