Cox is the latest pay TV provider to decide to drop Chiller, leaving the future of the horror-themed channel in serious doubt.
The cable operator has notified its subscribers that it will remove the NBC-owned Chiller from all system lineups on November 8.
Verizon dropped Chiller from all systems on October 1, while Charter and Dish removed it in February and April of this year respectively.
The Cox decision means that Chiller has lost access to more than 40 million homes in less than eight months. (Cox has roughly 4 million video subs; Dish has slightly less than 14 million; Charter has slightly less than 17 million; and Verizon has slightly less than 5 million.).
In addition, Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, still does not carry Chiller, although it owns the channel via NBC. (DIRECTV and U-verse are Chiller’s two biggest carriers.)
Shortly before Verizon dropped Chiller, The TV Answer Man asked NBC if the network is still committed to Chiller. A network spokesperson did not respond to our inquiry.
Today, we have asked NBC again for a comment and will report back here if we receive one.
Update: An NBC spokesperson issued this statement tonight:
“NBCUniversal values Chiller as the leading cable net dedicated to the horror genre.”
The spokesperson did not elaborate.
(Pictured above: All Cheerleaders Die, a movie that plays occasionally on the Chiller channel.)
— Phillip Swann