Day Break Cancelled

Okay, it’s totally random since this is usually a tech-focused blog, but it’s my blog, so I’ll post whatever I want (and there’ll be some tech stuff in here a little).

Day Break has been canceled by ABC. Yes, that was enough to drive me to my blog to post about it. I’m pissed. Well, not really angry as much as disappointed. I figured the show wouldn’t get that many viewers, so I did my best to visit the site at least once a week, and I played the game they had, and I watched episodes online (sometimes even when I’d watched them on TV). I figured someone at ABC would be looking at the web numbers.

Now there’s speculation that ABC might put the remaining episodes online, but today is Thursday, and there is not a new episode there (which would have aired last night).

I understand that it’s probably a more difficult show to get into, but people watch 24 like crazy, right? I mean Day Break has what looks like close to 4.5 stars on Yahoo TV (as of the time of this writing) and none of the episodes have lower than an 86% rating. My wife almost punched me when I told her I like Day Break more than America’s Next Top Model. I said it was my favorite show on TV right now.

And in case anyone out there with any kind of influence or decision making power reads this, I am in the ever-so-special 18-49 demographic, and am usually at the high end of “household income” on surveys. Also, I don’t watch anything else that’s on ABC except for some episodes of the Bachelor if Heroes isn’t on, and sometimes Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (but not much recently). I tried to get into The Nine, but I was hoping it would actually be something more exciting like Day Break. So pretty much, I won’t be watching ABC at all, and it might become an actual boycott if the remaining episodes aren’t made available online.

(Here’s comes a somewhat techie part)

While I’d prefer that the last 7 episodes be made available for free on ABC.com, I am definitely willing to pay for the remaining episodes via iTunes (or some other means). Doing so, however, would cement my boycott of ABC. I understand that downloading video and/or watching video on the web is going to become the de facto standard soon enough (once Wyoming actually gets broadband internet), and I’m an early-enough adopter that I am happy watching shows on my computer. Everyone in charge needs to keep in mind, though, that watching TV (or even movies) on a computer makes it much harder to share said show (or movie) with anyone else. For example, I know that my wife is not going to want to watch Day Break with me if it’s max 640×480 (or whatever ABC’s “big” size screen is online). Even shows (and movies) on DVD look bad when you try to watch them full screen on your laptop.

I do have a desktop computer with a TV tuner and recording software hooked up to my TV in the basement, but it doesn’t have a wireless network card (which was fine when it was right next to the modem) so I can’t download anything to that to watch on my TV. I’m sure there’s many others like me who are tech savvy, but don’t quite have the funds to upgrade every computer in the house so they can display to every TV in the house. I do have an Xbox 360 with wireless adapter, though, so if Day Break was on the Xbox Live Marketplace, I could buy it there and watch it from the 360.

Anyone else have feelings on bridging the cap between computers and downloading and the TV? Or more importantly, does anyone else have feelings on the demise of Day Break???

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Posted on December 21, 2006, in Fun Times, Nels Wadycki, The New Web, Video. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. We actually cancelled cable/satellite TV when we realized that most if not all the shows we watched on cable were either on free networks or on iTunes. And the iTunes cost of downloading said shows ended up being actually cheaper than our monthly cable payment. *shrug*

  2. Yeah, Ms. Kim, I know all about your setup. I also know about your husbands syncing of feeds between NetNewsWire, NewsGator and Blackberry device (and yes, I’m jealous).

    The thing is, though, that we don’t pay for cable in our household anyway, so to me, paying for TV means watching commercials. — And on that front, actually, I feel that the repetition of 30 seconds spots between segments of a show online are more effective than the 2 minute blitz every 6 minutes on broadcast television. — I guess my point was more that ABC should give me the episodes for free (via commercials), since they’re already ready to go, rather than incur my vicious wrath, regardless of whether or not other options for distribution are available.

    Say hello to my little friend, Run-On Sentence.

  3. I AM SO MAD!!!
    I think the problem with day break from the beginning was thier markerting. I have to admit, after seeing 1000 commercials, which made it look like a so so to a possibly bad show, I was hardly thrilled to tune in. But, for some reason I had set to record it on my PC and I did not regret it. It was about a half an hour into the show and I was getting depressed because of the lack of Lost and decided what the heck, ill check it out. I was glued for 2 hours instantly hooked. I was actually glad I waited a little while because then I could fast forward the commercials 🙂 I was so happy because there would be something to look forward to on wednesdays again, and maybe waiting for Lost to come back on wouldn’t be so bad. So over the week I start talking to my friends, most of whom watch lost and asking them if they had seen Day Break. Sadly not one of them had. I mean who can blame them, I hadn’t even planned on watching it myself. And it was sad as more and more Lost fans I talked to, none of them had even given DB a chance. I really wiish they had marketed the show better. i think if more ppl had tuned in the first episode, definatly the best one, then all of those ppl would have watched it week after week, and it woulnd’t have been cancelled. All I know is they BETTER make the rest of the season available eventually!!!

  4. I am really pissed about Day Break being cancelled. I began to wonder when it hadn’t been on for the last couple of weeks, I just assumed that they were on hiatus in order to show Christmas programs or something. But much to my dismay, I did a search tonight just to see what was going on and I find that it was cancelled.

    This is a bunch of bs. This show was exciting, unique, and it was fun to see how Hopper would adapt as he gained new information and clues. It’s a sad reflection on our society considering all of the garbage that is on TV that they don’t cancel (“Dancing With the Stars” anyone ? or any of the other myriad of mindless sitcoms that they air), yet they would cancel a fun show like this. Screw you ABC.

    They better release the entire season run on DVD

  5. I can’t believe ABC cancelled DayBreak. It was one of my favorite shows. I don’t watch T.V. that often, but the one show I did watch every Wedensday night they go and cancel. This sucks!!!

  6. I feel the same way as everyone here. Stupid ABC why do you have to cancel DAYBREAK!! Idiots I tell you, idiots!! Going to the tech part if you have a laptop or computer with a S-Video slot you can watch it through your TV, thats what i did to watch the DAYBREAK episodes online. Buy the S-video cord and also buy the sound component cord adapter (Plug it in the headphone jack through your TV.

  7. I agree with all of you here bodies.. I get dissapointed too. But let’s look for some other tv show. Well, I think

    regards

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