If you are a fan of 20th-century film and tv, you may have noticed that MeTV is not currently available on DISH, but what happened to it?

The future of MeTV’s (Memorable Entertainment TV) partnership with the DISH network seems uncertain at the moment but one thing is for sure, and that is that DISH network customers cannot access MeTV for now.

In the meantime, if you can’t go without the likes of The Andy Griffith Show and Ed Sullivan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Classics, you have some other options.

We look at what happened to MeTV on DISH and other ways of watching retro movies and TV channels.

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What happened to MeTV on DISH?

On Thursday, December 22, DISH Network customers noticed that they were one channel down.

According to TheDesk, DISH pulled Weigel Broadcasting’s Me TV (Channel 247) from its platform after a contract to carry the channel ended without a new one in place.

A spokesperson for the network reportedly said the two companies “have been working together on renewing our contract for some time now,” and came to a handshake agreement over MeTV a few months ago that allowed DISH to continue providing the channel to satellite customers.

They added: “Unfortunately, MeTV made the decision to not honor the deal that they previously agreed upon.”

MeTV has not commented on the issue other than stating that the contract between the two companies has expired.

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Where else can I watch MeTV?

Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative ways to get your hit of nostalgia.

MeTV has gone digital over the past few years, so you can stream the channel online. It is available on Frndly TV for $7 per month or on Philo for $25 per month.

Frndly TV offers more than 40 live channels of programming, including other Weigel-owned digital networks like Story Television, Start TV, and Decades TV.

Philo offers many of the same channels as Frndly TV as well as other cable channels like Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, TV Land, AMC, BBC America, the Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet.

If MeTV is carried in your area on a local broadcast station, then you can likely watch the channel by simply attaching an over-the-air antenna to the back of your TV set.

Changes to Over-The-Air antennas 

If you are thinking of going with the over-the-air antenna option, then you should note that since new legislation was instated by the Federal Communications Commission, you may need to make some adjustments to your TV set first.

Over-the-air television uses television signals transferred by radio waves from television stations. Over-the-air television receives the radio waves with the help of a TV receiver which has an antenna. This was the only way to receive television signals until the 1950s.

As per MeTV’s official website, many US television stations have moved to new frequencies over the past few years. The changes should have been finished by 2020, but if you can’t access the channel, it is worth running a rescan.

A rescan is an update to the television set by using the “menu” button to have the television re-tune all available signals.

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Christmas Programming on MeTV

If you are lucky enough to access MeTV on Christmas Day you are in for a treat. Programming kicks off at 5 am with two episodes of Green Screen Adventures.

This is shortly followed by Sports Edition, On The Block, and Chicago Food To Go. From 8 am to 3 pm family fun classics Saved By The Bell, The Flinstones, The Jetsons, and The Waltons holiday specials will air.

At 4 pm there will be two episodes of Full House, followed by The Andy Griffith Show and M*A*S*H. Then at 7 pm, you can catch a festive special of The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show.

You can catch even more vintage television throughout the rest of the evening, and the night.

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