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#171266 - 8th Sep 2007 9:54pm ABC1 Axed
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Originally Posted By: Digital Spy
ABC1, the general US entertainment channel from Disney, is to close down next month.

Speculation that the channel would be pulled from Disney's lineup of UK channels started earlier this week on the Digital Spy forums after edits to various articles on Wikipedia indicated that ABC1's demise was imminent. One forum member spotted a page edit that indicated advertisers had been informed that the station would be closing in October, which has now been confirmed.

ABC1 broadcasts from 6am to 6pm on digital terrestrial TV but 24 hours a day on other platforms. John Hardie, Walt Disney TV's executive VP and managing director in Europe, the Middle East and Africa told Broadcast that ABC1's "inability to get access to a Freeview primetime spectrum" and a corporate decision to "focus on the Disney brand" resulted in a decision "that it was best to move on."

At this stage it has not been confirmed what will happen with the slot occupied by ABC1 on Freeview, although discussion and speculation is already underway. The channel launched on September 27, 2004, initially only on Freeview. It later gained carriage on Telewest, NTL, and, in 2005, Sky.

Can't say im surprised tbh, its a shit channel.

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#171274 - 8th Sep 2007 10:24pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: MattLFC]
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gutted I watch it quite a bit of the gtime for old episodes of scrubs and 8 simple rules.

will it still stay on freeview?
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#171275 - 8th Sep 2007 10:28pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: BMW Joe]
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Its been axed Joe wink

They cant broadcast a channel on any platform that isnt in service lol.

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#171311 - 8th Sep 2007 11:24pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: MattLFC]
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Thank god for that.. What a shit channel that is.. Absolute Bullshit Channel (ABC tease ) sorry for lame line but seriously ive never ever watched it not even on VM..
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#174595 - 26th Sep 2007 11:06pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: SoundLad]
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ABC1 is going to be Virgin 1 as i think they have brought the bandwidth which occupied that channel so we have Richard Branson trying to pop his cherry on Freeview know damnn!!!!
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#174608 - 26th Sep 2007 11:33pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: SoundLad]
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i actually like it. for the same reason as joe. i discovered scrubs on it. only thing was the ads popped on every few mins and you would have to watch them to see the last 20seconds of the program you was getting into

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#174618 - 27th Sep 2007 12:02am Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: Wheels]
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If its Virgin 1 which starts

1st Oct 9pm
then it goes like this smile

21:00 Criminal Minds
22:00 The Riches
23:00 Penis Envy
00:00 Dog the Bounty Hunter

OMG later on it gets worse
GAME SHOW: Bullseye
Time: 04:40 to 05:05 (25 minutes long)

Then
DRAMA: Knight Rider

Well that's one Launch i'm not going to miss.
And i'm a VM Customer lol
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#174761 - 27th Sep 2007 7:15pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: Mark]
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you not the only one lol but think i might give that a miss but knight rider is on so will have to think raftl
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#174764 - 27th Sep 2007 7:44pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: Wheels]
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Originally Posted By: whelan
only thing was the ads popped on every few mins and you would have to watch them to see the last 20seconds of the program you was getting into


same here - really pisses me off the way they do the adverts mad

its like after the titles, then in the middle/towards the end.
just seems like ads evry 2 mins.

That Virgin 1 sounds shite, but if its showing knight rider constantly, I'll be hooked

Seriously, I'll delete every other channel on my freeview - Knight Rider rocks.
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#174769 - 27th Sep 2007 7:55pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: BMW Joe]
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5am Knight Rider frown
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#174775 - 27th Sep 2007 8:14pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: Mark]
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I'll be up at 4, had my breakfast, wide awake ready for the viewing of the mighty adventures of kitt and michael laugh
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#174780 - 27th Sep 2007 8:21pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: BMW Joe]
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Havent they got rid of Ftn to make way for this?? frown

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#174789 - 27th Sep 2007 8:46pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: MattLFC]
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not to sure mate i have not checked will have to look
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#174794 - 27th Sep 2007 8:52pm Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: fordsteve]
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I heard Virgin 1 was just taking all the good stuff off Ftn and then adding a bit of other stuff to it, to make the channel. (Ftn was owned by Flextech [Flextech Television Network] alongside the likes of Trouble and Living, who in turn were owned by Telewest, but since the merger with NTL its all Virgin Television now)

So Virgin 1 is supposed to be basically an uprated Ftn.

Shame though, Ftn is a very good channel, even if it is mainly old stuff they show, and I have a feeling that Virgin will wreck it by placing too much US shite on there.

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#174896 - 28th Sep 2007 1:30am Re: ABC1 Axed [Re: MattLFC]
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Digital Spy have an official report on it being pulled now:

Originally Posted By: Digital Spy
Disney has pulled general entertainment channel ABC1 off the air earlier than expected.

Previous reports had indicated that the channel would be pulled next month, but at noon today - 3 years exactly since it launched - ABC1 ceased broadcasting on cable, satellite and digital terrestrial.

The channel initially launched on Freeview but was unable to secure primetime broadcasting hours due to capacity constraints. It later became available on cable and, in 2005, Sky, but Disney executive VP and managing director for Europe John Hardie earlier this month cited a focus on the Disney, rather than ABC, brand as well as the lack of a primetime window on Freeview as reasons to close the channel.

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