Fyi (TV network)

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Fyi
FYI, logo.png
Launched January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) (as The Biography Channel)
July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07) (relaunch; as fyi,)
Owned by A&E Networks
(Hearst Corporation (50%)
Disney–ABC Television Group (50%))
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Your Inspiration Network
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area United States
Canada
Southeast Asia
Headquarters Newark, New Jersey
Formerly called The Biography Channel (1999–2014)
Sister channel(s) A&E
History
H2
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
Military History
Website www.fyi.tv
Availability
Satellite
Dish Network 119 (HD/SD)
DirecTV 266 (HD/SD)
C-Band - H2H/4DTV AMC 18 - Channel 201
Cable
Verizon FiOS 629 (HD)
129 (SD)
Available on many other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 1272 (HD)
272 (SD)

Fyi (stylized as fyi,) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture between the Disney–ABC Television Group subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation (which each own 50%). The network features lifestyle programming, with a mix of reality, culinary, home renovation and makeover series.

The network originally launched in 1999 as The Biography Channel—an off-shoot of the A&E television series Biography. As such, it originally featured factual programs, such as reruns of its namesake. As A&E shifted its focus towards reality and drama series, Biography Channel became the home for several series that had been displaced by the network (including Biography itself), but shifted towards reality-oriented series itself in 2007 with a re-brand as simply Bio.

As of August 2013, the channel was available to approximately 68,007,000 pay television households (59.55% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[1]

History[edit]

As The Biography Channel[edit]

Original logo used from 1999 to 2001.
Second logo used from 2001 to 2007.
Third logo used from 2007 to 2014.

The channel was launched on January 1, 1999 as The Biography Channel. A&E Television Networks (now A+E Networks, and operated as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company, the Hearst Corporation and NBC at the time) conceived the channel as an offshoot of the long-running A&E profile series Biography.[2] In addition to airing biographical shows, the network aired fictional, non-biographical programs that were previously seen on A&E, including Murder, She Wrote and Sherlock Holmes; the scripted programming was dropped from the channel in 2007.

On October 1, 2000, A&E Networks expanded its British partnership with British Sky Broadcasting with the launch of an UK market Biography Channel.[3]

By August 2006, The Biography Channel became the exclusive home for the Biography series, which was also dropped by A&E.[citation needed] In July 2007, Biography Channel unveiled a new on-air brand—identifying the network simply as "Bio". The changes came as the network shifted its scope to de-emphasize traditional biographical programs in favor of “true stories about fascinating people”, such as the new series Shatner's Raw Nerve, hosted by actor William Shatner.[4]

Bio. would stagnate in later years as A&E Networks placed little focus upon the channel's programming. By 2013, Bio was generating carriage fees from pay television providers of 12¢ per subscriber, which is half the industry average for a cable channel. After adjustments for the three main A&E channels, Bio averaged viewers of 91,000 adults 25-54 during primetime, a fraction of what A&E (which averaged 716,000 viewers) and History (which averaged 703,000 viewers) managed to amass over the same period.[5]

As Fyi[edit]

On December 11, 2013, during A&E Networks' 2013 upfront presentation, the company announced that The Biography Channel would be rebranded as Fyi in mid-2014, and would be refocused as a "contemporary lifestyle" network.[6][7] Jana Bennett, prior to being hired by A&E Networks in June 2013 as president of The Biography Channel and LMN, oversaw the format change of TLC from an educational network to a lifestyle network. This was considered an indication that adding a lifestyle channel to the A+E portfolio was a possibility.[original research?]

Bennett explained that Fyi's programming would be "defined by the world we live in today – offering viewers a less prescriptive, more adventurous approach to their taste, space, social life and look."[8] The "FYI" name was chosen for branding and marketing purposes, with proposed slogans such as "For Your Inspiration," "For Your Imagination," or "For Your Innovation," to convey the network as the "personal experience of the viewer".[9]

In preparation for the pending relaunch as FYI, Bio added reruns of house-flipping shows originally aired by A&E on its schedule. The channel also ordered 30 shows for development into proposed series.[6] By February, six new series were greenlit to air with the relaunch (including three food series, two home design series and one makeover series), along with additional shows in development,[9] including Red Hot Design, which features a team led by designer and artist Shasta Smith making upscale art and furniture from unusual materials.[9][10][11][12] The channel formally relaunched on July 7, 2014.[13]

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

  • Sell This House![14]
  • Food Factory
  • Married at First Sight
  • Rowhouse Showdown
  • Celebrity House Hunting"[15]
  • Epic Meal Empire (16 30-minute episodes) produced by The Collective and Nexttime Productions based on the YouTube web series Epic Meal Time.
  • The Feed (6 1-hour episodes) - produced by Giants Pirates with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, The Taste judge Marcus Samuelsson and comedian and food-blogger Max Silvestri as a traveling road show looking into the American food culture and its new trends.
  • World Food Championships (6 1-hour episodes) - coverage produced by Sharp Entertainment
  • Tiny House Nation (10 1 hour episodes) - produced by Loud TV, the series shows the design and building of a "mini-dream home" of no more than 300 square feet.
  • Renovation Row (10 1-hour episodes) - produced by Jane Street Entertainment in which three teams compete to increase the house and neighborhood value via the renovation of an "identical urban homes in dilapidated neighborhoods".
  • B.O.R.N. to Style (10 1-hour episodes) - produced by Left/Right features style makeovers at the Harlem-based boutique, B.O.R.N. (Borrowed, Old, Refurbished, and New).[9]

Upcoming programming[edit]

  • Jennifer's Way - a reality show following Jennifer Esposito's gluten-free New York bakery and its attempt to expand
  • Red Hot Design - features designer and artist Shasta Smith and her team making upscale art and furniture from unusual materials[9]

Former programming[edit]

International versions of Bio and FYI[edit]

Despite the relaunch to Fyi, international versions of The Biography Channel continue to exist in Australia, Canada, Southeast Asia, Israel, Italy, Germany and Latin America. The Latin American version airs the same programming and uses the same logo as the former U.S. flagship channel and it is operated by the HBO Latin America Group subsidiary of Time Warner under a brand licensing agreement with A&E Networks. An international version of the channel also operated in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which has since been replaced by Lifetime UK.

As part of a licensing agreement with Shaw Media, their lifestyle channel, Twist TV, will be rebranded as a Canadian version of FYI in September 2014.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nededog, Jethro (December 11, 2013). "A&E Networks Rebranding Bio Channel to Lifestyle Channel FYI". The Wrap. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Wilkes, Neil (September 22, 2000). "Sky confirms Biography Channel". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (January 16, 2007). "Shatner to interview celebrities". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Thielman, Sam (December 11, 2013). "Bio to Rebrand as FYI, a 'Contemporary Lifestyle' Network". Adweek. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 11, 2013). "A&E Networks' Bio Renamed FYI As It Converts Into Lifestyle Network". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 11, 2013). "A+E Networks Rebranding Bio Channel as New Network 'FYI'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 27, 2014). "FYI Unveils Primetime Lineup For July Premiere". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Nededog, Jethro (December 11, 2013). "A&E Networks Rebranding Bio Channel to Lifestyle Channel FYI". The Wrap. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2014). "FYI Greenlights Six Series and Two Pilots to Production". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ A+E’s New FYI Network Makes Bigger Bet On Cooking Series
  12. ^ Food, Home Renovation Shows on Menu for A+E’s FYI Launch
  13. ^ "A+E's BIO Converts To FYI Tonight". Multichannel News. July 7, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 11, 2013). "A+E Rebrands Bio as Lifestyle Network FYI". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ Poggi, Jeanine (December 11, 2013). "A&E Rebrands Bio Channel as FYI, a Broad Lifestyle Network". Ad Age (Crain Communications). Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "New FYI channel debuts in Canada on Sept. 1". August 1, 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Biography Channel[edit]