QVC
Overview
 
QVC is a multinational corporation
Multinational corporation
A multi national corporation or enterprise , is a corporation or an enterprise that manages production or delivers services in more than one country. It can also be referred to as an international corporation...

 specializing in televised home shopping
Shopping channel
Shopping channels are television specialty channels that present shopping related content, particularly for home shopping enthusiasts.-USA:* America's Store* Home Shopping Network* Jewelry Television* QVC* Shop at Home Network* ShopNBC...

. Founded in 1986
1986 in television
The year 1986 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1986.For the American network television schedule, please see 1986-87 American network television schedule.-Events:-Debuts:*September 6 –...

 by Joseph Segel
Joseph Segel
Joseph Segel is the founder of over 20 American companies, most notably QVC, an American television network, and the Franklin Mint, a producer of mail-order collectibles. He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Electronic Retailing Association and an honorary doctorate from...

 in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 21,866 at the 2010 census. In 2009, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 11th best small town in America....

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, QVC broadcasts in five countries as QVC US, QVC UK
QVC (UK)
QVC UK is a digital television shopping channel broadcast in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1993 when QVC, Inc. formed a deal with Sky TV to create a UK version of the US channel. "QVC — The Shopping Channel" first broadcast in the UK on 1 October 1993. QVC UK - 20% owned by Sky - moved into...

, QVC Germany
QVC Germany
The United States channel was formed in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It is a multinational corporation, specialising in televised home shopping. It was founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel. QVC broadcasts in four major countries to 141 million consumers...

, QVC Japan and – QVC Italy to 200 million household
Household
The household is "the basic residential unit in which economic production, consumption, inheritance, child rearing, and shelter are organized and carried out"; [the household] "may or may not be synonymous with family"....

s. The name is an acronym standing for Quality, Value, Convenience.
QVC was founded on June 13, 1986 by Joseph Segel. One of the first brands to sign a two year deal with QVC was Sears
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, officially named Sears, Roebuck and Co., is an American chain of department stores which was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in the late 19th century...

 products. Its first live broadcast took place at 7:30 PM ET on November 24 of that year, reaching 7.6 million TV homes.
Encyclopedia
QVC is a multinational corporation
Multinational corporation
A multi national corporation or enterprise , is a corporation or an enterprise that manages production or delivers services in more than one country. It can also be referred to as an international corporation...

 specializing in televised home shopping
Shopping channel
Shopping channels are television specialty channels that present shopping related content, particularly for home shopping enthusiasts.-USA:* America's Store* Home Shopping Network* Jewelry Television* QVC* Shop at Home Network* ShopNBC...

. Founded in 1986
1986 in television
The year 1986 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1986.For the American network television schedule, please see 1986-87 American network television schedule.-Events:-Debuts:*September 6 –...

 by Joseph Segel
Joseph Segel
Joseph Segel is the founder of over 20 American companies, most notably QVC, an American television network, and the Franklin Mint, a producer of mail-order collectibles. He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Electronic Retailing Association and an honorary doctorate from...

 in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 21,866 at the 2010 census. In 2009, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 11th best small town in America....

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, QVC broadcasts in five countries as QVC US, QVC UK
QVC (UK)
QVC UK is a digital television shopping channel broadcast in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1993 when QVC, Inc. formed a deal with Sky TV to create a UK version of the US channel. "QVC — The Shopping Channel" first broadcast in the UK on 1 October 1993. QVC UK - 20% owned by Sky - moved into...

, QVC Germany
QVC Germany
The United States channel was formed in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It is a multinational corporation, specialising in televised home shopping. It was founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel. QVC broadcasts in four major countries to 141 million consumers...

, QVC Japan and – QVC Italy to 200 million household
Household
The household is "the basic residential unit in which economic production, consumption, inheritance, child rearing, and shelter are organized and carried out"; [the household] "may or may not be synonymous with family"....

s. The name is an acronym standing for Quality, Value, Convenience.

Corporate history

QVC was founded on June 13, 1986 by Joseph Segel. One of the first brands to sign a two year deal with QVC was Sears
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, officially named Sears, Roebuck and Co., is an American chain of department stores which was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in the late 19th century...

 products. Its first live broadcast took place at 7:30 PM ET on November 24 of that year, reaching 7.6 million TV homes. The corporation later set a new record for first full-year fiscal sales for a new public company of $112 million. Its competitor is the Home Shopping Network (HSN).

Initially broadcast live from 7:30 PM ET until midnight each weekday and all day Saturdays and Sundays, the channel extended its live programming to 24 hours in January 1987. QVC acquired its top competitor, the Cable Value Network (CVN), in 1989. The $380 million deal contributed to a loss of $17 million during the next fiscal quarter, and then to difficulties in the couple of years that followed.

On February 2, 1995, Comcast
Comcast
Comcast Corporation is the largest cable operator, home Internet service provider, and fourth largest home telephone service provider in the United States, providing cable television, broadband Internet, and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers in 39 states and the...

 purchased a majority shareholding in QVC, Inc., taking control of the corporation. QVC kicked off the "Quest for America's Best: 50 in 50 Tour," a 50-week nationwide product search.
QVC.com was founded in 1996.

In July 2003, Comcast sold its majority share to Liberty Media
Liberty Media
Liberty Media Corporation is an American media conglomerate and the control is exercised by company Chairman John C. Malone, who owns a majority of the voting shares....

.

In May 2009, QVC became the first multimedia retailer to offer a native high-definition service. As with HSN, the 4:3 cut for analog viewers in this 16:9
16:9
16:9 is an aspect ratio with a width of 16 units and height of 9. Since 2009, it has become the most common aspect ratio for sold televisions and computer monitors and is also the international standard format of HDTV, Full HD, non-HD digital television and analog widescreen television ...

 presentation is made to the extreme right of the screen rather than on both sides of the 4:3 frame, allowing the network to place their graphics fully to the left and lower portions of the screen to maximize camera presentation space.

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 found at iQdoU.com.

On September 30, 2010, at 11pm, QVC began broadcasting in Italy, both on satellite
Satellite television
Satellite television is television programming delivered by the means of communications satellite and received by an outdoor antenna, usually a parabolic mirror generally referred to as a satellite dish, and as far as household usage is concerned, a satellite receiver either in the form of an...

 and digital terrestrial television
DTT
DTT may refer to:* Demographic transition theory, a four stage transition model, which all countries progress through as they develop economically* Double taxation treaty...

.

Operations

All of QVC's operations (U.S., UK, Germany, Japan and Italy) run 24 hours a day, although live programming hours vary between each region.

Headquarters

QVC has its headquarters in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 21,866 at the 2010 census. In 2009, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 11th best small town in America....

, near West Chester
West Chester, Pennsylvania
The Borough of West Chester is the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 18,461 at the 2010 census.Valley Forge, the Brandywine Battlefield, Longwood Gardens, Marsh Creek State Park, and other historical attractions are near West Chester...

 and by U.S. Route 202
U.S. Route 202
U.S. Route 202 is a highway stretching from Delaware to Maine, also passing through the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire....

. The $100 million QVC Studio Park complex, located on an 80 acres (32.4 ha) plot of land, opened in 1997.

QVC US

QVC's U.S.
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 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
Commodore International
Commodore is the commonly used name for Commodore Business Machines , the U.S.-based home computer manufacturer and electronics manufacturer headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, which also housed Commodore's corporate parent company, Commodore International Limited...

. Call center facilities are located in Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake, Virginia
As of the census of 2000, there were 199,184 people, 69,900 households, and 54,172 families residing in the city. The population density was 584.6 people per square mile . There were 72,672 housing units at an average density of 213.3 per square mile...

; Port St. Lucie, Florida
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Port St. Lucie is a city in St. Lucie County, Florida, United States. The population of Port St. Lucie was 88,769 at the 2000 census but grew rapidly during the 2000s. In 2009 the State of Florida estimated the City's population at 155,251. Port St. Lucie forms part of a metropolitan area called...

; and San Antonio, Texas. QVC's distribution centers are situated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lancaster is a city in the south-central part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the county seat of Lancaster County and one of the older inland cities in the United States, . With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities...

; Suffolk, Virginia
Suffolk, Virginia
Suffolk is the largest city by area in Virginia, United States, and is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 84,585. Its median household income was $57,546.-History:...

; Florence, South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
-Municipal government and politics:The City of Florence has a council-manager form of government. The mayor and city council are elected every four years, with no term limits...

; and Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Rocky Mount is an All-America City Award-winning city in Edgecombe and Nash counties in the coastal plains of the state of North Carolina. Although it was not formally incorporated until February 28, 1867, the North Carolina community that became the city of Rocky Mount dates from the beginning of...

.

QVC U.S. also operates a series of retail stores across the country, including outlet stores that are located in Bloomington, Mn.; Lancaster, Pa.; Frazer, Pennsylvania
Frazer, Pennsylvania
Frazer, Pennsylvania is a community in East Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania, United States....

; Prices Corner, Del.; Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

QVC broadcasts live in the United States 24/7, apart from the Christmas show which is pre recorded 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 2010 giving a net revenue of $7.8 billion.

QVC UK

QVC UK was launched in October 1993. QVC UK's headquarters and broadcasting facilities are located at Marco Polo House
Marco Polo House
Marco Polo House is a large marble- and glass-clad office building at 346 Queenstown Road facing Battersea Park in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It was built in 1987, to a design by postmodernist architect Ian Pollard....

 in Battersea, London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

, while call center and distribution facilities are situated in Knowsley
Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley
The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England. It comprises the towns of Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, Whiston, Halewood and Cronton; Kirkby, Huyton, and Prescot being the major commercial centres...

, Merseyside. QVC UK also runs two outlet stores, one in Warrington
Warrington
Warrington is a town, borough and unitary authority area of Cheshire, England. It stands on the banks of the River Mersey, which is tidal to the west of the weir at Howley. It lies 16 miles east of Liverpool, 19 miles west of Manchester and 8 miles south of St Helens...

, the other in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire, in the West Midlands region of England. Lying on the River Severn, it is a civil parish home to some 70,000 inhabitants, and is the primary settlement and headquarters of Shropshire Council...

. QVC has a second channel in the UK: QVC Beauty
QVC Beauty
QVC Beauty is a digital television shopping channel broadcast in the United Kingdom, specialising in beauty products. It is the sister channel to QVC...

.

QVC UK broadcasts live 17 hours a day (although the channel runs 24 hours a day), 364 days a year.

QVC Germany

QVC Germany, incorporated in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.Düsseldorf is an important international business and financial centre and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Located centrally within the European Megalopolis, the...

, runs call centre operations from two sites in Bochum
Bochum
Bochum is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany. It is located in the Ruhr area and is surrounded by the cities of Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Witten and Hattingen.-History:...

 and Kassel
Kassel
Kassel is a town located on the Fulda River in northern Hesse, Germany. It is the administrative seat of the Kassel Regierungsbezirk and the Kreis of the same name and has approximately 195,000 inhabitants.- History :...

, whilst distribution is handled from a dedicated site in Hückelhoven
Hückelhoven
Hückelhoven is a town in the district Heinsberg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the river Rur, approx. 10 km east of Heinsberg and 20 km south-west of Mönchengladbach.-Town twinning: Hartlepool, England, UK...

.

QVC Germany broadcasts live 24 hours a day, 363.5 days a year (off-air Christmas Eve (no program after noon) and Christmas Day).
QVC has a second channel in Germany: QVC Plus.

QVC Japan

QVC Japan is based in Makuhari
Chiba, Chiba
is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is located approximately 40 km east of the center of Tokyo on Tokyo Bay. Chiba City became a government designated city in 1992. Its population as of 2008 is approximately 960,000....

, where its corporate headquarters and call center facility are located. Distribution facilities are located in Sakura City
Sakura, Chiba
is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2011, the city had an estimated population of 172,176 and a population density of 1660 persons per km². The total area was 103.59 km².-Geography:...

.

QVC Italy

QVC Italy was launched in October 2010. QVC Italy's headquarters and broadcasting facilities are located at Brugherio
Brugherio
Brugherio is a comune in the Province of Monza and Brianza in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 14 km northeast of Milan...

, near Milan
Milan
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital city of the region of Lombardy and of the province of Milan. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area, roughly coinciding with its administrative province and the bordering Province of Monza and Brianza ,...

.

QVC Italy broadcasts live 17 hours a day (although the channel runs 24 hours a day), 364 days a year. The primary distribution platforms for QVC Italy are digital terrestrial television and satellite.

Hosts

QVC’s live broadcast is supported by 25 program hosts. They come from a variety of different backgrounds and work three-to four-hour shifts on-air, four to five days a week.

Embedded below is a list of QVC's current hosts in the United States, along with their signature shows:
  • Jill Bauer (joined QVC in 1993)
    • You're Home with Jill
    • Just Desserts with Jill
  • Sandra Bennett (joined QVC in 2006)
    • Whole You with Sandra
  • Rachel Boesing (joined QVC in 2011)
  • Jayne Brown (joined QVC in 1999)
    • Downtown Style with Jayne Brown
    • QVC This Morning Fashion Forum
    • QVC This Morning Fashion Friday
  • Courtney Cason (joined QVC in 2010)
  • Rick Domeier (joined QVC in 1994)
    • techCONNECT with Rick
    • Get Fit with Rick
    • Home Projects with Rick and Dan
    • Rick & Easy Cooking
    • Rick & Easy Solutions
  • Sharon Faetsch (joined QVC in 2003)
  • Jacque Gonzales
    Jacque Gonzales
    Jacque Gonzales joined QVC as a program host in 2002. In this position, Jacque presents product information, conducts demonstrations, and interacts with QVC's on–air guests, vendors, celebrities, and viewers....

    (joined QVC in 2003)
    • Electronics with Jacque & Friends
  • Carolyn Gracie (joined QVC in 2005)
    • Garden Party with Carolyn
    • Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn
  • Nancy Hornback (joined QVC in late 2009)
  • Dan Hughes (joined QVC in 1989)
    • QVC This Morning
    • For Race Fans Only
    • The Great Outdoors with Dan
  • Albany Irvin (joined QVC in 2009)
    • Electronics Made Easy with Albany
    • Bright Ideas with Albany
  • Dave James (joined QVC in 2004)
    • Seriously Late on QVC
  • Pat James-DeMentri (joined QVC in 1989)
    • QVC This Morning
    • QVC This Morning Fashion Forum
    • QVC This Morning Fashion Friday
  • Gabrielle Kerr (joined QVC in 2007)
  • Shawn Killinger (joined QVC in 2007)
    • "No Problem!" with Shawn
    • Shawn Says, "Accessorize!"
  • Antonella Nester (joined QVC in 2004)
    • Antonella's Italian Kitchen
  • Jonathan Redford (joined QVC in 2009)
  • Lisa Robertson (joined QVC in 1995)
    • Ask Lisa About Style
    • PM Style with Lisa Robertson
    • What the Tech? with Lisa
  • Mary Beth Roe (joined QVC in 1990)
    • My Time with Mary Beth
    • Handbags with Mary Beth
  • Amy Stran (joined QVC in 2009)
  • Jane Treacy (joined QVC in 1986 as one of the original hosts)
    • Shoe Shopping with Jane
    • Enjoyable Entertaining
    • Jane's Rock Stars
    • Now That's Cool! with Jane
  • David Venable (joined QVC in 1993)
    • Dining With David
    • In the Kitchen with David
    • In the Kitchen with David PM Edition
    • Merry Memories with David (seasonal show)
  • Dan Wheeler (joined QVC in 1991)
    • Home Projects with Rick and Dan
  • Leah Williams (joined QVC in 1996)
    • AM Style with Leah Williams

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