We TV

We TV
We TV logo 2014.svg
LaunchedSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
Owned byAMC Networks
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledRomance Classics (1997–2000)
WE: Women's Entertainment
(2000–2006)
Sister channel(s)AMC
BBC America
IFC
Sundance TV
Websitewww.wetv.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 260
Dish NetworkChannel 128
Cable
Time Warner CableChannel 61
Channel 172
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 372 (SD)
Channel 1372 (HD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 149 (SD)
Channel 649
Streaming media
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television

We TV is an American pay television television channel that is owned by AMC Networks. The network is oriented mainly towards lifestyle and entertainment programming, primarily targeting women. "WE" was formerly used as an abbreviation of "Women's Entertainment", although this was downplayed in a 2014 rebranding in order to focus more upon "shared experiences".

As of February 2015, approximately 85.2 million American households (73.2% of households with television) received We TV.[1] In March 2015, Dish TV's Sling TV announced it would soon begin making AMC Networks channels available to cord cutters, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, and We TV.[2][3][4]

History

As Romance Classics (1997–2001)

We TV was originally known as Romance Classics when it launched on September 1, 1997 under the ownership of what was then the Cablevision Systems Corporation-controlled Rainbow Media. It was originally a movie channel focusing mostly on romantic dramas and comedies, and television miniseries; similar to the original format of sister network, AMC (as American Movie Classics), the channel initially broadcast its films commercial-free.[5]

Format change as We TV (2001–2014)

This format was abandoned on January 1, 2001, when the channel was relaunched as WE: Women's Entertainment, taking on an ad-supported general entertainment format. In 2006, the channel was renamed We TV.[6] The channel aired the first three seasons of the popular Logie Award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters, but dropped the show in April 2006.[citation needed] The channel's format then shifted towards reality shows, with several having topics related to weddings (such as Bridezillas, Big Easy Brides and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera).[7] Other popular shows on the network included Secret Lives of Women, The Locator and Amazing Cakes.

2010–2014 WE tv logo

In January 2011, We TV confirmed that it had signed Toni Braxton for a reality series, entitled Braxton Family Values, which is marketed as one of the network's flagship shows. To prepare for the network's new show lineup, We TV also gave the network a new logo and marketing tagline: "Life As WE Know It."[8] In March 2012, We TV confirmed that the network had ordered 14 episodes of Kendra on Top, a reality show following the lives of Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, who previously appeared in the E! reality series Kendra. Kendra said the show focuses on "motherhood, parenthood, and wife hood".[9] Kendra On Top premiered on June 5, 2012.[10]

Rebranding (2014–present)

In June 2014, the network unveiled a new logo, dropping the "Women's Entertainment" tagline. Network president Marc Juris explained that while the network was to remain "a leading destination for women on television and online", the goal of the new branding was to broaden the focus on the word "we" as representing shared experiences, describing it as "a powerful and universal theme which drives connection, conversation, collaboration and community."[11] As part of the rebranding, the network also announced its first original scripted series, The Divide, which was originally pitched for sister network AMC, and was canceled after its first season.[12][13]

Other Languages
français: WEtv
svenska: WEtv