CaptainAmazing on Jun 2nd 2016 at 6:58:24 PM
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CaptainAmazing on Nov 9th 2017 at 10:48:16 AM
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Network Death is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It's when a TV channel ceases to exist. Usually this is either caused by financial troubles forcing it to go off the air or extreme cases of Network Decay and/or Executive Meddling leading to it being "rebranded" as as an entirely different channel.
Occasionally two weaker networks are merged into one. And of course, there are many new channels, especially in the modern digital cable/satellite world, that never get very far off the ground. But at the end of the day, almost all Network Deaths are caused in some sense by a lack of money and/or ratings.
This trope is related to, but not exactly the same as, Network Decay. As noted above, Network Decay can lead to Network Death, but the channel *must* be given a different name and focus, keeping only its slot on the cable listings.
- DuMont was one of the first broadcast networks in existence, but struggled for its entire life before dying off in 1956.
- BBC3, which itself replaced BBC Choice, failed to survive a spending review forced by an unsympathetic British government restricting BBC funding. Despite campaigns and an outcry, the youth-orientated BBC channel (which most viewers over about 25 only watched for imported American shows like Family Guy and American Dad!) ceased to be a broadcast TV channel in February 2016. It lives on as an Internet-only channel.
- BBC4 also replaced BBC Knowledge.
- PTEN died in 1997, after only four years on the air, mostly due to owner conflicts and affiliate issues.
- ITV Play didn't survive the phone-in quiz scandal and closed down in 2007.
- Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation was a Philippine broadcasting channel from 1972 to 1986 when ABS-CBN was shut down under the Marcos administration. The former was in turn shut down when the latter was relaunched in 1986.
- National Educational Television (NET) was a forerunner to PBS from 1954-1970.
- The WB and UPN were merged into The CW in 2006 with many of the leftover affiliates joining MyNetworkTV
- PAX became "i" and then ION.
- QTV was an offshoot channel of GMA Network, whose viewership was aimed towards women. As Network Decay stepped in, it was shut down in 2011, and was replaced by GMA News TV
- Three of British Satellite Broadcasting's five networks did not survive the merger with Sky Broadcasting.
- Newsworld International was bought by Al Gore to start Current TV, which struggled until it was sold to Al Jazeera to form Al Jazeera America, which folded in 2016.
- Satellite News Channel (SNC) was launched in 1982 by ABC and Westinghouse as a competitor to CNN, with a format of a quick rundown of the news every 18 minutes. What is now CNN's HLN was preemptively launched as a competitor to SNC before SNC even came on the air. SNC failed to get enough cable carriers and was bought out by CNN and taken off the air after about 16 months of operation.
- ABC attempted another news channel, ABC News Now, starting in 2004. It was carried both as a digital subchannel to ABC affiliates and as a cable channel. In 2009 the digital subchannel was replaced with the Live Well Network and the cable channel was replaced with a joint venture with Univision called Fusion in 2013.
- French travel-themed network Odyssey became Stylia in 2010 and then went off the air in 2014.
- Studio 23 was a channel owned by ABS-CBN, where much of the programs were young adult oriented. It ceased operations in 2014 due to declining viewership, and it was replaced by a sports-oriented channel also run by ABS-CBN.
- Nickelodeon's spinoff "Nick Gas" was a sports-and-gaming-show based channel that aired reruns of series such as Nick Arcade, Double Dare, and Legends of the Hidden Temple. On December 31st, 2007 it was combined with TeenNick (then known as "The N").
- Solar Entertainment has its share of rebranding their channels catered by genre and demographic. First, Solar USA, which programmed crime dramas, suspense, and action, was split in 2005 into the comedy-oriented Jack TV, and the action-oriented C/S, which is now CT in 2015
- TechTV was purchased by Comcast and merged into G4TV before most of the Tech TV elements disappeared from the merged network.
- G4TV itself was going to be replaced by the Esquire Network in fall 2013, before additional last-second Executive Meddling lead to the Style Network getting replaced instead. This left G4 as a "zombie network" of nothing but reruns, syndicated shows, and ads until the end of 2014, with the syndicated shows not even airing in the last few months.
- The aforementioned Style Network was replaced by the Esquire Network in 2013.
- Argentinian Locomotion was a channel that transmitted diverse adult animations including anime, even with and exclusive dubbing for previously untranslated series like Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was bought by Sony and became Animax Latin America in 2005. This channel itself got a total rebrand into Sony Spin in 2011
- SOAP Net was a Niche Network for 24/7 soap opera viewing experience. Due to the decline of soap opera viewership, the channel ended its run with General Hospital as the last program shown before the strike of New Years 2014, when it was replaced by Disney Junior.
- Fox Sports World Became Fox Soccer Channel in 2005, then simply Fox Soccer in 2011, before losing the rights to Premiere League games to NBC in 2013 and getting relaunched as FXX.
- The Philippine edition of MTV had its share of rebrandings due to competition with local music video channel Myx. Originally it was named MTV Philippines from 1992 to 2010, then MTV Pinoy in 2014-2016, then MT Vph since 2016.
- Discovery Kids was bought by Hasbro and became The Hub in April 2009. Hasbro and Discovery Communications ended up co-owning it due to changes in staffing and it namechanged again to DiscoveryFamily in 2014. The programming remained largely unchanged since it was mostly Hasbro property cartoons and family-friendly Discovery shows. The most recent rebranding has resulted in some original content and a lot of reruns from Animal Planet and TLC.
- The Japanese Nickelodeon channel went off the air on September 30, 2007.
- JET TV or Japan Entertainment Television had a Filipino station that usually aired drama (mostly dubbed in English) from 2008 before it went off the air for undisclosed reasons.
- CBS Cable launched in 1981 with a focus on the arts and folded after only 14 months due to being a niche channel when cable was too small for such a thing, as well as overlaps in programming with a much more widely available PBS.
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