William Shatner’s video home on the web, the LiveVideo channel ShatnerVision, will ‘come to an end’ this Saturday after only 8 months in operation. The announcement was made on the forums of WilliamShatner.com. Details are sketchy, but apparently LiveVideo are changing strategy and moving away from many of the produced shows they were sponsoring. LiveVideo itself only launched last October and Shatnervision has been one of the more popular channels. The channel ranks second in LiveVideo subscribers (currently 2,712) and has over a million ‘views’ since launching in January. ShatnerVision has a new video almost every day and is a regular feature here on TrekMovie.com – as the source of some great nuggets of both news and just Shatnerrificness.
So far there has been no statement from William Shatner about the channel’s closure, but his daughter (and co-host of the channel) Liz Shatner wrote the following message to channel fans: "I’ve been sharing your comments with my Dad. He and I are overwhelmed by the wonderful outpouring of love and support from the all our friends here. We have had a wonderful time doing videos." Sounds like a definitive end, but maybe not...
New life for ShatnerVision?
On the WilliamShatner.com forums, channel producer Paul writes "I’m sure it will come back on another site at some point – it’s too unique and different not to be picked up elsewhere." So stay tuned for news on a new home for ShatnerVision somewhere on the interweb. Paul lays the blame for the closure squarely on LiveVideo and notes that fans can express their displeasure directly with LiveVideo. One fan (the host of ‘Ask a Trekkie’) has taken it a step further and (in the grand Trek tradition) launched a ‘Save ShatnerVision Campaign.’ (see below). Although the channel is coming to an end you don’t need to watch 240+ videos by Saturday. On the WilliamShatner.com forums Paul states that the videos currently available should stay up ‘for at least a while.’
TrekMovie.com hopes they find a home soon, otherwise where will we be able to run our weekly video updates of ‘is he in the movie yet?’ As more details emerge we will keep TrekMovie.com readers up to date on developments.