Time Warner Cable drops Ovation

By Kristen Spicker,

As the year wraps up, most television networks are preparing for season finales and premieres, but art channel Ovation is planning its future after being canceled by Time Warner.

As of Dec. 31 Time Warner will no longer carry the channel, so any fans better start TiVo-ing.

“Ovation is among the poorest performing networks, and is viewed by less than 1% of our customers on any given day,” Time Warner said, according to Deadline. “We’ve paid more than $10 million in carriage fees to Ovation over the past several years. They’ve had ample opportunity to improve the ratings and the content, and have failed to deliver.”

Time Warner also cited that Ovation is not as arts-friendly as that channel claims, stating that 70 percent of Ovation’s schedule is old movies, repeats of Antique Road Show, unrelated infomercial and repeats of other television program from other broadcast networks.

“Time Warner Cable's main rationale for dropping Ovation is economics and the growing cost of programming," Bad Samuels, Ovation’s executive vice president of content distribution said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "While they are investing huge amounts in sports programming, they've chosen to limit their customers' viewing options by cutting the only arts network in their lineup.”

But Ovation might not be the only channel to receive the axe. Time Warner identified Current TV, Hallmark Movie Channel, IFC and WE tv as channels with small audiences that could be canceled “in the near future.”

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