http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/stern-howard-tv-deserves-home-article-1.1545702 Howard Stern's Howard TV deserves a home now that its distributor is pulling the plug There's no one else like him on the air: He's a superb interviewer and the scantily clad women are just a bonus The future remains uncharacteristically cloudy for one of the jewels in Howard Sternâ€™s crown. Howard TV, the video arm of the shock jockâ€™s media empire, has yet to find a new home. I think it deserves one, since Stern is a singular talent. They didnâ€™t call him the King of All Media for nothing. Stern and the channelâ€™s distributor, iN Demand, said back in September that they were pulling the plug on Dec. 16 â€” after almost eight years on the air. The deal actually expires on Dec. 31, opening the door for new talks with potential video partners starting on Jan. 1, sources said. Stern has said little about the move, noting on the air last fall that iN Demand would be replaced by a â€œnew approach.â€ But he said that change was â€œnot ready to be announced.â€ One possible option: Netflix. Execs at the rapidly growing streaming video giant have reached out to Sternâ€™s camp, along with many others, sources said. A company spokeswoman denied that Netflix has â€œbeen pitched a Stern project,â€ which was not exactly what I had asked her, but it was the answer given. Then again, knowing how Stern has always been a pioneer and embraced innovation, he could be planning something completely different and groundbreaking. Only time will tell. At stake is more than 2,000 hours from Sternâ€™s old E! show â€” and nearly as much original programming filmed specifically for iN Demandâ€™s Howard TV channel. Itâ€™s a treasure-trove of frequently obscene awesomeness that is just plain funny. There are those who think Iâ€™m nuts for having a Stern addiction, but I couldnâ€™t be more proud. To his objectors, I say: change the channel. Because like millions of other listeners, I consider Stern and his cohorts to be like family â€” even though they probably wouldnâ€™t know me from a hole in the wall. At the very least it helps to know that thereâ€™s a successful, larger-than-life multimillionaire out there who enjoys fart jokes and listening to crank calls as much as I do. Actually, there is far more to Sternâ€™s show than naked ladies and dirty jokes. Nobody â€” and I mean no one â€” is more talented as an interviewer than this man. Stern has an uncanny ability, almost a sixth sense, that he draws on to pull incredibly sensitive information from celebrities. He humanizes them in a way other talk-show hosts and journalists are incapable of â€” and that alone is worth the price of admission to his world of whack. Thereâ€™s a difference between a guest filming a five-minute segment on Letterman and appearing live, for around 45 minutes, on the radio with Stern. He calls it â€œtheater of the mind,â€ but there are times when I just want to watch him work. The naked ladies are just a big bonus.