SOAPnet was available on a number of cable and satellite providers for 14 years but went off the air on New Year's Eve 2013. Walt Disney Co. cited a change in corporate priorities in ending the channel's run.
The channel showed reruns of classic soap operas such as "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest" and was popular among soap opera fans. It also allowed people who worked during the day to catch up on episodes of daytime soap operas such as "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless" and "All My Children." Launched in 2000, the channel quickly gained fans in the days before digital recording was widespread, providing an option for people without recorders who couldn't watch during the day.
The channel also produced original programming. "SoapCenter" was a play on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and featured two former soap opera stars as hosts. The show featured segments such as behind-the-scenes looks at soap sets and the fashion featured in soap operas. "Soap Talk" and "General Hospital: Night Shift" were among the other original shows.
The programming costs were low, and the channel was profitable for Disney. However, Disney informed television providers in fall 2013 that SOAPnet would be gone at the end of the year.