|Launched||January 1, 2006
August 15, 2011 (as Cloo)
(Universal Television Networks)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Formerly called||Sleuth (2006–2011)|
The Weather Channel
|C-Band - H2H/4DTV||AMC 18 - 214|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings|
|AT&T U-Verse||161 (SD)|
Cloo is a digital cable television channel with programming dedicated to the crime and mystery genres. It is owned and operated by NBCUniversal. It launched on January 1, 2006, replacing Trio. Cloo debuted as Sleuth on DirecTV on June 1, 2006, and on Dish Network nine days later.
Cloo focuses on mystery entertainment, with the majority of the channel's programming borrowed from sister channels NBC and USA Network. However as of 2014 the network's schedule is made up mostly of repeats of current USA Network series or marathons from the Law and Order franchise, and films either from the NBCUniversal library or acquired as part of USA Network's film rights purchases, meaning films such as Enchanted, The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Bee Movie with nothing to do with crimes or mysteries air on the network.
On August 15, 2011 Cloo was rebranded from its former name of Sleuth, in order to be able to trademark and own the name. NBCUniversal could not do so with the name Clue because Hasbro owns the rights to it with their board game Clue (and in turn owns 50% of its joint venture with Discovery Communications for the Hub Network). NBCUniversal also explained that another reason for the name change was the word "Sleuth" is too common for search engines.
As of August 2013, approximately 33,640,000 American households (29.46% of households with television) received Cloo. On or after August 15, 2014, Verizon FiOS will remove the channel from their lineup, reducing Cloo's availability to only about a quarter of American households.
On September 17, 2011 Cloo premiered two original series, though these have since been discontinued.
- Dateline on Cloo, featuring repurposed Dateline NBC episodes featuring true-crime stories.
- Killer Instinct, a 13-part true-crime series. The one-hour show explores some of the country's most notorious crimes, as seen through the eyes of FBI criminal profiler Mark Safarik.
In January 2009, all shows from the lineup (see past programming) were removed and replaced with mainly NBCUniversal-produced, USA Network original shows, Monk and In Plain Sight to its lineup, running marathons of each program's episodes. CBS military-crime-drama series NCIS were also added to the channel's lineup, both of which are staples on USA Network, as well as another USA Network staple in Walker, Texas Ranger and two Canadian series, Da Vinci's Inquest and Cold Squad, that primarily aired in syndication nationwide. The Law & Order franchise also joined the channel. It recently started airing another Canadian series, The Eleventh Hour. However, it was renamed Bury the Lead, to differentiate it from the since-canceled CBS series of the same name.
The channel presently relies on reruns of the Law & Order franchise,NCIS, Walker, Texas Ranger, MacGyver, and various other series aired mainly on the USA Network in which it and the former are owned by NBCUniversal while the latter four are owned by CBS Television Studios. Though, Sony Pictures Television owns the U.S. television distribution rights to Walker.
The channel originally featured crime and mystery programming from NBCUniversal's extensive library of feature films, classic television shows, reality series and documentaries. Programming initially included popular and cult television series like Simon & Simon, Miami Vice, The A-Team, Dragnet (1967–70 and 2003 versions), Knight Rider, The Equalizer, Homicide: Life on the Street, JAG and more recent cancelled series like EZ Streets, Karen Sisco, and Deadline. More recently, the channel has added programming from other studios, such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Sony.
Crime, mystery and suspense films like Scarface, The Jackal, Casino, Sneakers and Mercury Rising will be in the standard- and high-definition lineups, with at least 20 hours of content from the channels offered on demand at any given time to consumers.
On February 25, 2007, the channel aired a fourteen-hour movie marathon entitled "Chiller On Sleuth" to promote the launch of Chiller, NBCUniversal's cable channel dedicated to horror and suspense programming that launched on March 1, 2007. The movies that aired during this marathon are Wait Until Dark, Psycho, I Saw What You Did (the 1988 version), and The Island.
- Exclusive: Sleuth Gets A New Name: Meet Cloo, TV Guide, April 7, 2011
- Exclusive: Newly Rebranded Cloo TV Picks Up First Original Series TV Guide July 15, 2011
- Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved August 25, 2013.