I cringe to imagine a good show like MLP fall in the hands Mr. Snyder. I doubt the Hub will fall any time soon, but their debt makes many if not more anxious. Which is why I think a lot of people (myself included) are getting very antsy about the DVD releases of MLP. Surely, they must understand that such merchandise would sell like hotcakes and yet I've heard no interest from their end on such a thing in the near future.
Dibullba wrote:HUB is a generally new network starting only in 2009. So Hasbro having put up for 50% in Discovery Kids acquired the channel. So for them to go into a debt was bound to happen, but they really have made an impact which luckily gained Discovery's support. The debt occured for the apparant reasons that Discovery Kids was overly educational and not entertaining for kids so they would not have a returning audience of young people as of yet. This fact will change quickly once more new generation kids start to grow into the age of 5 and have access to the channel. Second issue is by putting up for 50% which would be a hefty price even for Hasbro and to pay for necessary things along the way, it would end up limiting the amount of outside advertising they could do long term and having minimal amount of sponsors.
TL;DR: Expect good changes in its future now that Discovery themselves are acting as a second party funder which will allow for more capabilities of funding for advertising and will attract more sponsors as its viewer count rises.
Granted. But I am still concerned about the availability of the channel itself. Think about it, I've heard that subscribing to the Hub would reach up to $100. Now I couldn't be any more unsure about that, but logic demands one to ask "Why would I throw my money to watch ONE show (and you know which one) if I could simply watch it on the internet for bupkis?". As a budding brony, I find it bitter-sweet to be able to watch the show for free, knowing that doing so might result in the possibly inevitable end of a good channel. And I know it's an old issue for me, but I really hate that much good things I would like to see but can't are only available in a country that I can never reach. And it's not just about the ponies.. Doogie Howser in particular piques my nostalgia.
Here's hoping the channel gets more fanfare for it's shows to be available to the "foreigners"