Mummers TV is coming to an end starting in 2016. Starting January 1, 2016, Comcast channel 253, Verizon FiOS channel 468 and 17.4 will become ” Comet”. Comet is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned as a joint venture between the MGM Television division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Sinclair Television Group subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The network focuses on science fiction, supernatural, adventure and fantasy series and films, sourced mainly from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library. I posted screen shots showing January 2016 TV listings for Comcast 253 and Verizon FiOS 468 below.
Mummers TV started in December 2014 and was originally scheduled to broadcast Mummers Parades dating back to 1995 for four weeks. After the initial four week run, Mummers TV kept on going.
In March 2015, Vince Giannini, VP and General Manager of PHL17 was quoted in a Philadelphia Magazine article about Mummers TV “At the current time, it’s the best way I see to program. Until further notice, we’ll stick with this.” Vince Giannini goes on to say in the same article “…different programming may eventually take over the Mummers channel, but advertisers like the station for now. But even if it disappears, the station will find a way to use its large archive of Mummers Parades”
Do you watch Mummers TV? Let us know in the comments section what you think about Mummers TV ending in 2016.
Updated: Monday, December 28, 2015
As feared, we learned over the weekend that MumTV will be discontinued as of the New Year. David Grzybowski of PHL17 confirmed the news on Twitter.
Just when I thought there was something of value to watch on tv….
I need my mummers. Please. I can’t take it any longer. I have nothing else in my life.
Preach my brother!!
I will forever remember The Mummer’s Channel.
The Lord gave us that beautiful gift, and I will pray to him every night for it’s return.
I ask all my brothers and sisters to do the same.
Jesus died to give us such wonders! Bring back The Mummer’s!
#Jesus Loves You
Put Mummers TV back on. It was on here quite a bit as well as at my relatives homes everytime we swung by. My father was in the string bands for 49 before losing his battle with cancer earlier this year. Turning on the station and getting to see him was just great! Please bring it back.
Find a way to bring back Mummers TV. Who needs another Scifi channel. Born and raised in Phila but now in NJ it was always great to turn on and hear the music we love.
I still kept the vcr tapes from the 80s. I guess i’ll have to do my own reruns. I agree that you should rerun these. If you advertise it more I think you would have a heavier viewing audience
I loved Mummers TV and miss it. I hope they will reconsider and find it a home again on Philadelphia TV.
YES. PUT MUMMERS TV ON AGAIN, PLEASE. Miss It. Great Programming!!!
Sorry to see this program was removed. Watched it faithfully every day..really enjoyed it compared to what was available on tv.. please bring it back
Bring mummers tv back! I don’t think we need it all year round, but at least let it run all of December and January.
Bring it back. Who needs another sci fi channel. Bad move
Ah man, I loved watching the Mummers parades! I always knew what I was going to get. Some quality, consistent television. What a shame.
this is some bullshit
listen here i loooove that chanel how in te hell you just gona go up n take some show away from THE PEOPLE!?? this aint rigt and i DEMAND ACTION! People of philadelphia STAND UP!!
This is a travesty! Our house of 6 watches this channel all the time! Keep the Mummers on TV!
We were just planning a trip to the Mummers’ Museum too.
Please bring back the Mummers TV station.
Very disappointed !!!! Bring it back
We watched Mummers TV every day and loved it. There were enough years shown to never be bored. We will definitely NOT be watching this new channel. Very sad!
Love The Mummers wish they would televise every mummers parade since the first televised parade
Condolences to Mummers fans. Cut the cable cord two years ago and welcome Comet TV to my limited but high quality high def FREE OTA channel line up. With the impending FCC spectrum auction this year I can only hope more channels shift to a less myopic program schedule. Sincerely….
So sorry to read this. I really enjoyed the history and often miss parades due to travel or work. Please let us know any other source to see past parades.
I am so sorry to see this emd. I wa able to find the parades i missed when I was recalled to active duty
I marched in the parade in the 70s and 80s with the fancy brigades . Will love to see footage from those
I marched in the parade in the 70s and 80s with the Fancy brigades . Will love to see footage of those parades ( Top Hat and the Entertainers)
Fire Vince Giannini ,he needs to be released of his duties. The Mummers Channel was the best on cable tv . Why does everyone always try to hurt the mummers parade?.They have taken away the Show of Show string bands and now the mummers channel and To be replaced by a ScFI channel is a smack in the face of the mummers/Philadelphia. Air the channel in other markets,keep the mummers channel in the Philadelphia Market. What’s next no parade?? The only reason I got comcast was for the mummers parade channel. Steve Highsmith you say your all about mummers,it’s time to stand up for them!!!!!!
TOO BAD .
LOVE MUMMERS TV , LOVE THE STRING BANDS .
It was fun watching that channel MTV going to miss it
I watch 253 everyday I love the station I get to see the older parades.i think the should keep it but play parades from 50s
Please don’t take away my mum tv.It’s memories on tv, it would be a real shame if it went away.
I watch it all the time and really enjoy it. I love the mummers.
I love MumTv watching all the old parades I took part in participating in the string bands with GKSB from 2005-2009, fancy brigades 2010-2011, wench brigades 2012- present. Please let us Mummers keep reliving our memories of parades past and future
The Mummers Station was Great for any Mummers Fan. Past or Present. The Station Show cased Past Mummers Parades Televised on PHL Channel 17 From 1995 to 2015 . But I would like to see a Station come fourth with Mummers Parade Coverage From Years Past . Where is all the Mummers Parade Footage From the 1960`s and 1970`s and 1980`s ? WPVI Channel 6 and WCAU Channel 10 was Televising the Parade Those Years. This footage could be Televised During the Holidays and New Years Eve. The History of the Mummers Parade will be show cased. I would Love see that Classic Historical Mummers Parade Footage .
Yes. I watch it several times a week. I love reliving great moments from prior parades. I also tell all my out of town friends to watch it. Thereby creating new fans of the Mummers!
I love mummers tv .watch it allthe time when nothing else is on that’s good , which is most of the time.