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'Dog TV' launches nationwide through Direct TV
thv11.com ^ | August 8, 2013

Posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT by NYer

UNDATED (CNN) - Feel guilty when you leave your dog home alone? Well, now canines nationwide have their own TV channel to keep them company.

After a successful test marketing, "Dog TV" launched this month nationwide.

It's happening through Direct TV and its target demographic is our furry friends.

The creators say they did three years of research on dog behavior, watching video from surveillance cameras set up in 38 apartments to see what dogs do when they're alone and how they react to TV.

DOGTV - Official Site

Introducing Dog TV: the First Cable Television Network Just for Dogs


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: canines; dogs; tv
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1 posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT by NYer
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To: AnAmericanMother

You've got a dog ... ping!

Two week free trial on Direct TV. My dog gave it two paws down. Personally, I find it to be an improvement over most of the network news programs ; - )

2 posted on 08/09/2013 7:31:07 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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3 posted on 08/09/2013 7:32:10 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: NYer

what channel did they dump to make space for this?


4 posted on 08/09/2013 7:35:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

It’s satellite ... where the channels go to infinity ... and beyond.


5 posted on 08/09/2013 7:36:51 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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6 posted on 08/09/2013 7:36:57 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: NYer

There are only so many nodes available I think.


7 posted on 08/09/2013 7:38:28 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: NYer
Pfffft...that's nothing. Try keeping your pet lizard happy....
8 posted on 08/09/2013 7:40:29 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: GeronL

It’s the Clinton and Bammie czars broadcasting companies, so most probably they dumped Christian Worldwide TV in favour of this and some acorn and err-america gov-funded additions to be announced later.


9 posted on 08/09/2013 7:43:03 PM PDT by Utilizer (Ba-con Ah'hkkba'aar! <- In muzlim world, men = men, goats = nervous. ->)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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10 posted on 08/09/2013 7:43:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: NYer

I liked it. Having lost our last three Greyhounds to osteosarcoma it was good to watch...


11 posted on 08/09/2013 7:48:26 PM PDT by broken_clock (Do it Sarah! Cut the ties that bind.)
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To: NYer

Good grief! The youngest of my 2 dogs—a 3 yr old Hungarian Labradoodle, goes totally bezerk when she sees an animal of any sort on TV.

To get her to quit barking, I have to turn off the tv or take her into another room.

It doesn’t matter what the animal is, anything from a lizard to an elephant, she thinks it’s her duty to scare them away. They don’t even have to make a noise—she just notices them, and away she goes.......


12 posted on 08/09/2013 7:57:45 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: usconservative

That was my favorite freeper post of the day.


13 posted on 08/09/2013 7:57:52 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: NYer

This is "Days Of Our Lives"

14 posted on 08/09/2013 8:01:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: NYer

I dont know if its possible for dogs to actually sit and watch television. When my two poochies hear a dog bark on TV they run to the window and start barking up a storm. They have no clue where the bark is coming from


15 posted on 08/09/2013 8:03:10 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I had one dog who kept looking behind the TV and speaker system anytime he heard or saw another dog on TV.

Another jumped away from the TV when a shark swam towards the camera with its mouth open.


16 posted on 08/09/2013 8:09:01 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: NYer

CH: 354
(took awhile to find it on a search - and Cinemax is free this weekend too on DirectTV :)


17 posted on 08/09/2013 8:15:24 PM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: chrisinoc

My little Nemo won’t even look at himself in the mirror. I try showing him himself but he won’t look..he just turns his head and gives me licks(Such a good boy) Maxie on the other hand, sometimes he appears to be watching TV when my Mom is watching something but I dont know if he’s actually looking at the TV screen..from what I understand, dogs are color blind, they have no sense of color, so they designed this TV channel so that dogs can actually enjoy it. Might be something to consider if I had Direct TV(Right now we have Time Warner Cable but its too expensive)


18 posted on 08/09/2013 8:15:48 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Menehune56

Ping


19 posted on 08/09/2013 8:23:41 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: freekitty

Here it is!

We have Dish Network so my dogs will just have to wait.


20 posted on 08/09/2013 8:32:11 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Mercat

Happy to oblige! My youngest son wants a bearded lizard for a pet (as if his multiple fish tanks aren’t enough!) He showed me that video earlier this evening. Laughed my butt off when I saw it.


21 posted on 08/09/2013 8:40:59 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: broken_clock

I lost one of my Irish Wolfhounds to bone cancer last September 21. It was HORRIBLE.

I can’t imagine losing 3 to that hellish disease.

God bless you.


22 posted on 08/09/2013 8:56:20 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: NYer

Puppy uppers!


23 posted on 08/09/2013 9:03:12 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: NYer

Still more nuanced than MSNBC


24 posted on 08/09/2013 9:03:26 PM PDT by radioactivereb ("I'm tryin' to think but nothin' happens!"-Curly Howard)
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To: NYer

Cats are disappointed because the TV is no longer a big warm box upon which they can snugly sleep. It’s a thin panel now.


25 posted on 08/09/2013 9:05:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and mean it. See my page.)
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To: bimboeruption

Sorry to hear that, we lost our lab mix to Addison’s this year!


26 posted on 08/09/2013 9:06:28 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

My Akita has watched TV since he was a baby. He follows the action with his eyes and his head. If he sees an animal, he walks up to the screen and is alert. He will go behind the TV looking for the animal.

When I use the mute, he turns and looks directly at me as though he knows I made the sound stop and he will keep staring at me until I turn it back on, at which point, he goes back to watching.

I have had dogs for well over 40 years and this is the first one that seemed to actually follow the action. He prefers shows with exciting music and SFX. But he has also sat and watched Jesse Stone movies. He is just an unusual guy.


27 posted on 08/09/2013 9:07:35 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Sarah Barracuda

When Sumo was a puppy, he was fascinated with his reflection in my black fridge. He would spend hours laying in front of it, watching “the other puppy.” When we opened the door, he would look inside, ignoring the food. There isn’t room to go around the fridge, but he would stick his nose as far as possible along either side, trying to scent *the puppy*. Watching this was better than most television, for us!

Now, he will go into the bathroom with us and get his paws up on the counter to look at himself in the mirror when we are brushing our teeth. He smiles at himself. He looks at us, then our reflections, so he makes that connection. Not sure if he knows he is seeing himself, though. He will also wait for his turn to drink from the faucet.

I saw some new research last week. Dogs see yellows, greens and blues. They don’t perceive the red hues.

At first, I thought Sumo was just responding in general to sound and movement, but he will follow people across the screen and back again and respond to animals as I said in the earlier post. It isn’t just a fleeting thing, either. He will watch entire movies with us. We’ve had him since he was 8 weeks old and he will be a year in 2 weeks. I think that for him, TV is just normal pack behavior.

I am on a list run by his breeder and there are a lot of pics of other dogs from his line sitting with their people and watching TV.

We don’t have satellite TV, just DVDs and streamed shows. It would be interesting if they made DVDs for dogs, to see his responses. Think I’ll go look.


28 posted on 08/09/2013 9:35:45 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Sarah Barracuda

>>I dont know if its possible for dogs to actually sit and watch television. When my two poochies hear a dog bark on TV they run to the window and start barking up a storm. They have no clue where the bark is coming from

Mine too.


29 posted on 08/09/2013 9:45:05 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: reformedliberal

Cool!


30 posted on 08/09/2013 9:46:16 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: GeronL

what channel did they dump to make space for this?

They Preemptively dumped the Blaze....

Wait they never got the Blaze, I guess having a dog channel for actual dogs and smelly hippies to watch is more important than actual news...


31 posted on 08/09/2013 9:52:07 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Sure seems like it!


32 posted on 08/09/2013 9:54:13 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Sorry to hear that. It’s so sad when they leave us.


33 posted on 08/09/2013 10:02:07 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: bimboeruption
I can’t imagine losing 3 to that hellish disease.

Thank you kindly for your thoughts. Apparently sight hounds are very suceptible to bone cancer. That said, those smitten by their incredible charm can only keep on keep on rescuing :-)

34 posted on 08/09/2013 10:06:37 PM PDT by broken_clock (Do it Sarah! Cut the ties that bind.)
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To: NYer

Tried it with my dogs. They stayed sleeping, while I felt like being walked around the city on a leash.


35 posted on 08/09/2013 10:07:30 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: NYer

My dogs sort of watch it; but the music is great and I have noticed a real calming influence on them. I don’t like the sometimes hippy bright colors they use blob drops; but the relaxation music is good even for me. Dogs don’t always have to watch something to be influenced.


36 posted on 08/09/2013 11:25:24 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Also, the girl that keeps throwing the frisbee in the water is irritating. Even a dog gets tired of that after so many times.


37 posted on 08/09/2013 11:27:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Ditter

LOL


38 posted on 08/09/2013 11:27:48 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Now the NSA is subverting our dogs! Can gerbils be far behind?


39 posted on 08/10/2013 2:35:00 AM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: basil

My dog likes to watch walking elephants.


40 posted on 08/10/2013 5:50:25 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: reformedliberal

I think the research you saw is baloney. My Jack Russel, before he went blind, would only fetch his red ball. He had 3 balls all exactly alike, those little ones with feet you get at the pet store. He would only fetch the red one.


41 posted on 08/10/2013 6:12:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I had a Lab who knew his toys by color, had several Kongs, blue, red and yellow. He’d get the right one when asked. If they’re “colorblind” they’re able to distinguish via some other means, scent, taste.


42 posted on 08/10/2013 6:14:55 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Ditter

Given the dog’s sense of smell, there could other reasons why a red ball was his favorite. My dog loves red apples and hates green ones. It is the sweetness vs. the tartness and he can smell that in an intact apple. OTOH, his favorite toys are either green or blue and he has a bias towards anything that rolls. The toys that retain scent are always his choice when it comes to settling in for a good chew.

The research was anatomically based. They charted cones and rods in the retina. It was all done with imaging, discounting the dog’s reactions to specific items. I tend to accept it.


43 posted on 08/10/2013 7:13:49 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

I still am in doubt because when I threw him a green ball or a yellow one, he would start after it and then turn around and refuse to bring it back to me. He didn’t get close enough to smell or taste it. Now that my little guy is totally blind, he doesn’t play ball anymore but his sense of smell and hearing have improved tremendously.


44 posted on 08/10/2013 7:22:42 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: NYer

Worthless. Slightly more entertaining for humans than dogs.

Seriously, some dogs are actually attracted to TV. Many could not care less. I think cats like TV more. Of the dogs and cats we’ve had and known, more cats paid attention than dogs.


45 posted on 08/10/2013 7:28:57 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Dogs are red blind. They have 2-color vision, blue and yellow.

Colorful toys are for humans. I first learned of dog vision because my dog loves Aerobie Dogobie frisbees, which explained they only make yellow and blue Dogobies for dogs’ abilities.


46 posted on 08/10/2013 7:33:19 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Ditter

It could simply be he likes the SHADE he sees with the red. The red probably looks different from the other colors, a gray perhaps, and he likes that better.

Or, when did you buy them? What order? Same store?


47 posted on 08/10/2013 7:37:18 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I bought the red one first and when it got lost for a while I bought the others. They were all exactly the same size and type except the color. I thought he would be happy to play ball again when I bought the green one, but no dice!


48 posted on 08/10/2013 7:42:01 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: RegulatorCountry

Doesn’t mean they can’t see the item, just that it doesn’t look like a vibrant color. To them it is probably more gray. If you are colorblind, it doesn’t matter what a color looks like to most normal people. Only that you are conditioned what is red, even if to normal people that would be gray. My husband is also colorblind but he understands what “red” is, even if he doesn’t see it as we do.


49 posted on 08/10/2013 7:43:20 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Ditter

He likes the comfortable old one. His scent is all over it and he remembers it best.


50 posted on 08/10/2013 7:45:50 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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