For the Second Time in 2017 a Major Cable Network is Shutting Down




It’s only February, and already a second major cable network is being shut down this year. This week it was announced Oxygen is being shut down and shows such as “Bad Girls Club,” “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop,” and “Battle of The Ex Besties” will be canceled.

NBCUniversal, the parent company behind Oxygen, made the announcement just a few weeks after it announced that the Esquire Network would also be shut down and moved online.

It seems NBCUniversal has decided that a crime-based channel would be a better use of its resources in what is becoming an ever competitive environment as cord cutting continues to take its toll on traditional cable TV networks.

Some shows will be saved such as “Snapped,” a very popular Oxygen true crime docu-drama, which will be moved over to the new network. This move also will fill a void left by Court TV’s rebranding to TruTV. Will the Court TV audience, after all these years, still be looking for a replacement to their lost Court TV channel?

This change will effect Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW as they all carry the Oxygen channel.

With two networks down in as many months the only question now is how many more networks will shut down in 2017 as cord cutting cuts deeper into the pocket books of major cable networks.

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