Court TV Relaunch for Cord-Cutters!

Do you miss Court TV? If you answered “yes,” we have some good news for you. The popular true crime-themed programming channel comes back to TV on May 8, 2019. Here’s even better news: you might be able to watch it for free! Solid Signal gives you all the details in this post; just keep reading for all the details. We have a feeling that you’re going to be excited about Court TV’s latest news. Just check out this video. The station’s execs really went all out with its latest promotion that announces its return to TV:

Does that look exciting to you? If so, then we highly recommend that you…

… Get a TV Antenna!

Court TV is probably coming to a local TV station near you. That’s right, this popular channel is rebranding itself as an over-the-air or OTA TV channel. This means you can watch it for free if:

  1. You have a TV antenna, and
  2. You live in one of the 40+ TV markets that it’s coming to

This should be a refreshing change from the days when Court TV was one of many cable TV channels. If you have or had cable TV, you know all about how expensive that can be. The new Court TV is expected to be available in several TV markets that includes:

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale
  • Denver
  • St. Louis
  • Seattle-Tacoma
  • Washington
  • Sacramento
  • Tampa, FL
  • Detroit
  • Cleveland
  • Cincinnati
  • Las Vegas
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Green Bay
  • Tucson
  • Boston
  • Orlando
  • Wichita
  • San Antonio
  • Albuquerque
  • Bakersfield

Many people enjoy Court TV’s unique type of programming? If you’re one of them, you’ll might be glad to know that the new Court TV will feature similar content. That’s because many of the original Court TV staff are part of the rebranding. This includes lead anchor Vinnie Politan, and vice presidents and managing editors John Alleva and Scott Tufts. In addition to new crime-related programming, the new Court TV has access to the entire 100,000-hour Court TV library.

Court TV: A Short History

The network launched in 1991 and become known for its true crime documentaries, legal dramas and more. Some of its most popular shows included Homicide: Life on the Street, Cops, and Forensic Files. It also provided coverage of prominent criminal cases including the Menendez brothers’ first trial (1994) and the O.J. Simpson murder trial (1995). The network rebranded itself as truTV in 2007, then Court TV went off the air in 2008. This was a huge disappointment to many people who loved its unique programming.

A New Trend in OTA TV?

We think it’s great that Court TV is rebranding itself as an OTA TV channel. It gives cord-cutters a more TV channels. We’re hoping this will inspire other cable TV channels to make their programming available over the air. Will it happen? The answer all depends on advertising dollars. If companies see that OTA TV offers a good return on their advertising dollars, it might encourage more TV channels to broadcast over the air. In other words, money talks.

I believe that OTA TV would be a great place for companies to advertise. They’ve only been doing it for decades already. Also, cord-cutting some serious numbers. Consider a December 2018 article in the LA Times, which states that Nielsen estimated about 13.8 percent of American homes use TV antennas. It also cites findings from the research firm GfK North America, which estimated there are about 16.4 million cord-cutting homes. That’s a lot of people!

On a personal note, I’m hoping that Court TV’s jump to OTA TV is a sign of things to come. While cord-cutting is great, you miss out on some national channels unless you decide to stream as well. This adds to your monthly entertainment bills, which is the opposite of what you’re trying to do here. If more national channels make the move to OTA TV, it would add value to what’s already a money-saving venture. This is why I hope more channels follow Court TV’s lead.

Are You Ready to Cut the Cord?

Most of the people who read this blog are cord-cutters. That means they’ve cancelled their cable TV subscriptions to use a TV antenna to watch their favorite shows. If you’re someone who’s thinking about cutting the cord, we can help you get the most TV channels and sub-channels in your market. (Maybe even Court TV!) We’re able to do this because we are the TV antenna experts. Our techs will recommend the best TV antenna for you.

Getting an antenna recommendation from us is very easy. You just give us a call at 888-233-7563. Tell us you’d like to cut the cord but aren’t sure which antenna you should get. Our rep will ask you a few questions to help them find out how far you live from the TV antennas in your area. Not only will they recommend a TV antenna, they’ll also match you with everything else you need to cut the cord. All of these things are available in Solid Signal’s online inventory.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.