the cw television network (commonly referred to as simply the cw) is an american english-language commercial broadcast television network that is operated by the cw network, llc, a limited liability joint venture  originally between the cbs entertainment group  unit of paramount global, the former owner of the defunct television network …
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The CW Plus traces its existence to The WB 100+ Station Group (initially known as The WeB until March 1999), a similar national feed of CW co-predecessor, The WB Television Network, which began operations on September 21, 1998. Conceived under the same concept as Foxnet (developed by WB network co-founder and original president Jamie Kellner during his preceding tenure as the original president of the Fox Broadcasting Company), The WB 100+ was designed to distribute WB programming to small- a...
Development and concept
On February 24, 2006, one month after CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced the launch of the new network, The CW formally released a proposal to prospective affiliates announcing the creation of The CW Plus, a similar single-network feed for smaller markets – covering the same areas that were served by The WB 100+. While there was no guarantee that existing affiliates of The WB 100+ would automatically join The CW Plus, most of them (particularly cable-only affiliates) ultimately did joi...
The CW Plus operates three separate feeds for the Eastern/Central, Mountain and Pacific Time Zones (the latter also acts as an hour-behind timeshift feed for the Alaska Time Zone with timeslot modifications for network daytime and certain syndicated weekend programs), and designs the master schedules of each feed so that The CW's broadcast affiliat...
As of 2021[update], The CW Plus has current and pending affiliation agreements with 123 television outlets encompassing 44 states and the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands, consisting of 121 broadcast affiliates (109 of which serve as subchannel-only affiliates and the remaining 18 being primary channel aff...CW-W – a standard definition-only feed of KTLA/Los Angeles for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTVCW-E – a standard definition-only feed of WDCW/Washington, D.C.for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTVWGN America – a general entertainment cable and satellite network in the United States, which originally served as the national superstation feed of former WB/CW affiliate WGN-TV/Chicago; it served...
The CW covers just over 98 percent of television homes in the United States. The network has over-the-air coverage (class A, low-power, or digital signals) in all of the top 100 Nielsen-ranked markets.
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