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Oprah's New Cable Channel Already Pissing Off Fans

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Just one day after the launch of Oprah Winfrey's new cable channel OWN, fans flooded her website with messages complaining over the new cable fees that they will have to pay to add her channel to their TV lineup.

Some of the angry messages included:

"Cannot believe Oprah would launch a new show on a cable channel that is not part of the basic service."

"She will be losing some of her most loyal fans because they either do not have cable or they have basic cable. I have basic cable and do not plan on changing my cable service."

"Oprah has lost me as I am sure many other people. Too bad that she didn't look into a channel that would serve everyone."

"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to watch Oprah (whom I love). I cannot afford to pay the extra monthly fee."

Regardless of the complaints, we still think Oprah's new channel will be a success.

Did U watch the launch of OWN this past weekend?

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50 comments to “Oprah's New Cable Channel Already Pissing Off Fans”

  1. 1

    I'm sure for Oprah's advertisers, if you can't afford the extra fee than you aren't wanted to begin with. Oprah's "favorite things" episode is always a huge commercial and the stuff on there is always for a demographic that can afford expanded cable.

  2. 2

    I watched it and I loved it. I enjoyed looking at the previews and the upcoming shows. Well done O!

  3. 3

    UMMMMM, OWN took over Discovery Health - all these people who are complaining are complaining about Oprah taking over a network they didn't have anyway. I don't know of a television provider that ADDED a channel to create OWN, all the ads even said it was taking over discovery health. Its on basic cable in my area and I wish they had taken over a different station or created a new one. I liked discovery health.

  4. 4

    I'll be very honest, I dont care for Oprah and her self-indulgent projects such as this. However, I did tune in to the channel launch special, and the only show introduced that was mildly tempting to watch was Lisa Ling's Our America. The rest was filler - and had Oprah written all over it. I think this may go down as a huge mistake in the Oprah brand…..but if it works, more power to her.

  5. 5

    I think the channel will fail because she doesn't have any good shows. If I see one more show about cleaning up clutter I might die. I did watch the Miracle Detectives, and all the host do is disagree, boooooring.

  6. 6

    I watch it and LOVE it!!!

  7. 7

    Don't have cable. Everything I want to watch I can for free on the internet :) But i think Oprah's amazing. She'll do fine.

  8. 8

    some people are ignorant to the way cable networks operate. first off, OWN is partially owned by discovery communications. so they had to give up one of their channels to move network in. How many of these people were actually watching discovery health? probably none of y'all. so think about it, the people that could afford it to have the expanded cable package is probably those individuals that are willing to pay for those type of channels. why should she cater to an audience that can't afford her favorite things? i hope these people weren't dumb enough to believe that she would also be among the bigger networks such as TBS that usually comes with basic cable.

  9. 9

    I'll never watch it. I can't stand Oprah. She's a stuckup self-righteous bitch. I like Lily Allen though. Right now I'm listening to her song "Not Fair." Not bad. I didn't listen to her before because I thought she was another stupid rapper. Lily is better than Amy Wino.

  10. 10

    I stopped watching Oprah a long time ago.. so sick of her.. I always see her helping in areas outside of the United States and that is disgusting.. why not help the homeless, schools, poverty in the country that made her rich!!

  11. 11

    They should be complaining to their cable provider, not Oprah.
    In my area, and most, OWN is free. If they want to watch the channel so badly, maybe they should switch to a cable provider that won't charge them extra for what the rest of us get with basic cable for no extra charge.

  12. 12

    I can't believe she would premiere a channel that's not in HD either. I won't be watching, and fans aren't missing out.

  13. 13

    Re: Camycam – You are so right!

  14. 14

    ugh i have it and don't care. i just peeked and 20% of the programming is dr phil reruns alone. what a great reminder of the losers she's promoted over the years. skip.

  15. 15

    I think the channel lineup depends on where you live. I know people with basic cable and have the channel.

  16. 16

    Not surprised.
    I didn't think it would be part of basic cable. If that's the case, she might as well stayed on ABC.
    I only have basic cable, no special channels at all. I don't watch Oprah so I don't care. Her fans need to move on.

  17. 17

    SO PISSED about this! I LOVE the Discovery Health Channel, not a fan of Oprah. Discovery Health is one of the few channels that has actual shows where you can use your brain a little.

  18. Ang M says – reply to this


    Peggy Bundy finally got the internet?

  19. tasha says – reply to this


    I HATE it. Discovery Health was my favorite channel. I watched it all the time and now I have this crappy channel from Oprah in place of it.

  20. 20

    Why have OWN network when her show will end later this year?

  21. 21

    I have a pretty basic cable package and am able to watch OWN. If someone has a old tv with an adapter and no basic cable service, then Boo F'n WHoooo

  22. 22

    I can't believe people can be such idiots–including Perez Hilton! Oprah doesn't have any control over which channels go into the basic cable package for a particular cable company. That's up to the cable company and Perez should have pointed that out (maybe he just doesn't know that simple fact?). Add to that the fact that this new network IS ON BASIC CABLE in many locations and on many cable companies. So the complaints these people are making to Oprah don't make any sense at all. They should be complaining to their own cable companies.

  23. 23

    When I put in my zip code it isn't there and can not be had even if paid for. Not available. Have cable but guess Oprah didn't have the pull down here in southern MS. Didn't she grow up in MS?

  24. 24

    this is such a disaster. I am obsessed with discovery health and now I'm having to watch Bridalplasty to get my fill of surgery shows. Ugh.

  25. 25

    She wants more money. Ughh, I hate her now.

  26. 26

    Of course you went negative…of course, you can't stop yourself can you?

  27. 27

    Re: laythisdown – Of course, networks have some control over what goes into the local channel lineups. In fact, some of them - like Lifetime - negotiate HARD to get into basic packages.

  28. 28

    it must be just the area that they live in because i get it with my basic cable package. The OWN network has been great so far, just can't wait till september when Rosie O'Donnell's talk show starts!

  29. 29

    Re: brainsnbeauty

    I agree this WAS my fav channel, now its just crap..

  30. 30

    I'm more pissed of she took over discovery health. The one channel that was actually educational and interesting turned into another TLC-esque station. She should have taken over one of the MTV channels, there are like a million.

  31. 31

    I'm just mad that OWN replaced Discovery Health.

  32. 32

    If Oprah loses fans, then that's her "OWN" fault for being a snob. LOL

  33. 33

    there when the comcast bills the most, a recipe for cost efficient dinner, franks and beans for new expanded basic customers, each month add different stuff like those of you with cider vineager, or those with no ketchup right now…

  34. 34

    There are so many network and cable shows to choose from so I don't kmow if people want to pay extra to watch her shows.

  35. 35

    oop - red wine vineager, that's what i had

  36. 36

    Re: chewy styrofoam edible candyman – the comcast, i would not say the comcast as a former subscriber, they ruined it. you didn't even write it

  37. 37

    The OWN network will fail. There's too many other channels that have much more interesting shows on than what Oprah is offering. Oprah will still rake in her millions though.

  38. 38

    They ain't missing out on much. Its a boring ass channel now. Bring back Discovery Health!!!!!!!

  39. 39

    I'm pretty sure many who complain about the price of cable spend a small fortune yearly on beer and cigarettes. It comes down to priorities.

  40. 40

    She's been saying that it's replacing the "Discovery Health" channel for TWO YEARS now. I thought the network was thought provoking and incredibly educational.

  41. 41

    Re: chewy styrofoam edible candyman – could you be any weirder?

  42. 42

    Is it really true that to subscribe to OWN one has to buy a more expensive cable package? I hope I misunderstood. That would eliminate not only a large fan base but a certain demographic, largely women. In order to have her show succeed Oprah has to continue, as I thought she always has, to ensure all voices are heard. Or did I misunderstand that too?

  43. 43

    Re: Tink66

    I agree with you! I am sick of people like Oprah and others using another persons misfortunes as a tax write off, sure they get help out of it, but these fuckin rich people are LOADED especially Oprah, she could buy a third world country if she really wanted to. Next I can see it watch, Oprah buys africa for 200 Billion promises to turn it into USA

  44. 44

    I was not happy when I found out that Oprah was taking over Discovery Health. I enjoyed a lot of the shows on that channel and hope that Discovery finds a new place for them. I could care less about Oprah and her "own the world attitude". I don't watch her show and don't really care to.

  45. 45

    Re: Camellia – Camellia, I was pissed about that too. Most of the Discovery Health shows are now on a channel called FitTV. I could care less about her stupid channel- give me back Dr. G and Trauma: Life in the ER!

  46. 46

    do you honestly thinks that she cares ??? did you expect her to select a channel based on what you want or can afford ? get a life, either buck up and get the cable or find another show to watch. It's not all about you !

  47. 47

    Re: Tink66 – BRAVO !!!!!! I asked the same thing many times

  48. 48

    Re: verucas – What are you talking about? I live in Chicago and have ATT U-Verse. It comes in HD and the channel is free. Not sure what everyone is bitching about. My friend has Comcast and she also gets the channel for free and it comes in HD.

  49. 49

    Re: agreenwald2008 – I agree! It's great. I love the Dr. Berman show, All-Stars, Behind the Scenes and Miracle Detectives.

  50. 50

    Re: Gracie 2004 – No. I live in Chicago and have AT&T U-Verse and I get it for free in my basic cable package. The HD is included too.