FEARnet Acquired by Comcast and to be Folded into Syfy and Chiller

Jason McDonald

If you’ve been a consumer of all things horror, then there’s a strong chance you’ve probably used FEARnet in one way or another.  Whether it was through their website, cable channel, or VOD service FEARnet had extended its reach to all corners of the media spectrum.  Now all that might be going away as cable company Comcast has purchased the network from partners Lionsgate and Sony.

Comcast announced today that it had acquired 100% ownership of FEARnet this morning.  As a result, according to Deadline, Comcast will most likely fold FEARnet’s content into existing networks Chiller and SyFy.  As you might know, Chiller and SyFy are both Comcast networks that were acquired when Comcast purchased NBCUniversal back in 2011.  Deadline is reporting that 10 of the 25 staff members that work at FEARnet will be merged into the other networks.  The other 15 will be losing their jobs.  In all honesty, its terrible news and our thoughts go out to those affected by the merger.

A representative for NBCUniversal told Deadline that the merger and integration of FEARnet into the Comcast family will be taking place over “a yet to be determined period of time.”

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      1. Jessica Zavala April 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        this wesite is fun

      2. Flay Otters April 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        This is absolutely lousy news. The folks from FEARnet that I’ve interacted with at one festival or event or other have all been great to be around. In particular, their film reviewer Scott Weinberg has been a consummate gentleman and always decent and supportive towards me. I hope Comcast realizes that they know next to nothing about this community and genre and should retain the people who love it and are dedicated to it. Otherwise, the quality of what they provide and the community that they hope to maintain will erode and become meaningless.

      3. Sean O'Donnell April 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        Fearnet only ever had a handful of horror films at a time and only a few were good. There selection in October was always a let down. Coulda been a great channel, but never was.

        • Marc Hughes April 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm

          Wasn’t any worse than the Chiller channel. All that is even on that channel are re-runs of garbage freddy’s dead, the twilight zone OR some Z level horror movies

      4. Sean O'Donnell April 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        Yeah too bad they cant come up with a better horror channel.

      5. Earlette Bonner April 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        I hope when it comes to comcast it will be included in its basic package. FearNet is a good horror venue that needs more exposure if it is offered as a basic they will watch.

      6. Michael Kruger April 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        Why go to Chiller?

      7. Tom June 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

        The rotation of a rather small index of films became tiring pretty quickly…it was a great idea, sadly yielding a marginal result. Best of luck to those affected adversely by this merger.