No Room for Voom at Cablevision

The Board of Directors for New York-based cable TV provider Cablevision Systems Corp. met on Thursday and confirmed plans to shut down its HDTV satellite service, VOOM. Home to nearly 40 high-definition channels including toon outlet Animania and horror fest Monsters HD, VOOM will no longer be available to customers as of April 30, 2005. The announcement was made today in a Securities Exchange Commission filing.

Launched in October of 2004, VOOM was set to anchor a now-defunct spin-off of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media, which includes cable outlets AMC, WE and IFC. However, Voom has failed to show cablevision a return on its $150 million investment, mostly because it hasn’t been able to compete with DirecTV and EchoStar, which both offer HDTV programming.

In the SEC filing, Cablevision notes that the Board of Directors instructed management to continue to analyze whether its VOOM 21 channels can be marketed to other satellite and cable providers as part of the company’s Rainbow programming operations. EchoStar has been identified as a likely buyer of VOOM programming should sales be initiated.

Animania on Voom airs such animated series as 2020, Horrible Histories, The Gravediggers Squad, Ratz, Dan Dare—Pilot of the Future and Voltron: The Third Dimension, as well as cartoon classics such as The Pink Panther, Dick Tracy, Mr. Magoo and Felix the Cat.