|Launched||1 October 1993|
|Sister channel(s)||QVC Beauty
Channel 814 (QVC Extra)
Channel 818 (QVC Style)
Channel 667 (QVC Extra)
Channel 683 (QVC Style)
|Astra 2A South||12032 H 27500 2/3|
|Virgin Media||Channel 740|
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 701|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 505|
|QVC UK Online||Watch live|
|TVCatchup||Watch live (UK only)|
QVC UK is a television shopping channel broadcast in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1993 when QVC, Inc. agreed a deal with Sky TV to create a UK version of the US channel. "QVC — The Shopping Channel" first broadcast in the UK on 1 October 1993.
The original US channel was founded in 1986 in West Chester, Pennsylvania by Joseph Segel. It grew into a multinational corporation, specialising in televised home shopping. It now broadcasts in five countries to 141 million consumers. The name is an initialism—standing for Quality, Value, Convenience. However, unlike in the USA, the expansion of the initialism is no longer used on air in the UK.
In 1998 the UK venture turned its first net profit (£12.5 million), against a loss of £228,000 in 1997. Originally 20% owned by Sky, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the US broadcaster in 2004.
- QVC Live
- QVC+1 (a time delayed service)
- Today's Special Value presentation
QVC Style, QVC Extra
QVC had planned to begin broadcasting in high-definition from September 2012, to be followed by the launch of two new 24-hour channels on Sky. On 11 February 2013 Sparkle TV and Twinkle TV launched on Sky; however, as of 2013[update] QVC HD has yet to launch. On 1 July 2013, Twinkle TV was renamed QVC Style. Sparkle TV became QVC Extra on 12 August 2013, with both channels added to Freesat. The following day saw the channels relaunch with availability expanded to Freeview via the connected red button on QVC Beauty.
QVC Active was an interactive television service made accessible using the red button on QVC UK's cable, Sky and digital terrestrial services. Across each enhanced television platform, QVC provided information including a 24 hour TV Guide, bestselling products of that day and an ability for the viewer to interact with QVC UK's inventory. Customers viewing the Sky and cable TV platforms could buy products using their set-top box. On 13 August 2013, QVC Active closed as a result of more customers using mobile devices for ordering.
Operation in the UK
QVC UK operates from two main sites. From launch until June 2012, its headquarters and broadcasting facilities were at Marco Polo House, the former British Satellite Broadcasting headquarters in Battersea, London. These operations then moved to Chiswick Park, a 'campus'-style development on the site of a former derelict London Transport bus depot in West London. Its call centre and distribution warehouse is located in Kirkby, in Knowsley, on Merseyside. These facilities were moved in 1998 from Liverpool's Harrington Dock. The company also has outlet stores in Warrington and Shrewsbury.
The channel broadcasts live 17 hours a day (the remainder being repeated content) year round. QVC UK claims a market penetration of 15.4 million homes on cable, satellite, and digital terrestrial TV. The satellite 'footprint' also takes in much of Western Europe. Retail sales for the year 2008 reached £360+ million.
QVC organises its product range into eight distinct categories:
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- QVC Shopping Channel Experimenting With 3D, 3dfocus.co.uk, 6 June 2011.Accessed 13 August 2011.