El Rey is newest offering on Bright House and getting retro TV in 2014
By Peter Covino
I can never have too many TV channels.
In addition to HBO and Showtime (I had to drop Cinemax and The Movie Channel a while ago, the cable bill was just getting ridiculous), I also have Netflix and Amazon Prime for even more movie and TV series choices.
But it is always exciting to find a new and unexpected option in the cable lineup. Bright House Networks (and DirecTV and Comcast and probably others) recently added the El Rey Network.
Owned by Univison, El Rey (Spanish for The King), is an English language channel, geared toward English speaking Latino audiences. But anyone who likes grindhouse-style programing (think exploitation films of the 1970s) should feel right at home with El Rey.
The channel was launched by director Robert Rodiguez and features both original programming, movies and TV series.
The weekly schedule includes evenings devoted to Kung Fu/martial arts flicks, grindhouse, cult horror and iconic TV.
You can regularly find TV series such as Miami Vice, Starsky & Hutch and X-Files.
The vault of horror films includes classics like Monkey Shines, Day of the Dead and Motel Hell.
Original programming includes Matador, a new series featuring a DEA agent who has been recruited for a top secret mission that requires him to go undercover.
You can check out the complete schedule for the El Rey Network and find more information at www.elreynetwork.com. You can watch the El Rey Network on channel 0940.
All of the channel numbers lower than 1000 on Bright House always seem to be alien territory to me since the cable company pretty much duplicates everything there in HD in the TV channels higher than 1000.
But if you are checking out El Rey, make sure you check the guide to see what is playing on those retro channels MeTV, 0468; ThisTV, 0466; and AntennaTV, 0465.
All three channels just might have you feeling like a kid again if you are part of the TV generation of the 1950s and 60s.
AntennaTV programming includes Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Patty Duke Show, Mister Ed, McHale’s Navy, All in the Family, Good Times, The Jack Benny Program, Father Knows Best, Hazel, Dennis the Menace, Green Acres and more.
You can check the complete lineup at antennatv.tv.
MeTV has a different set of classics, including some TV westerns such as Wanted Dead or Alive (with a very young Steve McQueen), Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, Wagon Train, The Rifleman and Bonanza.
There are lots of comedies as well including Get Smart, Welcome Back, Kotter, Hogan’s Heroes, Happy Days, Gilligan’s Island, Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Donna Reed Show, Make Room for Daddy, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, M*A*S*H and more.
The dramas include The Twilight Zone, Dragnet, Emergency, Adam 12, Night Gallery, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Thriller, Perry Mason and The Rockford Files (with James Garner).
The complete daily schedule can be found at metvnetwork.com.
ThisTV Network emphasizes movies more than classic TV series (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is part owner), but the channel does show TV classics as well including Highway Patrol, Sea Hunt, The Outer Limits and more. You can check out the network schedule at www.thistv.com.
Bright House customers should also note, that Epix movie channels are free through the end of August.
The free preview has been going on for a few weeks and the schedule for July so far makes me glad I am not paying for the film service. There are some noteworthy films available including Star Trek Into Darkness, Eight Men Out (based on the infamous White Sox baseball scandal) and I did watch Primal Fear the other night, a solid courtroom drama with Richard Gere and Laura Linney as opposing attorneys and a young Edward Norton as the defendant on trial for murdering a Chicago priest.
The upcoming weekend schedule includes The Hunger Games, Apocalypse Now and The Cabin in the Woods.
If you like SEC football and are worrying whether or not you can watch even more Florida Gators and LSU Tigers this fall, the worry is over.
Bright House Networks/Time Warner/Bright House has reached an agreement with the SEC to carry the new SEC Network.
The SEC Network is the new national network from ESPN and the Southeastern Conference, and will air 45 football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and more during the coming year.
The 24-hour network will feature coverage of all 21 SEC sports.
The SEC Network is available to all customers who have Bright House Networks standard TV service and above, along with a digital box. And, even better, you can watch hundreds of live events on-the-go on your phone or table via the digital platform SEC Network application.
The SEC Network football coverage will debut with Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.
The SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million households nationwide via the just announced Bright House Networks/Time Warner agreement, was well as AT&T U-verse, Dish Network, Xfinity and Cox Cable.
“We know we have customers who want the SEC-ESPN Network, and are pleased to bring it to them,” said Andrew Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition for Time Warner Cable in a press release. “This deal will help ensure that fans and alumni of SEC universities won’t miss any important games.”
Added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president, affiliate sales, “By delivering the SEC Network across Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ nationwide footprint, including key markets within SEC territory, we are meeting the demands of fans while also adding value to customers’ video subscriptions in advance of the network’s launch next month.”
Plus, Bright House Customers on the go will be able to enjoy all the action anytime, anywhere on most mobile devices and smartphones too. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform for SEC Network.
The network will also broadcast classic games, live events and original studio programming such as the ESPN-produced “Storied” documentary series on SEC schools.
“It is great to have Time Warner Cable as a distribution partner for the SEC Network,” said Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. “Time Warner Cable customers, particularly those in South Carolina and Texas, will have the opportunity to enjoy our football season opener exclusively on the SEC Network when Texas A&M visits South Carolina on Aug. 28.”
“Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers reside in some of the most intense fan areas of the Southeastern Conference,” added Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. “We look forward to providing an array of outstanding SEC programming to Time Warner Cable customers across the country when the SEC Network debuts on Aug. 14.”
Time Warner Cable TV customers can find the SEC Network on their channel lineup upon its launch by visiting www.twc.com; Bright House Networks customers can go to www.brighthouse.com.
For the complete football schedule, go to http://secsports.go.com/watch.