According to their website "The Tube" has shutdown due to financial difficulties. For those of you who may not have seen it, it was a music channel that was available over the air on the HDTV sub-channels.
"We regret to inform you of the fate that has befallen The Tube Music Network. October 1, 2007 The Tube ceased its national broadcast.
Viewers, Artists, Music Companies, Investors, Business Partners, TV stations, Cable companies, Advertisers , Friends and our creative partners @Radical Media - your support of The Tube has always been highly valued and appreciated. The collective efforts of this team, fueled by the letters we received from viewers, sustained THE TUBE as it struggled through the financial limitations that ultimately contributed to its incapacitated state."
Sorry, but duh. I could see from the start that there was absolutely no profit in it. They made a promise not to air any commercials... and it was a digital sub-channel service when people barely understand what the concept of digital channels even was.
Plus, the government said that digital sub-channels were subject to E/I requirements just like the main channels, which didn't help. When that happened, many broadcasters dropped the service because continuing to carry the service would mean that they would've needed to double the amount of E/I programming they carried.
Heh - well, the last time I saw The Tube, they didn't have commercials... but then again, the local broadcaster that carried it was one that dropped the service when faced with having to double the number of E/I programs they carried because of it.
It simply went black right after the Sopranos theme song video. Then we got station ID here in NYC, about 35 seconds later, a flash to an SD simulcast of the station, which then broke up and disappeared to black again then back to the simulcast then back to black then back to the simulcast, so I guess that's all folks.
It just died over here. We now have a very nice banner on the screen saying that other programming will occupy this channel soon.
The last song we saw was "A3 - Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)", which was the Sporanos theme song. The song finished, and the screen went black. Considering that's how the Sopranos series ended, someone over at The Tube clearly has a sense of humor about their closure .
The salient part of the E/I regulation is that over-the-air channels have to carry three hours per week of "educational/informational" programming for kids, with no real specified time slot (but the FCC might look askance at a station that's running their E/I programming at 2:00 A.M. Tuesday). Bicker, I think you're thinking of something different -- there are limits on the amount of commercial time allowed during children's programming, which are different for weekdays and weekends.
what a bummer... I kept switching to this channel yesterday whenever the football game was showing commercials. Little did I know it would be the last time.
Its a shame that a 'music' channel like MTV can be successful by showing trash reality shows, while a channel that tries to do it right by showing a wide variety of videos all the time dies so quickly.
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