FYI (U.S. TV channel)
|Launched||January 1, 1999
(as The Biography Channel)|
July 7, 2014 (relaunch; as fyi,)
|Owned by||A&E Networks
(Hearst Corporation (50%)
Disney–ABC Television Group (50%))
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
|Slogan||Your Inspiration Network|
|Broadcast area||United States
|Headquarters||Newark, New Jersey|
|Formerly called||The Biography Channel (1999–2014)|
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
|Dish Network||119 (HD/SD)|
|C-Band - H2H/4DTV||AMC 18 - Channel 201|
|Verizon FiOS||629 (HD)
|Available on many other U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||1272 (HD)
|now TV (Hong Kong)||218|
FYI (stylized as fyi,) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture between the Disney–ABC Television Group subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation (which each own 50%). The network features lifestyle programming, with a mix of reality, culinary, home renovation and makeover series.
The network originally launched in 1999 as The Biography Channel—an off-shoot of the A&E television series Biography. As such, it originally featured factual programs, such as reruns of its namesake. As A&E shifted its focus towards reality and drama series, Biography Channel became the home for several series that had been displaced by the network (including Biography itself), but shifted towards reality-oriented series itself in 2007 with a re-brand as simply Bio.
As of August 2013, the channel was available to approximately 68,007,000 pay television households (59.55% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.
As The Biography Channel
The channel was launched on January 1, 1999 as The Biography Channel. A&E Television Networks (now A+E Networks, and operated as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company, the Hearst Corporation and NBC at the time) conceived the channel as an offshoot of the long-running A&E profile series Biography. In addition to airing biographical shows, the network aired fictional, non-biographical programs that were previously seen on A&E, including Murder, She Wrote and Sherlock Holmes; the scripted programming was dropped from the channel in 2007.
On October 1, 2000, A&E Networks expanded its British partnership with British Sky Broadcasting with the launch of an UK market Biography Channel.
By August 2006, The Biography Channel became the exclusive home for the Biography series, which was also dropped by A&E. In July 2007, Biography Channel unveiled a new on-air brand—identifying the network simply as "Bio". The changes came as the network shifted its scope to de-emphasize traditional biographical programs in favor of “true stories about fascinating people”, such as the new series Shatner's Raw Nerve, hosted by actor William Shatner.
The Biography Channel, or Bio, had been stagnating since A+E’s 2013 upfront presentation as little focus was place upon it. Bio was generating 12 cents per subscribers from the video provider which is half the industry average. After tweaking the three main A+E channels, Bio averaged viewers of 91,000 adults 25-54 in prime compared to what A&E (716,000) and History (703,000) managed over the same period. Jana Bennett was hired as president of LMN and Bio in June 2013 and, having transformed TLC from an educational channel to a lifestyle network, was considered an indication that adding a lifestyle channel to the A+E portfolio was a possibility. An opening in the genre occurred as the Style Network became the men-focused Esquire Network. While preparing to launch FYI, Bio began re-airing A&E’s house-flipping shows and 30 potential shows were placed in development.
In December 2013, A+E Networks announced that The Biography Channel would be rebranded as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle network, starting in mid 2014. By February, FYI had a slate of six new series including three food series, two home design series, and one style series. Other shows were also in development, Two of the shows in development had pilot orders, Red Hot Design and Jennifer’s Way. In April, “Midnight Feast” show was greenlit for the new channel while 2 others were order to pilot, “Say It To My Face” and “Reverse Course”.
With the June 2014 announcement of the January 2015 end of the ABC Owned Television Stations-run broadcast Live Well Network, some of its programming was being offered to FYI, which shares partial ABC ownership.
FYI launched on July 7, 2014 at 10 PM with an overview special of the new FYI programming, FYI: First Look. Of the six new shows for the channel, the first new regular show to premier was Married at First Sight on Tuesday, July 8.
Current FYI programming
- Epic Meal Empire (16 30-minutes episodes) produced by The Collective and Nexttime Productions based on the “Epic Meal Time” YouTube show.
- World Food Championships (six 1-hour episodes) coverage produced by Sharp Entertainment 
- Tiny House Nation (ten 1 hour episodes) produced by Loud TV, the series shows the design and building of “mini-dream home” of no more than 300 square feet.
- B.O.R.N. to Style (ten 1-hour episodes) produced by Left/Right features style makeovers at the Harlem-based boutique, B.O.R.N. (Borrowed, Old, Refurbished, and New).
- Rowhouse Showdown, working title of Renovation Row, (ten 1-hour episodes) produced by Jane Street Entertainment in which three teams compete to increase the house and neighborhood value via the renovation of an "identical urban homes in dilapidated neighborhoods".
- Lost in Love
- Best in Bridal
- Married at First Sight (1 hour casting special, 10 1-hour episodes) is based on a Danish show's format of the same name in which three couples paired up by four experts (Pepper Schwartz, Greg Epstein, Dr. Logan Levkoff and Dr. Joseph Cilona) agree to get married when they first meet.
Current other programming
- The Feed (six 1-hour episodes) produced by Giants Pirates with “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons, “The Taste” judge Marcus Samuelsson and comedian and food-blogger Max Silvestri as a traveling road show looking into the American food culture and its new trends. Originally, to be a launch program (on July 12, 2014), The Feed was pushed back to a summer start.
- Midnight Feast (six 1-hour episodes) produced by Nerd TV and hosted by Chef Spike Mendelsohn is competitive cooking show in which 3 chefs use New York’s Chelsea Market as an ingredient source where the winning chef gets a cash prize while the losers pay their grocery bill.
- Red Hot Design (1/2 hour pilot), which features a team led by designer and artist Shasta Smith making upscale art and furniture from unusual materials and produced by Cineflix Productions.
- Jennifer’s Way (1/2 hour pilot), produced by Atlas Media which features Jennifer Esposito, an actress who entered the food business with a gluten-free bakery, Jennifer’s Way, which the audience will watch as she attempts to expand beyond the single NYC location into cookbooks, packages goods and franchised locations.
- Say It To My Face (1 hour pilot) produced by Pie Town Productions in which restaurant owners and chefs and their online critics meet to defend their position. Then under the aid of co-hosts Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, the restaurant gets a make over.
- Reverse Course (1 hour pilot) produced by Stick Figure Studios and hosted by chef and restaurateur Sam Talbot from the finished meal then going in reverse to cooking, preparation and local sourcing.
Former Bio programming
International versions of Bio and FYI
Despite the relaunch, international versions of The Biography Channel continue to exist in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Germany and Latin America. The Latin American version airs the same programming and uses the same logo as the former U.S. flagship channel and it is operated by the HBO Latin America Group subsidiary of Time Warner under a brand licensing agreement with A&E Networks. An international version of the channel also operated in the United Kingdom and Ireland, but has since been replaced by Lifetime UK.
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- Official website
- The Biography Channel Australia
- The Biography Channel Canada
- The Biography Channel Germany
- The Biography Channel Israel
- The Biography Channel Asia