AWE (TV network)

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AWE
Launched October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)
Owned by Herring Networks
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan A Wealth of Entertainment
Headquarters San Diego, CA
Formerly called WealthTV (2004 (2004)–2014 (2014))
Sister channel(s) One America News Network
Website www.awetv.com
Availability
Cable
Available on some cable systems Check local listings for channel number
Verizon FiOS Channel 669 (HD)
Channel 169 (SD)
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 254
IPTV
AT&T U-verse Channel 1147 (HD)
Channel 147 (SD)
Bristol Virginia Utilities Channel 100 (SD)
Streaming media
Digital media receiver Roku

AWE (formerly WealthTV) is a United States-based lifestyle and entertainment cable network privately held by Herring Broadcasting.[1] The network operates several domestic and international television feeds. The network's primary production facilities and corporate headquarters are located in San Diego, California.

Operation and feeds[edit]

Former logo under the name WealthTV; 2004-2014

The network operates a 24/7 domestic high definition feed, (which is letterboxed for 4:3 TVs on SD slots of cable providers), a 24/7 3D service for worldwide deployment, branded under the "AWE 3D" name; and a 24/7 international feed designed for exhibition around the world outside the United States.

Since its inception, the network has produced an extensive amount of its signature programming lineup in house and has received numerous regional Emmys for its production efforts.[2] Production facilities include in-house studios, 14 HD and 3D capable editing bays, master control operations and uplink & downlink facilities. AWE is carried domestically on approximately 150 cable systems and telco video providers including AT&T U-verse TV, GCI (company), SureWest, Charter Communications, Service Electric, US Cable, Google Fiber, RCN, and Verizon FiOS. AWE's international feeds are deployed throughout the Caribbean, multiple Asian countries, including Thailand and Cambodia, and the Middle East. The network also offers its 24/7 feeds, along with a plethora of video on demand (VOD), via a wide range of internet enabled connected devices, including iOS, Android and Windows based phones and tablets, Apple and Windows based computers, connected TVs, including Samsung, Sony, Vizio, LG, and Panasonic, and connected boxes such as Roku home digital media player.[3]

AWE partnered with the Washington Times to launch a 24-hour conservative-leaning cable news network called One America News Network. One America will use the Washington Times as its Washington bureau.[1]

Programming[edit]

AWE airs a wide range of lifestyle and entertainment programming, including a significant amount of original programming. It features a number of travel related series, automotive programming, series on outrageous homes, international news, documentaries and live world championship boxing.[1]

Original programming[edit]

  • Behind the Name – Learning how businesses create a niche market.
  • Castles of the Ages – Castles and palaces such as Topkapi Palace are explored.
  • Boys Toys - The latest and hottest toys and vehicles, hosted by Jenn Barlow.
  • Private Islands - Exploring the world's most exotic and luxurious islands.
  • Behind the Gates - Exclusive access to extravagant, customized properties.
  • Electrified – Discussing the growing trend of electric cars.
  • Etiquette 101 – Guidelines on the appropriate behavior for a variety of situations.
  • Giving Back – The world of philanthropy.
  • Lux Lifestyles – A look at the most luxurious destinations from around the world.
  • Self Made – A look into the lives of people who created multi-million dollar enterprises.
  • Social – Danielle Staub visits the homes of the wealthy and successful.
  • Wealth International News – Anchored by Emmy-Award winner Graham Ledger.
  • Wealth in the Air – The latest in aeronautics.
  • Wealth on Wheels – The latest trends on the road today.
  • Wealth on the Water – A look onboard multi-million dollar mega yachts.
  • WOW! – Visiting the most affluent neighborhoods around the world.
  • Another Shade of Blue - Follow a photojournalist around the blue planet.
  • Vicarious Escapes - Off the beaten path travel of exclusive and historical locations.

Live championship boxing[edit]

Anthony Mundine stands over Bronco McKart on Fight Night, July 14th, 2012

In 2011, WealthTV began airing live professional boxing branded under "WealthTV's Fight Night". In July 2012, the network aired its first live pay-per-view (PPV) event branded under "WealthTV PPV". Instead of relying on its own stable of fighters or a single promoter, the network has been involved with a handful of promoters to air live world-class boxing events.[4] The network has worked with a number of promoter's worldwide including Don King, Don King Promotions, Kathy Duva, Main Events, Mick Hennessy, Hennessy Sports, Yvon Michel, Groupe Yvon Michel, and Barry Hearn, Matchroom Sports, to delivery over 20 live events. The network as been accelerating the number of live boxing events and for some events provides complete television production utilizing its staff and live production equipment.[5] In the fourth quarter of 2012, the network featured nine live boxing events, three events per month for October, November and December. WealthTV received multiple recognitions for its boxing efforts in 2012. The Boxing Writers Association of America, BWAA, recognized six fights for 2012 as nominees for best fight of the year. Two of the fights aired live on WealthTV.[6] David Price, a heavyweight boxer featured exclusively in the US on WealthTV in 2012, was recognized by leading boxing authority Dan Rafael of ESPN as the top Prospect of the Year.[7] Company executives have stated that the channel would air 40 to 60 professional world-class boxing events in 2013.[8]

Controversies[edit]

  • On March 11, 2005, WealthTV's owner Robert Herring became involved in the controversial Terri Schiavo case. Herring, who believed that stem cell research could have cured Schiavo's persistent vegetative state (PVS), offered $1 million to her husband, Michael Schiavo, if he agreed to cede his guardianship of Terri Schiavo to her parents.[9] Michael Schiavo was in the middle of a legal dispute with Terri Schiavo's parents over the decision to remove her feeding tube and end her life. Michael Schiavo rejected Herring's offer and his attorney, George Felos, described it as offensive, adding that Michael had rejected other monetary offers, including one of $10 million.[10]
  • In February 2006, using WealthTV as his soap box, Herring produced a two-hour documentary hosted by former CNN anchor, Brian Christie. Herring's involvement is only mentioned obliquely. In the program, Christie, who also hosted WealthTV's The Boomer Show, mentioned Herring's involvement as: "A concerned California businessman, Robert Herring Sr., tries to mediate a solution. He offers Michael Schiavo $1 million to transfer all guardianship rights to Terri's parents." The program did not mention that Herring is WealthTV's owner or that he underwrote its production.[11]
  • On December 11, 2007, WealthTV issued a press release accusing a technology blog, Engadget HD, of launching an attack on it just days after WealthTV engaged in a dispute with Time Warner Cable, partly owned by Engadget's corporate then-parent AOL Time Warner.[12]
  • In 2007 and 2008 WealthTV filed a carriage access complaints at the FCC against the iN DEMAND owners, namely Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House, and Cox Communications. As of December 2012, the complaints are on appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of California.[13]

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