Thats very cool, but why not call it ABC Family, would they not want to do that because of the Family channel? Im not a big fan of the name ... ABC Spark doesn't appeal to me.. also I noticed on Wikipedia that their seems to be only the 480i for Picture format ... is this going to be ANOTHER channel where it does not debut with a HD simulcast?! but thanks for the post Hugh
abc family (in the US) used to be called family channel, which was started by televangelist Pat Robertson. it was bought by Disney, which slapped on the abc label to differentiate from the previous regime. not sure why corus wants to include abc in its new channel name. why not just call it spark? the abc in this case is totally unnecessary and potentially misleading.
I think the idea of using the "ABC" in the name is that there is a closer association between "ABC Family" and "ABC Spark" than between "ABC Family" and "Spark". They want people to know that when something airs on "ABC Family" in the US, the first place they should look for it in Canada is on "ABC Spark".
Actually, it started as the "CBN Satellite Service", then the "CBN Cable Network", "The CBN Family Channel", then "The Family Channel" (when it got spun off to Pat's son), then "Fox Family" then "ABC Family"
Then it'll stay there until providers change their packages around. But realistically it'd hardly be the first time a channel made no sense for the package it was in. I swear most of Bell Aliant's packages are designed that way deliberately.
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