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post #61 of 75 (permalink) Old 2018-09-13, 01:26 PM
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There currently isn't an HD feed of Comedy Gold. In their initial fillings with the CRTC, Wow mentioned their intent to launch one but who knows what carriage will be like for that outside of Bell's services or when that'll debut.

As for the current Comedy Gold format, it's hard to imagine a lot of people will miss it when it's gone. The channel is down to about 10 shows across its entire schedule, much of it closer to being "expired" than retro in appeal. Then again, I saw some people bemoan the closure of end-of-life G4, which by then had long been a nothingness channel.
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post #62 of 75 (permalink) Old 2018-09-17, 12:39 AM
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Nearly all of that is from DHX's library. Would be funny/sad if this channel became more of a DiC/Cinar/Cookie Jar library dump than DHX's own.
Kinda odd since DHX owns Family and their spinoff channels. I would have thought they needed the content after the Disney clones entered the TV arena...
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post #63 of 75 (permalink) Old 2018-09-17, 04:18 PM
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DHX is primarily a media production/distribution company. Broadcasting is more of side business they got into to help with that original goal. As such, they'll still sell to anybody willing to front the cash. Last year, they launched two new cartoons on YTV (Chuck's Choice and Cloudy with a Chance), despite that channel being in direct competition with the Family suite. We've seen a contraction in recent months (Inspector Gadget and Supernoobs, originally Teletoon originals, have had new seasons debut exclusively on Family) but it's hard to know if that's DHX becoming more insular, or if that's from Corus. There's been a few reports stating that Corus has essentially stopped funding children's shows they don't own.

When it comes to exploiting their library on linear, DHX is surprisingly lax. Even on Family Chrgd, which is the least popular of the four channels and has limited first run material (even less that doesn't get rerun on the main Family), rarely touches the DiC/Cinar/Cookie Jar productions. It's weird too, since DiC made a bunch of video game adaptations in the '90s and you'd think they would go well with the modern video game cartoons the channel runs. Instead, they tend to use their back catalog on streaming services, cheapo Mill Creek DVD sets or questionably presented YouTube uploads.
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post #64 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-02-15, 05:22 PM
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They've been adding more and more stuff to Crave under the "Wow World" name. I assume that's what the channel will be rebranded to. Kind of crazy they've been so silent about this since it's supposed to launch in April.
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post #65 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-03-12, 04:37 PM
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The channel's been delayed:

TORONTO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (the "Company" or "WOW!") (TSXV: WOW) announces the extension of the date upon which Bell Media Inc. (“Bell Media”) will transfer to WOW! Unlimited Networks Inc. ("WOW! Networks"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, the Category B specialty service (the "Broadcasting Licence") that will enable the Company to pursue sponsorships and partnerships to support the launch of the anticipated WOW! branded service.

As agreed among the parties, the last date upon which WOW! Networks will be entitled to exercise, and if not exercised by such date will be deemed to have exercised, the exclusive option to acquire the Broadcasting Licence has been extended to May 31, 2019, and the last date upon which the transfer of the Broadcasting License will occur has been extended to August 30, 2019; provided that, at any time before June 30, 2019, Bell Media may set the date of transfer upon 60 days’ written notice.
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post #66 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-07-10, 09:06 AM
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We're about a month and a half away from the new allegedly final deadline and there's still no news. Starting to think they've dropped this idea.
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post #67 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-07-28, 07:26 PM
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This was posted to the Telus web site July 25. No mention of the new channel launch. Has any other provider posted anything? It could just be a timing issue - Bell Media is probably required to provide 30 days notice that they are shutting down Comedy Gold, but the new channel is supposedly being launched by a different company, so it's not just a rebrand.

"Due to content provider changes, as of August 30, 2019, Comedy Gold channel (#501 SD) will no longer be available on Optik TV. If you ordered Comedy Gold as an individual channel, the associated charges will be automatically removed from your account. This channel will also be removed from the Optik TV Good Times theme pack."
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post #68 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-08-04, 03:19 PM
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Sasktel is also reporting the closure.

Maybe Wow got cold feet.
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post #69 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-08-18, 01:47 PM
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Comedy Gold's online schedule ends on September 1st at 6AM with Tosh.O:

No one seems to know what's happening.
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post #70 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-08-19, 07:45 AM
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Tosh.O being on Comedy Gold at all really demonstrates how useless these channels are.
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post #71 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-08-22, 08:58 PM
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In addition to striking deals with Amazon and Netflix, Wow landed a deal with Bell Media’s Crave service to program the Canadian streamer’s children’s content.


Bell took a 12% equity stake in the new parent company a few months later, and Hirsh said the deal to continue programming Crave’s children’s slate is in the midst of renegotiations.

He said he expects to make an announcement soon with regards to the Crave partnership.

Wow Unlimited reports their second-quarter earnings next Thursday.
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WOW! Unlimited Media Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2019
August 28, 2019 18:45 ET

"On August 30, 2019, WOW! will officially own the Category B Canadian specialty service license acquired under an agreement with its strategic investor, Bell Media. Management is exploring strategic partnerships to structure a financially attractive business plan for a potential WOW!-branded linear channel."
"The exploitation of the Category B specialty service broadcast license as discussed above would require an investment in programming and operating costs and accordingly, the Company is deferring the launch of a linear channel until significant financial partnerships are in place."
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In other words we don't have the money, don't know where it is going to come from or even if it will arrive, nobody has come to the table to date so we will hold the licence, the channel which will go dark and maybe somewhere somehow done the road we will launch a channel when someone with deeper pockets comes along. Quite the business plan.
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post #74 of 75 (permalink) Old 2019-08-31, 02:56 PM
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Rogers has already pulled Comedy Gold.
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It seen that they still have trouble launching the new channel.

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