Daily Variety reports that New York-based Cablevision may dissolve or sell off its HDTV satellite service, Voom, home to nearly 40 high-definition channels including Animania and Monsters HD. Launched in October of 2004, Voom was set to anchor a now defunct spinoff of Cablevisions Rainbow Media, which includes cable outlets AMC, WE and IFC.
Voom has failed to show cablevision a return on its $150 million investment, mostly because it hasnt been able to compete with DirecTV and EchoStar, which both offer HDTV programming. If Voom indeed goes on the auction block, EchoStar has been identified as the likeliest buyer, according to the trade.
Animania on Voom airs such animated series as 2020, Horrible Histories, The Gravediggers Squad, Ratz, Dan DarePilot 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.