OTA Networks Bounce, Escape, Grit TV, & Laff Are Coming to 43 New Markets




Today Nexstar Media announced a new partnership with Mission Broadcasting Inc and White Knight Broadcasting Inc to add 43 new affiliates for Bounce, Escape, Grit TV, & Laff. Nextar Media also announced that they have renewed or extended current station contracts in 21 markets to keep carrying Bounce, Escape, Grit TV, & Laff.

Here are some of the markets they announced will be added:

  • Bounce will be launched in Austin, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs and Albany, NY (on a station owned by Shield) with renewals in IndianapolisHartfordNorfolkGrand RapidsProvidence and four other markets.
  • Escape will be added to 16 stations including in TampaRaleighAustin and Birmingham and has been renewed in Grand Rapids, Albuquerque (on a station owned by Tamer), Dayton and Topeka.
  • Grit will be launched in eight markets including San FranciscoRaleigh and Nashville while being renewed in HartfordAustinGrand Rapids and Albuquerque (on a station owned by Tamer).
  • Laff will be carried in 13 new markets including Washington D.C.Columbus, OH and Harrisburg, PA and Birmingham and renewed in AustinGrand Rapids, Albuquerque (on a station owned by Tamer) and 10 other DMAs.

This deal brings Bounce to 86% of the United States. Escape will now reach 89% of the United States, with Grit at 90%, and Laff at 87% of the United States.

“Our new distribution agreements with Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff will bring new value to our acquired Media General stations as all four networks have a proven track record delivering exciting and valued programming to our viewers. Nexstar’s top priority is serving the needs of the people and communities where we operate and with the launch of these digital multicast networks across the companies’ broadcast platforms, we are delivering more exciting content to local viewers that is complementary to our stations’ existing high quality, locally originated news and other exclusive local and network-affiliated programming,” commented Brian Jones, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Nexstar has been a terrific partner for Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff and we are thrilled to expand and extend our relationship with them for many years to come,” said Jonathan Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Katz Networks.

Laff offers comedy programming including That 70s Show, Drew Carey, Roseanne, Night Court, and more.

Bounce describe themselves as the first African-American broadcast network. Their programming lineup includes The Cosby Show, The Bernie Mac Show, The Newlywed Game and more.

Escape is a crime and mystery network airing movies and TV shows including Unsolved Mysteries, The FBI Files, Forensic Files, and more.

Grit TV  is a network that focuses on action programming. WIth movies and TV shows including Walker Texas Ranger, McLintock, and classic movies like John Wayne’s Hondo.

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