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DIY Network is an American pay television network owned by Discovery, Inc. The network is a spin-off of HGTV; while it originally focused on instructional programming related to "do it yourself" activities, DIY Network has since focused on personality-based, documentary-style reality series related to home repair and renovation.
|Launched||January 1, 1999|
|Owned by||Discovery, Inc.|
|Slogan||The Dirtiest Network|
|Headquarters||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Dish Network||Channel 111|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each provider|
|Zazeen (Canada)||Channel 134 (SD)|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
|Philo||Internet Protocol television|
As of February 2015, DIY Network is available to approximately 60,942,000 pay television households (52.4% of households with television) in the United States.
The shows carried over the network cover the gamut of various activities which are capable of being performed by amateurs at home. The current programming focuses on:
- Home construction (Building off the Grid)
- Home repair (Bath Crashers, My First Renovation, Blog Cabin, Kitchen Crashers, Sweat Equity, Renovation Realities, Ed the Plumber)
- Home improvement (The Vanilla Ice Project, BATHtastic, Mega Dens, Man Caves, Cool Tools)
- Gardening and landscaping (Yard Crashers)
- Destruction and contracting (Million Dollar Contractor, Sledgehammer, Barnwood Builders, Texas Flip and Move, Restored)
Programming that focused on other activities and hobbies have ceased. These include:
- Auctioneering: Auctioneer Myers Jackson sells homes on Texas Flip and Move
- Auto repairs, ranging from simple repairs such as adding stereo speakers, all the way to engine rebuilding.
- Jewelry making
- Motorcycle and motorbike repairs and upgrades
- Plumbing repairs including installation of major appliances such as garbage disposals, dishwashers and refrigerators having in-door ice and water
- Quilting and quilt repairs
- Recreational vehicle usage and maintenance
- Video production including taping and editing one's home videos.
The network also carries reruns of the series This Old House, originally a PBS series about families who had their homes remodeled or rehabilitated, and as recently as late-2009, some older HGTV archive programming, including the Carol Duvall Show.
DIY was the second network to be launched by Scripps, following the success of HGTV. In fact, for the first two years the programming consisted of mixed and mashed clips of old HGTV programs while new content was developed. The network offered a large amount of broadband content (originally project worksheets and instruction pages for printout by users, later video clips and more) to create demand for and help cable operators launch their nascent broadband services. The broadband portal was first DIYnet.com, and has since been changed to DIYnetwork.com
DIY says they target a more male audience than HGTV (which is more female), although both channels have offerings which appeal to both.
The channel announced it would launch in high definition on May 1, 2010 on "two prominent distributors", and it would add 200 new original programs by year end. One of the "prominent distributors" turned out to be Dish Network, which launched DIY HD on May 12, 2010. DirecTV added DIY HD on September 19, 2012.
The network will be shut down by Discovery to be replaced by the Magnolia Network (a joint effort from Discovery and Fixer Upper stars Chip & Joanna Gaines). It is anticipated that the new channel will launch in summer 2020.
AT&T U-verse carriage disputeEdit
AT&T U-verse dropped Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country on November 5, 2010 due to a carriage dispute. But on November 7, 2010, the carriage dispute was resolved.
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- Texas Flip and Move
- 2010 Cable Upfronts: DIY Goes HD In May - Scripps Network Service To Unveil 17 New Series In 2010, Multichannel News, April 20, 2010
- DISH Network Boosts Industry-Leading HD Lineup With Six New Channels
- "DISCOVERY, CHIP AND JOANNA GAINS ANNOUNCE MULTI PLATFORM MEDIA JOINT VENTURE". Discovery. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
- AT&T's U-verse Drops Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Networks, Chicago Tribune, November 5, 2010
- Food Network, HGTV, Back on U-verse, Chicago Tribune, November 7, 2010
- AT&T U-verse, Scripps Reconnect on Carriage Contract, MultiChannel News, November 7, 2010