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QVC (an acronym for "Quality Value Convenience") is an American cable,
satellite and broadcast television network, and flagship shopping
channel specializing in televised home shopping that is owned by
Qurate Retail Group. Founded in 1986 by
Joseph Segel in West Chester,
Pennsylvania, United States,
QVC broadcasts to more than 350 million
households in seven countries as
QVC Germany, QVC
QVC Italy, QVC/CNR (China) and
1.2 Beauty iQ
2.8 QVC/CNR (China)
3 See also
5 External links
QVC's former logo used from 1994 until September 16, 2007.
QVC was founded on June 13, 1986, by Joseph Segel. One of the first
brands to sign a two-year deal with
QVC for its products was Sears.
The channel's first live broadcast took place at 7:30 p.m. ET on
November 24, of that year, reaching 7.6 million cable television
homes; the first item sold was a "Windsor Shower Companion" shower
radio, presented by host John Eastman (Bob Bowersox was the first host
seen on-screen). The corporation later set a new record for first
full-year fiscal sales for a new public company of $112 million.
Initially broadcast live from 7:30 p.m. until midnight ET each
weekday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, the channel extended its
live programming to 24 hours in January 1987. In 1989,
its top competitor, the Cable Value Network (CVN), founded by Irwin L.
Jacobs. The $380 million deal contributed to a loss of $17 million
during the next fiscal quarter, and then led to difficulties in the
couple of years that followed.
On February 2, 1995,
Comcast purchased a majority shareholder stake in
QVC, Inc., taking control of the corporation. That year,
off the "Quest for America's Best: 50 in 50 Tour," a 50-week
nationwide product search. Q2, a separate channel for more upscale
shoppers, was founded in 1994 but abandoned in 1996. QVC.com was
started in 1996 as iQVC.
In 1998, two former hosts filed a class-action lawsuit against QVC,
claiming that they were discriminated against by the shopping channel
based on their race. The lawsuit went on to state that
QVC refused to
allow non-white hosts any permanent daytime/primetime spots, which
relegated them to the overnight hours, otherwise known as the
"graveyard shift." Because of this, the non-white hosts were paid
considerably less than the white hosts.
In July 2003,
Comcast sold its majority share to Liberty Media. On
September 23, 2007,
QVC U.S. rebranded itself, changing its logo
on-air and online. The rebranding was accompanied by an advertising
campaign with the tagline "iQdoU?" ("I shop QVC, do you?") that had
preceded the rebrand with billboards in major U.S. cities. The iQdoU?
campaign also included a "teaser" website.
QVC was the first shopping network to offer a native high-definition
simulcast channel in May 2009. The 4:3 cut for its standard definition
feed in this 16:9 presentation is made to the right of the screen
rather than on both sides of the 4:3 frame, allowing the network to
place its graphics fully to the left and lower portions of the screen
to maximize camera presentation space.
On September 30, 2010, at 11 p.m.,
QVC began broadcasting in Italy,
both on satellite and through digital terrestrial television. In 2012,
QVC partnered with
China National Radio
China National Radio to take over operations of its
home shopping network and associated internet e-commerce site. Its
initial reach was reported to be 35 million households.
QVC partnered with
Ion Media Networks
Ion Media Networks to bring its
programming to broadcast television, through Ion Television.
to be carried as the fifth digital subchannel on most Ion Television
owned-and-operated stations beginning on August 5, 2013; due to
technical limitations caused by the number of subchannels Ion requires
its stations to carry,
QVC is carried in a squeezed full-screen 4:3
format and is transmitted in standard definition. The channel is also
broadcast on digital subchannels of low-powered television stations in
selected areas. The broadcast service is branded as "
QVC Over the
Air", with an accompanying on-screen bug appearing on the lower right
corner of the screen during the network's programming.
The owner of television shopping network
QVC announced it is paying
$2.4 billion to buy Internet retailer Zulily, a flash-sales
pioneer that has struggled recently with slowing sales gains.
On July 6, 2017, QVC's parent company, Liberty Interactive, announced
its intention to purchase the remaining 62% of stock it didn't already
own of HSN, the rival home shopping channel. The all-stock deal is
valued at $2.1 billion ($40.36 a share).
August 22, 2013; 4 years ago (2013-08-22)
more of what you love
76, 79 and 315
On August 22, 2013,
QVC launched a timeshift channel called
(the first such channel operated by a home shopping network), made
available initially on cable provider
Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks and
satellite provider DirecTV, which broadcasts the channel's programming
on a three-hour tape delay. On April 1, 2017,
QVC Plus was
rebranded as QVC2 as a destination for more live programming.
October 31, 2016; 16 months ago (2016-10-31)
Know your beauty.
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On October 25, 2016,
QVC announced the creation of Beauty iQ, a
female-oriented television channel based entirely on beauty products.
The network was launched on both
Dish Network on October
All of QVC's operations (U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, and
China) run 24 hours a day, although live programming hours vary
between each region.
QVC has its headquarters in
West Chester, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania by U.S. Route
202. The $100 million
QVC Studio Park complex, located on an
80 acres (32 ha) plot of land, opened in 1997.
QVC Outlet store in Frazer, Pennsylvania
QVC's U.S. operations are based in the Studio Park complex, which
houses its corporate headquarters, studio and broadcasting facilities.
Studio Park is the former corporate offices of Commodore Business
Machines. Call center facilities are located in Chesapeake, Virginia,
and San Antonio, Texas. QVC's distribution centers are located in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Suffolk, Virginia; Florence, South Carolina;
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Ontario, California. Its 2013 sales
were worth $5.84 billion.
QVC U.S. also operates a retail store at their Studio Park complex,
and two outlet stores in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania and Frazer,
QVC broadcasts live in the
United States 24/7, 364 days a year to more
than 100 million households, and ranks as the number two television
network in terms of revenue (#1 in home shopping networks), with sales
in 2015 giving a net revenue of $8.7 billion. The only day on which
QVC does not broadcast its usual format is Christmas, when the station
runs a taped telecast of the West Chester
Christmas Parade and other
Every year the "
QVC Presents 'FFANY Shoes on Sale'" event is broadcast
in which donated designer shoes are sold at half the suggested retail
price and 80% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research and
education. It is organized with the Fashion Footwear Association of
New York, which runs a coinciding Shoes on Sale initiative along with
an awards gala.
QVC UK was launched on October 1, 1993.
QVC UK's headquarters and
broadcasting facilities are in Chiswick Park, West London. Call centre
and distribution warehouse are situated in Knowsley, Merseyside. QVC
UK also runs two outlet stores, one in Warrington, the other in
QVC UK also operates three channels made up mostly of
rerun segments from the live channel,
QVC Extra and QVC
Style. The company's UK sales in 2013 were worth $660 million.
QVC UK's main channel broadcasts live 17 hours a day, 364 days a year.
For the seven 'non-live' hours a day and on one day a year, Christmas
Day, the main channel shows rerun segments from the live channel.
QVC Germany, incorporated in Düsseldorf, runs call centre operations
from sites in
Bochum and Kassel, whilst distribution is handled from a
dedicated warehouse in Hückelhoven. The company's 2013 sales were
worth $970 million.
QVC Germany broadcasts live 17 hours a day, 363.5 days a year (the
channel goes off-air on
Christmas Eve (with no programming after noon)
QVC has two additional channels in Germany,
QVC Japan is based in Makuhari, where its corporate headquarters and
call center facility are located. Distribution facilities are in
Sakura City. The company's 2013 sales were worth $1.02 billion.
Italy was launched in October 2010.
QVC Italy's headquarters
and broadcasting facilities are located at Brugherio, near Milan. The
company's 2013 sales were worth $130 million.
Italy broadcasts live 17 hours a day (although the channel runs 24
hours a day), 364 days a year. The primary distribution platforms for
Italy are digital terrestrial television and satellite.
In the summer of 2015,
QVC launched in France. Before the launch,
the company said it expected to create about 200 jobs in its first two
years in the country. A studio center in suburban Paris produces the
channel's content, which was available initially online, on mobile
devices and on major satellite TV, cable TV and internet TV - with
other platforms due to carry the signal 'very soon'. The channel's
corporate website said
QVC stood for: Qualité, Valeur, Confiance,
replacing convenience with (the French for) confidence.
QVC/CNR (China) is based in Beijing and operates both a television
broadcast and associated e-commerce website cnrmall.com. The China
operation is a 51/49 joint venture between state-owned China National
Radio and QVC, based on the pre-existing CNR channel reaching 35
million households, with plans to grow to 195 million households that
have digital cable. Chinese law prohibits private control of
television stations, so this is the maximum position
QVC can hold in
its Chinese operations. QVC/CNR broadcasts live programming 12 hours a
day and then replays the previous 12-hour segment.
The company's 2013 sales were worth $110 million.
Evine – One of QVC's primary competitors in the United States
Home Shopping Network
Home Shopping Network – One of QVC's former primary competitors in
the United States, which
QVC recently acquired
Paramount v. QVC
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