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QVC To Launch 24/7 Beauty Network

October 25, 2016

QVC is spinning off its online beauty channel into a full-fledged cable network.

The digital service only available now on QVC.com, Beauty iQ, will be launched on providers including DirecTV and Dish in November.

http://www.qvc.com/content/beauty/beautyiq.html

Here is Tuesday’s press release from QVC:

QVC Announces the Launch of Beauty iQ, the World’s First Live Multi-Platform Network Dedicated to Beauty

Global leader in video and e-commerce is delivering live daily programming that combines social, retail and media as one; features beauty experts, influencers and brands

West Chester, Pa. (October 25, 2016) – Beauty – all the time, anytime, anywhere. Today, QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, announced plans to launch the Beauty iQ network, the world’s first multiplatform beauty shopping experience, to engage beauty lovers everywhere.

Within a month of going live on October 31, Beauty iQ will be viewable in over 40 million homes in the U.S. via distributors including DirecTV, U-verse, Dish and Roku.

Through Beauty iQ, beauty lovers will be able to enjoy beauty programming 24/7, including live programming five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. to midnight ET, and repeated immediately after for the West Coast audience.

The new beauty destination further bolsters QVC’s position as an innovative global, retail leader across digital and emerging platforms, at a dynamic time in the industry.

Beauty iQ will be a shoppable community for beauty lovers, experts and brands to discover their own true beauty, be inspired, and share their ideas and tips whenever they want, wherever they are. It will deliver the content they crave in one place that’s accessible everywhere – via the Beauty iQ network, BeautyiQ.com, QVC.com, on the QVC mobile app and via social channels including Facebook and Instagram.

“QVC has always been a trailblazer, creating the world’s most engaged shopping community that offers customers the combination of media, social and retail as one,” said Mike George, QVC President and CEO.

“We have a 30-year history of discovering beauty brands and trends, and bringing new products to life by leveraging the best storytellers in the business, our experienced hosts and the innovators behind the brands. We know that an amazing shopping and entertainment experience knows no boundaries. We’ve listened to our customers and fans, and we know beauty is intrinsic to their lives. So we’re engaging with them on all the platforms they love and providing a new experience that caters to their passion for beauty.”

Beauty iQ is expected to feature more than 50 prestige beauty brands including Givenchy, IT® Cosmetics, Edward Bess, Tarte, tatcha, Becca, Peter Thomas Roth, Josie Maran, and Nest and the experts behind them. This new shopping experience will highlight how-to tutorials, tips and experiences with products ranging from color cosmetics to fragrances and skin care.

“At IT Cosmetics, we believe that every woman is beautiful, and deserves to look and feel her most beautiful,” said IT Cosmetics co-founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima. “Our relationship with QVC has allowed us to reach women across the country with this message. This is why we are so honored and excited to be part of QVC’s new Beauty iQ! This amazing platform will allow us to further spread the IT love, and transform the way women view their own beauty.”

For QVC, the beauty category represented 17% of global sales in 2015. According to Euromonitor, the beauty industry in the U.S. generated revenues of $80 billion in 2015. Of that, $32 billion came from prestige beauty brands. Beauty iQ was inspired by QVC’s strategy to address one of the fastest growing categories in the U.S. retail industry.

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20161026_QVC_adds_24_7_beauty_network.html

Beauty is a hot category in retail in general and home shopping in particular.

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QVC Launches Second Network, QVC Plus

August 23, 2013

QVC Thursday officially announced the launch of a second network, QVC Plus.

The channel, mentioned on a second-quarter earning call earlier this month, will be a three-hour delay of QVC’s live broadcast.

“One of the secrets of QVC’s success is that we offer customers the joy of discovery,” Mary Campbell, QVC’s Senior Vice President of Multichannel Platforms. “QVC Plus provides an additional discovery experience for our customers, and more ways to view our unique, ever-changing curation of people, places and finds.”

The new channel will offer the same customer service as QVC’s primary channel, but its onscreen graphics will say that it is a prerecorded show.

Future plans for QVC Plus may include special programming shown only on the channel to further expand QVC’s offerings. QVC’s international networks in the United Kingdom and Germany have offered multiple broadcast channels for some time now, some dedicated specifically to QVC’s prestige beauty offerings.

Here is who will be getting QVC Plus immediately:

* DirecTV channels 79 and 315)

* MCTV (channel 158)

* Kuhn Communications (channel 214)

* Thames Valley (channel 94)

* Cincinnati Bell Fioptics (channel 244)

In addition, QVC has confirmed carriage deals with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

QVC PLUS will be available to Bright House Network subscribers beginning in September in the following markets: Bakersfield, Calif.(channels 250 and 1250 HD); Birmingham, Ala.L (channels 273 and 1273 HD); Detroit(channels 188 and 388 HD); Indianapolis (channels 273 and 1273 HD); Central Florida (channels 225 and 1329 HD); and Tampa (channels 162 and 1329 HD).

QVC Plus will be broadcast live on QVC’s website, and additional digital commerce functionality will be coming soon.

ShopNBC Vets Charla Rines And Jim Skelton Land On Dish Network, DirecTV With Watch Show

September 21, 2011

Sassy former ShopNBC host Charla Rines, who was unceremoniously dumped by the home shopping network, is now working with another refugee from the Minnesota, Jim Skelton.

Rines, who is now in Florida, advised fans of her new gig on Facebook. She’s doing a show, “World of Watches,” with Skelton that airs on Dish Network, Charlie Ergen’s fiefdom, and DirecTV.

Watch Charla on World of Watches

Here is her post:

hi folks, again & again i ask forgiveness for not being on facebook regularly. i’m having a ball on worldofwatches.tv. lior is amazing. now on air with skelton. kick me! he’s funny & knows his stuff too! love miami. it’s cooled down a bit (thank goodness). met some incredible people here. my daughter is working & going to school. love that kid. mr. cheeks is enjoying having madison’s two cats @ the house (kidding). what else to say? join us on direct & dish sat/sun 6-9pm. the deals are fab!

Much luck Charla.

Catch Former ShopNBC Host Charla Rines This Weekend On DirecTV

February 18, 2011

Former ShopNBC host Charla Rines has popped up again.

The spike-haired blonde, who was let go a year ago from the Minneapolis-based home shopping network, posted on her Facebook page that she will be appearing on DirecTV with a watch show this weekend.

“Hi there ladies and gents!,” she posted. “Haven’t been in touch in a while, sorry! i’ll see you this sat & sun nights 6-9 pm east on world of watches, direct tv 227, with lior. lior has a great line-up and great pricing. should be fun. not sure if they’re live streaming on the web. but when i find out i’ll let you know. miss you all. see you soon!”

Whadup With Startup EmVee TV? Is It Out Of The Home Shopping Game?

December 13, 2010

Whadup with EmVeeTV? Is it kaput?

One of our astute readers said that she couldn’t find the “boutique” home shopping network on her channel lineup any more, and that its website was down.

We went to the site outselves, and it said, “We apologize but our ecommerce site is currently unavailable. For customer service questions, please call 877-752-8103.”

We called that number at least a half dozen times, and the line was always busy.

EmVee TV debuted in January with carriage on the nation’s two major DBS providers, DirecTV and Dish Network.

At the time the network, based in Clearwater, Fla., described itself thus:

EmVee TV is a “boutique” home shopping network focusing on the sale of quality products that are unique, available in limited quantity or offered exclusively by Emvee TV, via television and http://www.emveetv.com. On January 9th, 2010, EmVee TV began broadcasting to over 32 million homes on DirecTV and Dish Network and a 25 year old dream of founders, Mark Brown and Rebecca Moore came true. Mark and Rebecca have worked for and with the largest home shopping networks…

We used to cover DBS, and we have a call in to DirecTV to find up what if in fact EmVee TV is gone.

The network was profiled in the St. Petersburg Times in September. It was a glowing story about how well EmVee TV was doing, and had interviews with a backer who anted up $2 million for it. EmVee TV claimed that it was halfway to its goal of racking up $8 million in first-year sales.

We also believe that ShopNBC exile Charla Rines appeared on EmVee TV this year.

DirecTV’s Suit Against Gems TV: Who Claims What

April 8, 2010

Well, the love is sure gone between DirecTV and soon-to-be-shut-down Gems TV.

Gems TV made its U.S. debut on DirecTV in November 2006. At that time, DirecTV lauded the network.

“[GemsTV’s] innovative reverse-auction format is unprecedented in the history of American television and offers viewers a fun and easy way to shop for high-quality gemstone jewelry from the comfort of their own homes,” said DirecTV EVP of programming acquisitions Dan Fawcett, a straight-up guy who we know from our days covering cable.

But that was then, and now is now.

Before Gems TV, which is ceasing operations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, DirecTV had already been in court and won a restraining order barring the home shopping network from taking any action that would leave the channel with less than $25 million in money or assets, until further order of the court. Presumably, DirecTV believes it is owed that same $25 million.

DirecTV’s lawsuit has been stayed pending the bankruptcy proceeding, but we got a look at it. Large portions of the suit have been “redacted,” or blacked out. Those include the details of DirecTV’s carriage agreement with Gems TV. The suit charges Gems TV with breach of contract and fraudulent conveyance.

Basically DirecTV, which brought Gems TV to 18 million homes, was trying to stop the network from moving all its assets to the Cayman Islands — out of the reach of creditors.

In February, Gems TV came to DirecTV and asked to renegotiate their carriage deal, telling the satellite provider that it “was losing money and might be forced to discontinue their programming activity,” according to the suit.

DirecTV refused to amend or modify the contract. On March 8, Gems TV gave DirecTV written notice that it was terminating their contract because the network was in fact going black. The satellite company says that’s a breach of contract.

In one of the exhibits, a letter dated March 19 to DirecTV’s Toby Berlin, Gems TV president (and Charter Communications alum) Diane Schneiderjohn said that under their carriage deal, the pact can be terminated if the programmer “discontinues operation and distribution of the service.”

She writes that Gems TV will cease operations April 15, and therefore there is no breach of contract.

Around this time, DirecTV learned that Gems TV was planning to invest $60 million in Multimedia Commerce Group, which operates Jewelry Television. “Gems TV thus seeks to transfer its assets in a fashion that will leave no assets available to compensate DirecTV for damages caused by Gems TV’s breach of the contract,” according to the suit.

The transfer of assets to the Cayman Islands or to invest in JTV “is undertaken in bad faith and constitutes fraudulent transfer,” DirecTV alleges.

That investment was a way for Gems TV to liquidate the rest of its inventory, by taking it to JTV, according to DirecTV’s suit.

This may all be moot now, to be decided by a bankruptcy judge. In its Chapter 11 filing, Gems TV claims to have $51.2 million in assets and $120 million in debt, all unsecured.

While We Were In Atlantic City, Gems TV Filed For Chapter 11 Protection In Nearby Delaware

April 7, 2010

The Homeshoppingista took a little R&R Monday with an overnight trip down to Atlantic City with dad, sister Karen, brother-in-law Kent, niece Syndey and nephew Evan. The weather was gorgeous, but since we don’t have a laptop we had to take a siesta from the blog.

Now we’re trying to update you on the Gems TV story even though we’re straining our neck to turn around and peek at “Southland” on TNT. But blog duty calls.

It seems that while were were strolling along the AC boardwalk Monday, Gems TV was busy filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware. Gems TV posted a one-paragraph press release about the filing on its Web site Tuesday.

“Gems USA has, after due consideration, determined that the Chapter 11 proceedings is the best exit strategy to adopt to ensure an orderly winding down of its U.S. operations,” the release said.

After a tip from a reader, last week we broke the story about Gems TV planning to shut down operations and buy a stake in Jewelry Television. We also wrote that giant distributor DirecTV has filed suit and received a retraining order against the network over $25 million in revenue that the satellite provider apparently believes it is owed.

The Wall Street Journal wrote up the Gems TV bankruptcy Monday.

For cable insiders, Gems TV’s president is Diane Schneiderjohn, a former marketing executive at Charter Communications.

In the bankruptcy filing, according to The Journal, Gems TV is claiming it has $120 million in debt. The network, unlike other home shopping networks, makes its viewers bid for items via what it calls a reverse-auction format. Guess that has not gone so well, and soaring gold prices have also strained the network.

The bankrupty filing says that Gems TV has $51.2 million in asets, according to The Journal.

The networks employees will join the unemployment line, like us, May 6. Gems TV claims it has 37 million subscribers.

Gems TV To Shut Down And Buy Stake In Jewelry Television, And An Unhappy DirecTV Files Suit And Gets Restraining Order

March 31, 2010

Thanks to a tip from one of our fans, we’ve wised up to the fact that financially struggling Gems TV is going black in the United States — and that DirecTV has filed suit against the home shopping channel over its demise.

Earlier this month Gems TV’s Singapore-based parent company, Gems TV Holdings Ltd., announced that it was ceasing the network’s operations and buying a 37.8 percent stake in its rival, Jewelry Television, known as JTV. Gems TV will end its operations whether or not its deal to buy into Jewelry Television, whose parent company is Multimedia Commerce Group Inc., closes.

“Since its entry into the U.S. in November 2006, Gems TV has struggled to achieve the necessary operational and economic scale that would enable it to thrive in that market,” the network said in its March 8 press release. “The Group’s margins and profitability have been under constant pressure from the extremely challenging and unpredictable economic environment.”

The press release also had a statement from Gems TV chairman Jason Choo.

“We are putting a stop to the operational cash drain in the U.S. which is clearly a disappointing outcome,” Choo said. “However, if the proposed investment completes, it will allow us to immediately increase our proportionate share of the U.S. jewelry market. Both parties believe that a significant portion of our revenue will migrate to MMCG once we cease broadcasting and MMCG is in an ideal position to leverage off that additional revenue.”

In the fiscal second quarter ending Dec. 31, Gems TV saw its product revenue drop 15 percent, to $40.2 million. Gross profit rose 27 percent, to $16.5 million. The loss attributable to shareholders was $6.3 million, down from $18.5 million the prior year.

Last Thursday Gems TV announced the satellite provider DirecTV had filed for a temporary injunction against it in U.S. District Court in California. There was also a retraining order issued barring Gems TV from taking any action that will leave the network with less than $25 million in money or assets, until further order of the court.

Gems TV said that DirecTV’s claims are without merit and that it will contest them. We couldn’t reach our buddies at DirecTV yet Wednesday morning: They are out in El Segundo, Calif.

JTV will incorporate Gems TV’s reverse-auction program with its existing fixed-price selling programs.

“I believe Jewelry Television represents the very best that the jewelry TV and Internet shopping industry has to offer consumers and is also a cut above the rest of the players, in terms of its established branding, market position and scale,” Choo said. “We are very confident that our proposed investment in JTV would give both parties the best vantage points from which to grow, and we look forward to sharing in the success of Jewelry Television.”