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FilmOn adds dozens of new broadcast channels

FilmOn screen showing KVOS SeattleYou know what FilmOn needs? A blog.

If our favorite free streaming TV provider had a blog, it could add a post every time something new happened in one of its lawsuits. The FilmOn blog could have noted, as did Wendy Davis of MediaPost, that a couple of weeks ago¬†broadcasters had filed an “emergency motion” to block FilmOn’s appeals until the US Supreme Court rules on the similar Aereo lawsuit. Then FilmOn could have added another post today when, over FilmOn’s objection, a court agreed with that emergency motion and put FilmOn’s appeals on ice, as reported by Colin Mann of Advanced Television. And during legal quiet periods, which now seem likely for a few months, FilmOn founder Alki David could direct his flow of pronouncements and opinions into a regular column in the blog.

One more legal note, the organization behind Chicago PBS station WTTW countersued FilmOn last week, according to yet another fine story by Wendy Davis. FilmOn had asked the courts there for a declaratory judgment that it’s not infringing copyright; this was WTTW’s answer that it strongly disagrees. More about WTTW in a moment.

As much as I’d love to see all these legal proceedings collected under one roof, the main reason I wish FilmOn had a blog is that it might use it to explain what the heck it’s doing with its channels, particularly US over-the-air broadcast channels. A couple of weeks ago, its free service added almost 40 new OTA stations, including superstations, digital sub-channels, and a dozen PBS affiliates. (Some of the new channels have a cute Linux desktop frame, as shown above.)

There’s so much to enjoy about these new channels, mainly because they don’t duplicate programming from the Big Four broadcast networks. There are a dozen CW affiliates, including superstations WGN, KWGN, KTLA, and WPIX. The dozen PBS affiliates, including WTTW, often run local programming too. There are three true independents, from Tampa FL, Atlanta (Peachtree) and Los Angeles. And there are affiliates of the little networks: My Network, MeTV, The Cool, Cozi, Bounce, PBS Kids, PBS World, V-Me, ion (or is it ion Life?), and Qubo.

For a few days last week, FilmOn also offered most of the OTA stations and sub-channels from the Los Angeles market, minus the Big Four affiliates. Today, they’re all gone, an example of why I hesitate to write about new FilmOn channels that can vanish as quickly as they appear. Why did they leave? Will they come back? An official blog could answer those questions.

FilmOn appears to be delivering this prime array of supplemental OTA TV to everyone regardless of market, as opposed to the Big Four affiliates in New York, which are only visible to NYC area viewers. It’s an amazing resource. I wonder how long these will last, or what FilmOn will do next. Sure wish they had a blog to tell us.

8 comments to FilmOn adds dozens of new broadcast channels

  • Mr Doran

    i also lists WCBS-HD 2.1/WCBS-DT 2.2, WNYW, WABC, WWOR-SD, WPIX.And WNBC-DT 2.2 but no main WNBC Channel 4 regardless of location and not geoblocked

    But from what i’m viewing on FilmOn only WABC-HD Channel 7 works. WCBSHD/WCBS-2.2, WNYW don’t work at all (not sure about the others).

    Channel’s 4,5,7,25 from Boston also popped for a brief time within the last couple of days but is now removed from the lineup.

    • mrdrivein

      As I type, I’m watching WNYW, although it’s in that goofy Linux desktop frame. Just a few hours after I finished writing my post, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York locals all popped up. They’re all there now, almost a week later, but their availability is erratic. We’ll see what happens next.

    • Mr Doran

      Update: WCBS-2/WCBS-DT 2.2/WABC has now been removed from the list. Only WNYW/WWOR/WPIX is still there. The actual streams from major stations channels 2,4,5,7 from NY is not on the list and is geoblocked and can’t be accessed regardless of location.

      • Mr Doran

        Another Update: WWOR and WNYW have now also been removed from the list. Only WPIX/WNET is available regardless of location, WCBS/WNBC/WNYW/WABC streams are geoblocked and can’t be accessed regardless of location

        • Mr Doran

          Update: Those extra channels have been removed from the FilmOn Cannel List regardless of location and some stations are now geoblocked & can’t be accessed regardless of location with an exception of a couple of stations from Boston and 2 from Los Angeles.

  • CHARLIE HIRSCH

    CAN WE STILL GET THE 4 BIG NETWORKS ON FILMON?
    ABC NBC FOX CBS?
    WHAT ARE THE CALL LETTERS IF WE CAN ?

    • mrdrivein

      From a New York City IP address, I can see the Big Four network affiliates there. From outside New York, I can’t.

      And Charlie, please turn off that CAPS lock, okay?

  • Fedja

    Hi guys I have been a Filmon user for over 3 years now. I live in Serbia, Europe and have always been watching Filmon programming over the official app. But a week ago I found a nice list of US cable channels, like a bunch of CW affiliates from all over USA, all on the Filmon web App! All the US channels were free to watch, until today, June 28th… All the CW affiliates and other US channels disappeared off the list on the web App… Is anyone else experiencing this issue? I’m using Filmon web App over my Safari browser on my iPad.

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