Live Well Network
|Live Well Network|
|Launched||April 27, 2009|
|Owned by||ABC Owned Television Stations
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Find Balance, Feel Beautiful|
|Available on some DTV subchannels||See below|
|Channel 2 (East; HD)
Channel 3 (West; HD)
|Available on some cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Live Well Network is a home, health and lifestyle high definition digital subchannel network owned by Disney–ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and is operated by the ABC Owned Television Stations. The network launched as Live Well HD Network on April 27, 2009, and is currently available on digital subchannels of all ABC -owned and -operated stations and a handful of other station groups.
Cable carriage is also featured in the ABC markets (e.g., Comcast in Houston, Texas and Cablevision in the New York/Tri-State Region), either through the full HD feed or a 480i standard definition version.
Live Well Network was launched on April 27, 2009 in high definition on ABC's owned-and-operated stations as part of the stations' subchannels. In September 2010, Belo became the first non-ABC group to sign on with the network, adding it to their stations on November 8, 2010. The stations include WFAA, KMOV, WCNC-TV, WVEC, & WWL-TV (WFAA and WVEC are ABC affiliates). Not all of the Belo-owned stations originally aired the network in widescreen (unlike the ABC group), which led the network to drop the "HD" from its branding to become simply Live Well Network. Currently, four of the five Belo stations (WFAA, WCNC, WVEC, and WWL) transmit their LiveWell subchannels in 16:9 standard-definition widescreen while KMOV transmits its LiveWell subchannel in 4:3 standard definition (with 16:9 letterboxes). SJL Broadcasting became the second outside broadcast group to offer Live Well on its stations, following its purchase of WTVG and WJRT from ABC in 2011; both broadcast the network in standard definition format only.
On May 26, 2011, it was announced that a deal has been reached to air the network on nine Scripps-owned stations (several, but not all of them, are ABC affiliates). No word on when those stations will air the network, though WXYZ-TV in Detroit added the service at 12:00 AM on August 1, 2011, replacing its former RTV affiliation Currently, the WXYZ subchannel are transmitted in widescreen SD while the WEWS-TV subchannel uses letterboxing in its 4:3 transmissions. On January 9, 2012, Citadel Communications announced that it will be adding Live Well to all 5 of its major network-affiliated stations (four of them ABC affiliates), bringing the network's reach to around 55% U.S. television households. Young Broadcasting announced the addition of most of their stations to the network as of the end of January 2012; carriage agreements were maintained when Young was purchased by Media General in November 2013.
The network lost affiliates in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee in March 2013 as a result of the sale of Newport Television's stations to Nexstar Broadcasting; Nexstar generally does not carry subchannel networks in any form, and lost three more affiliates in October 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri when KMCI-TV dropped the network in favor of Bounce TV and in January 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT when KSL-TV dropped the network in favor of Cozi TV and later that month in Rock Island, IL when WHBF-TV dropped the network likely for the same reason of the Memphis and Jackson, TN stations dropping the network. On February 17, 2014, KMOV in St. Louis dropped the network, as new owner Meredith Corporation plans on using the bandwidth for ATSC M/H mobile DTV, better known by the brand name Dyle.
Currently, the Phoenix DMA is the largest TV market that does not have an affiliate, since KNXV-TV switched to Antenna TV, citing viewer demand for the classic TV network as the reason for dropping Live Well.
End of network
On June 9, 2014, network vice president Peggy Allen and ABC Owned Television Stations president Rebecca Campbell jointly announced to Live Well Network's staff that they planned to shut down the network in January 2015. Campbell and Allen stated that despite the success of the network, the division wanted to prioritize "local content" and its "core local news brands".
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- "WEWS to launch 'Live Well Network' on 5.2 digital subchannel". Newsnet5.com. August 22, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- "Live Well Network's TV Schedule for South Bend, Indiana". The Live Well Network. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- Jordan Sexton, Christine (April 30, 2012). "New local TV station focuses on wellness, more". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved September 1, 2012.