It seems like there will be no online steaming available for “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” after all. The two soap operas were supposed to be heading online in the near future, but the company who was planned to support the Online Network, Prospect Park, decided otherwise.
Prospect Park dropped the project due to technical and financial issues and as such buried the online streaming for the two shows. Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, officials for the company, talked about the many barriers they had to face trying to get the shows online in a timely fashion. The company spent five months negotiating with guilds and putting together presentations meant to appeal to possible financial or technological partners without much success. Thus “it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive One Life to Live and All My Children via online distribution”, they added.
The pilling issues that couldn’t find a resolve made it impossible for Prospect Park to meet their deadlines. “One Life to Live” was supposed to be online closely after its ABC finale on January the 13th 2012. At the beginning of November the company had to put the plans for “All My Children” on hold for an indefinite period of time since the other show was more successful in retaining the services of 13 of its current cast members. Yet, “One Life to Live” won’t be on air at the beginning of next year. The company was unsuccessful in obtaining a deal with the WGA so the writers for the show haven’t even begun working on the screenplay yet.
“We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution”, the two officials of Prospect Park concluded. It was a mixture of narrow financial infrastructure, guild contractual demands and inherited economic challenges that gave the final blow to the company’s hopes for pioneering a new network. Even though the final decision wasn’t made at ease, Prospect Park had no other reasonable option available at this time at least.