Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern Windsor, ON
Bye bye 'Live Well Network'
The ABC Owned Television Stations Group today announced their digital TV subchannel, Live Well Network, was being discontinued as of January 2015.
LWN staffers received an email stating "Despite Live Well’s tremendous accomplishments in distribution and original programming, we made a strategic decision that our priority must be local content, and we want to maximize our investment in our core local news brands in the digital space." Other sources said it was a finance based decision.
Live Well Network has been around since 2009 on the eight ABC owned and operated stations. In 2010 most Belo Broadcasting stations picked it up and in 2011 Scripps Broadcasting stations did the same. Citadel Communications and Media General added LWN in 2012. At its zenith, LWN had roughly 70 affiliates and was available in 64% of US TV viewing homes.
ABC stations originally carried LWN in 720p 16:9 HDTV, but due to the negative effect on the main HD channel, they rolled back to 480i 16:9 SDTV. Most of the non ABC O&Os stations also carried it in 480i 16:9, but some stations used a 4:3 center cut while others used letterbox 4:3.
One of the daily programming staples on LWN was the CBC program 'Steven and Chris', which may explain LWN's demise.....