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E! Entertainment Television
E! Logo.svg
Launched July 31, 1987 as Movietime,
June 1, 1990 as E! (U.S.)
December 2, 2002 (Germany)
Owned by Comcast
(under Comcast Entertainment Group)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Formerly called Movie Time (1987–1990)
Sister channel(s) Style Network
Golf Channel
Versus
G4
Website http://www.eonline.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV
(US)
Channel 236
Channel 1236 (VOD)
Comcast
(US)
Channel 56
Channel 56 (VOD)
Dish Network
(US)
Channel 114
Sky Digital
(UK & Ireland)
Channel 151
SKY Italia
(Italy)
Channel 124
Foxtel Digital
(Australia)
Channel 121
Austar Digital
(Australia)
Channel 121
SelecTV
(Australia)
Channel 45
SKY Network Television
(New Zealand)
Channel 011
DStv
(Southern Africa)
Channel 124
CanalSat
(France)
Channel 29
TrueVisions
(Thailand)
Channel 36
Astro Nusantara
(Indonesia)
Channel 46
Astro
(Malaysia)
Channel 713
Cyfrowy Polsat
(Poland)
Channel 32
NOVA
(Greece)
Channel 210
Digiturk
(Turkey)
Channel 9
TotalTV
(Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia)
Channel 17 (Serbia)
Dialogtv
(Sri Lanka & Canada)
Channel 19
SKY Brasil
(Brasil)
Channel 33
TVCabo
(Portugal)
Channel 75
Net Digital
(Brasil)
Channel 84
Tring Digital
(Albania)
Channel 30
yes
(Israel)
Channel 26
Orbit Showtime
(Arab World)
Indovision
(Indonesia)
Channel 242
Cable
First Media
(Indonesia)
Channel 70
Available on most cable systems Check local listings
UPC Ireland
(Ireland)
Channel 501
Virgin Media
(United Kingdom)
Channel 156
StarHub TV
(Singapore)
Channel 80
HOT
(Israel)
Channel 31
TelstraClear InHomeTV
(New Zealand)
Channel 11
IPTV
AT&T U-Verse
(US)
Channel 134 (SD)
Channel 1134 (HD)
Now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 531
PLDT My DSL (Watchpad)
(Philippines)
Channel 1012

E! Entertainment Television, or more simply referred to as E!, is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. The network has been wholly owned by Comcast since November of 2006.

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History

E! Entertainment Television was launched by Larry Namer, Brian Owens, Mike Sobel, Rick Portin, Mark Hale, Bill Zaccheo, Alan Mruvka, and others on July 31, 1987 as Movietime, a service that aired movie trailers, entertainment news, event and awards coverage, and interviews [1]. Early Movietime hosts included Greg Kinnear, Paula Abdul, Katie Wagner, Julie Moran, Suzanne Kay (daughter of Diahann Carroll), Mark DeCarlo, Sam Rubin and Richard Blade. Three years later, in June 1990, Movietime was renamed E! Entertainment Television[2] to emphasize its widening coverage of the celebrity-industrial complex, contemporary film, television and music, daily Hollywood gossip, and fashion.

Controlling ownership was originally held by six cable companies, HBO, Warner Brothers, and various founding shareholders. In 1989, after Time-Life bought Warner Brothers to fend off a takeover bid by Paramount, the new Time-Warner company held four of the eight major ownership positions and took over management control of Movietime and renamed the network E! Entertainment Television. In 1997, Comcast, one of the minority partners, teamed up with The Walt Disney Company to buy the channel after Time-Warner had exercised their put agreement. In November 2006, Comcast acquired Disney's 39.5% share of E! for $1.23 billion to gain full ownership of the network as part of a broader programming carriage agreement between Disney/ABC and Comcast [3].

E! has an audience reach of 88 million cable and satellite viewers in the U.S. and 600 million homes internationally. E!'s sister networks are the Style Network and G4, along with Comcast's sports networks Versus and Golf Channel. In the case of Versus, E! staff produce that network's Sports Soup, while the Orlando-based Golf Channel features no crossovers with E! at all due to incompatible audiences and operations.

Personalities

[4]

  • Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest host award shows and E! News.
  • Ken Baker is E!'s executive news editor.
  • Ted Casablanca interviews various celebrities and has The Awful Truth column online.
  • Jason Kennedy is a correspondent and fill-in host for E! News and the Daily 10.
  • Ashlan Gorse is a correspondent and fill-in host for E! News and the Daily 10.
  • Chelsea Handler hosts Chelsea Lately.
  • Ben Lyons is E!'s film critic.
  • Sal Masekela co-hosts the Daily 10.
  • Catt Sadler co-hosts the Daily 10.
  • Kristina Guerrero is a correspondent for E! News and a fill-in host for the Daily 10.
  • Kristin Dos Santos (née Veitch) hosts all season premieres and events for television programming along with her online column Watch With Kristin.
  • Marc Malkin provides breaking news and commentary on E! News and various other programs on the network along with his online column Planet Gossip and online videoblog of the same name.
  • Joan Rivers hosts Fashion Police.
  • Joel McHale hosts The Soup.
  • Amy Paffrath hosted E! News.
  • Michael Yo is a celebrity correspondent of the Daily 10.
  • Anna Nicole Smith former star of The Anna Nicole Show.

E! HD

The network launched their HD simulcast on December 8, 2008, like the rest of E!'s sister lifestyle and sports networks, in 1080i format. Currently only some filmed content and limited series are carried in high definition.

E! Online

E! Online is the online arm of E!, featuring live updates on Hollywood. Kristin Dos Santos runs the 'Watch with Kristin' blog, which features spoilers, scoops and exclusives on TV shows. While other columnists include Ted Casablanca, who is in charge of breaking the latest celebrity news and Marc Malkin.

Programming

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