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|Launched||April 21, 1996|
|Owned by||Privately held; independent
Hubbard Media Group
Corporate Partners II
Arcadia Investment Partners
The Weinstein Company
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Formerly called||Ovation TV (2007–10)|
All News Channel
Channel 1274 On Demand
|Available on some U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||385 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||188 (SD)
Ovation is an American television network whose stated mission is to connect the world to all forms of art and artistic expression.
Ovation premiered on April 21, 1996 and was re-launched on June 20, 2007 to a national audience with carriage on DirecTV. Since then, the network has added carriage on AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Comcast/Xfinity, RCN, Time Warner Cable, Charter (selected markets) and other major cable systems across the country (check local listings). The channel currently reaches approximately 50 million subscribers. Ovation launched an HD service in 2010 and is also available on VOD (in both standard- and high-definition) and via TV Everywhere (authentication) through selected providers.
As of February 2015, approximately 54 million households (46.4% of those with television) receive Ovation.
The channel was launched in 1997 and relaunched in June 2007, coinciding with its addition by DirecTV, which gave the channel full national coverage. In 2008, Ovation also became available on Dish Network. With the relaunch, Ovation TV claimed an "energetic" new look and a new primetime schedule revolving around "genre nights" dedicated to performance, people, art, music and film. On March 1, 2010, the channel dropped the "TV" from its name in a rebranding effort.
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 (for which TWC negotiates carriage agreements). Time Warner Cable and Bright House dropped Ovation at midnight Eastern Time on December 31, 2012. The two providers later reached an agreement to resume carriage of Ovation on October 16, 2013, reinstating the channel on TWC and Bright House systems on January 1, 2014.
On April 6, 2015, Dish Network removed it from the lineup.
Ovation HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Ovation, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; it was launched in July 2010. Ovation HD is currently available on DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS, and AT&T U-verse.
Ovation programming is a mix of original and selectively curated television series, films, documentaries and specials, targeting a multi-generational audience.
In 2013, Ovation gained national attention when it announced the exclusive US premiere of a A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a four-part scripted series starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, and launched the exclusive US premiere of The Artful Detective, (known in Canada and elsewhere as Murdoch Mysteries), now in its seventh season, with season 8 premiering in February 2015. In 2013, the network also premiered The Art Of which returns with season 4 in 2015.
Original series premiering in 2014 included The Fashion Fund, starring Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg, Capture, wherein celebrity photographer Mark Seliger and other legendary shooters sit with A-list celebrities to share the stories behind their indelible images, Young Marvels, highlighting the artistic achievements made by young people in dance, music, Trending Trailers, with celebrity interviews and previews of upcoming films and "Touching the Art," a comedic web series panel show focused on contemporary art hosted by Casey Jane Ellison.
Returning series in 2014 included The Fashion Fund (season 2), A Young Doctor’s Notebook (season 2) and the Song by Song franchise, highlighting the stories behind the most popular hits by Sheryl Crow, Blondie, and Lindsey Stirling.
In 2015, Ovation premiered the new reality show Art Breakers. Art Breakers steps inside the high-stakes world of art collecting. Powerhouse dealers Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau deploy their vast knowledge to curate the most enviable collections for demanding patrons. On November 9, Ovation will be the exclusive home to NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes’ documentary following Spacey’s theater company as they take their production of "Richard III" around the world, with Spacey in the lead role. Weekday mornings on Ovation are anchored by Morning Canvas, a daily offering of artistic inspiration with host Nikki Boyer.
Ovation will debut the U.S. premiere of international drama series Versailles on October 1, 2016.
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