Arts & Entertainment Network (now just simply A&E)
US cable network - Program Promos
and Sign-off
recorded sometime in 1986

Page modified Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sign-off of today's A&E Network from its third year of operation under its original name, the Arts and Entertainment Network. At the time of this recording, A&E was on 20 hours a day from 8 AM to 4 AM Eastern time. The video commences with promos for two of A&E's British-produced miniseries Spyship and Bleak House. After a network ID is a promo for A&E's monthly program guide. The A&E sign-off follows, featuring a visual montage of A&E program clips.

A&E began operation in February 1984 as the result of a merger of two cable networks: the Alpha Repertory Television Service (ARTS), owned by Hearst/ABC, and The Entertainment Channel, owned by RCA. In its first year A&E shared a satellite transponder with the Nickelodeon children's network. When Nick signed off at 9 PM Eastern time, A&E came on in its place for six hours. A&E acquired its own dedicated transponder in 1985, enabling it to broadcast full-time. In the 1980s A&E was the commercial TV equivalent (of sorts) of PBS, airing various cultural/art shows and British-produced miniseries with limited advertising. This began to change in the 1990s as A&E began phasing out its arts programming and started running series like Columbo and Law & Order, and highbrow British mysteries such as The Avengers, Lovejoy and Sherlock Holmes. During these years A&E's signature show was Biography, which ran from 1987 to 2012. Today's A&E network no longer airs scripted shows and is exclusively dedicated to non-fiction and reality-type series.

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