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Cape Fear CW is on the air; RetroTV moves channels


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Cape Fear CW is on the air. You can find the Wilmington market's affiliate for The CW on digital channel 3.2.

That means RetroTV, your home for classic TV shows, has moved to digital channel 3.3.

You will need to rescan your channels on your set-top over-the-air converter box to find RetroTV on its new home at channel 3.3. If you watch RetroTV on cable, you won't have to do a thing.

Check your local listings for channel assignments for RetroTV and Cape Fear CW on cable and satellite.

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grossing us out with your zombie commercials and programs.

we enjoy watching most of your programs.we realize we live in a different world today and that you have to show programs to keep interest of all gender and all age groups.for this reason,We hope that we are not the only ones to complain about the zombie and such like programs.We would also like to complain about the sickening commercial showing one of the women zombies eating human body parts as she does an autopsy.COME ON program director!it is sad if most of your viewing audience enjoys this type of programming.we quickly change the channel when you show such commercials and their programs.there are so many better programs than these that you could show these gross programs for Halloween if you must show them at all.

Worse than crappy broadcast quality.

Why do you claim to carry RETRO TV when it is suffering technical difficulties more than half the time?
Here's an idea- Promote your relative to Technical Director and hire a competent technician(unrelated to you)to actually perform the technical duties.
I will not be watching ANY WWAY programming for the next 30 days.
On 12-1-14 I will check back.
No improvement, no more 3 for me.

I wish ATMC still had the CW

I wish ATMC still had the CW station out of Myrtle Beach. They had shows for us insomniacs. With WWAY taking over, it's just "paid programming" at night.

Time Warner has dropped RTV from channel lineup

The CW channel is on Time Warner cable.

Unfortunately, they dropped RTV in order to make the change.

Another "Off Beat Cinema" fan here. Very sad to see it go.

Bad news: Time Warner won't carry it

I called Time Warner, and they said that they won't be carrying the CW. I asked why they removed the WB, which carried the same programs. They said it has something to do with exclusivity? Basically BECAUSE WWAY now has it on the air, they can't carry it anymore. Big blank where it used to be.

Thanks for nothing WWAY!

It's on Time Warner 20, sort of.....

You can manually tune it on a Time Warner digital box, but it's not in the Time Warner guide, not on their web site, and they actually have deleted the former version of - WBW - it from the channel lineups that they distribute. I have Tivos, and they cannot tune it because - according to Tivo, Time Warner issued a delete request.

Calls to Time Warner customer service resulted in them telling me that neither WB (I know, but that's what they called it) or CW is available on the Wilmington system. It is.

If you go to, there is no CW on the Wilmington Time Warner system.

Time Warner

I have time warner cable Digital with the cable box,yesterday and the days before it was told we check our on screen guides.well i the best interest of viewers shouldn't yall know the channel numbers the station is goin to be on to help viewers out some.As of 9 this morning we still dont have it but we still have shows CW on the guide but it retrotv.

10pm Newscast on Retro Tv

I hope that is just through the week, and doesn't include weekends. Offbeat Cinema plays at 10 pm on Saturdays.

CW News

The 10p news will be on the CW only.

Audio is lagging behind

Audio is lagging behind video on CW for me, anyone else having that issue?


YES, I have an air antenna and have no problem with reception , but only on 3.2 Cw the audio is definatley lagging

Yes, the audio is lagging

The offset is about 1100 ms. Also, to go along with other questions about multiple HD channels, and data rate, here's what I've found as of tonight:

The main channel, 3.1 is at about 9.8 Mbps
CW-HD 3.2 is at about 6.9 Mbps
Retro 3.3 is at about 1.8 Mbps

On HD, lower rate doesn't automatically mean lower resolution, but it does affect how fast the screen can be updated. Hint: watch scene changes on a low rate channel like Retro. It's blurry at first, then fills in the detail.

There's a total budget of 19.4 Mbps, so that's the balancing act that the engineer has to follow to fit all on 4.x and make it all look good.

Ok thanks for the reply and

Ok thanks for the reply and clearing that up for me

Retro has good programming

Retro has good programming but half the time it is a black screen. Or it breaks up, freezes so much you cannot watch it (on TWC). Rebooting does no good, it is a waste.

News Replay

Will you guys still run the local news at 7pm on Retro or CW???


The 7p news will continue on RTV and we will be producing a 10p newscast to start in January.

Dumb question

Dumb question,but is this channel going to be on cable because i have time warner?


Yes CW will be on Time Warner. However we are not yet sure what channel number they will put it on. Please check your channel guide.

3.2 Malfunctioning OTA?

We've been looking forward to viewing the CW channel over the air. We, however, have not been able to see any content. 3.0 and 3.3 are just fine. But, 3.2 appears to just be showing a black screen with intermittent visual noise and no audio.

We've retuned several times. All out other expected OTA channels are received normally except this one.

Before the switch, we were receiving 3.2 (retroTV) just fine.

Mr. Wuzzardo, can you comment on whether or not this is a broadcasting issue or maybe something else?

Check 3.2 again now

RetroTV moved to 3.3 Friday afternoon, leaving 3.2 empty through the weekend. As of this morning, you should now see Cape Fear CW on 3.2.

If you have any problems, give us a call at the station at 910.762.8581 and ask for an engineer.

Outstanding! Got a first

Outstanding! Got a first look this evening. Nice, clear, sharp OTA signal (in HD!). Thanks for the reply to the earlier post and thanks for adding CW to you OTA offerings.

Yeah for Cw and Retro

Got rid of cable years ago. Too expensive. Pick up 16 stations thru the air with a $35.00 antenna. Now 17 channels! Love the CW programing and am looking forward to many of the cw programs which previously my family recorded for me. Now I can watch Supernatural in real time. Thanks so much for making these programs available thru the air!

air channels

What are the channels you get from antenna? Would love to make the change from cable. Can you get PBS? Thanks!

The CW Is A Good Move

The CW Is A Good Move We Need More TV Channels In Wilmington,NC And Channels Like The Cool TV And MyNetworkTV And Zuus Country And Live Well Network We Need Better CBS Affiliate Than WILM-TV In The Wilmington Area


It's good that WWAY is going to put Channel 3.2 to use carrying The CW, i'm surprised that hasn't occured till now, i assume most of the programs that will air here will be from their CW 100 plus service we currently recieve on cable in Southeastern North Carolina, at least it will be on in HD, as far as "Retro TV" goes, have you all ever considered replacing it with "Antenna TV"?, it's much better than Retro TV, and come December 1st, another retro channel will be airing in Wilmington, so this would a good move if you consider this move down the road.

Has Time Warner Cable made a

Has Time Warner Cable made a decision where Retro TV will go or has moved to?, according to their legal notice on September 18th, they didn't give us any information on where it will be, it was on channel 106 where "Cape Fear CW' will go, and didn't see it after rescanning my TV on Friday, and is "Cape Fear CW' going to be on Channel 20 where the CW is now?, let us know.


Our feed to Time Warner will consist of WWAY, Cape Fear CW and Retro Network (RTV). We ask them to carry all three. It is up to them as to what channel they put them on. Unfortunately we don't have much say in the matter but we do encourage them to put them on as many tiers as possible.

As of 8pm this evening, Time

As of 8pm this evening, Time Warner Cable has Cape Fear CW on 106, so where will Retro TV wind up on?


If you want to ADD antanna tv, fine. But don't take away Retro TV. I love its shows, especially OFFBEAT CINEMA.

It's not likely to be HD

The sub channels that broadcasters put on their OTA are generally not HD. They are digital, and generally have decent resolution, but they are usually lower data rate channels. Something like a mostly static weather channel showing radar uses virtually no bandwidth since there's not alot of motion. WWAY said nothing about HD in the story. Maybe they can comment here.