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QVC (British TV channel)

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QVC UK is a television shopping channel broadcast from the United Kingdom to the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was formed in 1993 when QVC, Inc. agreed to a deal with Sky TV to create a UK version of the US channel. "QVC – The Shopping Channel" first broadcast in the UK on 1 October 1993.

QVC logo
Launched1 October 1993
Owned byQVC
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Sister channel(s)QVC Beauty
QVC Style
QVC Extra
FreeviewChannel 16
Channel 35 (QVC Beauty)
Channel 36 (QVC Style)
Channel 111 (HD)[1]
FreesatChannel 800
Channel 801 (QVC Beauty)
Channel 802 (QVC Extra)
Channel 803 (QVC Style)
SkyChannel 660
Channel 663 (QVC Style)
Channel 677 (QVC Beauty)
Channel 682 (QVC Extra)
Astra 2G11493 H 22000 5/6
Virgin MediaChannel 740
Channel 741 (QVC Beauty)
Channel 742 (QVC Style)
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 505
WightFibreChannel 41
Eir VisionChannel 590
Streaming media
QVC UK OnlineWatch live
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
TVPlayerWatch live ((+1 Timeshift)) (UK only)


The original US channel was founded in 1986 in West Chester, Pennsylvania by Joseph Segel. It grew into a multinational corporation, specialising in televised home shopping. It now broadcasts in five countries to 141 million consumers. The name is an initialism—standing for Quality, Value, Convenience. However, unlike in the US, the expansion of the initialism is no longer used on air in the UK.

In 1998 the UK venture turned its first net profit (£12.5 million), against a loss of £228,000 in 1997.[2] Originally 20% owned by Sky, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the US broadcaster in 2004.[3]

In 2008 QVC UK launched a multiscreen video service accessible via the interactive television layer, making three video streams available to Sky viewers via the red button:

  • QVC Live
  • QVC+1 (a time delayed service)
  • Today's Special Value presentation

QVC BeautyEdit

On 26 October 2010 a second channel was launched in the UK, QVC Beauty, available to viewers of Freeview, Sky and Freesat.[4]

QVC HD, QVC Extra and QVC StyleEdit

QVC had planned to begin broadcasting in high-definition from September 2012, to be followed by the launch of two new 24-hour channels on Sky.[5] On 11 February 2013 Sparkle TV and Twinkle TV launched on Sky; however, as of 2013 QVC HD has yet to launch. On 1 July 2013, Twinkle TV was renamed QVC Style. Sparkle TV became QVC Extra on 12 August 2013, with both channels added to Freesat.[6] The following day saw the channels relaunch with availability expanded to Freeview via the connected red button on QVC Beauty.[7] In July 2014, QVC Extra launched on Freeview channel 57, but closed in 2015, while QVC Style launched on Freeview channel 36 in August 2016, replacing QVC +1. On 21 April 2015, QVC +1 HD launched on 21 April 2015, becoming the second high-definition timeshift service in the UK (after Channel 4 +1 HD). In 2016, 2017 and 2018, QVC Extra was temporarily rebranded as QVC Christmas. It will not return in 2019.

QVC ActiveEdit

QVC Active was an interactive television service made accessible using the red button on QVC UK's cable, Sky and digital terrestrial services. Across each enhanced television platform, QVC provided information including a 24-hour TV Guide, bestselling products of that day and an ability for the viewer to interact with QVC UK's inventory. Customers viewing the Sky and cable TV platforms could buy products using their set-top box. On 13 August 2013, QVC Active closed as a result of more customers using mobile devices for ordering.[7]

Operation in the UKEdit

QVC UK operates from two main sites. From launch until June 2012, its headquarters and broadcasting facilities were at Marco Polo House, the former British Satellite Broadcasting headquarters in Battersea, London. These operations then moved to Chiswick Park,[8] a 'campus'-style development on the site of a former derelict London Transport bus depot in West London.[9] Its call centre and distribution warehouse is located in Kirkby, in the Liverpool City Region. These facilities were moved in 1998 from Liverpool's Harrington Dock. The company also has outlet stores in Warrington and Shrewsbury.

In June 2011, it was reported that QVC UK had begun carrying out trials of 3D broadcasting. This was merely an experiment, a spokesperson said.[10]

The channel broadcasts live from 9am to 1am (the remainder being repeated content) year round. QVC UK claims a market penetration of 15.4 million homes on cable, satellite, and digital terrestrial TV. The Astra 2E 'footprint' also takes in much of Western Europe. Retail sales for the year 2008 reached £360+ million.


QVC organises its product range into nine distinct categories:

  • Beauty
  • Fashion
  • Shoes & Accessories
  • Jewellery
  • Home & Kitchen
  • Electronics
  • Garden & Leisure
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Gifts

Current Presenters[11]Edit

  • Simon Biagi
  • Charlie Brook
  • Anne Dawson
  • Chloe Everton
  • Debbie Flint
  • Dale Franklin
  • Jill Franks
  • Katherine Goldsmith
  • Pipa Gordon
  • Will Gowing
  • Jilly Halliday
  • Catherine Huntley
  • Jackie Kabler
  • Alison Keenan
  • Alex Kramer
  • Miceal Murphy
  • Eilidh Nairn
  • Katy Pullinger
  • Julia Roberts
  • Craig Rowe
  • Claire Sutton
  • Kathy Tayler
  • Alison Young

Regular Current GuestsEdit

Past presentersEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ QVC UK Moves into Profit, Broadcast, London, 21 May 1999.Accessed 7 January 2011.
  3. ^ Sky sells QVC stake for £49m, 29 February, Digital Worldz.Accessed 13 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Freeview/ Home/ Channels/ Lifestyle/ QVC Beauty". Freeview (UK). Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  5. ^ "QVC plans HD and extra channels after studio move". Broadcast. 31 May 2012.
  6. ^ "QVC branches out with two new channels from 13th August". a516digital. 9 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b "QVC to launch two new standalone shopping channels". The Retail Bulletin. 9 August 2013.
  8. ^ QVC to move to Chiswick Park, Robin Parker, Broadcast magazine, 27 July 2010.Accessed 13 August 2011.
  9. ^ We act for QVC on Chiswick Park move, Bond Pearce property consultancy's corporate website, Undated.Accessed 13 August 2011.
  10. ^ QVC Shopping Channel Experimenting With 3D,, 6 June 2011.Accessed 13 August 2011.
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