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|Launched||June 30, 2005|
|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|DirecTV||Channel 272 (SD only)
Channel 1272 (HD VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 254 (HD only)|
|Available on most cable providers||Check local listings for channel|
Logo TV is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Viacom Media Networks. The channel focuses on lifestyle programming aimed primarily at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
As of August 2013, approximately 52,204,000 American households (45.71% of households with television) receive Logo.
The channel launched on June 30, 2005, as simply Logo, as the first advertiser-supported commercial television channel in the United States geared towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. It was founded by former MTV executive Matt Farber. Its first president, Brian Graden, was named by Out Magazine as the 15th most powerful gay person in America in 2007. Logo replaced VH1 MegaHits when it was launched.
The fact that the LGBT-themed channel was named "Logo" led some viewers to think the "l" and the "g" referenced "lesbian" and "gay", but according to company executives, the name does not represent anything, nor is it an acronym. The channel's website says:
We chose the name "Logo TV" because a logo is an identity and nothing's more important than having your own, unique identity, and making it work for you. Your logo is your symbol, it's what you put forward with pride, it's who you are, and it's what we are.
Logo struck carriage deals prior to its launch date with DirecTV, Charter Communications, Adelphia, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable of New York City, and RCN. A deal with Comcast was reached after the launch date. Logo has partnered with CBS News to provide news briefs and has developed a relationship with LPI Media, publisher of The Advocate, Out and The Out Traveler magazines. On December 11, 2006, MTV Networks and Time Warner Cable announced an agreement to expand its distribution of Logo to additional markets. Logo became available on Dish Network in May 2009 (in HD only) as part of an add-on package.
Logo's programming was initially a blend of movies with gay themes, reality television, travel programming, dating/romance shows, documentaries, music videos, stand-up comedy, news, and syndicated programs with gay characters or gay interest/fanbases. According to its website, "We're kind of big on fierce stuff, and that can mean a lot of things. Fiercely original programming to us means that in a perfect world everyone would be this interesting." Some content originated from other Viacom properties including Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. In April 2011, Logo acquired the rights to air the British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous and co-produced the show's three revival specials during 2011 and 2012 with the BBC and BBC America.
On February 21, 2012, Logo announced that it was shifting its programming strategy. Citing research that indicated that LGBT people were becoming increasingly less likely to prioritize highlighting their sexual orientation or identity, the channel entered into partnerships to produce programs that focused less on LGBT-specific interests and more on general cultural and lifestyle subjects.
Logo publishes a collection of websites, all of which it describes as being a part of LOGOonline, the umbrella name for these sites. In mid-2009, Logo moved its flagship site (LOGOonline.com) to the LOGOtv.com domain name.
- AfterEllen.com and TheBacklot.com - A site featuring news and commentary on bisexual and lesbian women in media and entertainment, and a site featuring news and commentary on bisexual and gay men in media and entertainment.
- Downelink.com — A social networking site primarily targeted to LGBT people.
- NewNowNext.com — A blog on pop culture news and trends).
- 365gay.com — A site featuring news relevant to the LGBT community. (defunct)
- HappiestGayCouple.com — A site for fans of the series Rick & Steve. (defunct)
- VisibleVote08.com — A site offering Logo's coverage of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. (defunct)
Video on demand
In September 2006, Logo launched a video on demand service featuring select programming content; it is available on cable providers Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and on Verizon FiOS. Logo programming has been available on the Roost service since the time of its official launch.
Logo offered several audio and video podcasts through the podcast section of the iTunes Store. At launch, the offering included audio and video podcasts for CBS News on Logo, Jason Bellini's Here & Now, Talking to Manatees, She Said What? and Wisecrack. On July 28, 2007, Logo launched a new audio podcast titled Oh God I'm Gay, which addresses spiritual issues for LGBT people. As of January 2011, archives of some of Logo's podcasts remain on iTunes but none have been updated since 2009.
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- Dish Network
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