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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:16 AM   #11

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True, but, a private television station has to maximize profit on every hour they broadcast. It may be cheap to produce, but it's taking one of those hours, when they could be showing Hillbilly Bachelor or like that, and making more money.

The internet is better suited to intelligent documentary, that or public television. Private cable channels can't really do it. They tried, they failed. At least they gave it a shot and that's all that can be asked.
Joking aside, this is a fair assessment.
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True, but, a private television station has to maximize profit on every hour they broadcast. It may be cheap to produce, but it's taking one of those hours, when they could be showing Hillbilly Bachelor or like that, and making more money.

The internet is better suited to intelligent documentary, that or public television. Private cable channels can't really do it. They tried, they failed. At least they gave it a shot and that's all that can be asked.
Well put. And for every freelance submission that had potential, staff at History channel would have to deal with a lot of duds. After awhile they'd likely get burned out.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #13
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I use to love to watch the history shows and documentaries but now it seems like almost their entire lineup is of reality tv shows than history. every time i turn it on its Pawn stars, American restoration, swamp people, American pickers, Ice Road Truckers, Counting Cars, Paid programing and so on.I mean what happened these shows can be entertaining sometimes but its not history even when they show something half way decent its around 3or 4 on a weekday while everyone is at work

anyone else notice this
I had it for few days and quit it.

Swedish Viasat History is bit better.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #14

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While it is true that it's not that awesome when it comes to actual history, it's still quite entertaining.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #15
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How about military history channel? It's seems pretty OK... Only military documentaries there. I no longer even bother to switch the original HC...
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Old June 30th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #16

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I had this same discussion with my husband the other day. We were looking through some programmes that were available on demand and all the history channel could offer was reality TV of one form or another.
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Old July 1st, 2013, 10:26 AM   #17

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I agree with everyone's assessments of the recent shows on History. While some are really quite entertaining (like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, American Restoration, Counting Cars) and I can see how some of them have a little bit of history speckled in. However, it does get kind of annoying that History has kind of stopped with their specials and documentaries as those were the main reason I started watching the History channel regularly.
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Now, History Channel is only in name only. Their recent shows, Pawn Stars, Counting Cars, American Picker barely has to do with any history. I sure wish they can put up more documentaries.

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The "History" Channel lost the right to call themselves the History Channel a long time ago. They reached the pinnacle of ridiculousness when they aired Ancient Aliens.
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I dont watch it anymore
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