Monday, February 23, 2009

Some Retro TV Network Gripes

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Earlier, I blogged about Retro TV Network's airing of classic Sci-Fi on Saturday nights.

There was more to be said about Retro TV Network, but I thought I'd separate the good and the bad. This blog entry is about the bad.

I was introduced to Retro TV Network when a local TV station used one of its digital sub-channels to carry RTN. I was rather excited about this for two reasons - a chance to see some classic series that either I had never seen when they were first broadcast or hadn't seen in the years since they were broadcast PLUS it was neat to see how TV stations would use the ability of DTV to broadcast "sub-channels".

While surfing RTN's web site, I came across the list of series they broadcast. As I mentioned in my earlier entry, it's a mixed bag of good and not so good oldies. One problem is that it seems some series aren't available in all markets (I'd REALLY like to see Quincy, MD again - the original CSI series!). The other problem is some odd tendency to repeat episodes for some unknown reason. In this case, Ellery Queen (Jim Sutton version). The series airs on the weekend at 1am. Of the 3 times I've been able to catch an episode, twice it was the same episode!

I *hope*, if I get to see Battlestar:Galactica next weekend, it's a DIFFERENT episode than this weekend's. (I'll let you know!)

Another issue I have with RTN is its rather repetitive scheduling. For example, It Takes a Thief airs every night at 11pm. Now, if you're a fan of that series, it's great! If you're not, then you're left out in the Retro TV cold. Why not shake things up and air a different series every night?

It'll be interesting to see how RTN shakes out. Their web site promises "More Programming Coming Soon!!" but I tend to doubt that myself. I'm wondering how long they'll be around.

It's not a bad network and I realize they're pushing a boulder uphill -- I just hope they're around long enough to improve on what they've got!

Is RTN broadcast in your area? If so, do you watch it? Your thoughts? Suggestions? Let us know by commenting below!

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