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When announced in 1999, SoapCity was planned to be the online component to a Sony-produced cable channel of the same name, which would air same-day repeats and archives of these same shows. However the channel would never air after being beaten to the market by ABC/Disney's SoapNet, contractual objections by NBC and CBS at the time disallowing re-airs on an over-the-air network not owned by them, and distribution and programming complications with Sony's Game Show Network which made launching a second channel untenable.
SoapCity covered all daytime soap operas and provides in-depth storyline analysis, additional storyline material, exclusive photographs, and behind-the-scenes information.
SoapCity offered daily digital downloads of the past four weeks of Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless. The site also had available older episodes of soap operas including the first Days of our Lives shows from 1965.
SoapCity.com was the first site to distribute day-and-date network television shows on the Internet. Eventually the site became a landing page redirecting viewers to both the DOOL and Y&R sites ran by their television networks.
SoapCity was created and executive produced by soap opera journalist Michael Fairman.