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  •  Oprah *has* a cable channel (6+ / 0-)

    It is Discovery Life, and will be rebranded as "The Oprah Winfrey Network" (OWN) in 2011.

    However, it will remain part of the Discovery Networks, which means that she will have the clout of a larger group to ensure that OWN gets good carriage deals.

    Were Oprah to actually buy and operate an independently controlled network, she would end up get shafted by the cable companies big time -- when you only have a single network, your negotiating position is just awful.  As an example of this, look at Mark Cuban's experiences with getting distribution for his HDNet and HDNet Movies -- despite being first to offer full-time HD programming and having a devoted fan based for his channels, they have some of the worst distribution of any major HD channels.

    And Mark Cuban isn't exactly a little guy.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 06:59:44 AM PST

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