|Launched||January 1, 1999|
|Owned by||Scripps Networks Interactive|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||The Home Improvement How-To Network|
|Headquarters||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Sister channel(s)||Cooking Channel
Great American Country
1230 (On Demand)
|Dish Network||111 (HD/SD)|
|Verizon FiOS||667 (HD)
|Available on most cable systems||Check Local Listings for channels|
|AT&T U-Verse||1454 (HD)
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
Television stations air local versions with local hosts with segments produced by the network. Branded DIY Network programming is also broadcast in Japan and the Philippines. The cable network reaches 50 million households in the US.
As of August 2013, DIY Network is available to approximately 58,592,000 pay television households (51.31% of households with television) in the United States.
The shows carried over the network cover the gamut of various activities which are capable of being performed by amateurs at home. The current programming focuses on:
- home repair (Bath Crashers, My First Renovation, Blog Cabin, Kitchen Crashers, Sweat Equity, Renovation Realities)
- home improvement (The Vanilla Ice Project, BATHtastic, Mega Dens, Man Caves, Cool Tools)
- gardening and landscaping (Yard Crashers)
- destruction and contracting (Million Dollar Contractor, Sledgehammer)
Programming that focused on other activities and hobbies have ceased. These include:
- Auto repairs, ranging from simple repairs such as adding stereo speakers, all the way to engine rebuilding.
- Jewelry making
- Motorcycle and motorbike repairs and upgrades
- Plumbing repairs including installation of major appliances such as garbage disposals, dishwashers and refrigerators having in-door ice and water
- Quilting and quilt repairs
- Recreational vehicle usage and maintenance
- Video production including taping and editing one's home videos.
The network also carries reruns of the series This Old House, originally a PBS series about families who had their homes remodeled or rehabilitated, and as recently as late-2009, some older HGTV archive programming, including the Carol Duvall Show.
DIY was the second network to be launched by Scripps, following the success of HGTV. In fact, for the first two years the programming consisted of mixed and mashed clips of old HGTV programs while new content was developed. The network offered a large amount of broadband content (originally project worksheets and instruction pages for printout by users, later video clips and more) to create demand for and help cable operators launch their nascent broadband services. The broadband portal was first DIYnet.com, and has since been changed to DIYnetwork.com
DIY says they target a more male audience than HGTV (which is more female), although both channels have offerings which appeal to both.
The channel announced it would launch in high definition on May 1, 2010 on "two prominent distributors", and it would add 200 new original programs by year end. One of the "prominent distributors" turned out to be Dish Network, which launched DIY HD on May 12, 2010. DirecTV added DIY HD on September 19, 2012.
AT&T U-verse Carriage Dispute
AT&T U-verse dropped Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country on November 5, 2010 due to a carriage dispute. But on November 7, 2010, the carriage dispute was resolved.
- If I Had a Hammer, I Wouldn’t Watch TV New York Times July 20, 2008
- 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. Zap2it. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- 2010 Cable Upfronts: DIY Goes HD In May - Scripps Network Service To Unveil 17 New Series In 2010, Multichannel News, April 20, 2010
- DISH Network Boosts Industry-Leading HD Lineup With Six New Channels
- AT&T's U-verse Drops Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Networks, Chicago Tribune, November 5, 2010
- Food Network, HGTV, Back on U-verse, Chicago Tribune, November 7, 2010
- AT&T U-verse, Scripps Reconnect on Carriage Contract, MultiChannel News, November 7, 2010