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Charter Freezing Out Chiller Network; Thrown Off Cable Lineups April 25

Charter Communications is continuing to trim back its cable-TV lineup, this time with the elimination of Chiller, Comcast/NBC’s horror network.

TVpredictions, first to report the channel drop, reports the blow is a big one for the niche network, which will lose 17.2 million more of its 34 million home potential audience, after Dish Networks dropped the network for its 13.7 million subscribers in February. April 25 will be the last day for Chiller on Charter/Spectrum’s lineup nationwide.

When large cable operators drop a network of Chiller’s size and relative obscurity, it is usually not a good sign for the future of that channel. Esquire Network announced its imminent sign-off as a linear TV channel just a month after AT&T and DirecTV unilaterally dropped it. Already gone from the Charter lineup is Cloo, and more channel trimming is anticipated.

Chiller has been on the cable dial since 2006 airing movies and various original series covering the horror and sci-fi genres. Its future as a linear network is questionable, considering it has lost more than half of its potential audience. But NBC Universal claimed in a statement Chiller would continue as-is, with no plans to shutter the channel.

Currently there are 3 comments on this Article:

  1. Dave says:

    I’d support this move, if it actually meant lower bills for customers, but Chatter doesn’t operate that way. This will mean more profits for them, as they raise your bill and keep cutting channels. Skip the scam, switch to an antenna and Netflix and save yourself untold pain and write a bit of cash every month.

  2. David says:

    Unfortunately this is the result of vertical integration. Comcast has a pricing advantage to their own customer base, and who knows maybe they demanded carry rates well above what the market rate was for Charter. You will see even more bad acting when AT&T takes over time warner. Expect HBO and all their properties to be shifted for capture on their platform.

    For me this will lead to a brighter future where these niche channels can be subscribed to individually on the web via an app for a reasonable rate and on demand without commercials. However Comcast is not such a trail blazer so this will have to come from new startups or more progressive content proviers.

    TBH, never heard of the chan…

  3. James R Curry says:

    If this means the end of the network, that’s a shame. I like Chiller.







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