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    SOAPnet To Go Off The Air.

    Tuesday, November 05 2013


    (SOAPnet)
    Coming to an end…

    Updated on November 5, 2013:

    It's been a while since it was reported that most viewers would no longer be able to view SOAPnet. Now, come December 2013 it appears as though the channel will be leaving various networks. Some of the remaining networks that still carry the channel have reported intentions to cease its existence in their line-up. Charter will drop SOAPnet on or before December 17, as will AT&T U-verse (on or before December 31), Comcast (December), Cox (December) and Time Warner (on or before December 23).

    Please contact your current provider to find out if your area/viewing will be affected and when.

    Updated on January 9, 2012:

    TV Guide is reporting that SOAPnet will officially be replaced by Disney Junior on March 23 in most cable and satellite homes. Those areas where SOAPnet remains will soon go dark as well when Disney finishes finalizing deals for Disney Junior.

    Previously Reported on April 19, 2011:

    Deadline is reporting that over the last few weeks Disney Junior is having issues with some of its cable contracts, which has resulted in its January 2012 launch to replace SOAPnet to be pushed forward to Spring 2012. This in turn would mean that SOAPnet and Disney Junior would run simultaneously and be brought into homes in different areas. This move could go on for years and could cost the network to have even more money issues.

    Soaps.com will keep readers posted on any new developments surrounding this launch.

    Previously Reported on May 27, 2010:

    Disney/ABC Television Group has just announced that the popular soap opera channel SOAPnet will be replace with a 24-hour network for pre-schoolers, Disney Junior, in January 2012.

    Although fans will have 18-months to still enjoy the soap channel the network will continue to bring the three ABC soaps All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live into the homes of millions, as well as still offer full-episodes on their website.

    Disney co-chair Anne Sweeney stated, "The launch of Disney Junior in the U.S. is the next step in our global preschool strategy, which began 10 years ago with the premiere of our first dedicated preschool channel in the UK. The decision to ultimately transition SOAPnet to accomplish this was not arrived at lightly. SOAPnet was created in 2000 to give Daytime viewers the ability to watch time-shifted soaps, before multiplatform viewing and DVRs were part of our vocabulary. But today, as technology and our businesses evolve, it makes more sense to align this distribution with a preschool channel that builds on the core strengths of our company.”



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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by beckysoap at Thursday, May 27 2010 06:24 AM

    sometimes when our local station will come on the air with either local or national headline news, then i can tune to soapnet to see what was not shown. that is going to suck.

    Posted by SndrElkins at Thursday, May 27 2010 06:37 AM

    I sure do wish that who ever it is would just leave our soaps alone.Enough is enough. I mean GL ~~gone... ATWT... soon will be gone... Guess they gonna take all of our soaps away from us.. Why can't they fined something better to do.

    Posted by ohc1 at Thursday, May 27 2010 06:39 AM

    I am going to miss the Young and Restless weekend marathons in the event i miss a show during the week and they should reconsider cancelling Soapnet. I guess soaps are losing audiences.

    Posted by LadyFreakinHendrix at Thursday, May 27 2010 06:40 AM

    Well there wasn't a space in there for I tivo my soaps but count on soapnet as backup whenever there is a weather or news interruption.

    Posted by Oreo123 at Thursday, May 27 2010 07:42 AM

    Do preschoolers really have to watch TV after dinner? There are enough morning shows to babysit and educate them. While I sometimes watch at night to catch up, I sometimes use the internet to watch the shows because I can when I want to.

    Posted by Mr. Bubbles at Thursday, May 27 2010 08:00 AM

    With SoapNet ending, does this effect Soaps.com as well?

    Posted by cynical bill at Thursday, May 27 2010 09:29 AM

    There is no space to vote that you watch your soaps on DVR or VHS which I have been doing since VCRs first came out in the mid-80s and I also was able to watch RYAN'S HOPE, LOVING/THE CITY, and EDGE OF NIGHT. The biggest adantage is that an hour soap only takes about 44 minutes since I can skip the commercials. I doubt if I would watch soaps any more --- or television in general --- if I had to watch it with all that advertising and all the promos.

    Posted by Scooby2K at Thursday, May 27 2010 09:30 AM

    I have to say this is some awful news. If I'm either working or running some errands, I always try to catch up with the ABC soaps on SoapNet. If I miss them, I always tape them. They say all good things must come to an end; but I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

    Posted by Dewlanna at Thursday, May 27 2010 09:38 AM

    This STINKS. I guess we're witnessing the end of the genre, one piece at a time :-( There are tons of TV babysitters already - there is absolutely NO NEED for another.

    Posted by PC_SALEM0106 at Thursday, May 27 2010 10:46 AM

    I am pissed, I don't have DVR and now If I miss GH or DOOL (what about pre-empted or news breaks) I have to wait until the next day to watch online?? I already do that with other shows now.. WHY can't they create a new channel instead of taking one away from viewers..This sucks!!

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