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Disney's SOAPnet channel headed for the drain

Yup, it's finally down for the count.

by Anonymousreply 2311/11/2013

About time.

by Anonymousreply 111/09/2013

Why would you say that r1?

by Anonymousreply 211/09/2013

It had become a ghost of what it was intended to be, R2.

by Anonymousreply 311/09/2013

R2 Because with only 4 soap operas on these days, the channel is kind of pointless now.

by Anonymousreply 411/09/2013

If only P&G, CBS, and NBC had held on to the tapes of shows from the '80s (ATWT, GL) and the '70s (AW).

by Anonymousreply 511/09/2013

They waited way too long to start that channel. It should have been launched in the 90s when soaps were still popular and we didn't have DVRs!

by Anonymousreply 611/09/2013

R6 Exactly! Or even the late 80's.

by Anonymousreply 711/09/2013

The utility of them rerunning same day episodes is dying. As the story says, currently at least 50% of the households that get SOAPnet also have DVRs. For those that don't there are other ways (abc.com, hulu, etc.) to catch the current shows if you miss the original broadcast.

But the real appeal of the channel should be their platform for re-running the old shows and old-ass episodes of the current ones. Seems like that should be low-cost programming.

by Anonymousreply 811/09/2013

Did they show any old shows besides "Dark Shadows"? I think that was when SOAPnet first came on the air.

by Anonymousreply 911/09/2013

The whole channel model is circling the drain.

by Anonymousreply 1011/09/2013

They were only down to showing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. I stopped watching when they inexplicably dropped The Young and the Restless.

by Anonymousreply 1111/09/2013

Did they drop Y&R, r11, or did the re-broadcast rights just get taken over by TVGuide Channel?

I don't think it's so inexplicable.

CBS is part owner of TVGuide Net, and since they knew that SOAPNet was folding soon it makes perfect sense for them to seek another outlet (one that's within their family of networks) for rerunning their show.

by Anonymousreply 1211/10/2013

Soap operas are for the elderly.

by Anonymousreply 1311/10/2013

r13 I am 25 and i watch soaps, but yes it skews older...

by Anonymousreply 1411/10/2013

I don't have a DVR and work during the day. I also don't like watching stuff on my laptop. I need SOAPnet so I can watch Days at 8 pm,

by Anonymousreply 1511/10/2013

Comcast hasn't offered SOAPnet in years.

by Anonymousreply 1611/10/2013

People tape soaps via DVR or watch via Hulu for free.

by Anonymousreply 1711/10/2013

[quote] Did they show any old shows besides "Dark Shadows"? I think that was when SOAPnet first came on the air.

SoapNet showed old 80s episodes of Another World and Ryan's Hope for a few years. Syi-FI back when it was known as Sci-Fi aired episodes of Dark Shadows for several years.

by Anonymousreply 1811/10/2013

r8 But the channel airs prime-time soaps and other similar shows. The channel is fine as long as they focus more on soaps in general, and not the current daytime soaps. The ad dollars are probably good since it is targeted towards women.

by Anonymousreply 1911/11/2013

[quote]Soap operas are for the elderly.

Not "Days of our Lives"

by Anonymousreply 2011/11/2013

I think SOAPnet should have modeled itself after TV Land. It should have showed episodes from years ago (the 70s and 80s), but not just the ABC soaps.

I do watch Y&R on TVGN at 7 p.m. I actually like watching the show at the end of the work day.

by Anonymousreply 2111/11/2013

COMCAST stopped offering it in Boston in March of 2012.

Much prefer watching DOOL and Y&R on the NBC/CBS web sites, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 2211/11/2013

SoapNet in its earlier years was heaven for this primetime soap junkie! They effed up when they quit showing all but "Dallas", which is the one nighttime soap I never got into.

by Anonymousreply 2311/11/2013
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