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The Tube Music Network
The Tube logo
Type Digital television network
Cable television network (Music)
Country United States
Availability Defunct
Owner The Tube Media Corp.
Launch date 2006
Dissolved October 1, 2007

The Tube Music Network was a music video network carried on free-to-air satellite television, select digital television subchannels and digital cable systems. The network's president and founder was Les Garland, a veteran of MTV and VH1. The Tube was a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Tube Media Corp. (OTCBB: TUBM) which was founded by David Levy in 2003, and was independent from any major media company.

The Tube aired classic and modern music videos in a format similar to the original format of Music Television (MTV) and Video Hits One (VH1). There were no reality shows, award shows, or game shows on the network -- nothing more than music programming on their lineup. The network did show occasional commercials and PSAs and three hours of mandated E/I programming on Saturday mornings.

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Broadcasting

It was available mostly in markets in which Raycom Media operates stations. According to a March 2006 article in The New York Times, Tribune Broadcasting announced that it would start multicasting The Tube on its DTV channels in summer 2006.[1] However, it began transmission on digital television in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The network also broadcasted on WLVI in Boston, which was purchased from Tribune by Sunbeam Television in late December 2006.

Equity Broadcasting distributed the programming free-to-air on Galaxy 10R Ku-band satellite for carriage by some of the individual LPTV operations which it owned and operated in various US cities.

Sinclair Broadcasting would join in on airing The Tube as well, announcing on March 23, 2006 that they would start multicasting the network on many of their outlets. That relationship stopped temporarily (and eventually permanently) on January 1, 2007, in a dispute involving FCC requirements for digital subchannels.

The FCC ruled that in addition to the main analog channels, each digital subchannel would also be required to run the government mandated the hours of E/I programming per week as well as any Emergency Alert System tests and bulletins. The Tube would air the animal-and-music program Wildlife Jams to meet the E/I requirements. Later the rules would be changed, requiring the main channel to air more E/I programming in relation on how many subchannels the station has and how much "free programming" they offer.

Suspension of operations

Per a statement at The Tube's website, the network announced that they were suspending operations, effective October 1, 2007, though some stations closed the feed earlier. According to the statement, "financial limitations ultimately contributed to its incapacitated state". Many stations carrying the station have been informed to direct viewers to their website for further information and several stations are now searching for content to replace the channel over the air and on cable systems.

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Final song

The last song played on the network was A3's "Woke Up This Morning" (Chosen One Mix). The song finished exactly at 12:00AM Eastern/11:00PM Central with a black screen. This might have been done on purpose by the network, as The Sopranos television series ended in a similar fashion. The Sopranos used the song as their opening theme for its run.

Affiliates

Rank Market The Tube Affiliate Digital cable channel Station Owner Replaced by
1 New York WPIX 11 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 250
Cablevision 184
Verizon FiOS 861
Tribune LATV
2 Los Angeles KTLA-TV 5 (The CW) DT5 Comcast 192
Charter 305
Time Warner 137
FiOS 865
Cox 805
Tribune
3 Chicago WGN-TV 9 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 197 Tribune LATV
4 Philadelphia WPHL-TV 17 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Comcast 250
FiOS 867
Cablevision 184
Tribune This TV
6 Dallas/Fort Worth KDAF 33 (The CW) DT2 Time Warner 419
Verizon FiOS 869
Charter 360
Tribune LATV
7 Boston WLVI 56 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 296
FiOS 862
Sunbeam Television
(bought from Tribune after launch of The Tube)
8 Washington, D.C. WDCW 50 (The CW) DT2 Verizon FiOS 863
Comcast 207
Cox 804
Tribune This TV
10 Houston KHCW 39 (The CW) DT2 (now KIAH) Comcast 306 Tribune
12 Tampa/St. Petersburg WTTA 38 DT2 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
14 Seattle/Tacoma KMYQ 22 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Comcast 116
Millennium Digital Media 723
Tribune
16 Miami / Ft. Lauderdale WSFL-TV 39 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 224
Atlantic Broadband 187
Tribune Fuse TV
17 Cleveland / Akron / Canton WUAB 43 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Time Warner 545
WOW 140
Cox 124
Raycom Media This TV
18 Denver KWGN-TV 2 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 248 Tribune
20 Sacramento KTXL 40 (FOX) DT2 Starstream 241
Comcast 194
Charter 284
Tribune
21 St. Louis KPLR-TV 11 (The CW) DT2 Charter 136 Tribune
22 Pittsburgh WPMY (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) Comcast Channel 241 Sinclair Broadcast Group
23 Portland, OR KRCW-TV 32 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 303 Tribune Universal Sports
24 Baltimore (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
25 Indianapolis WTTV 4 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 254
Insight 834
Tribune
27 San Diego KSWB-TV 69 (The CW) DT3 Cox 199 Tribune
28 Hartford / New Haven WTXX 20 (The CW) DT2 Comcast 250
Cox 810
Charter 752
Cablevision 184
Tribune
29 Raleigh / Durham WRDC 28 DT2 (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) never carried Sinclair Broadcast Group
30 Nashville (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
32 Columbus, OH (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
33 Cincinnati WXIX-TV 19 (FOX) DT2 Insight 140
Time Warner 920
Raycom Media This TV
34 Milwaukee WCGV-TV 24 ('MyNetworkTV) DT2
(Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above)
never carried Sinclair Broadcast Group
36 Greenville / Spartanburg / Anderson, SC (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
37 San Antonio (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
38 West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce WFLX 29 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 220
Comcast 184
Raycom Media
39 Grand Rapids WXMI 17 (FOX) DT2 Charter 137
Comcast 254
Tribune
40 Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
41 Harrisburg WPMT 43 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 250 Tribune
43 Las Vegas (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
44 Memphis WMC-TV 5 (NBC) DT3 Comcast 755 Raycom Media This TV
45 Albuquerque/Santa Fe KASA 2 (Fox) DT2 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) Comcast 207 LIN TV(Purchased from Raycom Media in 2006)
46 Oklahoma City (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
48 Louisville WAVE 3 (NBC) DT3? Insight 834 Raycom Media
56 Albany, NY WCWN 45 (The CW) DT2 unknown Freedom Communications This TV
58 Dayton (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
60 Knoxville WTNZ 43 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 195
Charter 195
Raycom Media
61 Richmond/Petersburg WTVR-TV 6 (CBS) DT3 Comcast 207
FiOS 867
Raycom Media
63 Lexington, KY (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) WDKY-TV 4 (FOX56) Sinclair Broadcast Group
65 Charleston-Huntingon WV (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
66 Flint / Saginaw / Bay City (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
70 Tucson/Sierra Vista KOLD-TV 13 (CBS) DT3 Comcast 207
Cox 763
Raycom Media
71 Toledo WNWO-TV 24 (NBC) DT2 Buckeye Cable System 625
Time Warner 81
Barrington Broadcasting Retro Television Network
72 Honolulu KFVE 5 (MyNetworkTV) DT2 Oceanic 590 Raycom Media
73 Des Moines (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
74 Portland, ME (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
77 Spokane, WA KAYU 28 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 116 Mountain Broadcasting, LLC
78 Rochester, NY (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
79 Syracuse WSTM-TV 3 (NBC) DT4 Time Warner 864 Barrington Broadcasting
80 Paducah / Cape Girardeau / Harrisburg, IL KFVS-TV 12 (CBS) DT3 City Cable 139 Raycom Media
81 Shreveport KSLA-TV 12 (CBS) DT2 Time Warner 1113
Cox 245
Raycom Media This TV
82 Champaign/Springfield (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
83 Columbia, SC WACH 57 (Fox) DT2 (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
84 Huntsville / Decatur / Florence WAFF 48 (NBC) DT3 Charter 183
Comcast 184
Knology 175
Mediacom 226
Raycom Media
85 Madison, WI WMSN 47 (Fox) DT2
(Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above)
never carried Sinclair Broadcast Group
87 Jackson, MS WLBT 3 (NBC) DT3 Comcast 153 Raycom Media
89 Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa City/Dubuque KWWL 7 (NBC) DT3 Mediacom 106
Cedar Falls Cable 472
Quincy Newspapers
93 Baton Rouge WAFB 9 (CBS) DT4 Cox 120 Raycom Media
94 Colorado Springs/Pueblo KXRM-TV 21 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 142
Comcast 478
Barrington Broadcasting Retro Television Network
97 Savannah WTOC-TV 11 (CBS) DT3 Comcast 243 Raycom Media
100 Charleston (Dropped by Sinclair prior to closedown; see above) unknown Sinclair Broadcast Group
101 Evansville WFIE 14 (NBC) DT3 Insight 834
Sigecom 248
Raycom Media
109 Springfield, MA WGGB 40 (ABC) DT2 Comcast 6
Charter 10
Gormally Broadcasting, LLC

Fox-primary/MNTV-secondary

111 Tyler/Longview KLTV 7 (ABC) 7.3 Suddenlink 245 Raycom Media Telemundo
113 Traverse City/Cadillac WPBN-TV 7/WTOM-TV 4 (NBC) DT2 Charter 200 Barrington Broadcasting Retro Television Network
114 Augusta, GA WFXG 54 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 241
Knology 179
Raycom Media
128 Columbus, GA WXTX 54 (FOX) DT2 Mediacom 230
Knology 179
Charter 187
Raycom Media
136 Wilmington, NC WSFX-TV 26 (FOX) DT2 Time Warner 925 Wilmington Telecasters, Inc.
(under LMA by Raycom Media)
141 Medford, OR KMVU 26 (FOX) DT2 Charter 286 Stainless Broadcasting Company
145 Albany, GA (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
147 Lubbock, TX KCBD 11 (NBC) DT3 Suddenlink 113 Raycom Media
156 Panama City WPGX 28 (FOX) DT2 Comcast 237
Knology 179
Raycom Media
160 Biloxi/Gulfport WLOX-TV 13 (ABC) DT3 Cable One 455 Raycom Media
165 Hattiesburg/Laurel WDAM-TV 7 (NBC) DT2 Comcast 195 Raycom Media
172 Dothan WDFX-TV 34 (FOX) DT2 unknown Raycom Media
175 Lake Charles, LA KPLC 7 (NBC) DT3 Suddenlink 245 Raycom Media
178 Marquette (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
188 Lafayette, IN WTTV 4 (The CW) Insight 834 Tribune
199 Ottumwa/Kirksville (Dropped by station prior to closedown) unknown Barrington Broadcasting
200 Jonesboro, AR KAIT 8 (ABC) DT3 unknown Raycom Media

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