The ever-changing scenery of entertainment has another wrinkle, this time in the form of political commentator Glenn Beck. Fans can look forward to seeing the conservative’s network TheBlaze TV, a 24-hour station, more than a year after he left Fox News, according to Alex Sherman.
Dishing Out Plenty of Changes
It wasn’t long ago that Dish Network caught a lot of fire for its feud with ACM Network. As Lauren Silverman reported, the station is well-known for its hit shows like “The Walking Dead”, “Breaking Bad”, and “Mad Men.”
As negotiations move on, perhaps AMC viewers won’t be out of their favorite shows for too long. After all, the highly-publicized standoff with Fox resolved after a month-long blackout of networks in Los Angeles, according to Company Town.
Yet, the latest news comes in the form of an addition. As of 5:00 ET, September 12, 20012, Sherman reports that TheBlaze TV can be found on channel 212. It’s part of a free preview for all Dish subscribers until September 26, and it’s available in Dish’s 250-channel package. Other subscribers can add the channel for five dollars a month.
According to Annie Rose Ramos, TheBlaze TV has reported that “many” big names in cable and satellite TV have looked at adding the station into its lineups. Beck himself has cited the revolutionary nature of its online presence, as well as his excitement to “bring the revolution back to traditional television.”
The Economy and Television Industry
Dish certainly is “dishing” out plenty of changes to its lineup. However, in order to keep subscriptions cost effective, Dish Network has certainly fought for fair prices and better channels for its customers.
In this day and age of television and the Internet, it is nothing new. After all, this segment is getting more competitive. Not only is a television provider like Dish under competition from cable and satellite networks, but they have to deal with the alternatives – streaming services and the trend of some networks to offer selections of shows online.
It isn’t difficult to point out other examples of channels being added to providers. For instance, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) debuted in 2011, another new network that can be examined from this perspective. Indeed, plenty of stations have added ammunition to television providers’ ability to offer more to customers.
Are such changes good for consumers? Viewed from the perspective of cost-effective plans, providers like Dish seem to have the right goal in mind. Otherwise, necessary price increases could give more reasons for customers to opt in other directions – a feat that is becoming more viable today.
The latest changes from Dish are indicative of the latest trends in the economic undertones of television. Similar to FOX, perhaps negotiations with AMC will result in good news for zombie lovers soon.
In the meantime, Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze TV will be a welcomed addition for millions of viewers – as his show averaged 1.95 million viewers in the first quarter of 2011, according to Sherman. Despite the controversies surrounding Glenn Beck–and Fox’s decision to part ways with him due to his extremist views–there is no question that there is still a huge audience for his unique brand of conservative punditry. It certainly fills a niche area that some customers will enjoy having in their package.