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The horror is ending, the Olympic Channel is starting

We’re switching gears—well, channels—to something we think you’re really going to like.

You’ve had Chiller, a channel devoted to horror/thriller TV shows and movies for a while. Based on the viewership, however, it seems most of you aren’t big fans. We decided it was time to find something better for everyone. And you know what everyone loves? The Olympics!

Enter the Olympic Channel. You’ll find it on channel 617 (SD) and channel 1617 (HD) starting on September 29.

The Olympic Channel is brand new and just started broadcasting here in the United States last month. Their tag line is “Where the Games Never End” and there’s a good reason for that. Now you can see all the things you enjoy about the Olympic games all.year.long.

Live sports, compelling stories, shows about Team USA athletes—you’ll find it all on the Olympic Channel.

Get to know the athletes as they advance in world competition in their pursuit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, held in PyeongChang, South Korea. Learn more about the newest sports (did you know that four new events were added to the Winter Olympics Games kicking off in February?).  Watch coverage of events that are hard to find anywhere else (climbing and parachuting, to name just a few).

And this isn’t some fly-by-night, shaky-webcam coverage. The channel is a joint effort between the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and NBCUniversal which means you’ll get the great production values you’re used to.

It’s programming your whole family can watch together and enjoy together—and we sincerely hope you do!

The Winter Olympics start Feb. 9, so stay tuned for more about NBC’s coverage of those games.


About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids.

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15 Responses to The horror is ending, the Olympic Channel is starting

  1. Dawn September 1, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Just surfed past an Olympic event from more than a decade ago. Just one more reason to cut the cord. I’m paying for this?

  2. Jason Highberg September 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Chiller is the only reason I opted to pay for the higher channel lineup. I want chiller back.

  3. Monica Kincaid September 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Chiller TV is why I have cable tv!

  4. KoMV-Music September 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    I want the chiller channel not this dumb Olympic channel which I’ll never watch — just another reason to cut the cord

    • Missy Kellor October 2, 2017 at 8:32 am #

      We’re sorry you feel this way!

      • Monica Kincaid October 2, 2017 at 8:53 am #

        I agree. Like we don’t have enough sports stations as it is. I love the Chiller station.

        Terrible decision. May have to cut the cord too. Why spend nearly 200 a month for the package I chose when it is no longer what I chose?

  5. R Gibbs October 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Boo. I want chiller back. That’s one reason i upgraded my package. Why can’t you just have both channels?

    • Missy Kellor October 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      We’re sorry to hear you’re disappointed. I totally understand the frustration of losing a station you enjoy. Our goal is always to provide channels that appeal to the most customers for a fair price—which is actually why we made the decision we did. Since Chiller did not have strong overall viewership, when NBC Universal offered us the opportunity to make the switch to the new Olympics Channel, we felt it would be a better fit for more customers. I’m sorry you don’t think it will be a good fit for you! I will certainly pass your feedback along to our content management team and, if you’d like to switch to a different channel package, please do give us a call.

      • Monica Kincaid October 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

        It is odd that it didn’t have a strong viewership while there is currently a petition circulating on facebook for its return with nearly 2 million signatures so far.

        • Missy Kellor October 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

          Interesting. I don’t know what the viewership of Chiller is with other providers (although I did read that Charter also recently dropped Chiller), I can only speak to our numbers. I passed your comments on to our content team so they know you’re speaking out against the change!

  6. brent burton October 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    No one really wants this new channel. I left Dish Network because they dropped the monster channel, which was far superior to the chiller channel. However, the Chiller channel was the second best “monster/horror” channel out there. This decision sucks on TDS’ behalf.

    • Missy Kellor October 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks for your feedback, Brent. I’ve been sending comments such as yours off to our content team so they’re aware of how the change is being received.

  7. Angel October 11, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    Where is the chiller station? I prefer chiller over syfy. Theres plenty of sports stations why did one have to take over the main horror station.

  8. Angel October 11, 2017 at 7:57 am #

    Right during 31 days of Halloween who does that!

  9. Francine Haas December 28, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    NBCU got greedy. They were asking too much for the channel…that’s why those cable companies dropped the channel, not because people didn’t watch it. Admit it…Greed took the Chiller Channel, just like it took H2 and gave people a channel no one watches called Vice. Someone needs to bring another channel dedicated to horror, or a lot of people will drop their cable and satellite services and just go with online streaming.

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