Disney has cancelled ABC’s SOAPnet channel after 14 years of broadcasting shows such as “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital,” and “The Young and the Restless.” Last November, Disney made the official announcement the channel would no longer be on air as of the first of this year, although talks of dropping the channel have been on for a few years now as the network was poised to make room for more kids programming — namely the Disney Junior channel. SOAPnet aired current and past episodes of soap operas and TV dramas, with a large fan base of working viewers who were able to watch daytime soaps at night. As of August 2013, the channel was available in almost 60% of households with TV service.
“SOAPnet had a great run. It served an audience of super-soap fans,” said Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, back in November.
As of today, ABC only produces one soap opera, “General Hospital,” after a history of producing long-running shows such as “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Ryan’s Hope.”
Disney Junior, meanwhile, officially launched as a TV channel in March, 2012 and is available on DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, and most cable TV providers.
Source: LA Times