01-02-2012 09:22 AM
First, does OWN HD exist?
Second, it's all about $$$ and available bandwidth. Everybody wants every channel, and all of them in HD, but don't want to pay extra for them.
01-10-2012 10:23 PM
This doesnt answer why, but....
OWN transmits broadcasts in both standard-definition resolution (480i) and high-definition resolution (1080i). AT&T, Dish Network, Cablevision and Bright House currently carry the channel in high definition in all their markets, with Charter Communications, Cox, and Time Warner Cable carrying the HD feed of the channel only in some of their markets.
03-21-2012 06:17 PM
The question is: Will OWN survive? They just laid off 20% of their staff. Viewership is only slighly higher than the previous Discovery Health. Discovery, which is part owner, is taking more control.
03-21-2012 06:25 PM
If you watched the Oprah's next chapter Lady GaGa interview, that's the type of quality that will start making OWN popular. That interview was absolutely amazing. It just sucked that I had to watch it in blurry standard definition. I'm totally hooked on Oprah's Next Chapter after that.
03-21-2012 11:40 PM
some one should ask before im censored, would you pay?....read my topic i started "would you pay, for this concept".... maybe own HD could happen, maybe other hd channels could happen too... if enough people got behind it.
03-22-2012 04:12 PM
Yes, OWN has been in the news lately...
03-22-2012 04:31 PM - edited 03-22-2012 04:32 PM
Not that I watch the network, but I've often wondered if the OWN being carried in HD in so few markets has anything to do with its ratings being so poor.
03-22-2012 04:35 PM - edited 03-22-2012 04:48 PM
In order to be successful OWN needs to ramp up original programming instead of airing shows that have previously appeared on OTHER Discovery networks.
Last night was 3 hours of 48 Hours Mystery, which were re-packaged for TLC. This afternoon is several hours of I Escaped:Real Prison Breaks originally aired on Investigation Discovery. Tomorrow will be a full night of On The Case With Paula Zahn-again on ID originally.
Some of the shows within the next week (and the network that originally aired them) will be Unusual Suspects (ID), more On The Case With Paula Zahn and more 48 Hours Mystery, Police Women of Broward County (TLC). Movies include Prince of Tides and Philadelphia.
In the next couple of weeks it will begin showing new episodes of Welcome to Sweetie Pie's (reality which I didn't watch) and 2 new reality shows Beverly's Full House and Leave it to Niecy, both reality shows.
What the network needs is something of substance to draw in and retain viewers.
I was one who looked forward to the network. It didn't take me long to realize it didn't live up to the promotion hype. I rarely watch it.
Police Women and the ID shows I saw when they first aired on their respective networks.
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03-22-2012 06:29 PM
It's a bit of a Catch-22. Comcast probably wouldn't want to make room for an HD version unless there are enough viewers. But then HD might slightly increase viewers. Otherwise, they would have to lower the carriage fee they charge to make it more profitable for Comcast to carry it (or at least move it to Starter.)
12-24-2012 08:55 AM
There probably wouldn't be a charge for the channel itself. If you get OWN in SD, and they add HD, you would automatically get it as long as you have HD equipment and are paying the HD Technology Fee.
01-27-2013 07:54 PM
Will OWN ever be in HD on Comcast?
Just watch the shows from their web site.
Interesting, but she doesn't always post every episode to watch online. You can't watch the Lance Armstrong interview right now for exmaple. I'd rather come home and know my DVR recorded Oprah the day it's released as well. HD please! Oprah has some of the biggest interviews ever and it's really sad to watch it in grainy SD. Her network is much more important and entertaining than a lot of other HD chanels I'll never watch.
06-20-2013 12:19 PM
I, too, would like OWN in HD. The OWN interviews and programming has improved greatly and needs to be in HD. There are dozens of HD channels I get that I have never viewed (Tucson, AZ). OWN is the only channel that I still have to watch in SD. Please listen to us Comcast / Xfinity TV.
08-12-2013 02:53 AM - edited 08-12-2013 02:55 AM
Just watched the Lee Daniels' The Butler in lame-o Standard Definition.
Like it was stated above, OWN is the ONLY channel I watch in SD, feels like blast from the past every time. (soft-fuzzy, cropped black bars, yuck)
You don't even offer full episodes ondemand :-(
The clips you offer are full screen & near HD quality.
I'm really frustrated that we cant' watch the actual show in high quality HD
We've all had HD for so long now, that being forced to watch something in SD is like have to watch something in black & white instead of color. (night and day difference)
08-30-2013 03:56 AM
09-01-2013 07:27 PM - edited 09-01-2013 07:28 PM
She's profitable, bring on HD!
Winfrey Revels In Own Profitability, Ratings
"Oh my God, worst hairdo ever," exclaims Oprah Winfrey, catching sight of her 1990s talk-show self on an OWN office TV showing "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" But she glances approvingly at another monitor showing a Tyler Perry sitcom.
While the talk show - hair aside - represents the glory days of Winfrey’s past, Perry’s "The Haves and the Have Nots" is part of a brightening future for the Oprah Winfrey Network.
OWN is in the black for the first time since its rocky start two-and-a-half years ago. More than 30 new advertisers are joining original heavyweight sponsors Procter & Gamble and General Electric, and are paying higher rates as the channel has found its programming and distribution footing.
Headlines about profitability and audience growth have replaced the drumbeat of speculation that her ambitious venture with Discovery Communications might end up a costly flop and an uncharacteristic failure for her.
Now, she says, "rewarding" is the word for her experience at OWN, both as the chairwoman and CEO shaping the channel and as a viewer lodestone who hosts several series including "Oprah’s Next Chapter" and "Oprah’s Lifeclass."
"I no longer have such fear and anxiety about it. I really have more confidence in my decisions," Winfrey said. "In the beginning, I was in a lot of meetings where people said, `You don’t understand cable.’ ... I’d say, `But I do understand the audience. Aren’t people the same?’"
The answer is yes, says Winfrey, who’s enjoying a career renaissance with OWN’s turnaround and her return to big-screen acting in "Lee Daniels’ The Butler," No. 1 at the box office for two weeks with more than $50 million in tickets sales.
Her confidence in OWN also is backed up by numbers.
For the year to date, viewership is up 22 percent among the target audience of adult women and 23 percent among all viewers compared to last year, according to Nielsen Co. In the third quarter, prime-time viewership among women 25 to 54 and total viewers each are up more than 60 percent compared to 2012.
For August, OWN drew a channel-high 536,000 prime-time viewers, a fraction of the millions that watched Winfrey’s talk show but respectable for a developing cable channel.
Instead of defending staff layoffs and early misses including Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show, Winfrey and her executive team can wax passionate about OWN’s audience empowerment mission, nascent stars including motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant and upbeat series like the newly announced reality show "Crazy.Sexy.Life." The network will also feature fresh-out-of-rehab Lindsay Lohan in an eight-part docuseries based on her life.
"They are finally hitting their stride and the expectations the network had when it was launched are finally starting to be reached," said analyst Brad Adgate of Horizon Media. "Oprah is back to being part of the conversation."
It was those early expectations that put immense pressure on the former daytime queen and on Discovery, which has invested a reported $500 million-plus in the venture that it co-owns with Winfrey’s Harpo Inc.
Back in January 2011, OWN’s splashy introduction failed to drive early ratings, and skeptics gained more fuel with March 2012 staff layoffs that were billed as eliminating redundancies between Discovery and Harpo.
It was painful but necessary, said OWN President Erik Logan, who shares the title with Sheri Salata. The pair also lead Harpo Productions, which produces an increasing number of OWN shows.
"It was some of the harshest and darkest moments certainly Sheri and myself have ever gone through, and I think from Oprah’s perspective," Logan said. "I’m not going to say it (the criticism) was unfair, but there was no shortage of people who wanted to line up and say it was over."
Without the cutbacks, he said, "we would not be having the conversation about profitability today."
The channel’s profile got major boosts from Winfrey’s interviews with Whitney Houston’s daughter, Lance Armstrong and Lohan. They were neon-bright proof that OWN could be a platform for Winfrey the confessor, a role she played to great effect on "The Oprah Show" in its 25-year run.
In March 2012, when more than 3 million people tuned in to hear Bobbi Kristina Brown talk about the late Houston, it "was a very significant event for us, because what it really showed was if you get the content right, people will find you," Logan said.
The deal to bring Perry shows including "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love They Neighbor" was another positive jolt, while the success of "Iyanla: Fix My Life" showed Winfrey she could be the marquee name at OWN but share the stage with others of like mind.
"We are constantly in the process of looking for other people who carry the same heartfelt desire to convey the message in such a way that it really improves people’s lives," she said.
Greater numbers of African-American viewers discovered the network first and are a key part of OWN’s current and future success, he and Winfrey said. But "all are welcome," added Winfrey, whose talk show was known for its broad appeal and who said she intends OWN to follow the same path.
At the end of a recent workday that included a four-hour OWN staff meeting, Winfrey said she plans to make time for more film projects, including a producing role on a Steven Spielberg project, "The Hundred Foot Journey."
But building OWN is her priority for the foreseeable future.
"I didn’t know how difficult it would be and how long it would take me to get to the point where I could at least see that this is the reason I did this," Winfrey said. "I can actually say wow, what an incredible journey and landing I had."
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