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    Forums Shutdown

    As per the announcement posted at the top of the page, Randi and I have made the difficult decision to shut down the Channel Canada discussion forums. Unfortunately, activity on the forums has declined significantly in recent years and it is no longer worth it to continue to operate them. I wanted to thank all the members past and present who made this community a great place to be a part of. My journey with Channel Canada began here- as a lowly forum member, while there were ups and downs (with some discussions becoming quite heated at times), overall it was a great place to get together with others who shared a common interest in the media industry as well as just talking about our favourite TV series. I would especially like to thank the regulars (InMontreal, Lostjon, mtlguy, PokerFace, Donovan's Monkey, bigoranget, musimax, Test Pattern and LOSat) who stuck with the forums to the very end and have continued posting off and on, providing the boards with some activity.

    I would like to let everyone know that the threads that I have been posting regular updates to, will continue and are in the process of being migrated to the main site. They include:

    US Specialty TV Series Directory
    US Networks Programming Directories (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW)
    Sports Schedules

    TV on DVD lists (These are also currently available on Home Theater Forum and will continue to be updated there)
    Bell TV / Shaw Direct Missing Channel Comparison (I would be willing to continue to maintain this list on the main site, if there is enough interest)

    Thanks again to everyone who visited the Channel Canada Forums over the years and to those who became members and took part in discussions. We hope you will visit Channelcanada.com and continue to support our efforts to become the go-to site for Canadian TV and media news!

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    Sad to see it go, but most forums activities went down as social medias got more adopted. It was only a matter of time for this one to fade into sunset. The lack of interest into the 2020-2021 Upfronts was a pre-sign leading to this announcement.

    1) When are we saying goodbye?
    2) Is the whole forum gonna be locked from writing, leaving accessible archives for a while, or will it be wiped into a blackhole to never be seen again?

    Thanks to our admins, moderators, those who reported informations, those who published weekly scheduled per network, weekly canadian TV ratings, cable/satellite channel numbering from the past, commented on the new shows, launched debatable subjects, took time to explain how the industry works, made us laugh, shared their own playlist, and yes, even you the "does anyone know if...?" guy.
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    Sad to see the forums go. I always enjoyed checking out the posts. Already have you on my Facebook!

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    Sad to see it go, but most forums activities went down as social medias got more adopted. It was only a matter of time for this one to fade into sunset. The lack of interest into the 2020-2021 Upfronts was a pre-sign leading to this announcement.
    Thanks for the comments and for your contributions to the boards over the years.

    I am not really into the social media stuff, I am old school and enjoy these old style message boards but unfortunately times change and in instances like this you forced to change with them.

    Regarding the upfronts for this year, technically there weren't any as the pandemic has thrown everything into dissaray. I believe in years past they were usually mid-May so they probably would have taken place last week?! I have been monitoring US sites and most networks will only have 2 or 3 new series debuting- IF they are able to get anything filmed by then. Usually they have pilots filmed so the execs can go through and make decisions on what shows to pick up for the fall but this year that never happened so I think they made their decisions based on the premise of the show and any scripts that have been written. The CW will not be launching any of their shows (new and returning) until January 2021, their fall schedule will consist of acquisitions and reruns. Its going to be a weird Fall launch, I will be unveiling the fall preview section on the site soon- still waiting on NBC to report their fall preview info.


    1) When are we saying goodbye?
    2) Is the whole forum gonna be locked from writing, leaving accessible archives for a while, or will it be wiped into a blackhole to never be seen again?
    I am not sure when the forums will be shut down, Randi can answer that for you as he is the one that handles the technical side of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcelotto View Post
    Sad to see the forums go. I always enjoyed checking out the posts. Already have you on my Facebook!
    Thanks for the comments.

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    Channel Canada Forums has sadly been cancelled.

    Not sure when the final episode will air, but I hope my PVR successfully records it. It's been rumoured that the final episode will include hidden-camera footage of TVViewer's 2013 failed attempt at buying Channel Canada, InMontreal's sudden move to Calgary (where he opens a Calgary-Stampede-themed restaurant ... Gary's Horse Meat Corral), and a melodramatic subplot featuring Donovan's monkey (Marcel) recovering from an extreme case of Covid-19.

    I rarely care about cancellations, but this one hits close to the heart.

    Channel Canada itself is not dead, and the fond memories of past forum posts/threads will keep me smiling for many years to come.

    Channel Canada is changing the channel, but not the tune. Many of the familiar voices will soon vanish, but those that remain will surely continue to build from past strength.

    #Channelling Hope
    Warning: I'm not playing with a full deck.

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    I sorry to see the forum go WTF Randi
    Last edited by oggie; 05-23-2020 at 04:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PokerFace View Post
    ... and a melodramatic subplot featuring Donovan's monkey (Marcel) recovering from an extreme case of Covid-19...
    It hasn't had much of an impact on me, other than like most others I haven't gone anywhere not within walking distance for the last two and a half months, as there's nowhere to go.
    I actually wouldn't have been bothered by anyone who was posting and even being somewhat of a shill for a channel or network they worked for, as long as they weren't being ridiculously dishonest, obsessive, and petulant.

    It's completely understandable when any forum not being used much gets shut down -- particularly if it was losing money all this time. I think most of the ones I used were shut down years ago, and at least one bizarrely turned into a deplorable hiding place for revolting bigots who had been kicked out of everywhere else, despite it having absolutely nothing to do with the supposed subject of the forum.
    I think it's been about five years now since I dropped any kind of TV cable/IPTV subscription, yet I spend as much or more time in front of a screen. My internet provider (VMedia) allowed a brief free return of their basic IPTV channels recently, and I couldn't be bothered to use it other than looking to see if it was there.
    I only use Facebook on rare occasions, usually to ask a question of a business, and I have not joined Twitter, and won't.
    Last edited by Donovan's Monkey; 06-02-2020 at 01:17 PM.

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    Thanks you for all your comments! I'm sad to see it go too!


    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Sad to see it go, but most forums activities went down as social medias got more adopted. It was only a matter of time for this one to fade into sunset. The lack of interest into the 2020-2021 Upfronts was a pre-sign leading to this announcement.

    1) When are we saying goodbye?
    2) Is the whole forum gonna be locked from writing, leaving accessible archives for a while, or will it be wiped into a blackhole to never be seen again?

    Thanks to our admins, moderators, those who reported informations, those who published weekly scheduled per network, weekly canadian TV ratings, cable/satellite channel numbering from the past, commented on the new shows, launched debatable subjects, took time to explain how the industry works, made us laugh, shared their own playlist, and yes, even you the "does anyone know if...?" guy.
    I have no specific date for the shutdown, I wanted to give everyone a chance to say goodbye, but the ultimate deadline is when we renew our hosting contract in september as we scale down our hosting plan to reduce costs.

    The forums will remain partly available on webarchive:
    http://web.archive.org/web/*/discuss.channelcanada.com

    Thanks to everyone of you for being a member here, take care and I hope to see your on our FB page.
    Randi Dertzo
    Owner, http://www.channelcanada.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    Thanks you for all your comments! I'm sad to see it go too!




    I have no specific date for the shutdown, I wanted to give everyone a chance to say goodbye, but the ultimate deadline is when we renew our hosting contract in september as we scale down our hosting plan to reduce costs.

    The forums will remain partly available on webarchive:
    http://web.archive.org/web/*/discuss.channelcanada.com

    Thanks to everyone of you for being a member here, take care and I hope to see your on our FB page.
    I understand. But maybe you could just leave it on until then if there isn't any additonal cost for it staying on until your contract renews?

    I would like it if you could. I am sure they others would too.

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    Sure, I'll leave it on until we change our hosting plan. It's the least we could do for you guys! :)
    Randi Dertzo
    Owner, http://www.channelcanada.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    I wanted to give everyone a chance to say goodbye, but the ultimate deadline is when we renew our hosting contract in september.
    The end is near. :(

    Merci Randi pour la plateforme. Thanks everyone for the debates, predictions, lists, TV & providers news, the agree-to-disagree-ments, the sometimes ridiculousness, and everything in between.
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    Thanks for hosting us over the years. Even if the participation has decreased over the last while it has been fun.
    LOSat

 

 

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