Coming Soon? The Obituary Channel

by L-Johnson

"I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure." Clarence Darrow. Now you may be able to view them as well.

Obituaries have been listed in newspapers for years. More recently, with the popularity of the internet, many tribute websites and obituary listings pages have opened up. In 2009, a Quebec, Canada man named Gerald Dominique had an idea for a different medium to display obituaries: an all death, all the time, television channel.

The French language channel was to air in Quebec, allowing people to pay for tributes which could include sound, music, photos, video, and text. “The goal of this channel is to tell stories,” Mr. Dominique said. “Great stories about people’s lives. Those are the stories we hope to tell.” The channel was approved by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) on February 26th, 2009. Dominique then hoped to find a financial backer and sign a deal with a cable distributor, but no news has been released on the initiative since reports of the approval.

The concept of a 24-hour death and illness channel first came from Europe: Etos TV launched in 2008 in Germany, financially backed by a group of funeral directors. As well as listing obituaries, it provided information on topics such as burial rites, graveyards, life insurance, and funeral services.

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Obit TV | The Daily Undertaker

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