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What Happened to the Chiller Channel?

Q. I’m a big fan of the Chiller Channel, but I can’t find it on DIRECTV anymore. Did they get rid of it? I hope not because it had the best horror films anywhere! — Karen, Topeka, Kansas.

Karen, I’m sorry to inform you that the Chiller Channel isn’t on DIRECTV anymore. Or on any TV service, for that matter. NBC, which owned the horror-themed channel, decided to terminate it on January 1, 2018.

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I’ve heard from many Chiller fans like yourself that they miss the channel’s lineup of low-budget horror films, old TV shows and original fare such as Slasher.

So, why did NBC get rid of it?

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The short answer, of course, is money. Chiller, which launched in 2007, was once carried by several TV operators including DIRECTV, Dish, Charter/Spectrum and Cox. However, in the months leading up to Chiller’s closing, Dish, Charter and Cox all decided to remove the channel from their lineups.

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Shortly before its closing date, DIRECTV and AT&T’s U-verse were the only major providers to offer the channel.

In the TV business, if a channel isn’t carried by multiple pay TV services, it doesn’t make money. And if a channel doesn’t make money, it’s history.

This has become a trend in the television industry. Niche channels such as Chiller are having an increasingly difficult time finding a place in cable and satellite lineups.


The cable and satellite operators are tightening their belts due to the growing defection of  subscribers who are weary of pay TV’s rising monthly bills. Consequently, the cable and satellite services are less likely to pay carriage fees for niche channels which have relatively small audiences. Instead, the pay TV operators save their carriage money for high-profile channels which are viewed by more people.

Despite the intensity of its fan base, Karen, Chiller simply didn’t have enough viewers to stay in business.

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8 Comments on What Happened to the Chiller Channel?

  1. CCI had it to last minute I think.

  2. basically cord cutters kill the niche

  3. Cord cutters wouldn’t have to cut the cord if it wasn’t for the greedy networks and cable and satellite services. I am cutting my cord to Spectrum which use to be Charter and I have been with them since 1997, over 20 yrs. My first bills back in 97 was like $50,00 now even with a bundle that is suppose to save you money I am paying $264.00. It just keeps going up. Streaming is the way to go now.

  4. Why can’t Chiller just have a stand alone app with on demand and live tv? I would pay $5 a month for it.

  5. Well geez direct TV now needs to remove it from its channels lineup it’s July 2018 and it shows up as an active channel. It’s frustrating because I actually got a big package because of that channel.

  6. Amanda Andrew // July 18, 2018 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    To Chiller fans like me. Now I’m still researching but so far I’ve been told you can find chiller on Directv Now app and Playstation vue. So i will be looking into it all, maybe you guys can too. Man I hope I find chiller again. I love the chiller channel, I so wish charter will bring it back! Anyhow, good luck.

  7. I like the Chiller Channel why you took down off Cox Cable it was good that why I got Cox Cable to watch it. Put back on the channel 368

  8. Why not put chiller as a side channel like laff or me tv so those of us fans of it can still watch it. It was nd is 10 times better than Syfy. I think Syfy SUCKS

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