Cruiser/Lats and Atts TV
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
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We have our TV show "Latitudes & Attitudes" running every week on the Water Channel, so I can tell you a little bit about them. And no, this is not a Water Channel commercial nor do I work for them...
Currently, they are avaialable nationally on DISH Network (channel 217), and in various regional Time-Warner cable systems (northern Ohio and Minneapolis for example). They are being included on Time-Warner's basic cable lineup when a system is converted to digital, supposedly about a million homes a month, though we can't get them to let us know which ones in advance. They are negotiating, and have been for years, to get their network on DirecTV, Comcast, Charter, Cox, and other cable systems. As you can imagine, the more houses they are in, the more money they can charge for commercials, etc. So getting on those systems is a major priority for their business. Right now, they are in about 17 million homes across the country, and are one of the fastest growing networks in history. And they have only been broadcasting 24/7 since October.
Still... that means over 100 million homes do NOT get the Water Channel. If you want to get it on your TV, here's what we tell people wherever we go: call your cable company or DirecTV and tell them you want the Water Channel. Often! Believe me, these comapnies listen to what their subscribers want. If 1,000 people call in and request the "Sewing and Knitting Channel" and only 10 people call in requesting the Water Channel, guess which one they'll be more likely to carry?
I have DISH, and watch the network quite a bit - not just for our show, either! There are some pretty good shows, and some, well, stuff I'm not interested in, but that's the nature of just about any niche oriented TV network. However, I believe they will only get better.
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Last edited by Moonfish; 12-03-2006 at 08:54 PM.