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.
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