The University of Washington subsidized the operation of ResearchChannel since its founding, without direct compensation from the ResearchChannel consortium. This including providing all staff time and efforts, satellite uplink, and commodity internet bandwidth.
In March 2010, citing budget issues, the University of Washington informed the ResearchChannel Board that UW end this subsidy; and cease programming and uplinking the channel and maintaining the website. The Research Channel board was unable to find a new sponsor and service provider. At midnight on August 31, 2010, the Research Channel shut down on Galaxy 18, which also shut down broadcast on Dish Network, Comcast, and other terrestrial broadcast services.