The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) promises fans of The Queen of Daytime Dish “All O, All the Time.” Of course, someone forget to mention that 24 hours of programming produced and inspired by television’s richest woman is gonna cost ya!
On Saturday, OWN replaced The Discovery Health Channel as the chat show hostess’ first big business venture since announcing the end of her wildly-successful daytime talk show after 25 years. After years of planning, the moment of launch on Saturday at noon EST was rather quiet. The move, however, has not come without a little controversy. By Sunday, Oprah.com was already flooded with scores of comments from surly fans locked out because they either do not subscribe to cable or cannot afford to fork over fistfuls of dough to upgrade from basic cable service, which does not include OWN.
Fans are livid that the now have to pay for a healthy helping of Oprah’s gift of gab.
Just take a look at some of the comments:
“Cannot believe Oprah would launch a new show on a cable channel that is not part of the basic service.”
“She will be losing some of her most loyal fans because they either do not have cable or they have basic cable. I have basic cable and do not plan on changing my cable service.”
“Oprah has lost me as I am sure many other people. Too bad that she didn’t look into a channel that would serve everyone.”
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to watch Oprah (whom I love). I cannot afford to pay the extra monthly fee.”
Have any of you had a chance to check out The Oprah Network yet?