Stern and the previous Howard TV distributor, iN Demand, ended their contract after eight years on the air in 2013.
Stern has said little about the move, saying only that iN Demand would be replaced by a “new approach.” But also noting that change was “not ready to be announced.”
One possible option: Netflix. Executives at Netflix have reached out to Stern’s camp, along with many others, sources said. A company spokeswoman denied that Netflix has been pitched a Stern project.
At stake is more than 2,000 hours from Howard Stern’s old E! show — and nearly as much original programming filmed specifically for iN Demand’s Howard TV channel.
It’s a treasure-trove of frequently obscene awesomeness that is just plain funny.
Recently Mel Karmazin, former CEO of SiriusXM said that Howard “could either sell his company or he could do a ‘Law and Order,’ a ‘Friends,’ a ‘Seinfeld’ and make a whole bunch of money because everyone is in need of content.”
“Howard could also do something, arguably a la Netflix-type,” Karmazin speculated. “It’s original content. He does the video and it could be a TV show that could be available worldwide.”
The Stern Show has been filming interviews and bits since the iN Demand contract expired in 2013. Howard has said very little so far, only alluding to having “something big planned to replace Howard TV.”