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Topic # 57300 9-Feb-2010 07:57
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Just noticed this press release on the Sky website, Travel Channel starts May 1st.

http://www.skytv.co.nz/media-releases-current.aspx

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  Reply # 297293 9-Feb-2010 08:27
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More crap. What ever happened to getting a sciFi channel.?? Seems like another channel for the female population.. Can't even got them to put NASA TV on when there's a launch..




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  Reply # 297388 9-Feb-2010 14:39
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oh great, more s__t. Sky haven't launched a decent channel in months. Another low bandwidth high re-run channel for Sky to tick some boxes in their annual report.


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  Reply # 297407 9-Feb-2010 15:43
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I like travel shows. I will watch it and no I'm not female.

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  Reply # 297434 9-Feb-2010 17:31
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old3eyes: More crap. What ever happened to getting a sciFi channel.?? Seems like another channel for the female population.. Can't even got them to put NASA TV on when there's a launch..


fox news showed the new space shuttle launch live  a couple days ago

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  Reply # 297581 10-Feb-2010 07:38
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old3eyes: More crap. What ever happened to getting a sciFi channel.?? Seems like another channel for the female population.. Can't even got them to put NASA TV on when there's a launch..


Only four more launches and then that's it for that Shuttle program and that last one was the last nightime launch as well. Yeah, we always watch the launches on Fox news channel, great video.

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  Reply # 297585 10-Feb-2010 08:14
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I am sure the new travel channel is perfect for all of the unemployed, who do not want a job, but happily take handouts to pay for their sky subscrption so they can watch TV all day.

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  Reply # 298026 11-Feb-2010 17:07
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Old3Eyes, my wife is female (proof is she's been pregnant twice) and she loves sci-fi. Got all the Star Trek movies and read 135 sci-fi novels in the past year. But yes, most of those programmes are focused on housewifes.

Stuff like travel channel is cheaper because the places they visit pays for their stay.

So why on earth would they put it on channel 77 which is where documentaries are? Surely should have been 15 or there abouts.




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  Reply # 298655 13-Feb-2010 15:42
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So why on earth would they put it on channel 77 which is where documentaries are? Surely should have been 15 or there abouts.


True, I would have seen the Travel Channel comparable to The Living Channel, since they also have travel stuff there. Would be curious to see what Travel has to offer though...

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  Reply # 298840 14-Feb-2010 12:52
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Well, when someone posted a question a few weeks ago about what additional channels would be useful, I did suggest a Tourism channel - useful stuff for tourists whilst sitting in their hotel units deciding on what to go and do.
I'd be quite interesting in checking out places I haven't seen before - as long as they don't promote these weekly stays for thousands of dollars. Day trips on the cheap :-)
Stuff like promoting the Waitaks ( in Auckland) - the new Sir Ed Track for example, or the Watercare pipeline tram, etc. Wine trails are useful. As are ferry trips to the Hauraki gulf islands. Doesn't have to be much, just some nice vids, times, approx costs, etc




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  Reply # 298844 14-Feb-2010 13:02
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SepticSceptic: Well, when someone posted a question a few weeks ago about what additional channels would be useful, I did suggest a Tourism channel - useful stuff for tourists whilst sitting in their hotel units deciding on what to go and do.
I'd be quite interesting in checking out places I haven't seen before - as long as they don't promote these weekly stays for thousands of dollars. Day trips on the cheap :-)
Stuff like promoting the Waitaks ( in Auckland) - the new Sir Ed Track for example, or the Watercare pipeline tram, etc. Wine trails are useful. As are ferry trips to the Hauraki gulf islands. Doesn't have to be much, just some nice vids, times, approx costs, etc

It would be great if this new channel turned out as you suggest SS.  But, I fear it is just another import.

Here is some of the blurb from Sky's website:

Travel Channel, on SKY Digital channel 77, will provide viewers with quality programming on all aspects of the travel experience, from luxury getaways to backpacking adventures. The new channel will not only provide practical advice in selecting and planning real holidays but will also allow viewers to just sit back and enjoy experiencing fascinating places in the company of engaging presenters from all across the world. It is a ‘must see’ for those with a desire to venture beyond their front door.
Since its launch in London in 1994, Travel Channel has grown to serve cable and satellite audiences across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, transmitting on 20 satellites in 18 languages. The deal with SKY Television makes the channel’s entertaining and inspirational mix of programmes available in New Zealand for the first time.

Nothing there gives any mention of locally-produced content.  If it were so, you can guarantee that Sky wouldn't be "giving it away" to subscribers of the basic package.  They would be charging extra for it, as they do with the Arts Channel, and the Country Channel, both of which carry local content.





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  Reply # 298899 14-Feb-2010 18:19
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I too, wish they would drop this idea and try to source the SciFi channel instead. That is the one I really want.

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  Reply # 298960 15-Feb-2010 05:32
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JimmyH: I too, wish they would drop this idea and try to source the SciFi channel instead. That is the one I really want.


JimmyH, you should take a look at the channel lineup on SyFy.  Its plenty of reruns and even the original series have the same episode repeated 10 times in a week.  Its less entertaining than I thought it would be and actually quite disappointing.

Check out SyFy's website to see the schedule.

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  Reply # 298971 15-Feb-2010 08:34
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Unfortunately SyFy has gone to the dogs since they changed it's name and programming..




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  Reply # 298973 15-Feb-2010 08:40
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Change of ownership maybe?

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  Reply # 298976 15-Feb-2010 08:50
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ockel: Change of ownership maybe?


No.  Still owned by NBC..




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