This company gives viewers a lifetime dose of television. A&E Television Networks (AETN) owns and operates a portfolio of ten cable TV channels, including Lifetime Television, the flagship network of AETN subsidiary Lifetime Entertainment that targets women with a variety of lifestyle and entertainment content. Its A&E network offers a mix of reality-based programming and documentaries, while its HISTORY channel airs original programs on historical topics. The company also operates sister networks such as Crime & Investigation Network and The Biography Channel. AETN is a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.
The company's network of channels and programming reach more than 300 million households spanning 150 countries and 37 languages.
The media company's operations are comprised of the networks and channels of Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Crime & Investigation Network, HISTORY, H2 (formerly HISTORY International), BIO, Military HISTORY, and others.
Its A+E Networks online store offers 6,000 products.
Like other commercial TV players, AETN is locked in a constant struggle to attract and retain viewers in order to boost how much it charges advertisers for air time. The main component of that effort has been accomplished through a programming strategy that focuses each of the company's channels on a particular interest. AETN also generates revenue from carriage fees paid by cable system operators such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast.
Previously known for a heavy reliance on broadcasting reruns of Law & Order, the company has lately turned its focus to increasing the amount of original, unscripted programming on its schedule. In recent years it has found hits with History's Pawn Stars and A&E's Storage Wars. At Lifetime, it garnered ratings success with Coming Home, which showcases surprise reunions between US service personnel and their families.
To broaden its programming reach, in 2012 A&E Television Networks penetrated vital media markets when it signed licensing agreements for broadcasting its networks and shows in China and Canada.
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