Ovation (American TV channel)

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Ovation
Ovation TV 2018.jpg
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerOvation LLC (see lede for further ownership details)
Sister channelsReelz
History
LaunchedApril 21, 1996; 25 years ago (April 21, 1996)
Links
Websitewww.ovationtv.com
Availability
Cable
Available on some U.S. cable systemsConsult your local cable provider for channel availability
Satellite
DirecTV/Stream274
IPTV
AT&T U-verse385 (SD)
1385 (HD)
Verizon FiOS188 (SD)
688 (HD)

Ovation is an American television network whose focus is on the fine arts and contemporary culture. The network is owned by Ovation LLC, which is made up of a joint venture of Hubbard Media Group, and the private-equity funds Corporate Partners II, Arcadia Investment Partners, and Perry Capital.

As of February 2015, approximately 54 million households (46.4 percent of those with television) had access to Ovation.[1]

History[edit]

The channel was launched in 1996, mainly with spread-out coverage throughout the country and no satellite carriage, with its major coverage with the urban base of Time Warner Cable. Under this form, its carriage was limited, as cable providers did not see much popularity or requests for the arts-based network, as had been seen in the past with networks like CBS Cable, or former arts networks that went for a more broad-based focus, including Bravo and A&E.

On August 30, 2006, the network's assets were purchased by a consortium made up of the Hubbard family and The Weinstein Company.[2] In June 2007, the network was re-launched, coinciding with its addition by DirecTV, which gave the channel full national coverage. In 2008, Ovation also became available on Dish. With the relaunch, Ovation TV claimed an "energetic" new look and a new primetime schedule revolving around "genre nights" dedicated to performance, people, and film.[3] "TV" was dropped from its branding on March 1, 2010.[4]

The network's investment by The Weinstein Company would come into question in October 2017, when Harvey Weinstein's sexual assualt and abuse allegations came to light. Two weeks after the first public reports, the network's board notified Harvey Weinstein on October 24 that he would be expelled from any further involvement in Ovation. Shortly after, its interest in the network was fully terminated.[5]

Carriage[edit]

On December 18, 2012, Time Warner Cable announced plans to remove Ovation from its own systems as well as those operated by Bright House Networks (whose carriage agreements were negotiated by Time Warner). Time Warner Cable and BHN dropped Ovation at midnight Eastern Time on December 31, 2012.[6] The two providers later reached an agreement to resume carriage of Ovation on October 16, 2013, reinstating the channel on TWC and BHN systems on January 1, 2014.[7]

The network was carried on Dish under April 6, 2015, at a nadir for the network where it originated little to no programming and had drifted towards carrying low-prestige Hollywood films out of format. Providers refused to renew the network under this guise, and by 2017, it had begun to acquire overseas and prestige product anew to avert the network's demise.

High definition launch[edit]

Ovation launched in high definition in July 2010, and broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format.[8]

Programming[edit]

Ovation programming is a mix of original and acquired television series, films, documentaries and specials, targeting a multi-generational audience.

Current programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Family, Weinstein Buy Arts Channel" (Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2006)
  3. ^ https://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070605/tv_nm/ovation_dc. Retrieved June 10, 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ Ovation Gets Artsy Makeover Multichannel News February 26, 2010
  5. ^ Holloway, Daniel (24 October 2017). "Ovation Board Moves to Expel Harvey Weinstein (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  6. ^ Time Warner Cable decides to bow out of Ovation Reuters, December 18, 2012
  7. ^ "Ovation Network Returning To Time Warner Cable". Deadline. October 16, 2013.
  8. ^ Ovation Launching HD Channel in 2010 - Arts-Focused Network Has Added Subs This Year in Standard Def Multichannel News October 6, 2009