WESH and WKCF TV Stations Not Currently Available from Bright House

If you are a customer of Bright House cable, you may have tried to tune in the Today Show this morning only to realize it wasn’t there. Or more correctly, the entire channel wasn’t there.

That’s because as of 12:01, Bright House stopped carrying the Hearst channels in Orlando. This includes WESH (the local NBC affiliate), WKCF (the local CW affiliate), Me-TV (an oldies station), This (a free movie channel) and Estrella (a Spanish station).

The carriage agreement between the stations and Bright House expired at 11:59pm yesterday, July 9. Unfortunately, the stations, and the cable provider could not reach an agreement, so none of the local Hearst stations are available to Bright House subscribers right now.

Hopefully this will get resolved soon, since the Summer Olympics are due to be aired over WESH, starting July 27. In the meantime, Bright House says they have made arrangements to carry WBRE, the NBC affiliate from Wilke-Barre, PA.

WESH and WKCF are still available for free via a digital antenna. I use this method, but for some reason, I can get WKCF, This and Estrella fine, but can’t get WESH or Me-TV.

Hearst Networks Unveils New Classic TV Station in Orlando

This week, a new local TV station hits the airwaves in Orlando. It’s called MeTV and its programming relies on classic series from the 50s through the 70s.

It debuts at 5am on Monday, July 11, and runs 24/7 with programming. Among the regulars on the schedule are comedy classics like “M*A*S*H,” “Cheers,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “I Love Lucy” and “The Bob Newhart Show.”

Westerns play a big part, with “The Big Valley,” “Rawhide,” and “Marshal Dillon,” as do crime dramas like “Perry Mason,” “Streets of San Francisco,” and the original “Hawaii 5-0.” I’m hoping they eventually add “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” – I watched that one all the time as a kid.

MeTV is broadcast for free on digital Channel 2.2. It can also be found on Cox Cable on channel 112, Brighthouse on channel 468, and Comcast at channel 216. The channel is not available in HD.

It doesn’t currently have a website that I can find, but you can see a programming line-up here or view a slide show at MeTV’s sister station WESH-TV.

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