NBC's Cozi TV Multicast Features Classic Hits and Originals
"Warm and welcoming" mix of oldies, newbies and movies; NBC pitches concept to other groups too
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/24/2012 1:30:00 PM
Cozi seeks to differentiate itself from a packed retro TV category that includes boomer-friendly diginets Me-TV, Antenna TV and RTV. NBC describes Cozi as "an easy to watch, comfortable and familiar viewing experience" with a "warm and welcoming vibe."
"Cozi TV will break the mold in the multicast space by combining three popular programming genres -- hit movies, known but not recently seen TV series and original programming -- into one compelling network that will appeal to viewers who want to relax and escape," said Meredith McGinn, vice president of multi-station local programming for NBC Owned Television Stations and the Cozi chief. "Backed by the virtually limitless vault of NBCUniversal content, we are building not just a collection of great programs, but an experience for our viewers by putting them at the center of the network both on air and online."
Vintage shows also come from outside NBCUniversal. While Cozi will be programmed 24/7, stations will be given blocks in which to run their own programming, such as news and sports.
"We're excited to make a significant investment in well-known premium movie titles and TV shows -- many of which haven't been seen in years -- as well as high quality original programming to create Cozi TV," said Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations. "This new network will provide local stations an opportunity to give their viewers rare access to some of the greatest hits of all time with minimal distraction from their main focus of delivering local news and information."
Cozi's principals are in talks with other station groups about running the channel, pitching them with what McGinn calls "an unprecedented number of pre-empt hours."
"This is a local station to them," she adds.
Cozi will have a standalone website at CoziTV.com, and the network's tagline, "The easiest decision you'll make all day," plays off the warm/welcoming vibe.
The NBC Stations' Nonstop channels, a mix of lifestyle programming and news, debuted in New York in early 2009 before rolling out groupwide.
This subchannel was such a poor idea to start with and why it continued to air on the NBC O&Os stations was beyond me. Awful programming and the LX stuff needs to go away, along with Talk Stoop and the rest of that crap they call programming. Cozi has potential but it would also spell the end for RTV.
Zeke - 10/25/2012 12:03:04 AM EDT
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