Top 10 Ideas for a New DiginetThis is sort of like a sequel to my top 10 best Diginets. Anyhow, a Diginet is basically a channel that can be viewable via a TV antenna without cable. With this, we have the major networks and diginets. Feel free to add your ideas.
With the closures of Qubo and Light TV, one is desperately needed. I mean sure PBS Kids and Smile are a thing, but they don't really go out of their way to produce programming for older kids (8 to 17) as the cable networks do. So why not make one for the older children who are not yet adults?
Now I had an actual idea for this that was owned by Scripps, but as we saw with the shutdown of Qubo, I personally think that Fox Television Stations could produce a kids network as they're the only people with a major broadcast network without a kids network (excluding ION). So why not revive Fox Kids?
But in all seriousness, there seems to be a missing link between channels aimed at little kids and adults...
Qubo and Light TV were just that. Well, Qubo DID also air shows for younger kids, but Light TV was more aimed at teenagers and aired a daytime cartoon lineup for the whole family.
Yep, you heard me right. A new major broadcast network. I choose Sony because they are the only major film studio without one. I thought that the name STN or Sony Television Network would make sense. But as with every other major network, there needs to be a block dedicated to e/I programming. Why not have CBeebies be the block? Since we don't really need another Litton Entertainment block or another one with Xploration Station stuff, so why not have CBeebies be the operator? NBC had NBC Kids, so what's stopping them?
So we've already talked about a children's network, so how about a 24-hour cartoon channel? My guess for this is a sort of sister network for MeTV. Hey! It could be like pre-2015 boomerang and air everything pre-2000s. Because let's be honest here, three hours on Saturday and 90 minutes on Sunday isn't really enough for an avid cartoon watcher. So why not have a 24-hour variant? Just don't do a Laff and air the same six shows every day.
A News channel would be pretty cool for the diginets. As long as it isn't Fox News or CNN, we should be fine. Since one of the most neutral outlets is PBS Newshour, I guess then PBS News would be a good option. But I heard Scripps is going to do something with the ION stations involving News. So who knows.
Now before you attack me for the idea, this might just be the way to end Litton's rule of terror. I mean Litton has produced somewhat interesting shows over the years such as Critter Gitters, Did I Mention Invention, and Culture Click to name a few. And since being e/I is one of Litton's more infamous qualities, it would be like PBS Kids and would completely apply the requirement.
Really though, if a Litton network did come into existence, this could mean the end of the Litton blocks and a possible return to Saturday morning cartoons!
Now looking at BBC America, and then comparing it to BBC One, it feels like a drastic difference. Come on, unlike BBC One, BBC America just feels like Court TV Mystery but British. So why not open up the BBC Networks as a major local channel? ION did it with Qubo, ION Plus, and Shop ION, so why not let BBC open up BBC One and the rest of the BBC Networks for American audiences with BBC America acting like ION Plus?
For a BBC channel, I could honestly see the following:
x.1 - BBC One
x.2 - BBC Two
x.3 - BBC America
x.4 - CBeebies/BBC Four
The last two subchannels are anything goes...
Believe it or not, there actually existed a girl's network. But it was Britain only. It's GirlPop. But now that GirlPop's dead, I think that someone in the minds of Sinclar could open up a girl-oriented network. Not only will it (likely) be the American home of Ruby Gloom, but it could be seen as a spiritual successor to Kidsclick too! You can even go the extra mile and make a nighttime lineup aimed at adult women too.
I was thinking that ION Plus could be revived as a national feed for ION since The CW did it with The CW Plus. I mean if Scripps does decide to make ION more than just the same show being played for 15 hours, then ION Plus could be the home for ION stuff in the smaller markets. Or better yet, make ION Plus the syndication service and ION a major TV network! Since Fox already does this with Fox and MyNetworkTV.
I guess this could work, but then again, it would mean we need more independent stations for this to work.
Okay, so this might not as be needed as the other ones, but what if Saban owned a free-to-air anime network? I mean they did own a free-to-air block by the name of Vortexx, but that's just it. I chose Saban for the owner because they aren't as "woke" as Funimation but aren't overprotective like 4Kids. Viz Media could potentially be an owner of the network too. It could be like a 24-hour Toonami network!
One concept I had was a sister network to MeTV known as MeTV Extreme, an anime block aimed at Shōnen (young male) group. So think Disney XD meets Toonami.
I'm saving this idea for last because I'm not sure if it's necessary or not. Now if you think about it, this would be better off as a Saturday night block for TBD. It would be cool to see TBD/The CW/MyNetworkTV stations owned by Sinclar to broadcast E3 though.