Some exciting changes are coming to the TKS television channel lineup in 2020: PBS Kids will be added to all service plans, 15 channels will be replaced and updated with all-new channels, 7 networks will be discontinued.
If you’re an existing easyTV customer, no action will be required on your part. As they become available, the new channels will automatically appear in your on-screen channel lineup. We will start phasing in the new channels beginning December 19, 2019; all of the updates will be completed by 31 December. With this channel update there will be no change in prices.
Below is a list of all the incoming and outgoing channels, a downloadable PDF of the new easyTV channel lineup, and some FAQ pertaining to this channel update. We hope that you’ll enjoy tuning in to the new channels coming your way in 2020!
|easyTV CHANNELS | 2020 UPDATE|
|PBS Kids||n/a||Basic, Family, Gold, Platinum|
|Bounce||BET HD||Gold, Platinum|
|CalaAction||FXM HD||Gold, Platinum|
|CalaWesterns||Heroes of Adventure HD||Gold, Platinum|
|Comet||FX HD||Gold, Platinum|
|Cooking Channel HD||Nick Jr.||Gold, Platinum|
|DIY Network HD||Sportskool||Gold, Platinum|
|Food Network HD||Nickelodeon HD||Gold, Platinum|
|getTV||Films on Reels||Basic, Family, Gold, Platinum|
|Great American Country HD||CMT HD||Gold, Platinum|
|HGTV HD||Comedy Central HD||Gold, Platinum|
|ION Television HD||Wild World Extreme||Basic, Family, Gold, Platinum|
|Laff||MTV HD||Gold, Platinum|
|Qubo||Freckle||Basic, Family, Gold, Platinum|
|Stadium||Fox College Sports Atlantic||Gold, Platinum|
|Travel Channel HD||FXX HD||Gold, Platinum|
|n/a||Fox College Sports Central||Gold, Platinum|
|n/a||Fox College Sports Pacific||Gold, Platinum|
|n/a||MTV Live HD||Gold, Platinum|
|n/a||Paramount Network HD||Gold, Platinum|
|n/a||TV Land HD||Gold, Platinum|
|n/a||VH1 HD||Gold, Platinum|
FAQ | 2020 Channel Update
Why are you changing the channels?
The procurement and licensing of television content is a dynamic, ever-changing enterprise. And although our goal is to provide viewers with a stable and broad selection of the top American television channels, individual networks – and the television industry as a whole – is and will be subject to change.
For example, earlier this year in a massive deal with FOX, Disney acquired the Twenty-First Century FOX film studio and catalog, along with several of FOX’s television channels. This was great news for superhero fans because it brought together the characters owned by FOX and Disney into one epic Marvel universe. Now FOX’s Spider-Man and X-Men could appear side-by-side with Disney’s Black Panther, Thor, The Avengers, and more!
However the FOX/Disney deal also transferred the ownership of several long-standing easyTV channels such as FX, FXM, and FXX to Disney Studios. Those channels under Disney’s ownership, are now being packaged and licensed under quite different terms and distribution guidelines which has in turn required us to find suitable alternatives for those networks.
Another notable industry development is the recent merger of CBS and Viacom. This deal consolidates CBS broadcast and cable networks such as Showtime, CBS, and CBS All Access, with Viacom’s extensive catalog that includes MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Paramount Network, Comedy Central, and more. The newly consolidated media giant will be rebranded ViacomCBS.
Will there be other changes?
No other changes are in the works at this time. However as mentioned above, change is literally the default operating mode within the television industry so stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated! With that said, please know that at TKS, we always strive to bring service members the most diverse and cost-effective mix of today’s top television entertainment direct from the U.S.
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