AWE (TV network)

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AWE
AWE Logo (platinum).jpg
Broadcast areaNational
Worldwide
HeadquartersSan Diego, California
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Ownership
OwnerHerring Networks, Inc.
Sister channelsOne America News Network
History
LaunchedJune 1, 2004; 18 years ago (2004-06-01)
Former namesWealth TV (2004 (2004)–13 (13))
Links
Websitewww.awetv.com
Availability
Streaming media
Digital media receiverAmazon Fire TV
Roku

AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment; formerly Wealth TV) is an American lifestyle and entertainment cable network. Privately held by Herring Networks, Inc., the network operates several domestic and international television feeds while its primary production facilities and corporate headquarters are located in San Diego, California.

History[edit]

Former logo under the name WealthTV; 2004–2013

AWE debuted in 2004, under the name Wealth TV.[1] It was founded by Robert Herring Sr. and his sons.[2]

Herring hired Dean Harris as general manager and gave him a 5% stake in the channel. Harris was a former stock broker and convicted felon who was barred from trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission and served a 32-month federal prison sentence. Herring said that he did not know of Harris' prison term until he was informed by a reporter for Reuters.[2]

In 2007 and 2008, Wealth TV filed carriage access complaints with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the owners of iN DEMAND, namely Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, and Cox Communications.[3][2] Herring alleged that the companies refused to air Wealth TV because it competed against a lifestyle network co-owned by them. In March 2013, an appeals court ruled in favor of the cable operators.[2]

On January 14, 2022, DirecTV announced that its contract with Herring Networks, including carriage of AWE and its controversial sister channel One America News Network (OANN), would not be renewed, and the networks would be removed in early April from its satellite and U-verse TV services.[4] The channels were removed on April 4, 2022.[5] On July 30, 2022, Verizon FiOS removed the channel from its lineup.[6]

Programming[edit]

AWE operates a 24/7 channel domestically as well as an international feed with alternate programming in which it owns the worldwide rights. The network also offers its 24/7 feeds and programs on demand through multiple digital media playing devices.[7]

Live championship boxing[edit]

Anthony Mundine stands over Bronco McKart on Fight Night, July 14, 2012

In 2011, WealthTV began airing live professional boxing branded under "Wealth TV's Fight Night". In July 2012, the network aired its first live pay-per-view (PPV) event branded "Wealth TV PPV". Wealth TV received multiple recognitions for its boxing efforts in 2012. The Boxing Writers Association of America, BWAA, recognized six fights for 2012 as nominees for best fight of the year, two of which were aired live on Wealth TV.[8] David Price, a heavyweight boxer featured exclusively in the US on Wealth TV in 2012, was recognized by leading boxing authority Dan Rafael of ESPN as the top Prospect of the Year.[9]

AWE has aired many bouts, including the matchup of Ricky Burns against Ray Beltran for the world lightweight title (2013),[10] and the crowning of American, Terence Crawford, after his defeat of Ricky Burns (2014).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, David (June 15, 2019). "Trump has a new favourite news network – and it's more rightwing than Fox". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b c d Shiffman, John (October 7, 2021). "The tech entrepreneur who founded Trump's go-to TV news network". Reuters.
  3. ^ "FCC Orders Hearings on NFL Network, Bright House, Wealth TV Complaints". Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Reardon, Sophie (January 14, 2022). "DirecTV says it will not enter a new contract with OANN". CBS News. Archived from the original on January 17, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "DirecTV to Drop One America News on Tuesday Despite Pressure". Bloomberg News. April 4, 2022. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Perogaro, Rob (July 22, 2022). "OANN Loses Last Lifeline as Verizon Ends Carriage Deal". PCMag. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  7. ^ "Roku Gets Wealth TV, its First Live TV Channel". PCMAG. Archived from the original on February 16, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Wealth TV Makes Major Strides in Boxing". Boxing News. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Prospect of the Year: David Price". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Boxing the victim of outrageous judging as Ricky Burns gets 'home' draw against Raymundo Beltran". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on February 20, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Ricky Burns beaten by Terence Crawford in WBO title defence". BBC Sport. March 2, 2014. Archived from the original on September 14, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.

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