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Buzzr

Buzzr
Type Digital broadcast television network
(game shows)
Country United States
Availability Nationwide via OTA digital television (covering 40% of the U.S.)[1]
Founded January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
Slogan Let's Play
Parent
Key people
  • Ron Garfield (EVP/GM)
  • Mark Deetjen (vice president of programming and operations)[2]
Launch date
June 1, 2015 (2015-06-01) [2]
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
http://www.buzzrplay.com

Buzzr (stylized as BUZZR) is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by FremantleMedia North America, a unit of the FremantleMedia subsidiary of RTL Group. The Buzzr TV subchannel is seen in 26 U.S. television markets. The network is sourcing its programming from the extensive library of classic game shows owned by FremantleMedia, some of which were once part of the Game Show Network's (GSN) programming lineup.[3][4][5] The network marks Fremantle's first entry into broadcasting.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Programming 2
  • Affiliates 3
    • List of current affiliates 3.1
    • Arizona 3.2
    • California 3.3
    • District of Columbia 3.4
    • Florida 3.5
    • Georgia 3.6
    • Illinois-Indiana 3.7
    • Ohio 3.8
    • Kansas 3.9
    • Michigan 3.10
    • Minnesota 3.11
    • New Jersey/New York 3.12
    • New Mexico 3.13
    • North Dakota 3.14
    • Pennsylvania 3.15
    • South Carolina/North Carolina 3.16
    • Texas 3.17
    • Utah 3.18
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The Buzzr brand was first used by Fremantle for a YouTube channel created and produced by its digital content studio Tiny Riot, which debuted in late-2014. The Buzzr YouTube channel features classic clips, and short-form adaptations of its game show properties (such as Family Feud and Password), with internet celebrities as contestants, primarily aimed towards millennials.[4][6]

On January 20, 2015, FremantleMedia announced that it would launch Buzzr TV, a digital multicast network that would serve as an extension of the brand; the network, with the Fox Television Stations as its charter station group. Buzzr TV features classic game shows from the company's programming library.[7][8] Thom Beers, former CEO of FremantleMedia North America, stated his interest in launching a network centered around its game show content after he joined the company in 2012, calling such a project a "top priority" for Fremantle as a way to help monetize the value of its library. The company intended to focus Buzzr toward older adults, with Beers citing that the "old-format game shows are really, really hard [for the younger viewership that the Buzzr YouTube channel targets] to watch."[4]

The Buzzr television network debuted on June 1, 2015, with the launch preceded by a preview reel outlining its initial programming that aired in an eight-hour continuous loop, starting at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The network formally launched that evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time with the 1963 pilot episode of Let's Make a Deal as the first show to be broadcast.[2][9][10][11]

Programming

FremantleMedia's library of game shows, spanning 154 series and an estimated 40,000 episodes overall, serves as Buzzr's core programming.[12] The network's initial lineup – with series produced from the 1950s to 2000 – includes such programs as To Tell the Truth, Password, Family Feud (encompassing episodes beginning with Richard Dawson as host and dating up to John O'Hurley's tenure), Let's Make a Deal (from Monty Hall's runs as host), What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, Beat the Clock, Card Sharks, and Match Game.[3][4][5] The Price Is Right may also be included as part of the network's schedule.[1]

The network also puts on promotional stunts surrounding holidays. Buzzr announced that on July 4, 2015 they would be airing episodes of Body Language, Match Game, Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Super Password, and Password Plus that originally aired on the 4th of July in their respective years.[13]

From September 7 to the 12th, 2015, Buzzr aired a specialty block called "Buzzr Lost and Found".[14] This block featured rarely seen shows from FremantleMedia's library, including unaired pilots and short-lived shows.

On October 5, 2015, Buzzr announced their new promotion for their Sunday Night lineup block called "Pick & Play".[15]where it allows viewer votes from a list of six classic shows from FremantleMedia's library, which includes: Beat the Clock, Double Dare, Now You See It, Sale of the Century, Trivia Trap and Wordplay. After the Sweepstakes ends on October 12, 2015, the top three most-voted shows will officially make Buzzr's new Sunday Night lineup block on October 18, 2015. In addition, voters will also be eligible to win a grand prize trip to Los Angeles for a taping of Let's Make a Deal with Wayne Brady or to Atlanta for a taping of Family Feud with Steve Harvey.

Affiliates

As of July 2015, Buzzr has current subchannel affiliation agreements with television stations in 26 media markets encompassing 17 states and the District of Columbia, covering 40% of media markets in the United States.[16]

Fox Television Stations was announced as the network's initial affiliate group, airing Buzzr on 12 Fox owned-and-operated stations (including a satellite station of Orlando O&O WOFL, whose sister station WRBW serves as that market's affiliate) and five MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated stations. Buzzr has affiliates in nine of the 10 largest and 14 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and DallasFort Worth), with an initial reach of 37% of U.S. television homes.[1][3][7] In four of the network's launch markets (New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas–Fort Worth, and Phoenix), Buzzr is affiliated with stations whose subchannels the network occupies were previously affiliated with Bounce TV; as a result of a March 2014 agreement with Univision Communications, Bounce TV moved its affiliations in those markets to Univision-owned stations in late May 2015, shortly before Buzzr launched.[17]

Debmar-Mercury (which serves as the distribution partner for the current syndicated run of the Fremantle-produced Family Feud) was hired by FremantleMedia to handle responsibility for the recruitment of affiliates through agreements with other broadcasting companies.[1][3][5][18] The network hopes to expand its charter affiliate footprint to reach markets covering 50 million U.S. households with at least one television set.[4]

List of current affiliates

City of license/market Station[3][19] Virtual
channel
Owner Notes

Arizona

Phoenix KUTP 45.3 Fox Television Stations

California

Los Angeles KCOP-TV 13.2 Fox Television Stations Replaced Bounce TV
Oakland-San Francisco KTVU 2.4
Reedley-Fresno KVBC-LP 13.7 Cocola Broadcasting

District of Columbia

Washington WTTG 5.2 Fox Television Stations

Florida

Ocala-Gainesville WOGX 51.3 Fox Television Stations
Orlando WRBW 65.4
Tampa-St. Petersburg WTVT 13.3

Georgia

Atlanta WAGA-TV 5.3 Fox Television Stations

Illinois-Indiana

Chicago-Gary WPWR-TV 50.4 Fox Television Stations

Ohio

Cincinnati WOTH-CD 20.3 Block Broadcasting Replaced Antenna TV

Kansas

Kansas City KCKS-LD 25.1 Heartland Broadcasting, LLC.
Topeka WROB-LD 25.1 Heartland Broadcasting, LLC.
Wichita KGPT-CD 26.5 Great Plains TV

Michigan

Detroit WJBK 2.3 Fox Television Stations

Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul KMSP-TV 9.4 Fox Television Stations Replaced Bounce TV

New Jersey/New York

Secaucus-New York City WWOR-TV 9.3 Fox Television Stations Replaced Bounce TV
Albany WYBN-LD 14.1 Cable Ad Net New York Inc. Replaced Youtoo America

New Mexico

Albuquerque KRTN-LD 33.3 Ramar Communications

North Dakota

Valley City-Fargo KRDK-TV 4.10 Major Market Broadcasting

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia WTXF-TV 29.4 Fox Television Stations

South Carolina/North Carolina

Rock Hill/Charlotte WMYT-TV 55.2 Fox Television Stations

Texas

Austin KTBC 7.3 Fox Television Stations
Dallas-Fort Worth KDFI 27.3 Replaced Bounce TV
Lubbock KMYL-LD 14.3 Ramar Communications
Houston KTXH 20.4 Fox Television Stations

Utah

Ogden-Salt Lake City KUCW 30.3 Nexstar Broadcasting Group Replaced ZUUS Country

References

  1. ^ a b c d Alex Ben Block (January 20, 2015). "Fox TV Stations to Air Classic Game Shows From Buzzr TV's Massive Library".  
  2. ^ a b c d Joanna Padovano (April 14, 2015). "FremantleMedia North America Hires for Buzzr Channel". World Screen. WSN Inc. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Fox O&Os Game For Latest Diginet: Buzzr TV". TVNewsCheck (NewsCheck Media). January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Todd Spangler (February 10, 2015). "FremantleMedia Hits on ‘Buzzr’ YouTube Channel with Classic Game Show Reboots".  
  5. ^ a b c "Fox TV Stations Bolsters Game Show Content With Buzzr TV".  
  6. ^ Albiniak, Paige (January 20, 2015). "Fox TV Stations Acquire Buzzr TV, New Multicast Net from FremantleMedia North America". Broadcasting and Cable (NewBay Media). Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Wayne Friedman (January 20, 2015). "Buzzr TV Joins TV Diginet Race". MediaPost (MediaPost Communications). Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cynthia Littleton (January 20, 2015). "Fox Stations to Launch Game Show Digital Channel From FremantleMedia". Variety (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Clive Whittingham (April 14, 2015). "Fremantle builds up Buzzr team". C21 Media. C21 Media Limited. 
  10. ^ "Monty Hall makes 'Deal' for classic games".  
  11. ^ Amanda Kondolojy (June 1, 2015). "New Digital Multicast Network Buzr Launches Today, June 1, 2015".  
  12. ^ Megan Daley (January 20, 2015). "Fox Television Stations gets rights to classic game show library Buzzr TV".  
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Buzzr Celebrates Independence Day Through the Years With Special 4th of July Television Event". zap2it. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Kelley, Seth (August 21, 2015). "Buzzr Sets Programming Block of Failed Game-Show Pilots". variety.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Buzzr Asks Game Show Fans to Program Its Sunday Night with Retro Episodes". TV Insider. October 5, 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Stations for Network - Buzzr TV".  
  17. ^ Jon Lafayette (March 4, 2014). "Exclusive: Bounce TV Extends Univision Deal". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ Paige Albiniak (January 20, 2015). "Fox TV Stations Acquire Buzzr TV, New Multicast Net from FremantleMedia North America".  
  19. ^ "Stations for Network - Buzzr TV". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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