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They made the switch right at midnight. :-(
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Yes, I can't believe it's really gone... I turned the TV on this morning to 18.2 and noticed that SBS has already started airing. I have now moved my default channel to 18.1, so it is ready for the UTB Sunday night slot when that begins next Sunday, September 11.

It makes sense that SBS took the 18.2 slot - they are now higher up on the 'totem pole' than their original 18.10 channel.

UTB has also updated their website and removed all the pages/references to their 24-hour programming. For instance, in the 'drama' section, only the Sanadamaru page remains. They also got rid of their programming schedule, since there's only 2 hours of programming a week now - and one drama.

Very sad turn of events for UTB. I wonder how many employees they had to lay off/let go as a result of this change. emoticon
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I felt sad, too. But I think I would have felt much worse if I saw only a test pattern on the screen.

The SBS station moved from 18.10 to 18.2 seems to be a good one—if you're into K-drama. Good dramas with good e-subbing.
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Yes, I am much happier knowing that SBS has taken over the 18.2 slot. It's much better to have good quality programming on that channel rather than nothing at all. 18.2 is in good hands!

I was thinking that I may pick up a K-drama or two now that the only J-drama available to us will be the Taiga. emoticon
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They made the switch right at midnight. :-(



What a way to go. I was hoping spend most of Saturday watching UTB programming but instead spent most of the time with some overtime work that took WAY longer than expected and barely made it back home for the flash cut to SBS programming.

I have not seen this reference yet but it the demise of channel 18.2 made the local japanese-american news http://www.rafu.com/2016/08/switching-off-major-cuts-coming-to-utb-schedule/ and it seems that we were not that far off in guessing the reason for the closure.

Somewhat off-topic where but does any know why Japanese language programming is unsustainable in Southern California? Collectively, there are about a dozen Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese (and others) subchannels and programming blocks but
only one Japanese language broadcaster - why doesn't southern California have more Japanese language stations?
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Very interesting article. They hit all of the main points behind the demise of UTB, although I disagree with one of their comments regarding how KSCI's subchannels are not available on cable. As mentioned previously in this thread, all of the other KSCI subchannels (Korean, Chinese, Armenian, etc) are now carried by Time Warner - UTB was the only one they never added to their lineup. Time Warner always said that they decided which channels to carry based on popular demand, so I guess UTB and/or Japanese programming was never popular enough (in their eyes) to warrant being a permanent channel.

Kencaesi, I'm afraid I don't have an answer to your question. I think all of the other channels (Korean, Chinese, etc.) make an effort to air dramas at or around the same time as it is originally aired. With the exception of the Taiga, UTB's dramas were all from at least a year ago - and I suspect the intended audience would have viewed it online already. Unless one of the Japanese programming corporations (TBS, TV Asahi, etc.) opens up a channel here in Southern California, I don't know if J-programming will be able to survive.

I'm really not sure, though. My guess is as good as yours.
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Maybe the the move to 18.1, expanding the potential audience will enable UTB to draw more advert.$, and in the future also add a Sat. block on 18.1.
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Maybe the the move to 18.1, expanding the potential audience will enable UTB to draw more advert.$, and in the future also add a Sat. block on 18.1.



Yes, that's what I'm hoping for. I doubt that we will see UTB back in a 24 hour format (at least not for a long time) but what is possible is perhaps additional hour(s) of programming - potentially on different days.
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Oh my GOD.

I just turned on 18.2 and discovered Korean dramas. I looked on UTB and... here and... the rest is history.

I was totally expecting another rerun of Aibou Season 14 so I could watch all the episodes I missed. Now I'll never find out how Sugishita escaped from the ceramic-maker murderers house. emoticon

I'm a non-Japanese person and have been watching UTB for yeaaaaaars. Almost 10 years since Furin Kazan Taiga Drama aired in 2007 with english subtitles. I kinda enjoyed it and kept watching other shows on that channel for years to come. This is pretty shocking and I'm reeeeally disappointed. Seriously, even if the Japanese population is low in California, those are still really good shows that people of many different ethnicities enjoy. In fact, I might say the majority of viewers are not Japanese and that's totally okay riiight????

Grrrrr I wonder if the subtitles in all those shows are gone forever... UTB could easily open a subscription site for streaming. I'd be up for that.
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Sorry to hear of your experience, Suicunesol. Honestly, one of the reasons why I have been able to get through this sad experience of losing 18.2 is because we are all able to mourn together here on the board. It's like a mini-support group!

I do hope that UTB will bring back Partners at some point - perhaps next year, after Season 15 finishes airing in Japan. It is slated to premiere there in October. All they need to add is one hour of programming (either on Sundays, or on a different day) for Partners. I do think it was one of UTB's most successful dramas, so if they are going to bring anything back, I do hope it will be Partners. Let's think positive!

In the article posted above, it was mentioned how UTB took pride in making its programs available to a wide audience - which is why they made sure all their dramas were e-subbed. That's one thing I've always appreciated about UTB since I started watching J-drama back in 2003 - they always did their best to subtitle the majority of their dramas and other programming, including special shows just for the community.


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