Q. It’s the scary season, but I can’t find the Chiller Channel anywhere in my DIRECTV lineup. Where is it?! I want to watch some Halloween movies. — Cheryl, Los Angeles.
Cheryl, I can’t tell you how many people have asked me about Chiller during the last few weeks. But 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 last January.
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? 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.
Based on the outpouring of e-mails I’ve received this month regarding Chiller, I suspect that it did very well in October, but not in the other months. So, Cheryl, despite the intensity of its hard-core horror fans, Chiller simply didn’t have enough viewers to stay in business.
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