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Many fans of the show mostly women who watch it are not pleased and you can go to some Facebook Sites of any NBC Affiliates that posted this change. The comments are overwhelmingly against moving this popular daytime soap that has been shown on NBC for nearly 6 decades (57 years) to the streaming service. Many people are not set up to stream. Many are older folks who can’t stream or don’t even know how. It’s already causing an uproar.
The Internet is riddled with people that are in an uproar. The angry are always louder than those unbothered or excited about something.

We've got to get past this glittering generality that "older people don't know how to stream." The internet isn't fledgling tech anymore. Older citizens are using smartphones and other technology on a daily basis. Let's not act like finding a program on a streaming service is rocket science. If folks want to watch a program, they'll figure out a way.
 

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At worst they are annoying 1.7 million viewers. Apparently NBC thinks they can do better with an hour of afternoon national news. It is the last daytime soap opera on my local NBC affiliate.

My affiliate has local news from 4:30am-7:00am, the Today show from 7:00am-11am and Local news (for 30 minutes) at Noon. They play Dateline reruns for two hours (11am and 1pm) and a half hour paid program after the news.

Days of our Lives runs against The Talk and General Hospital followed by the syndicated Dr Phil. Then back to news from 4pm to 7pm. NBC thinks they can do better than 1.7 million viewers during that hour on their broadcast network and they are willing to try. (Read carefully. I didn't say NBC could get more than 1.7 million viewers of Days via Peacock - I said that NBC believes the replacement program will perform better than Days.)

As for the disenfranchised OTA viewers not all can simply jump over to streaming. Their nursing homes may not support streaming. Certainly not as easy as changing to channel Y on their internal cable system. But maintaining and building "Days of our Lives" viewers is not the intent of moving to Peacock. Clearing space for potentially more popular programming is the intent. The alternative to moving to Peacock is cancelling the show or selling it to another network.
Our affiliates run a somewhat similar schedule; Days is recorded and aired at 4-5PM as a lead-in to the 5PM news.

Soap operas are an interesting form of programming in today's modern broadcast landscape, where many popular shows might only have 8-10 episodes in a season. A program with a new episode, every weekday (with some small exceptions here and there), that doesn't stop or have re-runs. And if an episode gets pre-empted for severe weather coverage or other issues, it HAS to be re-aired, in full, before the affiliate can air the next episode. For our local affiliate, that was usually in the 1:30-2:30AM time slot. Having this genre of programs live in a streaming service is possibly the most opportune spot to reside.

I fully understand that not every single person in the free world can stream television programming, due to one instance or another. But every time we have a discussion like this, someone's first instinct is to say, "Well so and so can't stream it, or they don't know how!" as if we've never heard or thought about that before.
 
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