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 Bio. AETN is a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.
The company's network of channels and programming reach more than 330 million households spanning more than 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 thousands of products, including books, DVDs, CDs, and clothing.
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.
The company is focused on international expansion and growth opportunities in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. In 2013 the company launched HISTORY in Russia. It also expanded its presence in the Philippines. That same year the company completed its takeover of AETN All Asia Networks, its joint venture with Malaysia-based Astro Overseas Limited. AETN All Asia Networks will be rebranded as A+E Networks Asia.
Its international focus continued in 2014 with the launch of Crime & Investigation and the expansion of History in Slovakia (with European partner Sky). It also beefed up its international content sales team that year.