Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buzzr at 1

Buzzr, Fremantle's oldies diginet beloved by dozens of game show hardcores throughout the galaxy, turns one year old tomorrow. The subchannel has managed to get fairly wide distribution. It's even turned up on my local cable system. No doubt the audience would still go undetected on Nielsen's sample, if Fremantle bothered to buy the numbers. But you gotta start somewhere.

Maybe Buzzr's greatest achievement is spawning a fifty-page thread (at last count) on the board formerly known as Matt Ottinger's. Simply called "Buzzr discussion," the thread chews over any "new" ep that might pop up on the diginet and makes much fun of Buzzr's Facebook page. Somebody has now started another thread called "Buzzr evauluation" [sic]. This seems to be for 35,000-foot views of the subchannel as it begins its second year.

One of the "evauluators" makes a rather off-center point. "My main concern is that it's a year old and they still only have one major station group. They surely can't survive just on Fox O&Os and a bunch of mom-and-pop low power stations." In fact, Buzzr really needs to get onto cable and satellite systems, where most Americans watch TV nowadays. Few people are going to bother with the antenna needed to watch the diginet over the air, no matter which broadcast stations carry it.

Time Warner, my notoriously quirky cable system, has now found a place for Buzzr, albeit in the nosebleed section up in the four-digit range. So maybe there's hope.

6 comments:

  1. I feel that once the partnership is announced ("Buzzr on GSN"), this will make Buzzr visible in more homes and will strengthen its footprint to more station groups. This is a win-win situation for everyone. I just am not at liberty to say any more about it right now but look for more information coming about it publicly in the next few weeks.

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    1. Another commenter calling himself Scott Rahner (of Game Show Network News) has posted that the above commenter is an impostor. I have no idea what's going on. But the laughable idea of "Buzzr on GSN" strikes me as complete b.s.

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  2. Hi I'm Casey and I forgot to keep the trolls out (LOLOLOL). Dude, if you don't know how to moderate a blog, then you shouldnt have one

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    1. This coming from Harvey Daye, the king of trolls himself who drove everyone out of a.t.g-s along with Grant Bartram.

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  3. Hi I'm Casey and I forgot to keep the trolls out (LOLOLOL). Dude, if you don't know how to moderate a blog, then you shouldnt have one

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    1. If you don't know how to avoid duplicate comments, you're even more clueless than I think you are.

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