Pivot (TV network)

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Pivot Logo + Tagline.png
Launched August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01)
Owned by Participant Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan It's Your Turn
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area United States
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Replaced Halogen TV
Documentary Channel
Website Pivot.tv
Dish Network Channel 197
DirecTV Channel 267 (SD)
Channel 1267 (VOD)
4DTV Channel 208
Available on many cable systems Check local listings
AT&T U-verse Channel 1492 (HD)
Channel 492 (SD)
Verizon FIOS Channel 192 (SD)
Channel 692 (HD)
Streaming media
Subscription On Demand Service Pivot Everywhere

Pivot is an American digital cable and satellite television network owned by Participant Media. The channel, targeted at young adults between 18 and 34 years old, debuted on August 1, 2013.[1][2][3]


The launch of Pivot was announced on March 27, 2013, and is described as a "disruptive TV" service, focusing on social advocacy.[4] The channel took over the space held by two Participant Media–owned channels, Halogen TV and the Documentary Channel, giving Pivot an initial subscriber base of about 40 million cable and satellite television homes. The channel launched on August 1 at 6 a.m. with a rendition of the song that launched MTV in 1981 (coincidentally, also on August 1), "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, by several indie music artists, followed by a brief introduction to Pivot by Participant Media founder Jeffrey Skoll, and the first program, the 2010 documentary ReGeneration.[5]

With the launch, Pivot became the first television channel to offer broadband-only subscriptions that allows live streaming of the linear channel and video on demand offerings without requiring a subscription to a pay television service.[3][6] It was later announced that NeuLion had been selected to design and deliver the new cable network's downloadable interactive app which allows Pivot's content to be delivered to multiple digital devices. It offers its entertainment programming, live and on-demand, to authenticated pay TV subscribers and broadband-only subscribers.[7]


Programming seen on Pivot so far includes original programs like HitRecord on TV, a variety show hosted by series co-creator Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the reality-based talk show Raising McCain, hosted by blogger Meghan McCain.[2] Will, a period drama about a young William Shakespeare, was also announced when the channel launched, but has since been put on hold.[8] Pivot is also the U.S. television home of the Australian comedy-drama Please Like Me, a show created and written by Josh Thomas, which has been co-produced by Pivot and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since the second season.

Other shows include Jersey Strong, a docusoap that chronicles the lives of two families from parallel universes,[9] the late night current events talk show TakePart Live, and the anime series, C-Control, which premiered on October 5, 2013.[10] It was Pivot's first anime program, but not the show's North American television debut; the series originally made its debut on the Funimation Channel in January 2013. On January 29, 2015, Pivot premiered the UK series, Fortitude, on the same date as Sky Atlantic.[11]

In 2014,[12] Pivot launched Human Resources, a reality TV series providing a behind-the-scenes and at times humorous look at day-to-day operations at TerraCycle headquarters.[13]

Other programs seen on the channel include acquired shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, Friday Night Lights, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Veronica Mars, and live programs and documentaries produced in partnership with Rolling Stone and Noticias Univision.[14]


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