This has not been the start of a good week for soap fans, first with the seeming demise of All My Children for a second time, and now with the Walt Disney Company confirming that the reports that SOAPnet is coming to a close or real this time … are accurate!
In a piece with the Los Angeles Times, “The Walt Disney Company will pull the plug on the cable channel it created 14 years ago on December 31st. Disney announced three years ago its plan to fold SOAPnet to make space for Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers. That channel launched in early 2012, but cable and satellite TV operators weren’t ready to give up SOAPnet. They didn’t want to risk legions of vocal soap opera fans getting into a lather, or worse, moving to a rival service. So, for nearly two years, the Burbank entertainment giant has provided programming for both channels, including the one it doomed long ago.”
“SOAPnet had a great run,” Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said in an interview this past Friday. “It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running.” In the end, SOAPnet was a casualty of a shift in corporate priorities for Disney — and technology.
SOAPnet is still available in 66 million homes. But in recent months, Disney has notified cable operators that it will no longer provide programming for the channel after Dec. 31. The company stopped charging distributors a fee for SOAPnet months ago, as programming on the channel dwindled and programmers focused more attention on Disney Junior.”
Fans please note that Time Warner, Cox, Charter, AT&T U-verse, Comcast other cable outlets may have different date ending in December of when they will cease SOAPnet.
So, what do you think of the news of the end of SOAPnet? Will you thus watch General Hospital and Days of our Lives, the last two remaining soaps on the cable channel, online if you miss them on television? Do you want the two soaps to end up on TVGN and join The Young and the Restless for a soap programming block? Weigh in with your suggestions and your thoughts on the end of an era for soap viewers!