Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

On Friday, November 8, Soap Opera Network reported that SOAPnet, now the old way to watch soaps, would cease operation on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 ET. In a piece by the Los Angeles Times, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said, “SOAPnet had a great run.” He added, “It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running.” The affiliates Pyne refers are the cable and satellite operators including DirecTV and Cablevision, et al that have kept the cable network on their channel listings whether a new deal with Disney and the carriers was signed or not.

During the height of its run, SOAPnet aired same day episodes of “All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live,” “Port Charles” and “The Young and the Restless” at night. Of those soaps, only “DAYS” and “GH” are the sole remaining currently produced soaps airing on the network’s primetime lineup. “PC” was canceled in 2003, “AMC” in 2011 and “OLTL” finished its network run in 2012. “Y&R” moved from SOAPnet to TVGN in July.

When asked to comment on where “DAYS” might land now that SOAPnet will soon be out of the picture, a representative for the show said, “As of now, we don’t have any news.” Meanwhile, “GH” is expected to now air solely on ABC and ABC.com (and to a lesser extent Hulu.com) beginning in January 2014, barring any deal announcement with a cable network.

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  • Vle045

    I would love to find GH on Hulu. Without SoapNet, no need for cable!

  • Ghonhulu

    Vle045 Gh has been on Hulu for some time now.

    • debbieap

      I never seen General Hospital on hulu

  • Billy Vick

    NBC has so many other “owned” networks, I PRAY they will come up with some way to air at least one repeat broadcast later in the same day. IF NOT when NBC NEWS interrupts to say the President has expelled gas & then analysizes it for 20 minutes, HOW WILL WE EVER SEE THOSE PRECIOUS minutes we missed?

  • debbieap

    it pisses me off what Disney is doing to soap net fk this new toddler aren’t there enough of baby shows on tv wish some other network would buy soap net

  • georgie

    Not please with this at all

  • Lisa

    So disappointed that SoapNet will be gone. That’s all I watch at night if I miss my shows Days & GH. Even love the old reruns of 90210 etc. So disappointed!!!

  • Lisa

    I know that the soaps can be watched on the internet but I LOVED watching it on my big flat screen tv. I hope someone on here posts a new place to watch DAYS as I saw there is a new place to watch GH. I hope Disney changes their mind!

  • Miss 90210

    I am very unhappy with the decision to turn Soapnet into Disney Jr. Their are PLENTY baby boomers like me who WANTED Soapnet and watched it OFTEN! “90210″ was a 1990s show that many middle aged people now like to watch. Taking Soapnet off the air is a huge mistake, and doesnt make sense, given how many middle aged people watch Soapnet shows.