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Owned by  Hubbard Broadcasting
Language  English
Parent organization  Hubbard Broadcasting
Country  United States
Founded  2006
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Launched  September 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)
Picture format  720p (HDTV) (HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan  Real Stories. Real Lives. Real Celebrities.
Headquarters  Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Motto  Real Stories. Real Lives. Real Celebrities.
TV shows  Celebrity Page, Steven Seagal: Lawman, True Justice, The Kennedys, Beverly Hills Pawn
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Reelz (also known as REELZCHANNEL) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. The network's programming was formerly devoted to entertainment-oriented programming focusing on the Hollywood film and entertainment industry, with programs featuring information on theatrical film releases as well as information on movies released on DVD and airing on cable television. Currently outside a few entertainment programs, repeats of the Oxygen series Snapped, some reality series and films however, the network mainly airs original and acquired films, series and documentaries about celebrity scandals.

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As of February 2015, Reelz is available to approximately 68.2 million pay television households (58.6% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.

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Overview

The network launched on September 27, 2006 as ReelzChannel, initially available on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. The network originally maintained a programming focus similar to the original format of E! (and its predecessor MovieTime), focusing on programs about the entertainment industry including movie review and junket interview series. The network eventually signed carriage agreements with various cable providers including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Charter Communications and Cablevision.

In early 2009, ReelzChannel moved its operations from Los Angeles, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Hubbard owns that city's NBC-affiliated television station KOB. At that point, the network shifted its programming focus to incorporate acquired series alongside its entertainment news programs. In August 2011, ReelzChannel debuted its first miniseries, The Kennedys. An unauthorized biopic centering on President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy and the Camelot empire, ReelzChannel acquired the rights to the film after it was passed by History. On November 2012, the network shortened its name to simply Reelz.

Programming

Besides running entertainment industry-related programs, Reelz also carries acquired programming, including reality series. The network also formerly ran segments twice each hour called REELZ Recommends, which highlighted programs available via video on demand services (such as Netflix) and premium cable networks (such as HBO, Showtime and Starz). Those programs were tailored to providers based on either the pay-per-view channel map or VOD remote instructions for each system.

Current programming

A list of shows currently airing as of August 2015.

Miniseries

  • The Kennedys
  • The Pillars of the Earth
  • World Without End
  • JFK: The Smoking Gun
  • Awards ceremonies

  • 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards (on June 22, 2011)
  • Miss USA 2015
  • Reelz HD

    Reelz HD is a high definition simulcast of Reelz broadcasting in the 720p resolution format, which launched on August 1, 2010. The first provider to carry the feed was AT&T U-verse, which began carrying ReelzChannel HD on September 27, 2010; Dish Network carried the HD feed as a free preview from March 30 to May 4, 2011. DirecTV began carrying the HD feed on September 26, 2014. DirecTV also carries ReelzChannel's video on demand content in HD.

    ReelzChannel In Your Room

    Reelz also operated a former service for hotels in partnership with LodgeNet, called ReelzChannel In Your Room. This featured a mix of Reelz's original programming with reviews of films available on a hotel's video on demand service.

    References

    Reelz Wikipedia


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