To VOOM - A Eulogy in Life I'm writing this with one eye, and watching the Equator HD channel right now with the other. The beauty of Japan's Shirakami Mountains and the white beech tree forest. The incredible, complex minutiae of nature, all in stunningly beautiful HD. It's an experience every fan of quality TV should see at least once before VOOM leaves us, perhaps forever. For those who don't have VOOM, the Equator channel is like Discovery HD, only better. Much better than any HD nature programming on E* or D*, or on cable. The loss of VOOM is the technological equivalent of the extinction of a unique species in nature. A loss barely noticable perhaps by most, but a loss nonetheless profound in the long view. VOOM set a standard of unique HD programming so high, I'm afraid it will never be matched. Certainly not by any existing commercial programming providers. I will probably never visit the Shirakami Mountains of Japan, but I feel like I've already been there, thanks to the advent of high definition television, and to VOOM. There is so much of this fascinating world we will never experience in person. With the passing of VOOM's unique, quality programming, we likely will never again have the chance to see the world through the lens of the HD camera. The inevitable loss of VOOM isn't a reflection of the technology, or the programming, or even the timing of the service. The failure of VOOM is a sad testament to the low standards and shallow viewing habits of a preponderance of American television viewers. The truth is, in a society that serves up junk food, junk products and junk television, VOOM was too good. Sadly, former FCC Commissioner Newton Minow's graphic 1961 "vast wasteland" characterization of the state of commercial television still prevails in the 21st century. Farewell to VOOM, and to all those who earnestly tried to bring us better television, and yes, even a higher standard. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, nor have they been unappreciated. Thanks for a job well done. You were the best and you will be sorely missed.