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WTBS to become Peachtree TV

Atlanta Business Chronicle - 10:11 PM EDT Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Superstation will in fall become a local station called Peachtree TV, when Turner Broadcasting System changes the format of WTBS in Atlanta.

 

Turner reported late June 27 that WTBS will become WPCH on Oct. 1. The network will feature nightly blockbuster prime-time movies and a daytime line-up packed with sitcoms targeted to the Atlanta audience, such as Family Guy, The King of Queens, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, The Steve Harvey Show, Friends and Frasier. Peachtree TV will also bring local viewers 45 Atlanta Braves baseball games called by fan favorites Skip Caray, Chip Caray and Joe Simpson.

 

While Peachtree TV takes over the local broadcaster position currently held by WTBS, TBS' national cable feed will become available to Atlanta's local cable and satellite operators, offering the network's signature comedy programming.

 

"Through the evolution of WTBS into Peachtree TV, we will use our existing Atlanta broadcast platform in a way that will truly resonate with local viewers and give our Atlanta advertisers better and more focused access to their targeted consumers," said Mark Lazarus, president of Turner Entertainment Group. "At the same time, this initiative offers local cable and satellite operators and their customers more viewing options by giving them access to both Peachtree TV and the national TBS cable network."

 

Like Atlanta needs anything else named Peachtree, but Peachtree TV will now take WTBS's old home in Atlanta on Channel 17 and air 45 Braves games. TBS will continue as normal for everyone outside of Atlanta, but in Atlanta it will be added to cable systems.

 

Right now

Atlanta: WTBS is Channel 17 (you can get it for free with rabbit ears) and it carries TBS

Outside of Atlanta: TBS is a cable channel

 

After

Atlanta: Channel 17 will be Peachtree TV with 45 Braves games and TBS will be a cable channel

Outside of Atlanta: TBS is still a cable channel

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heard about this yesterday. not surprising that this starts october 1st, the day after the final braves game on tbs (at least the way we know it). only three months left before tbs as we know it is gone forever...

 

now why doesn't tbs hd launch on october 1st, the day that everything changes for tbs?

 

no more wtbs, wow those braves suck.

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i have question about tbs and mlb new tv deal ? do part of deal start this year? with all star selection speical?

In 2007, TBS gets to air its Braves games, the All Star Selection Special, Playoff Tiebreakers, the NLDS, the ALDS, and the NLCS.

In 2008-2013, TBS gets to air a weekly Sunday Afternoon game (no more than 13 times can one team be on TBS in a 26 week season), the All Star Selection Special, Playoff Tiebreakers, the NLDS, the ALDS, and the League Championship Series that FOX does not air (NLCS in odd years, ALCS in even years)

 

FOX in the same time period has the Saturday Game of the Week, This Week in Baseball, the All Star Game, a League Championship Series (NLCS in even years, ALCS in odd years), and the World Series. (50-80 games a year in 26 weekly exclusive windows)

 

ESPN has Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball, and Wednesday Night Baseball along with the Home Run Derby/All Star FanFest plus more rights for different ESPN platforms. (80 regular season games a year)

 

The MLB Channel launching in 2009 may air 1 game every week along with retaining many MLB Productions and MLB Archived Games.

 

MLB still has the ability to sell a limited cable package of games to another cable network. I believe around 15-26 more games could be sold to another national cable outlet under the ESPN/TBS deals. WGN could be compelled to buy this ala NBA/Bulls once the Cubs are sold.

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i have question about tbs and mlb new tv deal ? do part of deal start this year? with all star selection speical?

In 2007, TBS gets to air its Braves games, the All Star Selection Special, Playoff Tiebreakers, the NLDS, the ALDS, and the NLCS.

In 2008-2013, TBS gets to air a weekly Sunday Afternoon game (no more than 13 times can one team be on TBS in a 26 week season), the All Star Selection Special, Playoff Tiebreakers, the NLDS, the ALDS, and the League Championship Series that FOX does not air (NLCS in odd years, ALCS in even years)

 

FOX in the same time period has the Saturday Game of the Week, This Week in Baseball, the All Star Game, a League Championship Series (NLCS in even years, ALCS in odd years), and the World Series. (50-80 games a year in 26 weekly exclusive windows)

 

ESPN has Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball, and Wednesday Night Baseball along with the Home Run Derby/All Star FanFest plus more rights for different ESPN platforms. (80 regular season games a year)

 

The MLB Channel launching in 2009 may air 1 game every week along with retaining many MLB Productions and MLB Archived Games.

 

MLB still has the ability to sell a limited cable package of games to another cable network. I believe around 15-26 more games could be sold to another national cable outlet under the ESPN/TBS deals. WGN could be compelled to buy this ala NBA/Bulls once the Cubs are sold.

could after 2013 season mlb move all star game to cable like nba did few year ago?

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could after 2013 season mlb move all star game to cable like nba did few year ago?

Highly unlikely since MLB wants the ASG to go to as many homes as possible. They could, but it won't happen as the game is meant to advertise the sport. MLB is the only pro sport with an actual game played by All Stars.

 

The NFL Pro Bowl, NBA All Star Game, and NHL All Star game don't have as good defensive play due to fear of injury.

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could after 2013 season mlb move all star game to cable like nba did few year ago?

Highly unlikely since MLB wants the ASG to go to as many homes as possible. They could, but it won't happen as the game is meant to advertise the sport. MLB is the only pro sport with an actual game played by All Stars.

 

The NFL Pro Bowl, NBA All Star Game, and NHL All Star game don't have as good defensive play due to fear of injury.

 

plus it's in the middle of the summer, when not much comes on tv anyway expect the reruns. february is sweeps month and the networks want high ratings by their usual shows and huge specials, july, mlb all star game should easily win ratings the night it's on, so i doubt they are going to make people who don't have cable watch the same old reruns. and plus, cable killed the nba all star game.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Braves fans outside of Atlanta, but inside the Braves territory will miss 45 games on television starting in 2008 according to this from the Montgomery Advertiser:Braves on TV: Several folks have e-mailed asking about how the change at TBS will affect Braves TV games next season.

 

The short answer: a lot.

 

Up until now, WTBS and TBS have been essentially the same channel. WTBS serves as the local broadcast platform for the nationally distributed TBS signal. On Oct. 1, that will change.

 

On that day, WTBS will become Peachtree TV and will be available only in the Atlanta market. TBS will continue as is, both nationally and in Atlanta.

 

Next year, TBS will not carry the Braves. Instead, the network will have a national package of Sunday afternoon games.

 

Peachtree TV will have 45 regular-season Braves games, called by the announcing team of Skip Caray, Chip Caray and Joe Simpson.

 

Unless something changes between now and then, those 45 games won't be available outside of Atlanta -- except, of course, in the MLB pay-per-view package.

 

All of this is good news for the FSN South/SportSouth tandem, which will see its number of Braves games go from 84 this season to 105 in 2008. All the extra games -- 21 -- will be on SportSouth.

 

Speaking of FSN South and SportSouth, the sister channels have begun broadcasting "Braves LIVE" on location from Turner Field for all remaining Friday and Saturday night home telecasts.

I feel for the resident Braves fans who reside in their home area but not in Metro Atlanta. I really hope Turner Sports changes their minds and syndicates the games to stations around the Braves territory....I want some free Braves baseball in Tallahassee via Thomasville being in Georgia please!

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Braves fans outside of Atlanta, but inside the Braves territory will miss 45 games on television starting in 2008 according to this from the Montgomery Advertiser:Braves on TV: Several folks have e-mailed asking about how the change at TBS will affect Braves TV games next season.

 

The short answer: a lot.

 

Up until now, WTBS and TBS have been essentially the same channel. WTBS serves as the local broadcast platform for the nationally distributed TBS signal. On Oct. 1, that will change.

 

On that day, WTBS will become Peachtree TV and will be available only in the Atlanta market. TBS will continue as is, both nationally and in Atlanta.

 

Next year, TBS will not carry the Braves. Instead, the network will have a national package of Sunday afternoon games.

 

Peachtree TV will have 45 regular-season Braves games, called by the announcing team of Skip Caray, Chip Caray and Joe Simpson.

 

Unless something changes between now and then, those 45 games won't be available outside of Atlanta -- except, of course, in the MLB pay-per-view package.

 

All of this is good news for the FSN South/SportSouth tandem, which will see its number of Braves games go from 84 this season to 105 in 2008. All the extra games -- 21 -- will be on SportSouth.

 

Speaking of FSN South and SportSouth, the sister channels have begun broadcasting "Braves LIVE" on location from Turner Field for all remaining Friday and Saturday night home telecasts.

I feel for the resident Braves fans who reside in their home area but not in Metro Atlanta. I really hope Turner Sports changes their minds and syndicates the games to stations around the Braves territory....I want some free Braves baseball in Tallahassee via Thomasville being in Georgia please!

 

bad. sounds similar to the sun sports dramatics down here with the marlins, but far worse. i'm not in the area, so i don't know about this.

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