A&E (TV network)

A&E is an American basic cable network, the flagship television property of A&E Networks. The network was originally founded in 1984 as the Arts & Entertainment Network, initially focusing on fine arts, documentaries, dramas, and educational entertainment. Today, the network deals primarily in non-fiction programming, including reality docusoaps, true crime, documentaries, and miniseries.

CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
HeadquartersNew York, New York, U.S.
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(480i letterboxed for the SDTV feed)
OwnerA&E Networks
(Hearst Communications/The Walt Disney Company)
Sister channels
LaunchedFebruary 1, 1984; 38 years ago (1984-02-01)
ReplacedAlpha Repertory Television Service
The Entertainment Channel
Former names
  • Arts & Entertainment Network (1984–1995)
  • A&E Network (1995–1997)

As of July 2015, A&E is available to approximately 95,968,000 pay television households (82.4% of households with television) in the United States.[1] The American version of the channel is being distributed in Canada while international versions were launched for Australia, Latin America, and Europe.

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