HGTV

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HGTV
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HGTV logo
Launched December 1, 1994
Owned by Scripps Networks Interactive
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
Slogan Share What Home Means to You.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Formerly called Home, Lawn, and Garden Channel[when?]
Sister channel(s) Cooking Channel
DIY Network
Food Network
Great American Country
Travel Channel
Website HGTV.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 229 (HD/SD)
1229 (VOD)
Dish Network 112 (HD/SD)
9461 (HD)
C-BandH2H/4DTV AMC 18 – Channel 206 (East)/207 (West)
Cable
AT&T U-verse 1450 (HD)
450 (SD)
Verizon FiOS 665 (HD)
165 (SD)
Comcast 229 (HD)
66 (SD)

HGTV (an initialism for Home & Garden Television) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive. HGTV broadcasts a variety of how-to shows with a focus on home improvement, gardening, craft and remodeling. The channel is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.[1] The channel sponsors the annual HGTV Dream Home giveaway.

As of August 2013, approximately 98,229,000 American households (86.01% of households with television) receive HGTV.[2]

History[edit]

Kenneth W. Lowe (then a radio executive with The E.W. Scripps Company and subsequently, the chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive) envisioned the concept of HGTV in 1992. With modest financial support from the E.W. Scripps corporate board he purchased Cinetel, a small video production company in Knoxville, as the base and production hub of the new network.

Cinetel became Scripps Productions, but producing more than 30 programs simultaneously proved daunting. The organization brought in former CBS television executive Ed Spray, who implemented a system of producing (nearly all) programming through independent production houses around the United States. Burton Jablin, as Vice President of Programming, set the tone and oversaw the production of the early series. About 90 percent of the channel's programming consisted of original productions at launch, with ten percent licensed and rerun from Canadian channels, PBS, and other sources.

Using local Scripps cable franchises (which have since been divested), the Federal Communications Commission "must carry" provisions of Scripps medium-market television stations and other small television operators to gain cable carriage, the channel launched on December 1, 1994. The major programming themes, unchanged since the beginning, were home building and remodeling, landscaping and gardening, decorating and design, and crafts and hobbies.

A variation of the logo used from December 1, 1994 to March 1, 2010.

During its development, the channel was originally named the Home, Lawn, and Garden Channel. The name was later shortened and a logo was developed. The logo was amended in 2010, with this version debuting on March 1 of that year. The square with the "G" in it was removed, the roof was increased in size and the "HGTV" letters are now set in Gotham Black (from the original mixture of Futura and Times New Roman), with the other Gotham fonts being used around the network. The network debuted with a skeletal staff, but with gradual acceptance by other cable operators, it now reaches 94 million households in the United States and has either partner networks, or network interests, in Canada, Japan, and elsewhere. It is now referred to simply as "HGTV", the full name of the channel is de-emphasized.

In July 2008, the E.W. Scripps Company spun off the channel and the other Scripps cable channels and web-based properties into a separate company, Scripps Networks Interactive; E.W. Scripps broadcast television and newspaper properties remain as part of the original company.

In December 2011, the channel began broadcasting all of its programming in 16:9 aspect ratio (or letterbox) format on its primary standard definition channel.[3] This results in the appearance of black bars on the top and bottom of the screen; its high-definition channel displays the channel's programming in its native aspect ratio.

Programming[edit]

Original programs currently airing on HGTV include, The Antonio Treatment, Brother Vs. Brother, Color Splash, Color Splash: Miami, Curb Appeal, Curb Appeal: The Block, Disaster DIY, Divine Design, Hawaii Life, HGTV Design Star, HGTV Star, Holmes on Homes, House Hunters, House Hunters International, Income Property, Love it or List it, My House, Your Money, The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, Power Broker, Property Brothers, Property Virgins, Rehab Addict, Selling New York and Homewreckers.[4]

High definition[edit]

The 1080i high definition simulcast feed of HGTV that launched on March 31, 2008. The HD channel originally did not simulcast the standard definition feed of HGTV, but featured programming separate from the channel. The standard definition feed of the channel began to carry the full 16:9 aspect ratio downgraded from the HD feed in a letterboxed format in early 2013.

Carriage disputes[edit]

Cablevision[edit]

On December 31, 2009, Scripps Networks Interactive removed the Food Network and HGTV from New York City-area cable provider Cablevision on the day that its carriage contract was set to expire. After months of negotiations, an agreement between Scripps and Cablevision was not reached, prompting the removal of the two channels.[5] On January 21, 2010, Cablevision and Scripps reached a deal and the channels were restored to Cablevision's systems in the New York City area on the same day and by the next day in other areas.

AT&T U-verse[edit]

On November 5, 2010, AT&T U-verse dropped the DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Great American Country and HGTV, due to a carriage dispute with Scripps Networks.[6] The carriage dispute was resolved two days later, on November 7, 2010, through a new carriage agreement.[7][8]

Controversies[edit]

On June 13, 2012, representatives for HGTV admitted that scenes featured in the original series House Hunters are mostly re-creations of prior events.[9] In many cases, the final decision and purchase were made prior to filming. In some cases, homes visited were not even on the market.

On June 12, 2013, many website readers were offended by a photograph and caption suggesting that the flag of the United States be used as a table runner.[10][11] Readers noted that the website encouraged a breach of the U.S. Flag Code.[12]

International[edit]

Canada[edit]

In 1997, Atlantis Communications and Scripps Networks launched a Canadian version of HGTV as a Category 2 specialty channel. Through a series of acquisitions over the years, Shaw Media became Scripps Networks's partner in the network.

The Canadian version features much of the same programming as the U.S. channel, along with some domestically produced programs to fulfill Canadian content requirements. Conversely, some Canadian produced shows also air in the United States including Love It or List It, Property Brothers and Brother Vs. Brother.

Awards[edit]

HGTV won the Dixon Award for Best TV Channel in 2012.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

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