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 City, 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; 39 years ago (1984-02-01)
ReplacedAlpha Repertory Television Service
The Entertainment Channel
Former names
  • Arts & Entertainment Network (1984–1995)
  • A&E Network (1995–1997)
Streaming media
Service(s)Philo, Sling TV, DirecTV Stream, Frndly TV, Vidgo, Hulu + Live TV

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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