AZN Television finally finished
Found this in my Email box this morning.
The management of AZN Television regrets to announce that the channel will be taken off the air effective April 9 at 12 p.m.
AZN was having difficulty gaining advertisers and distribution. After considerable review of the network’s financial situation, it was decided that it was no longer financially viable.
We thank you, our loyal viewers, for your support of AZN over the years. AZN has paved the way for Asian American television and wishes other media outlets success in creating compelling programming and fostering Asian American talent.
I thought AZN was finished some time ago after a similar announcement, and even wrote a letter to Comcast urging them to keep the channel after they were going to drop funding it. AZN limped on, providing my mother in law with a Sunday evening’s entertainment (the channel’s all Japan evening) when she was in town.
I can only guess why the channel failed financially. Likely one part of it is that they failed to capitalize on trends in the marketplace. i.e. failed to exploit the otaku’s desire for anime programming, failed to capitalize on the Japanese horror fad. Given the larger populations of Chinese and Korean Americans AZN was wise to focus on programming in these languages, however your typical white person (heh) is perhaps a bit more interested in Japanese cultural exports. But that’s partially me rooting for the home team.
There was also a lack of compelling original programming. The few original shows they aired were constantly repeated, as if they made only three episodes but aired them five times a week.
Even with the weaknesses, we will miss AZN, if for nothing else, Fujusankei news and the occasional surprise showing of Wong Kar Wei flicks.
I recall a news report about Comcast’s decaying HD picture quality due to compression of the signal in order to squeeeeeze as many HD channels into their feed as possible. I wonder if AZN wasn’t dropped in order to make room for HD?