DIY Network

DIY Network is an American multinational basic cable network owned by Discovery, Inc. in 1999, 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. As of February 2015, DIY Network is available to approximately 60,942,000 pay-TV households (52.4% of households with television) in the United States.[1]

DIY Network
DIY Network logo
SloganThe Dirtiest Network
HeadquartersKnoxville, Tennessee, United States
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Downgraded to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed
Ownership
OwnerDiscovery, Inc.
Sister channelsAmerican Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
Cooking Channel
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
Food Network
Great American Country
HGTV
Investigation Discovery
Motor Trend
Oprah Winfrey Network
Science Channel
TLC
Travel Channel
History
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1999; 21 years ago (1999-01-01)
Replaced byMagnolia Network
Links
Websitewww.diynetwork.com
Availability
Cable
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Satellite
Orby TVChannel 188
Dish NetworkChannel 111
DirecTVChannel 230
IPTV
Verizon FiOSChannel 167 (SD)
Channel 667 (HD)
AT&T U-VerseChannel 454 (SD)
Channel 1454 (HD)
Streaming media
FuboTVInternet Protocol television
PhiloInternet Protocol Television
Hulu Live TVInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet Protocol Television

ProgrammingEdit

Current programming includes a focus on:

Earlier shows (now archived) included a variety of topics, including auto repair, jewelry design, plumbing, boating, knitting and quilting, and woodworking.

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's renovation shows included programs that had a specific historical restoration focus, like Restored, and some shows had specific geographic focuses, like shows outlining historical restorations in Virginia [2] and South Carolina,[3] for example.

HistoryEdit

DIY was the second network to be launched by the E. W. Scripps Company, following the success of HGTV, with the network's first two years adapting HGTV's program library into programs for certain DIY niches as Scripps filmed new original content for the new network. 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 and justify their cable broadband services.

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 that it would launch in high definition on May 1, 2010, on "two prominent distributors", adding 200 new original programs by year's end.[4] One of the "prominent distributors" turned out to be Dish Network, which launched DIY HD on May 12, 2010.[5] DirecTV added DIY HD on September 19, 2012.

In November 2018, Chip and Joanna Gaines of the former HGTV series Fixer Upper announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, that they were in early talks to form a "lifestyle focused media network" with Discovery via their personal company Magnolia.[6][7] In April 2019, Discovery officially announced their new venture, and that its linear television component would launch some time in 2020, replacing DIY Network.[8] Discovery announced on January 16, 2020 that it would launch on October 4.[9] The launch was then delayed indefinitely on April 21, as the coronavirus pandemic will severely affect the ability to coordinate and film the network's debut programming.[10] On August 4, 2020, it was announced that the network would launch in 2021. Fixer Upper, which had originally permanently ended in 2018, will resume production of new episodes in conjunction with the launch of Magnolia Network.[11]

International versionsEdit

A Canadian version of DIY Network launched on October 19, 2009, replacing the Canadian version of Fine Living.

ReferencesEdit

  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. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.localscoopmagazine.com/life/mount-airy-historic-rehab/
  3. ^ https://www.diynetwork.com/shows/restoring-charleston
  4. ^ 2010 Cable Upfronts: DIY Goes HD In May - Scripps Network Service To Unveil 17 New Series In 2010, Multichannel News, April 20, 2010
  5. ^ "DISH Network Boosts Industry-Leading HD Lineup With Six New Channels". Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  6. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2018-11-10). "Chip and Joanna Gaines in Talks With Discovery for Linear Channel and Streaming Platform". Variety. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  7. ^ "Chip and Joanna Gaines announce a new TV network with Discovery: 'We are excited to be back'". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  8. ^ "DIY to Be Rebranded as Chip and Joanna Gaines' New Discovery Network". TheWrap. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  9. ^ "Chip's and Jo's new network has launch date". KWTX-TV. Gray Television. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  10. ^ Gelman, Vlada (21 April 2020). "TVLine Items: Chip & Joanna's Network Delayed, NOS4A2's New Date and More". TVLine. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network Announces Return of Hit Series Fixer Upper, Expands Original Programming Slate" (Press release). Magnolia Network. August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020 – via The Futon Critic.

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