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DOC channel going away

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by studechip, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
  2. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    no it isnt
  3. Lucid504

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
  4. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    Why do you say that?
  5. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    It is because advertisers are not interested in funding programming geared to anyone over 34 years of age, and therefore, media companies must aim their programming at the 18 to 34 demographic to be able to draw in revenu.
  6. Brubear

    Brubear Legend

    Nov 13, 2008
  7. espnjason

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    I wish I could see the demographics on the actual cable/satellite subscribers. I'm sure they would tell a different story.

    The Documentary Channel is one of the few SD channels I actually enjoy watching from time to time. I hope they will resurface somehow with an HD version.
  8. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    I watched this every now and then, will be sad to see it go and so much crap remain.
  9. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    Worthless channel. Mostly preachy conspiracy theorist "documentaries" light on facts.
  10. pablo

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    It will show Little Mosque on the Prairie? Nice, would love to see the entire series in HD.
  11. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    We should have a thread on "anticipating" what other channels may go under.
  12. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    They are going to show "Farscape" as well.

    Considering that the only true full time educational channel is Smithsonian, it is discouraging to see another channel fall to demographics, so called "reality" programming and profits. History, History 2, Discovery Networks, Science, National Geographic, TLC, etc. all have become nothing more than reality and speculation channels. Science is now running science fiction programming; to boot. It did not take long to see many of the channels go from thought provoking channels like "Ice Road Truckers", "Swamp Men", "Hoarding Buried Alive", "Ax Men", "Deadliest Catch", "Ancient Aliens", "pawn Stars", "American Treasures", a number of 2012 doomsday shows, etc. Combined with reality shows and recent ABC, NBC, CBS,and FOX reruns from the past 10 years; all cut to get 20 minutes of ads an hours, make any form of cable and satellite less justifiable for the cost. Much of my viewing consists of movies and very few scripted programs. and that once in a while documentary that might pop up of one of those aforementioned channels. In most cases it has gotten so bad, that PBS shows like "NOVA" , "Frontline" and "American Experience" provide better documentary programming; with no annoying ads, except during pledge drives.

    The "Vikings" and "The Bible" wear attempts to attract viewers to History. But, both are entertainment shows, not historical accounts. Though I enjoyed both shows, they were not a historical examination of the Vikings or The Bible. Yes, these two series drew record viewers to History, and History made a point to advertise shows like "Ax Men" and "Pawn Stars". Sort of sad when you think about it.
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  13. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
  14. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I've never watched it because I keep my guide on HD..
  15. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    I enjoyed the occasional show on the Documentary Channel. We saw "The Story of the Weeping Camel" which is about life among the nomads of Mongolia. This was very meaningful to my family as it was shortly after we hosted a mother and her very young son from Mongolia in our home. They were in the US for heart surgery as part of the Children's Heart Project (see http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/childrens-heart-project-2/). This was not a film that I imagine any other D* channels would carry (OK - maybe PBS).
  16. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    DirecTV will be happy. They can add another shopping channel on the 101!!!! :nono2:
  17. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    This is where that "no it isn't" comes into play ...

    The channel is changing format. Unless the carriage contract is ending (or is ended as part of the change) any carrier carrying DOC will just change their EPG name and continue on.

    DOC "going away" isn't about leaving a carrier ... it is about the format going away.
  18. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Even that depends. DirecTV still had a feed of Fox Reality for several months after it changed over to Nat Geo Wild.
  19. Sea bass

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    Jun 9, 2005
    Technically it's not going away, just re-branded.
  20. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I'm still enjoying not watching SoapNet. :)

    There have been many format changes that seem to leave a stuck channel ... and they come from channels who wanted to renegotiate carriage for the new feed. Sometimes that leaves a ghost channel (the carrier contracted to carry the original channel and the provider must continue to provide a channel). If I recall correctly there were two Versus channels ... one with hockey and one without with the one you got depending on the deal made with your carrier.

    Most channels just change their name and go on with existing carriage. That is the reason why channels are bought ... to get a foot in the door. To make it so that on day one they have 40 million (or more) subscribers instead of needing to find carriers willing to take a chance on an unproven network.

    I have not heard any carrier say they will refuse to carry the new DOC ... so I expect it will be an example of the latter more than the former.

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