This is a very far-fetched idea; but it's been something I've being thinking about.
What if there was a cable channel for furries? Think about it; a cable/satellite channel just for us. What would that be like? Here are some ideas:
- There could be a magazine-type series that takes you inside furry conventions.
- A reality series that shows the daily life of furries from around the world.
- The Funday Pawpet Show could run on Sundays while showing past episodes each night.
- "Anthropoly" could be an actual game show. K.P. will still be the host. Speaking of game shows; how about one with cartoon trivia questions? I would totally win at that!
- The Saturday morning schedule will consist of cartoon shows we used to watch back in the day. Call it "Saturday Morning Memories"
Like I said; it's just an idea. What do you guys think?
Do you know how much it would cost?
I do not, but I'm imagining that the hardware to record/playback programming, some sort of MUX to convert video signals into satellite signals, a satellite dish to do the actual uplink, and the cost of buying satellite time would be well into 6 figures, if not 7 figures.
Doing it as an actual cable TV channel isn't going to happen unless a major media company owns it. Putting aside the fact that furry fandom is too small a niche for any mass-market entity to build a business on it---heck, anime is many times larger as a cultural force, and even that doesn't have a dedicated channel of its own, last I checked---you should be rather skeptical of how any large media company would present furry to the public. Because odds are that it'll be something fairly different from the fandom as you and I know it.
It could work as a public-access TV show, but that would have a limited geographic reach, and of course that's a lot less than an actual spot on the dial.
The most likely possibility would be some sort of live Internet TV stream thing, but even then it would require a fair amount of equipment, bandwidth, and wherewithal... and oh, look, someone's even done it already. Except they haven't done any new shows since March 2007....
Doing it as an actual cable TV channel isn't going to happen unless a major media company owns it.
Actually, not true. Very tiny upstart stations do perfectly fine getting onto cable now that digital cable is available, generally though what determines whether or not they're going to be shown in a given area is overwhelming consumer demand. There are lots of channels that started up not connected to a major media outlet and are able to worm their ways into certain areas based on demands (for example there's a Jewish channel that's carried in overwhelmingly Jewish areas that's not owned by a major media outlet.)
Furries don't have enough mass in any particular area for the cable company to actually consider carrying it, though.
Also, there is an anime network. It's just not well carried.
Not to mention the cost of any studio time, as well as the cost of securing the rights to show those Saturday morning cartoons. What might not cause a great deal of upset when posted on YouTube might land you a huge lawsuit if broadcast on a commercially available satellite channel.
Then too, some of us don't have satellite TV now and will probably never get it in the future.
I completely understand the idea might never happen in real life. I posted this discussion mainly just for fun. But for now, let's just use our imaginations and pretend that such a channel exists. What else would you like to see?
Meerkat Manor! But with talking meerkats!
(Hey, as long as we're not limiting ourselves to reality... )
"Pimp My Suit."
I agree with this one. Unfortunately, there are quite a few that need it..>.>
Not a gryphon made of paper, but a Paper Folding Gryphon.
Its called boomerang. Thats as close to furry tv as I ever want to see, If you dont watch it its 'old' cartoons which as we all know is anthropomorphic animals XD. oh and youtube I suppose since im one of them weirdos when my computer hooked to my tv =p
My cable system doesn't offer Boomerang as far as I know but we do have cartoon network which is trending AGAINST actual cartoons these days, I believe. I do have more than a few DVDs of classic cartoon shows (often furry) and some movies. For me back in the 70s,
furry was stuff like watching the Houndcats, Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Hour, Top Cat,
or other Saturday Morning or late afternoon 'toons.
Have attended every single Anthrocon
I've always thought the idea of a furry match making show could have some funny potential if done in the right way.
You know what I mean. The "I need a boyfriend/girlfriend! Let's pick one on national television!" type of shows, only half of the contestants would be in fursuits, and knowing the fandom, it'd probably be a gay or bisexual themed thing.
We'd laugh. We'd cry. We'd furpile. Leashes may or may not be involved.
That actually sounds like a fun show to watch! And the possible boyfriend/girlfriend would be in costume until you choose one, and then you get to see what they look like! XD
Ah hah, now there's a TV-worthy twist. Quick! To the Fox Network we ride!
Furthering the discussion, though: there could be fashion programs about fursuiting in style or integrating things like ears and tails into design-savvy outfits.
Any holes in the schedule can be filled with shows bought from Animal Planet or Don Bluth films.
I agree that having an entire furry network would be cost-prohibitive and wouldn't have enough viewers to be profitable. Instead, buying time on one of the smaller networks like CW might have more potential. An hour long show can cover a lot of topics, or have a lot of information on one particular topic. Regarding the concentration of interested viewers, even though there aren't any places with a large amount of furries to justify a broadcast in that particular area, many shows start out with a widespread broadcast to find where the interested viewers are. Fishing hotspots always start out with somebody fishing the whole lake.
Regarding show content we only have to look at furry conventions. The discussion panels provide great examples of what could be covered with art and drawing, writing, animation, fursuit building and acting, fursuit dancing, furry community service such as charity work, "Meet the..." shows for well-known and little-known artists, "furry and the public" type discussions, species-specific discussions, comedy and performance, highlights from various conventions, and so on. Many would have to contain a better structure than "let's go around the room to introduce ourselves", but some would benefit by being a call-in show so viewers could join the discussion or ask the guest a question. If rights could be bought then showing some favorite cartoons would be a possibility. There could even be times when new creations of music, art, and animation from people in the furry community are showcased. It wouldn't have to follow the same format and topic lineup every week and could be a sort of variety show. To show some of the more mature artwork would require a later time slot so that might have to be excluded if we want a time that will cover a larger demographic.
Just some thoughts.
"Furries are everywhere, furries are everybody."--Me
neat idea but i dont think there would be enough viewers to keep it on air