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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 2019-07-28, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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CosmoTV and IFC to shut down Sept. 30, 2019

"As of September 30, 2019, Independent Film Channel (IFC) and Cosmopolitan TV (CosmoTV) will cease broadcasting in Canada. This decision was made by Corus Entertainment...."

https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-20257

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Due to content provider changes, as of September 30, 2019, CosmoTV/IFC channel will no longer be available on Optik TV.

https://www.telus.com/en/bc/support/...ervice-updates

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 2019-07-30, 08:22 PM
 
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Will there be anything new going in their place?

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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 2019-07-30, 10:09 PM
 
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No they are just being shut down. I was subscribed to IFC but decided to FLEX it out on my IGNITE TV after learning it was shutting down to a channel I don’t really care a lot about. I only did that because I had all of the channels I wanted already and I had to pick something. Maybe a better channel will be offered to FLEX it out again for in my my package someday.

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Channels felt like Fashion Television-level jokes on paper. IFC's current original programming is owned by Bell anyway.
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Absolutely devastated. We knew this day would come. What's next? Bell Media gonna shut down FT & Book, too?
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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 2019-08-05, 10:26 AM
 
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Bell Media should shut down Book and Fashion. They are a waste of channel space, and don't provide any HD feeds.
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I had Book Televsion. I agree though, I didn’t even have it all that long before I got rid of it. Talk about a pointless tv channel.
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Bell will keep them around so long as the basically negligable cost of running them is less than they bring in. It's not like they're putting money or effort into them.
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95% could be shut down tomorrow. Unfortunately no test pattern is available to watch like it was back in the fifties.
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 2019-08-07, 07:46 AM
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Those channels meant something back when they first came out...when was it late 90s? The so-called Digital Package. IFC, Book TV, Fashion TV, Sex TV, Drive In, Scream. But they lost their appeal quickly after a few years when their owners decided to cut back on new programming. In the end they all became CSI channels. I used to really like Drive In back in the day, lots of good culty 60s/70s films.
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Bell Media should shut down Book and Fashion. They are a waste of channel space, and don't provide any HD feeds.
That'll never happen. They both make money from carriage fees so why throw away money?
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post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 2019-08-16, 10:30 PM
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Funny thing is Cosmo and Fashion are in the same theme pack with TBayTel.
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Sometimes I wonder why the owners shut down these channels and not just re-brand them?Its harder to get a licence for a channel, when you already have one?

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I believe they bid on these channels to prevent an incursion of US channels. They played the 'Canadian Culture' card knowing full well there wasn't enough Canadian content. Now they are shutting them down because the channels aren't mandatory and not enough of the public is subscribing led by the exodus of people who prefer to stream their content. And they remain content by continuing to freeze out US channels.
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CRTC rules and the market have changed since these channels were first licensed. Specialty channels are no longer required to adhere to genre requirements so licensing a station by genre can less easily be used to exclude a US channel. The CRTC was always reluctant to license US stations for carriage but it is less likely to do so now.

Media ownership is now concentrated in the hands of fewer owners to usually also own BDUs so they can effectively block carriage of US stations on their own. If a popular new station starts up in the US, they just sign licensing agreements with the US owner and rebrand one of their existing stations.

Obtaining carriage is much more difficult than obtaining a license. Independent broadcasters are dwindling not so much due to lack of content as lack of carriage. That's partly due to a glut of channels but also due to media concentration. The major broadcasters just make carriage and sufficient subscriber levels difficult to obtain and then wait for the channel to fail outright or buy it at fire sale prices.
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