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SpikeTV rebranding to Paramount Network Jan 2018

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TV Land?s ?Heathers? Reboot and ?American Woman? Moving to Launch Paramount Network | Variety
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Paramount Network, which is expected to launch in January, is the result of re-branding Spike TV. The re-launched channel will include both scripted and unscripted programming, shifting content from a portfolio of Viacom brands, including TV Land, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nick Jr., and Nickelodeon.

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Spike To Change Name, Become The Paramount Network In Viacom Rebranding | Deadline

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I've heard rumours for awhile that Viacom is going to let a bunch of their cable channels die off and focus on MTV and a new channel - looks like that new channel will be a re-brand of Spike with the best of the other channels shows relocated.

I hope they continue to have content available online for free in Canada - the current Spike website is great for those of us who cut the cord, as most programs are available.
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I have to wonder if the channel will continue to be available in Canada at all given rights issues. The "best of" those other channels would almost certainly be owned by someone here already. If that's indeed what's happening though, it further points to the dying of traditional cable.
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someone correct me if I'm wrong here but wasn't their a Paramount Network years ago?

I seem to recall that the "Super Stations" turn into two networks?

The Warner Bros Network(WPIX & KTLA) & The Paramount Network(WSBK & WGN)

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You are probably thinking of UPN. WSBK and WWOR were the only UPN affiliates in the superstation group. WGN, WPIX & KTLA were WB (Warner Bros.) affiliates.

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UPN (United Paramount Network) was an OTA network that was folded into the CW. Spike being a a cable only channel.

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So what's the difference between UPNUnited Parmount Network & The Paramount Network?

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UPN is a defunct over the air network. Spike is a cable channel that started off as The Nashville Network >> TNN >> The National Network >> Spike TV >> Spike and soon to be Paramount.

The Nashville Network got bought sometime ago (years) by Viacom/Paramount and they are rebranding it (again) and resurrecting the Paramount Name.

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someone correct me if I'm wrong here but wasn't their a Paramount Network years ago?
FWIW There was also a shortlived "Paramount Channel" on BSkyB in the UK 20+ years ago, discussed here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedy...5.E2.80.931997
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If I had to guess, this channel will likely cease operations in Canada unless they clear some library paramount programs for Canada. It doesn't appear this channel is going to be having any first run programs but a lot of library content is also already owned by Canadian broadcasters. Whether it's exclusive ownership is another question.
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