Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is an American multinational basic cable channel jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Harpo Studios that launched on January 1, 2011, replacing the Discovery Health Channel.[1]

Oprah Winfrey Network
Broadcast areaUnited States
HeadquartersWest Hollywood, California, U.S.
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SD feeds)
Key people
  • Oprah Winfrey (CEO)
  • Tina Perry (President)
  • Neal Kirsch (COO and CFO)
Sister channels
LaunchedJanuary 1, 2011; 11 years ago (2011-01-01)
ReplacedDiscovery Health Channel
Available on most American cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Dish Network
  • Channel 189 (HD/SD)
  • Channel 9433 (HD)
  • Channel 279 (SD/HD)
  • Channel 1279 (VOD)
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 145 (SD)
  • Channel 645 (HD)
AT&T U-verse
  • Channel 170 (SD)
  • Channel 1170 (HD)
Streaming media
PhiloInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television
Hulu + Live TVInternet Protocol television
AT&T TVInternet Protocol television

The network is led by talk show host and namesake Oprah Winfrey and largely features entertainment and lifestyle programming targeting African American audiences, and reruns of talk show programming from the Harpo Studios library (including Oprah's former eponymous series). Initially a 50/50 joint venture, Discovery acquired a larger stake in the network in 2017 and again in December 2020, when Discovery increased its ownership in OWN from 73% to 95%. Harpo remains a "significant" minority stakeholder and Winfrey is contracted with the channel through at least 2025.

As of February 2015, OWN is available to approximately 81.9 million pay television households (70.3% of households with television) in the United States.[2]

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