Ovation (U.S. TV channel)
|Launched||April 21, 1996|
|Owned by||Hubbard Broadcasting
The Weinstein Company (each own 50%)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Formerly called||Ovation TV (2007–2010)|
Channel 1274 On Demand
|Dish Network||245 (SD)|
|Verizon FiOS||188 (SD)|
|Available on certain other U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||385 (SD)
Ovation is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned as a joint venture between Hubbard Broadcasting and The Weinstein Company (each company owns 50% of the channel). The channel airs programming dedicated to the arts and contemporary culture including programs devoted to performance, people, art, music and film. In addition, Ovation features profiles on various artists and performers, arts news from the United States and around the world, and programming aimed at children. Ovation airs its content in censored form, with commercial interruptions.
As of August 2013, Ovation is available to approximately 43,412,000 pay television households (38.01% of households with television) in the United States.
The channel was launched in April 1996; for several years, the channel had limited coverage and was only available through a select number of pay television providers. On August 30, 2006, a group led by Sparkler Entertainment and Ovation CEO Charles Segars and Hubbard Media Group announced that it would purchase the channel, with the intent to expand its carriage as well as the channel's programming without diluting the focus of Ovation on arts programming.
The channel was rebranded as Ovation TV on June 20, 2007, coinciding with its addition by DirecTV, which gave the channel full national coverage for the first time in its 10-year history. In 2010, Ovation also became available on Dish Network. With the relaunch, Ovation TV claimed an "energetic" new look and a new primetime schedule revolving around "genre nights" dedicated to performance, people, art, music and film. Ovation TV purchased the International Music Feed from Universal Music Group, shutting down that channel on January 8, 2008 and using its channel space to boost Ovation TV's national distribution by 60% to an estimated total of 25 million homes. On March 1, 2010, the channel dropped the "TV" from its name in a rebranding effort.
On December 18, 2012, Time Warner Cable announced plans to remove Ovation from its own systems as those operated by Bright House Networks (which negogiates on behalf of TWC) due to the channel's low viewership. Time Warner Cable and Bright House dropped Ovation at midnight Eastern Time on December 31, 2012. The two providers later reached an agreement to resume carriage of Ovation on October 16, 2013, reinstating the channel on TWC and Bright House systems on January 1, 2014.
Ovation HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Ovation, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; it was launched in July 2010. Ovation HD is currently available on Comcast, Bright House Networks and Service Electric.
In 2011, Ovation acquired the rights to broadcast repeat episodes of the Fox dance competition television series So You Think You Can Dance. In June 2013, Ovation acquired rights to broadcast reruns of the then-recently canceled NBC drama Smash, with the series joining the schedule on July 19, 2013. Ovation also acquired off-net rights to Robin Hood, which began airing March 2014.
On January 22, 2014, Ovation debuted The Fashion Fund, a documentary series that focuses on the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition. The program (which features Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, designer and Council of Fashion Designers of America president Diane von Fürstenberg; J. Crew president Jenna Lyons; Theory co-founder and chief executive officer Andrew Rosen; and fashion director and Neiman Marcus senior vice present Ken Downing) originated as a web series on Hulu in 2011.
- "Ovation launches new "Art Everywhere" Tagline and Brand Strategy". Ovation. May 9, 2013.
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- Family, Weinstein Buy Arts Channel" (Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2006)
- http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070605/tv_nm/ovation_dc[dead link]
- Rueters via Hollywood Reporter July 8, 2008 Ovation TV buys Universal music channel
- Ovation Gets Artsy Makeover Multichannel News February 26, 2010
- Time Warner Cable decides to bow out of Ovation Reuters, December 18, 2012
- "Ovation Network Returning To Time Warner Cable". Deadline Hollywood. October 16, 2013.
- Ovation Launching HD Channel in 2010 - Arts-Focused Network Has Added Subs This Year in Standard Def Multichannel News October 6, 2009
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 27, 2013). "Ovation Acquires ‘Smash’ For July Debut". Deadline Hollywood.
- "Robin Hood : Series : Ovation". Ovation. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Steigrad, Alexandra (14 January 2014). "Anna Wintour, 'The Fashion Fund' to Air on Cable TV". WWD. Retrieved 14 January 2014.